Have you heard about the new Google Glass? Basically Google has created these new glasses with a teeny-tiny screen that works much like your smartphone. You can take photos and video, upload to social media sites, respond to texts, run Google searches, ask for and view directions — and all of this right in front of your eyes at all times and commanded by the simple phrase, “Ok, Glass….” This the-future-is-here-now concept is being tested by tech bloggers, developers and what Google calls “explorers” around the country as I write this blog entry. Look for folks walking around with them on in a city near you! Here’s a review of the product from one guy who gives his take on his “First Day of Being a Glasshole.”
There is lots of chatter out there about both the coolness and simplicity of the new technology and how odd the glasses look. Saturday Night Live has even gotten in on the action. (This skit made me laugh out loud!) But more importantly, one of the broader discussions has been about the privacy implications of the Google Glass concept. As the technology and design improves, will we even know when someone is wearing these sorts of glasses, or what they are recording and then posting on Facebook or Twitter with the simple nod of their head?
Granted, the concept is really cool, but how do you feel about these gadgets being worn in places where you might otherwise expect some privacy, like a locker room or restroom? Just how different is this technology from someone using their smartphone surreptitiously to do the same thing? Apparently different enough that the glasses have already been banned from some bars and from some Las Vegas casinos (though this doesn’t come as a surprise, does it?). What about when Google Glass invades the classroom? Will schools be ready to deal with the potential issues the glasses raise in educational environments? Or will they become the latest high-tech teaching tool?
The Wall Street Journal’s article “Google Glass: An Etiquette Guide” gives some insight into the technology and provides tips for social etiquette for Google Glass wearers. What do you think? Will you be Gaga for Google Glass? And if so, will you use your new powers responsibly?