Google took to the Google+ page of Google Glass yesterday in an attempt to dispel the top 10 “myths” associated with the product. They claim Glass has seen several myths develop around it in its relatively short existence, and Google would like to clear the air.
The 10 myths are as follows:
Myth 1 – Glass is the ultimate distraction from the real world
Google’s explanation: Unlike a phone or tablet, Google says Glass allows users to better engage with the real world. It’s an enhancement to the real world, rather than a distraction.
Myth 2: Glass is always on and recording everything
Google’s explanation: Glass is off by default and isn’t even capable of always-on recording. The battery won’t last more than 45 minutes before needing to be charged.
Myth 3 – Glass Explorers are technology-worshipping geeks
Google’s explanation: Glass users are made up of people from all walks of life who “see the potential for people to use technology in a way that helps them engage more with the world around them.”
Myth 4 – Glass is ready for prime time
Google’s explanation: Glass is a prototype, and early adopters are playing a critical role in how it’s developed.
Myth 5: Glass does facial recognition (and other dodgy things)
Google’s explanation: Google says that’s not true, they have made the decision based on feedback not to release or even distribute facial recognition Glassware.
Myth 6: Glass covers your eye(s)
Google’s explanation: The Glass screen is deliberately above the right eye, not in front or over it. Google claims it was designed this way because they understand the importance of making eye contact.
Myth 7 – Glass is the perfect surveillance device
Google’s explanation: Google says there are better and more discreet options out there for secretly recording people, if that’s what one wishes to do.
Myth 8 – Glass is only for those privileged enough to afford it
Google’s explanation: Google understands the $1500 price tag is out of the range of many people, but says the people who have it aren’t necessarily wealthy and entitled. Some people have either had it paid for through work, raised money to purchase one, or received one as a gift.
Myth 9 – Glass is banned… EVERYWHERE
Google’s explanation: Google says since Glass functionality mirrors the cell phones, it’s understandable that the same rules apply, such as bans where someone can record.
Myth 10 – Glass marks the end of privacy
Google’s explanation: Google says more cameras doesn’t necessarily equal less privacy. They suggest looking at YouTube to see examples of the kinds of footage being shared since cameras became so ubiquitous.
To read Google’s full explanations as they attempt to dispel these myths, please view their Google+ post.