22
Apr
2013-04-22_17h24_53

While the Explorer Editions of Google Glass are making their way out to the lucky early adopters (with extra cash), the rest of the world is wondering when it can get its eyeballs on the product. According Eric Schmidt speaking to Radio 4, the answer is roughly a year from now.

He also believes that the technology behind Google Glass goes beyond just this one product:

"At the moment what you do is you wear it. There are tremendous numbers of applications that can be imagined - augmented reality - where you see what's going on in real-time and then we annotate that. We say, oh that's this building, or this is something that you've already done, or those sorts of things."

He also discussed the need for new etiquette. We don't exactly have a lot of people running around with cameras and a search box strapped to their face right now, so the idea is something people will need to warm up to. That's not to say it's impossible. Five years ago, we hadn't really settled on whether it's okay to use your smartphone at the dinner table because most people didn't have them. Emphasizing this point, Schmidt had this to say:

"It's obviously not appropriate to wear these glasses in situations where recording is not correct. Companies like Google have a very important responsibility to keep your information safe but you have a responsibility as well which is to understand what you're doing, how you're doing it, and behave appropriately and also keep everything up to date."

You heard it folks. Google will keep up its end of the bargain by ensuring all your Glass pictures and are recordings safe, but if someone punches you in the face because you wore it to the urinal, that's on you.

Source: The Telegraph

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • Fernando Gonzalez

    Personal responsibility? Sorry but that's a concept that Americans don't understand.

    • RocketScience11

      Just Americans? That's a rather narrow view.

      • Fernando Gonzalez

        No it's not. Sadly it's called reality.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000003999549 Mike Harris

          Fernando, I was with you until you decided to go that extra step and say that lack of personal responsibility is only an American problem.

          • Fernando Gonzalez

            No, I never said it was only an American problem. But Americans are far worse at accepting personal responsibility than most others.

    • Mitchell Thompson

      That's a rude generalization.

      • Fernando Gonzalez

        Truth isn't always kind.

        • http://www.facebook.com/Shinakuma George Millhouse

          Im sure mr gonzalez you know all about the world

          • Fernando Gonzalez

            Nope. Never claimed to be. But anyone that actually studies the world around us knows this country has a serious responsibility problem.

          • Nick V

            I can definitely agree with this statement. America has become too complacent, and is relying more and more on the government to provide for them. I am a 40 year old parent, and since my child was young, I have had such a distaste for the lack of competitiveness in sports, schools and more.

            With the latest election, the reality is that people are laying down like sheep and not taking responsibility for their personal freedoms. It scares me, because the founding fathers created a government to fear the people, and now the government has almost tamed the wild spirit that made us great.

            Now can we get back the cool technology talk?

          • HopelesslyFaithful

            Yep....

            *cough*pussification*cough* of america

          • Nick V

            It means that we need to work harder to keep our children competitive, engaged and educated. I never tell my son to go tell if someone is picking on him. I tell him to drop to he knees, knock the kid in the balls and then get up and break his nose. I don't have time for all these Nanny Parents to be calling the schools crying that their child is being picked on.

            what happens when they enter the real world. I tell my son that the real world is cruel, and that he needs to be prepared. He is 13, just accepted into a Pre-Engineering program at the local high school, and knows that when he graduates, there will only be a handful of jobs left in this country that he will be able to make a living from.

            Other parents may call me whatever they want, but when it comes to my family, I believe in survival.

          • http://GPlus.to/Abhisshack Abhisshack D

            Truth hurts mate

    • fixxmyhead

      hahahaha yup . not everyone but most like 95%

    • Angel

      From your name you're from Latin America. Yes you see the "America". You're an American. lol, Perhaps youe meant "North Amercia". Need to go back to school asap.

      • Elias

        Maybe you need to pull your head out of your ass, because a hispanic name could perfectly be from Spain. You are xenophobic, ignorant and stupid, yet thinks knows all the truth, and you just fitted the picture for the average Joe everyone thinks of when saying 'all "americans" are stupid'. Also, your "north american" generalization is also wrong because North America has Canada, Mexico, Greenland, etc; so I guess it's appropriate to say you are the one who should get back to school, and you might want to begin learning how to properly spell "america".
        (I'm not saying the generalist comment from Fernando Gonzales is accurate, as there are many usa citizens that are not stupid. But as a general rule, people from the rest of the world see USA citizens as stupid - mainly because of people like "Angel")

        • Elias

          Wasn't meant to start a flame war. If moderators see fit, please delete my comment before it begins.

          • http://www.facebook.com/humberto.verdugo1 Humberto Verdugo

            dude! take a chill pill

        • marcusmaximus04

          I'd hardly say "xenophobic" applies here. Assuming a hispanic name comes from the Americas is a generalization, but it certainly doesn't rise to the point of showing a hatred for or fear of foreigners.

        • http://www.facebook.com/Shinakuma George Millhouse

          not with that last name he isnt

          • Fernando Gonzalez

            <<< Born and raised in the United States my man. FULL blooded American. Sorry to burst your ignorant bigoted bubble.

        • http://www.facebook.com/Shinakuma George Millhouse

          most of the world is just jealous of this country and what we have. They have been for a very long time. That is why they come here in droves

          • yeah

            You’re breeding stupid confident people. number twenty-seven in education…but you’re coming number one in confidence.

      • Fernando Gonzalez

        Lmfao. Dude, I was born and raised in Jersey City, NJ. My family is from Puerto Rico., which if you didn't already know, is a part of America. United States of America. Do yourself a favor and educate yourself before making ignorant comments.

        • http://www.facebook.com/Shinakuma George Millhouse

          it is NOT part of america...it is just a protectorate. It is not part of the United States. You are not a state in the union.

          • Fernando Gonzalez

            LOL dude... SERIOUSLY go take some history classes again. Puerto Rico was given to the US by Spain in the Treaty of Paris in 1898 at the end of the Spanish-American war. Puerto Ricans were given US Citizenship in 1917 and in 1952 Puerto Rico became a commonwealth and a territory of the United States. Puerto Ricans are 100% natural born citizens of the United States. Yet another person needs to educate themselves before spewing ignorant nonsense.

          • http://GPlus.to/Abhisshack Abhisshack D

            George Millhouse read Fernando Gonzalez's reply than "Apply Cold Water to Burn Area"

          • MondoGordo

            I just wish people would learn the difference between 'then' and 'than' and use them properly.

          • HopelesslyFaithful

            it is a common wealth....they refuse to become their own country because they get tons of money from the federal government......sad

            They have a vote every so often...one of fairly recent from what i remember...they still haven't chosen to become their own country yet if i remember correct....always about money

          • Fernando Gonzalez

            Do you know anything of Puerto Rico? Puerto rico is poor as hell. Please tell me of all this money they have? Please tell me of all the wealth that is pouring into there from the US? Puerto Rico could prosper if it wasn't getting screwed over by bullshit trade laws and regulation directed against Puerto Rico. Shit, does anyone actually educate themselves on a subject before they open their mouths?

          • HopelesslyFaithful

            i never said it is rich....just that puerto rico gets a ton of benefits from the US hence why it is still a common wealth. I love how you make shit up lol

        • http://GPlus.to/Abhisshack Abhisshack D

          Hahahaha Fernado Gonzales

          • Yeah

            HopelesslyFaithful and abhisshack are idiot internet trolls or 15 year olds. Puerto Rico has United States Post Office boxes with United States Zip codes . It is a common wealth just as Washington Dc is . Go back to school .

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000003999549 Mike Harris

          Up vote for also being from Jersey.

          • HopelesslyFaithful

            i wouldn't be proud of that :/

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000003999549 Mike Harris

            That's because you're probably from West Bumblefuck and have no idea what you're missing. You see the nonsense they show on TV and think that's all it is.

      • http://googleplus.VoluntaryMan.com/ William Thieme

        I don't think they were referring to Canadians.
        Thus, "American" is--due to the modern-day connotation of The United States of America being America--an accurate description.
        If you wanted a technically accurate description, "People from the US" should suffice.

      • http://GPlus.to/Abhisshack Abhisshack D

        Angel read Fernando Gonzalez's reply than "Apply Cold Water to Burn Area" :P

    • Greg Sanders

      Personal responsibility? Sorry but that's a concept that modern welfare state dwellers don't understand.

      • Lol

        I see you think that people on welfare would rather be on welfare than be afforded opportunities you have based on class/privilege/race because people work so hard for all those innate advantages don't they? Get a sociology book.

        • Fernando Gonzalez

          I never said anything about welfare. I was talking about personal responsibility.

        • http://googleplus.VoluntaryMan.com/ William Thieme

          I think you misunderstand what welfare-state-dwellers means.
          It doesn't mean people who are on welfare but rather people who live in a country that has a welfare-state.

        • HopelesslyFaithful

          yes....it is not hard to get a good job if you are a decent person...you need to carry yourself like a respectable, competent, intelligent, and motivated person....sadly...that is too much for over half the population :/

      • HopelesslyFaithful

        amen brother!!! death spiral anyone???

    • EH101

      As a United States (born and raised) citizen, I completely agree. Not only that, but it's only getting worse. Look at kids these days spoiled with tables, smartphones etc. The vast majority of them will never learn the value of a dollar, and they will also probably not get a grasp on personal responsibility until it's much too late. I'm pretty sure my two youngest sisters will be a fine example of this in the near future.

    • mechapathy

      WHAT THE FUCK DOES ANY OF THIS HAVE TO DO WITH THE ARTICLE!?

      Sorry for the awesome button, but damn.

    • jesuguru

      Two aspects of internet responsibility the majority of Americans at least endeavor to understand: 1) avoid stereotyping, 2) avoid trolling, 3) respect others even if/when you disagree (i.e. don't be a jerk).

      Peace to you.

  • Angel Penabad

    The only thing I don't like about google glasses is that some people may use them to take photos violating people intimicy. I mean, maybe the guy wearing google glasses next to you and your kids is doing nothing, but won't notice if he takes a picture of your kids. And all that kind of stuff, we all know that some people is just sick. And I would like to know how Google plans to deal with that.

    Other than that, if Google sale them for less than 350$, all I can say is "Shut up and take my money!".

    • http://twitter.com/cthonctic Cthonctic

      I don't see how this is functionally different from any smartphone with a built-in camera though. Glass takes pictures and videos on voice command and with clearly audible sound effects from what I have seen so far.

      • Asphyx

        You have to hold up a Phone....This you just say take a picture!

      • EH101

        Pictures can also be taken by gestures, and the sound effects I'm sure can be turned off in one way or another.

        • http://twitter.com/cthonctic Cthonctic

          Same as with smartphones then.

    • John O’Connor

      Why would anyone have intimate moments in public, and what does that have to do with your children at all? Chances are that if your child is acting a fool in public someone is going to post it on youtube under spoiled little brat with or without Google Glass. Anyone who believes that they have some alien right to privacy while in a public venue and while acting inappropriate in the public eye deserve to be chastised by the masses.

      • Asphyx

        When some predator starts taking pics of your kids in their bathing suit by the pool and posting them on Pedophile sites you perhaps will think differently!
        Everyone thinks there is no need for privacy until theirs gets violated.
        Then its OMG Arrest them!

        • http://twitter.com/oOBlueOo Haunter

          You act like that can't already be done at public beaches using a cell phone.

          • Angel Penabad

            Of course it can be done now, but Google Glasses make that much easier for them, and there's some things that need limits.
            I don't understand why people claims all the time about Facebook privacy ("I don't want people uploading my pics of mine without my authoritation) but can't see the black hole in privacy that google glasses can be in that aspect.

          • http://twitter.com/oOBlueOo Haunter

            There's no blackhole. It's simply your own paranoia. There are literally 100s of people looking at their cell phones, with the camera pointed in a direction they can take photos every second of your day. you just don't pay attention to it because it's "normal" now. People fail to realize that you can literally be photographed at any moment already. It's like the same fear I remember when laptops first started coming stock with webcams built in. Not to mention there are ALREADY glasses with concealed cameras. If someone wanted to be creepy, there have been ways to do exactly this for nearly 10 years.

          • Asphyx

            And yet 1000s of people wearing glasses and how do you know which ones have cameras in it or not...
            You wish to put your life on constant display such as facebook in hopes of some warped fame feel free to wear a camera that only points at you and no one else.
            Or better yet tell me where you live...I'll follow you for a week and snap pictures of you all day and post them to some site YOU DON"T KNOW ABOUT...
            And when you find them tell me how PARANOID you are for feeling violated because I submitted your Picture to Pedophile of the day website...
            Because I could! And because I could have done it with a phone too...So it's all right to do no matter how I got the job done!

          • Asphyx

            Can you do that without holding up a phone for no damn good reason and merely by looking at the subject and saying TAKE PICTURE?
            NO!
            You can see and notice someone taking a picture with a phone, but it's almost impossible to tell when someone wearing glasses and looks at you has a camera built in those glasses.

        • John O’Connor

          I am merely stating that this can already be done with existing technology and no indication of it happening. If some creeper is sitting by the pool and saying ok glass take a picture it will be much more obvious then the one who appears to be responding to emails, playing a game, watching a movie, reading an ebook or any of the constant things that are presently acceptable. There is no need for being overly alarmist over glass. Again being in public we expect there will be minimal privacy. Many public places have security cameras, and yes public pools included for safety, liability and security reasons yet we have faith that there is not some pervert on the other end performing nefarious monitoring in the safety of a remote location. So yes, a public space does not ever guarantee any modicum of privacy unfortunately.

          • Asphyx

            So does making it more clandestine make it any more right to do?

            Yes you can do it on a phone is it right to do it?

            At least with a phone it has to be held up and pointed to take a picture..

            Now all they have to do is look at you!

            Should we stop people from glancing at each other just to maintain our privacy?

            Just because it can be done other ways doesn't mean it's fine and dandy to make it even harder to spot.

            Bottomline is if you don't want privacy you have every right to take all the pictures of yourself you want.

          • http://twitter.com/oOBlueOo Haunter

            Wow... your paranoia is off the charts. Firstly, you're not interesting enough to photograph. Secondly, you're flat out ignoring everything John is saying. Countless times I have been watching a YouTube video, or playing a game, or even looking at a picture or my Facebook, with my phone angled to easily take a picture. But, guess what... NOBODY assumes I'm taking a picture. Everyone assumes I'm doing something else, which I am... but they don't KNOW that, they're just accepting it on good faith. This is the same thing and it's certainly not making it any easier than it already is. If I wanted to be creepy, I could literally have 100s of pictures on my phone daily, while pretending to watch a video. The "fear" is 100% in your head and what you're willing to say "That's okay" and "This is not" when there's little difference in reality. Creepy people are going to be creepy. There are literally glasses with built in cameras that have been around for almost a decade. You can literally buy them on Amazon NOW for a fraction of the price Glass would be. Your fear is totally irrational and half thought out.

          • HopelesslyFaithful

            i am pretty sure you can re program it so take pictures constantly or just record....no need to be a dumbass and say of glass do this.

      • Angel Penabad

        Who said anything about intimate moments or acting inappropiate? I'm talking about the hole of security GGlasses can be in that aspect, it's not what you're doing in that photos, but what the one that takes the photos can do with them.
        I know most people will do a good use of GGlasses, but you can't forget that there are a lot of mother***** out there.

    • marcusmaximus04

      "I mean, maybe the guy wearing google glasses next to you and your kids is doing nothing, but won't notice if he takes a picture of your kids."

      This is already legal in most states and can be done with a hidden camera.

      • Rugratzz

        The EU has very strict privacy laws.

        RR

  • http://www.facebook.com/tac1000 Tom Campbell

    As with every new technology from printing pictures, to VHS cassettes, to the Internet itself, its first use will be porn.
    You know it, I know it, and I'm sure Google knows it.

    • Asphyx

      LOL the POV video count will simply skyrocket!

    • http://www.facebook.com/humberto.verdugo1 Humberto Verdugo

      You sir made my day

    • HopelesslyFaithful

      probably has been already...sigh -_-

  • Mehmet Fatih YILDIRIM

    Its easy, they should put some bright (bright enough to be noticed in daylight) blue or red led light just near the camera, When its in recording the light turns on, so others can get an idea of what you are doing with the glass, recording or just using it. also they should put some security precautions for not being able to disable that light by some hack, At least not by an easy way, so even it become possible to hack that,since most of the casual users wont be able to hack it, it wont be a huge problem.

    Otherwise, the camera will be a huge problem in some countries,

    • Barton82

      Yeah, cause there's no way someone could possibly use something like this:

      • jesuguru

        Reminds me of the DVD "encryption" that was foiled by using a magic marker around the edge.

    • http://twitter.com/oOBlueOo Haunter

      You mean like a hardwired LED that turns on any time the camera turns on... like those already in laptops.

      • HopelesslyFaithful

        laptops don't have them....at least i never noticed on. Also you can just break the solder or short the led....not hard to get around...sadly

  • Asphyx

    If Privacy is a concern then let them create Google Break Glass....a Wireless device that shuts down the camera and voice functions of Glass that can be installed in restaurants and bathrooms!
    Create a Market and serve that market is always good business practice!

    • EH101

      Google Shatter to the rescue! Would be a brilliant business decision.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        And Google Shitter in the bathroom.

        • EH101

          I'd argue Shat-ter would be good enough, but some people might need that last push over the edge. lol

          • HopelesslyFaithful

            nice

        • Elias

          And Google Glass Fucker for hotel bedrooms

      • jesuguru

        I see William Shatner doing an ad for it now...

  • Jobeth Palacio

    Newsflash: there are already glasses with cameras and video recorders.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      But they're not common and aren't advertised to regular consumers all over the place. And not made by Google.

      • http://twitter.com/oOBlueOo Haunter

        Not being advertised to consumers doesn't make them any less accessible. Something tells me anyone who really wants to be malicious with a camera on their face probably already has one... and it's much stealthier.

      • ElfirBFG

        Glass currently cost A LOT more than most hidden-camera glasses, and while likely to drop when it becomes available to the entire public, they will still be more expensive than 'spy-glasses'. If someone wanted to do covert filming, they'd probably drop ~$300 on currently available glasses.

        • http://twitter.com/oOBlueOo Haunter

          I don't know why people keep downvoting statements like these as if it's a lie or not relevant. There have been "glasses cams" for nearly 10 years now. Totally hidden in the frames and inconspicuous and are in fact much cheaper than Glass will launch at. Here's a model for $130 right now on Amazon, and they've been around for a VERY long time. -> http://www.amazon.com/Inventio-HD-Video-Audio-Recording-Sunglasses/dp/B009HWF660/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1366681877&sr=8-1&keywords=Hidden+eyeglass+cam

          • mgamerz

            Pretty sure glass isn't a spy camera

          • http://twitter.com/oOBlueOo Haunter

            thatsthepoint.jpeg

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000003999549 Mike Harris

            The problem with your statement is not that "spy glasses" don't exist. Of course they do. Your problem is that you look at a product like Google Glass and all you see is one application for its use.

          • http://twitter.com/oOBlueOo Haunter

            Clearly you're not paying attention to the context of my statement. That's the point. People using the "It's a privacy invasion" argument have missed the mark in a big way. This is nothing new... or different... and won't affect anyone.

          • HopelesslyFaithful

            down vote for you because i can :P

            ...in that mood today ^^

    • HopelesslyFaithful

      they also have ones in ties....check out ananka or whatever and deal extreme lol

  • Elias

    While I do agree there's reason for a bit of privacy concern, I don't think it's that much of a problem. Creeps can already get glasses with disguised cameras cheap from China. As a general rule, creepers gonna creep and haters gonna hate, there's nothing you can do about it.
    I'd wear my glasses even to the urinal because I don't usually look around (or even down) when I'm peeing. If I do look, feel free to punch me in the face even if I'm not wearing Glass - I sure would do it to other people looking at me on the urinal. I would wear Glass on restaurants too, maybe I just want to capture the atmosphere during a dinner? It all can already be done in less conspicuous mammers, so if you can't deal with it go lock yourself in a bunker.
    BTW, I hope Glass comes someday with dual cameras and bigger dual displays (even though it would mostly use the corner of the display). 3D would be fun to play with.

  • http://googleplus.VoluntaryMan.com/ William Thieme

    I think an opaque snap-on cover would be great. That way you can still search things but people won't be concerned that you might be recording something where recording is prohibited.

  • http://www.facebook.com/Shinakuma George Millhouse

    IN a year?? I remember a post from Google about the public version being out before the end of the year. Now it is in a year?? It better be far better than the current version

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      I wouldn't place too much stock in Schmidt's "about a year" statement. When it comes to measuring the certainty of a currently unknown date, anything goes.

  • atlouiedog

    Google should send out hats to everyone in the world with a QR code that tells Glass to blur the face of the wearer. You know, for privacy. Also, free hat.

    • David Hart

      That's actually a really interesting idea!

  • damien

    I have to agree with comments associated with mr gonzales'.....kids now adays dont know shit...pardon my french....everything is handed to them....never disclplined....parents these days are bending over backwards to spoil their kids instead of telling them no.....i mean come on.....i got whooped as a kid and was told no on a daily basis....but heaven forbid my generation does that we would be reported for either neglect or child abuse....so something needs to change...

    • HopelesslyFaithful

      also society says they can't do it in certain ways....my parents would probably be in jail in today's world :/ my grandpa??? he would have been lynched with how he punished my parents. I was scared shitless of him lol. My dad used his belt but my grandpa used a freakin solid metal ruler lol...he used it once and never again did i give that man shit lol

      Granted, all kids respond differently to various forms of discipline but all are appropriate in my eyes.

  • http://www.facebook.com/arveparve Arve Svendsen

    gglass. com/beach

    Oh yeah!

  • Dipish

    So if I have bad sight, do I have to carry google glasses (with diopters) AND a pair of regular glasses and switch "when recording is inappropriate"?

  • HopelesslyFaithful

    "Companies like Google have a very important responsibility to keep your information safe..."

    yea coming from the company that hands over your info to the FBI without a warrant...uhuh

  • Rugratzz

    I hope it can record in dark places, you record me or my family and it will be in a very dark place, possible checking whats wrong with you colon.

    RR

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