The Google Glass Video decision and why it will doom the device to fail

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

The Google Glass Video decision and why it will doom the device to fail.

Google's First Quarter of 2013 Results had revenues of $13.97 billion and its penetration with emerging markets and new product line indicate that their is further revenue growth potential. Google like Apple is considered one of the most successful technology companies and its release of new products is always eagerly anticipated.

So when Google released its early Google Glass videos displaying its augmented reality functions, most tech enthusiasts and early adopters were eager to try out the device. In addition Google also got a designer on board to make the device more appealing, marketed the device with the celebrity community as well as an early release to developers for applications.

Most people really appreciate the augmented reality concept and its future potential applications, however Google in the design process did not address the broader unintended consequences of having a permanent camera on the device. The privacy issues and considerations just for having this camera are plenty, notwithstanding the negative use of such a device at the beach, park, pool or school. All it initially requires is a Google glass user to do something unintended which will see the device legislated against by many countries. Consider that the device if multiple devices were hacked that this could also have significant security concerns. 

The glasses with augmented reality applications is quite appealing but why they didn't just release the augmented reality glasses on its own without a recording camera is anyone’s guess.

Article by James Jones

The views expressed are the subjective opinion of the article's author and not of


Rick (May 4, 2013 6:34 AM)
This is much ado about nothing. They'll be forbidden in places with an expectation of privacy or propriety (locker rooms, strip clubs, etc.) But if it's a public place -- you know, like a "beach, park, pool, or school" -- then there's no expectation of privacy and people can and do already record pictures & video there. The author is out of touch on this point.
nico m (May 3, 2013 7:08 PM)
Hey raheal fay are you being paid by Google to write stupid comments? I haven't seen the term 'pedantic' used in comments this much... ever. I would recommend you change it up fah que / raheal
Raheal Fay(sophistica). (May 3, 2013 6:59 PM)
why does a pedantic dragon such as the author keep writing an article it has to with reality you need a camera.
Bob (May 3, 2013 6:57 PM)
@fah que because some people care more about their privacy than whether spoiled/entitled folks sate their lust for the 'latest gadget'. Which, might I add will end up in its current incarnation as the next Segway; theoretically useful but in practice, another way of simply identifying the dorks of the world.
G++ (May 3, 2013 6:51 PM)
Just put a little bit of electrical tape over the camera hole. Done and done.
Erik R (May 3, 2013 6:49 PM)
In order for Augmented Reality to work, you need a camera. Ergo, it has a camera.
Alicia (May 3, 2013 6:49 PM)
whatttttttt! 13.97 we are doommmeeeddd! but its really awesome
fah que (May 3, 2013 6:48 PM)
Why do pedantic dinosaurs such as the author keep crying butthurt tears over progress.
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