Is Google Glass dangerous?

28th May 2013 | By Mouseworld Now Correspondent |

Google-GlassNew Delhi, India, May 28, 2013: Like any other Google product, there has been a lot of hoopla around the Google Glass ‘eye wear’ among the online community. But experts say the Google Glass ‘eye wear’ is ‘potentially dangerous’ as it may stop wearers from seeing something ‘utterly obvious’.

The revolutionary Google Glass is a wearable computer with a head mounted display. It connects with the internet via voice command and display information on the glass ‘screens’.

Google’s Glass ‘eye wear’ could be potentially dangerous, warned leading professors,

“The revolutionary Google ‘wearable computer’ could disrupt crucial cognitive capacity and distract wearers to the point where they miss things which are ‘utterly obvious’’, say Daniel J. Simons, professor of psychology and advertising at the University of Illinois and Christopher F. Chabris, professor of psychology at Union College.

Writing for the New York Times, the professors examined the dangers the real-time digital distraction could pose. 

‘…most agree that a smartphone-linked display and camera placed in the corner of your vision is intriguing and potentially revolutionary — and like us, they want to try it.

‘But Glass may inadvertently disrupt a crucial cognitive capacity, with potentially dangerous consequences,’ they wrote.

Sergey Brin, one of Google’s founders had assured  that safety is actually  a motivation for the new product.

‘We questioned whether you should be walking around looking down at a smartphone.’

Designers wanted to make something that freed both the hands and the eyes,” stated Brin.

The professors seem not to buy this argument. They say when the mind is engaged, the wearers could fail to see something that would ‘otherwise be utterly obvious’:

‘Google Glass may allow users to do amazing things, but it does not abolish the limits on the human ability to pay attention.’

Google is already facing a backlash with cafe owners in the US who are banning the technology in the cafes.

Some have put up signs on, stating: ‘Respect our customers’ privacy as we’d expect them to respect yours.’

The backlash follows reports about people wearing Google Glass could be banned from cinemas, casinos and even parks across the USA, as filming is not allowed there.

Casinos complained that the eyewear could help cheats to win unfairly. Cinemas said they could be used to illegally record films and sell pirate copies. Lap dance clubs said that they would treat those wearing the Internet-connected specs the same as anyone caught filming a stripper with a cameraphone.

The ‘Google Glass, which costs $1,500 a pair (£980), are currently on limited release for 2,000 customers. It will hit markets in bulks later this year.

The device boasts of a camera fixed next to the wearer’s eye, which can take photos or record video without a red light or a shutter sound . This has caused concerns for privacy.


© Mouseworld Now News Service

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