I don’t know if you’re up to date with the latest in wearable computing, so let me introduce you to Google Project Glass. It’s what can best be described as a heads up display using a small projector over your right eye. With Glass you are able to access information and display it right in front of you. Pretty cool idea. I am a huge fan of the book Daemon by Daniel Suarez in which individuals, in particular a character called Loki Stormbringer, access what’s called the Dark-net on similar fictional technology. It seems amazing, and based on the how it’s described in the book, it is absolutely a technology that I’d like to embrace.
But, there’s a problem that is only now being shown, Google Glass googly eyes, or just Google-y Eyes.
Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google, has been wearing Google Glass on a regular basis. I heard that he was even at the Oscars and wearing Glass. He’s become the spokes model for the product and I haven’t seen a picture of the guy without Glass since early 2012. Every photograph of Brin looks like the photo on the left above. He’s looking straight on and fabulous while donning Glass. Now, I invite you to take a look at the image on the right of Joshua Topolsky of The Verge. I was reading his article on Google Glass and was surprised by the photographs. Almost every photo that shows him using Glass shows his eyes up and to the right. There are more examples to be had at the article. I encourage you to see and read it for yourself.
These kind of photos obviously bring to mind the movie The Jerk and it’s Opti-Grab and eye problems. I’d love to have something like Google Glass for myself, but not at the risk of having Google-y eyes.
I don’t know about you, but I’ll wait until Google Glass is something that Loki Stormbringer would wear.