Google Glass attempts to set the record straight

After receiving a lot of backlash for the Glass, Google attempts to quash misconceptions and reduce growing criticism of the device.
By Ananth Baliga   |   March 21, 2014 at 6:13 PM

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., March 21 (UPI) -- Google Glass is attempting to silence "Glass haters" by posting a note on their Google+ page listing the top ten myths about the much-talked about device.

The company admitted that the device is not ready for wide-scale production and said that Glass users are not all geeks and users include people from a diverse background, from brewmasters to zookeepers. And the high price of the Glass -- to join the Glass Explorer program costs $1500 -- doesn't mean that users are rich.

"Glass is a prototype, and our Explorers and the broader public are playing a critical role in how it's developed," Google wrote in the post.

Another accusation that Google tackled head-on is that Glass will be the end of privacy and a perfect surveillance tool. Google says that the device is not meant to be a spy device and that privacy fears are similar to concerns people had when cameras were first introduced in the late 19th century.

"If a company sought to design a secret spy device, they could do a better job than Glass!" Google wrote. "Let's be honest: if someone wants to secretly record you, there are much, much better cameras out there."

Google addressed other misconceptions: that the device is constantly recording everything, not the case; that Glass can perform facial recognition, it does not have those capabilities; and that it obstructs the user's view, the screen is over the right eye and not in front of it.

The note comes a month after Google released a similar list for how not to be a "glasshole."


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