The glasses have the potential to be very distracting. When I want data in front of me, I sit in front of a computer screen. I agree with one assessment with popups potentially being quite deadly if I'm driving 70 MPH on the Interstate
When driving on the interstate that's exactly when I want a device like this. The screen is situated outside your normal viewing area, and for this application is normally tranparent. There's a device already for sale that mounts on your motorcycle helmet to gives you speed, rpm, and gear information in a HUD. It's a LOT safer to look at a screen in the upper right corner of your vision that's set at the same focal distance as the road than to have to look down at a speed display, refocus, read the display, look back at the road, and refocus again.
I think Google is painting a cool vision of a future device... but it's a fair distance into the future (5 years or more I'd estimate) before device size gets small enough, resolution gets high enough, battery life gets long enough, and price gets low enough to provide a viable product in this market.
There was another glasses HUD project I saw on here a while back where a micro-projector beamed straight into your retina (using a safe level of light). They said the semi-transparent image appeared to floating a few feet in front of you. Anyways, being the geek I am, I think both of these are cool. However, being a Google product this one will get the most notability.
Of course it's going to work for people with glasses. You'd have to be a total idiot to have believed otherwise.
As for being distracting and dangerous, sure, just like billboards and hot girls can be distracting and dangerous.
Google ads? Only a moron would think that what Google wants to do with this technology will in any way limit what will actually be done with this technology. I think the impact of these glasses will ultimately be the replacement of other types of displays as well as creation of virtual interfaces. The mobile stuff, it won't be that important. I doubt many people have to look at a map while walking, any more than they do now. Same goes with video chat, it just isn't done that much on phones that have the capability.
These glasses are about turning your entire field of vision into a high quality "retina" display. Everything other application of this will be peripheral.
Stupid who really needs this. No thanks. Im fine with looking at stuff when i want to see it. However if it is used for a job or something where a technician has his hands full but needs to reference a manual or something i could see it being good.
Vuzix seems to be on the right track more so than google. I want both eyes and screen embedded in the glasses so you can have full 3d rendering overlaid onto you environment. I want holograms and augmented-reality games. I want to see the directional arrows floating in 3d over the actual road in the distance, not ads and facebook alerts blinking in 1 eye...
[citation][nom]Shin-san[/nom]The glasses have the potential to be very distracting. When I want data in front of me, I sit in front of a computer screen. I agree with one assessment with popups potentially being quite deadly if I'm driving 70 MPH on the Interstate[/citation]
Right. Because a bunch of jerks on a random internet forum are thinking of this and the people at google creating are totally going to miss it. Yup, they're going to allow popups in your face while driving.