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Google Glass Worn by a Stranger: How Will You React To An Approach?

 4:53 pm on Oct 7, 2013 (gmt 0)

I overheard someone talking about his experience of meeting someone wearing Google Glass.

He was explaining that the stranger had walked near to him and was instructing Google Glass to operate. He didn't hear what was said, and as the person wearing Google Glass appeared to be looking at him, he approached them and asked them to remove the glasses whilst in his company. They refused, and an argument broke out.

Apparently it all ended amicably once Google Glass was removed.

It does raise the question as to what you'd do in such circumstances?

Are we likely to see such arguments and problems as Google Glass rolls out to the wider community?



 5:04 pm on Oct 7, 2013 (gmt 0)

It really depends on where it is. If it's in more of a tech-savvy city like San Francisco, I think most people are going to know what Google Glass is. And then, certainly, at conferences such as Pubcon there are going to be those who have it: and those who don't.

In my small town, in rural america, I don't think most people will even have heard of it: and most will just see that you're wearing glasses.


 6:43 pm on Oct 7, 2013 (gmt 0)

It does raise the question as to what you'd do in such circumstances?

I don't want to talk about it.


 8:32 pm on Oct 7, 2013 (gmt 0)

In what way is it different from a stranger whipping out a camera and pointing it directly at you? Would non-tech-savvy people feel better if it were a hidden camera?


 12:41 am on Oct 16, 2013 (gmt 0)

This is why I never go out in public, without my cloak of invisibility :)


 2:23 pm on Oct 16, 2013 (gmt 0)

Look at the youtube clips for

surveillance camera man

There are 5 short films where SCM walks around videoing people. See how they don't like it. They don't like it at all and quite right too.

Google glasses is worse because it can be streamed live and you don't have the chance to challenge that.

brotherhood of LAN

 2:43 pm on Oct 16, 2013 (gmt 0)

Can't say I'd be comfortable with it.

I believe some jurisdictions require permission for you to take someone's photograph... it seems lawyers may get busy if the tech gets anywhere near mainstream.


 3:34 pm on Oct 16, 2013 (gmt 0)

if you fire infrared beams back into their eyes the glasses will explode, that is what i have heard.

i think i'd be more worried about people nicking them off my head. they are an expensive piece of kit, and two seconds and they're gone. google should make them look like normal glasses. at the moment they just look too weird. they make you look like an extra out of star trek


 5:38 pm on Oct 16, 2013 (gmt 0)

If it was a friend, or someone I know, I think i'd probably be real friendly about it. If it's someone I didn't know, i'd probably react in a similar way to the person I described.

I have yet to put it to the test.


 10:00 pm on Oct 16, 2013 (gmt 0)

they make you look like an extra out of star trek

But, I an an extra out of Star Trek.......... ;)


 2:58 pm on Oct 17, 2013 (gmt 0)

Google Masking Tape.


 9:06 pm on Oct 17, 2013 (gmt 0)

Go near small children and an irate parent may try to remove something other than the glasses!


 11:06 am on Oct 18, 2013 (gmt 0)

Google Glass in public is like smoking in public... there's all that "second hand" stuff involved. :)


 12:26 pm on Oct 21, 2013 (gmt 0)

It would depend on the specific situation but in general...

- Casually walking by me with glasses on: No reaction, same as having a cam in public.
- Wearing them in a restaurant while I eat: Ask staff to request removal, leave if refused
- Repairman shows up at my house with glass on: Put them in the truck or get lost
- Friends/family in my house or car: VERY clear that 'not in my presence' is my preference, don't do it.

These are NOT just glasses with a camera, Google does so much more with what they see and the wearer doesn't control what is done with the data. I will never buy a pair. Scratch that, I would trash a pair even if they were a free gift.


 3:23 pm on Oct 25, 2013 (gmt 0)

If they say "I am Locutus of Borg", run.


 6:46 pm on Oct 25, 2013 (gmt 0)

A few people were wearing Google glass at pubcon and, honestly, it really wasn't a good look.


 6:55 pm on Oct 25, 2013 (gmt 0)

If they say "I am Locutus of Borg", run.

running is futile, we will be assimilated


 1:37 pm on Oct 26, 2013 (gmt 0)

Hey engine; have two of the G Glasses wearers met face to face?


 2:20 pm on Oct 26, 2013 (gmt 0)

When I first read about GG I wondered if people's faces would be blurred for privacy unless also wearing GG... Now I'm expecting to read about the growing popularity of personal jammers..

Note: my iPad kept attempting to spellcheck jammer as hammer, which would be another albeit drastic solution...

brotherhood of LAN

 4:09 pm on Oct 26, 2013 (gmt 0)

sounds like there could be a market for that iamlost. a DDOS keyring sounds good.

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