03
May
2013-05-03_12h19_08

When we talk about Google Glass, we have a lot to be hopeful for and a lot to be worried about. Some of those worries might be a little less than rational. Like the fear that you'll potentially be monitored all the time, which is totally different from how it is now. So, for all the Glass skeptics out there, allow me to do you a favor and replace some less rational fears with some that are more reasonable: if Google Glass becomes popular, everyone is going to start looking at cat pictures on their glasses, no one will watch where they're going, and society will collectively walk into poles, open sewer holes, and each other. There will be no survivors.

Obviously, I'm talking about Reddit on Google Glass.

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Right now, Glass units are slowly rolling out to developers and eager early adopters. Some of those developers are even making apps for it. The New York Times is working on one, as is Twitter. That all seems well and good. An app that reads articles to you doesn't seem half bad. And hey, why not send a quick tweet? Sure. Let's do it.

Reddit, on the other hand, sounds dangerous. Like, "do not use this app while operating heavy machinery" dangerous. "Please Reddit responsibly" dangerous. The kind of dangerous where there actually seems like a reasonable concern about how much more distracted people will become by the device attached to their face.

In seriousness, this actually doesn't seem that much worse than having Reddit on your phone. The question is, though, how far do you want Google Glass to go? If we're already seeing social networks, news sites, and link aggregation showing up on our eyeballs, it's reasonable to assume that just about anything might eventually be possible. Should Glass be as open or as capable of a platform as Android is? Should the UI be up to the end developer? Do consumers want a market with as much variety and functionality as the Play Store, which includes everything from Photoshop to fart soundboards? As we wait for the consumer model, these are the questions that Explorers are going to have to figure out.

Source: LivingThruGlass

Thanks, WinDroidGuy.

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.

  • Xavier Davis

    Maybe we can get a Business Insider app...

    • r3drox

      HA

  • http://google.com/+derekross Derek Ross
  • Abhijeet Mishra

    I want this! Oh wait, I'll never be able to afford Google Glass, so no use. :-P

    • cwagner

      We don't know the end user price yet. A lot of speculation is happening around the $200-$400 price point.

      • http://twitter.com/qu4ttr0 Drew

        Ill place my mark in the 900s square

    • omegavesko

      It's not going to be anywhere near $1500 at launch.

  • anzensepp1987

    I love brilliant stupid ideas!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=739822243 Russell Gutierrez

    Glass screensavers. Definitely screen savers.

    • Matthew Fry

      OMG THE WINDOWS SPACE SCREENSAVER! Seriously, though that would probably make me vomit immediately.

      • Daniel Orchard

        I just want that 3D text with the date and time spinning just faster than the graphics card can handle...

        • James

          My Voodoo 2 could handle any spinning 3D text. Also Quake 2. Jealous?

  • nawa

    I guess everyone knows what this Reddit app is for. #HOLOYOLO

    • Omar Al Matar

      All who know say HOLO

      • HellG

        #HOLO!

      • Ella Puerto

        HOLO

  • abqnm

    I *can't wait* for other OEM's like Samsung to make Glass. I REALLY want TouchWiz on Glass. Seems like they may have to rename it though.

    I give you LookButDon'tTouchWiz!

    • Ivan Myring

      Well I'm looking forward to custom ROMs. How about Paranoid EyeDroid

      • abqnm

        Oh I can just hear it now... What are you wearing?

        Oh, just Google Glass running the newest One Eyed Willy build.

        • Ivan Myring

          Why aren't you wearing those glasses any more?
          Oh, i got a virus!

          • abqnm

            So if Google Glass got a virus, would that be malware or malwear?

    • Ivan Myring

      You mean TouchWiz NotThere Ux 2.0

  • xnifex

    I'm at work on a phone call. I started laughing out loud & had to explain my self to my customer after reading this: "Reddit, on the other hand, sounds dangerous. Like, "do not use this app
    while operating heavy machinery" dangerous. "Please Reddit responsibly"
    dangerous."

    Thanks for that!

  • irtechneo

    Should Glass be as open or as capable of a platform as Android is? YES. I don't think we should stifle the innovation and we should see what comes of it. Apps that work well with Glass will become the most popular and the novelty apps (Reddit) will be just that in my opinion--a novelty kind of like some of the features OEMs put into smart phones. They will be cool for about 5 minutes when you first use them but then once people realize they are a novelty and not practical for everyday use they will fall by the wayside. Best to let the market decide.

  • Matthew Fry

    Everyone's thinking it but nobody is saying it. I'll be the big man. GlassPorn.

    • jacob

      you're projecting...

    • VirtualMaster

      Yeah ! People around us will ever know that we are actually watching porn ! :D

      • abqnm

        Unless you are male...

      • Xpgamer7

        Unless they look at the little glass box on the front of our faces to see a backwards seethrough porn flick.

  • Asphyx

    "no one will watch where they're going, and society will collectively walk into poles, open sewer holes, and each other. There will be no survivors."
    Perhaps a little thinning of the herd would be a good thing for Humanity! LOL

  • Asphyx

    What I REALLY need is a Google Glass app that can make those 3AM Drunk end of night Pickups look good by superimposing a good face on whoever I wind up with!

  • Dan

    Should... should... should... Any question about Glass that starts with "should" is a stupid question. Glass will be open or Glass will be hacked open. There's no third option. What anyone thinks "should" happen is meaningless. No matter what the feature is, if you get 3 people on XDA simultaneously excited about it, it will happen and go viral in no time.

  • http://techhowdy.com/ Raj

    Interesting. Thanks for share

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