I really don’t need your glasses, Google. I would be very happy if I could have a lot more battery life for my Android smartphone or tablet or if I could be able to wirelessly recharge all my electronic device and being able to get rid of all these endless plugs. That’s something that I would love to have and a product like that would have mass adoption. This is what I’m hoping to see from you, Google. I didn’t want to write a post praising the upcoming (this year, next 5 years or in 2020?) magical product from Google because it didn’t seem like a good idea to me.

Google Glasses: Still a Dream

google glasses no

I decided to let things cool down and see what people think about it. At least, from where I stand, Project Glass is what it should be – a project and I don’t think we’ll see those fantastic glasses any time soon. If you ask me, I think Google and companies alike should focus on solving stringent issues of our digital lifes before luring us with almost hollow promises.  Why not focus on solving present issues and then moving forward with the development of such incredible products as Google’s Glasses?


Call me naïve or childish, but I really think companies like Apple and Google have the power to change the world in different ways than they’re doing it right now. Apple can easily become a superhero company if they have the will and I think Google could do the same thing. But no, sir, they want to give us Terminator glasses…As if Google doesn’t have enough issues on their shoulders right now. Remember the fat people in Wall-E and how dependent they were on technology? Google Glasses could be a step toward achieving that unwanted reality, suggests Brian Humpel.

At the moment, we don’t have other information about Project Glass besides the video above. Basing my assumptions on that video and what has been written in the blogosphere and on technical websites, I think Google’s Glasses need a lot more work before they will be commercialized and there are quite a few issues with their day-to-day use. According to Robert Scoble, the model that Sergey Brin was wearing was actually a prototype and it was able of performing some activities as advertised in the video:

“Sergey wouldn’t let me wear the Google Glasses but I could see they were flashing info to him.”

Everything looks great in the video and the first feeling you get is that you want those glasses really bad! “Shut up and take me money”, many gadget lovers would say. But, are they analyzing enough the impact those glasses could have on their daily activities? The first thing that struck me was that my field of vision would be impaired by all those icons, maps and graphical overlays. Sure, they’ve thought about that and it appears that only my peripheral vision would be affected. But, hey, don’t I need that, too? Let’s suppose a car could hit you and you wouldn’t be able to see it because you were too busy sharing some pictures on your Facebook profile…Pretty stupid, right?

Issues Related With Project Glass

google glasses clutter

Wired comes with a very interesting approach and suggests that, in fact, that video was a publicity stunt and that Google’s not capable of delivering that technology. Blair MacIntyre sheds some light and destroys the hopes of many fans around the world:

 “You could not do AR with a display like this. The small field of view, and placement off to the side, would result in an experience where the content is rarely on the display and hard to discover and interact with. But it’s a fine size and structure for a small head-up display.”

You should not forget that this is only a concept video and at the moment, it’s almost impossible to come up with such a piece of technology. And it’s not something new as many suggest, the term of ubiquitous computing has first appeared at the beginning of the ’90 and would mean something like this “machines that fit the human environment instead of forcing humans to enter theirs.”” Do not confound that with augmented reality, even if it seems to be the same thing

Head Mounted Display on The Market

More closer to the reality of our days are Epson’s Android glasses, perhaps, that come with quite a price tag, as well – $700. You’ll actually be surprised to find out how many things they can do:

  • Enjoy content in private, a huge 80 inch screen right in front of your eyes
  • See-through wearable display
  • Android-based games, apps
  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • “Download and Go” allows you to take content with you
  • Side-by-side 3D content like never before
  • Enhanced mobility, six hours of battery

If these glasses from Epson cost about $700 and they are able to do these things, we can only suppose that Google’s visionary glasses won’t be quite cheap. Sure, wearing Epson’s glasses won’t leave you unnoticed and I am not sure they are that suitable for outdoor activities. But that’s what you should look at to get a more realistic idea of what Head-Mounted Display reality actually is. Another relevant example is Sony’s Personal 3D Display Viewer. As well as Epson’s Android glasses, Personal 3D Display Viewer is also designed for home use.

sony 3d viewer

Don’t get me wrong, Google’s Project Glass was an absolute stunner for me but I don’t think that it genuinely represents the level of current technology and maybe that’s why they call it –“one day”. And I really don’t think Google knows more about projection than Epson or about content rendering experience than Sony. I still remember with nostalgia such products as Glasstron. Don’t think that Epson and Sony are alone in this; if you’re a skiing lover, then you probably heard about Recon Instrument’s HMD. Also, let’s not forget that some pilots have also some special head mounted displays, so there’s actually nothing with Google’s idea/concept at it should be treated like that.

Do You Really Need Them?

But a product that really made an impression on me was Lumus’ glasses and I had no idea that such glasses already exist, albeit there’s been enough news covering about them. Nor did I hear about Vuzix’s glasses until the previous week. By seeing that the head-mounted display niche has quite a few names, it makes me think and realize once more that Google has the power to market such a device as nobody else but they should be very careful in how they’re crafting the product.  Sure, they will be great, but think about it – how would the world look like if everybody were wearing these devices? Isn’t there too much information, already?

Do we really have to know all that information, do we have to feed this hunger to be always connected? I like the fact that you could take pictures and instantly share them (or safely storing them somewhere) but wouldn’t you appear as a freak talking to yourself all that time? Judging by the video, most commands are voice activated. Sure, that could be the least of your concerns if such a product becomes reality, but still…Let’s hope you don’t make the wrong type of sounds, as I agree with John Dvorak from PC Mag saying that Google’s Glasses would be good to watch porn…

Apple Won’t Stand This, Right?

Also, don’t forget Apple, people! Let’s not forget that it is they who have Siri, it is they who have such a powerful sales booster as the iPhone. Recent reports even suggest that the next iPhone could have augmented reality features. Add to that the fact that Siri will have to be much smarter and evolved and you’ve got yourself more real competition from Apple to a Google product that we aren’t even sure will be launched in the near future.

Patents don’t get created out of thin air and if you want to enter a certain market, you either have to buy a company with a great history and huge know-how (Google-Motorola deal, in our case) or you have to come up with new, totally independent solutions, harvested in your own labs and by your own scientists (Google X labs, in our case – which managed to bring the self-driving car, for instance).

Realistic Parodies Regarding Google Glasses

A number of parodies appeared on the web, shortly after Google made public their project. Many things that are brought up in these videos are actually following a strict line of logic and reveal why Google’s Glasses are more of a visionary product than you’re probably thinking.

    • Google Glasses: A New Way to Hurt Yourself

    • Windows Project Glass: One day too…

    • Goggle – Project Dangerous Glasses

    • Project Glass: One day… (WoW Parody)

    • Google Project Glass – Cheating Wife Parody

I’ll Pass, Thank You

Maybe I just don’t like wearing glasses (but what will do those that have to wear real glasses, will the put them over these … ?). In fact, besides those very sunny days, (I tend to watch directly at the sun when there’s normal amount of light, to improve my vision) I don’t wear glasses at all and I think I am not they only one. The idea of having something in front of my eyes that could interpret the reality and give me lots of advices is in the same time awesome and stupid.

Maybe I don’t want to be dependent to my social profiles, maybe I want to see the rain catching me without umbrella, maybe I want to get lost and discover a mysterious new place, maybe I want NOT TO KNOW where my best friend is so that he could surprise me from my back. No, I really don’t need your glasses, Google.

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  • http://ujjwalkanth.com Ujjwal Kanth

    Umm, I think you are lil biased in your opinion about this product. I couldn’t read it from top to bottom, You lost me when you started pointing out things what other blogs have already said.
    Anyway, what i want to say is that you didn’t provide any solid point for really not liking this device.
    I mean, its all well and good that these companies can do a lot more than just glasses and stuff, but where is the real reason?
    Go ahead and search for “Pranav Mistry, Sixth Sense” you will find that google glasses are not exactly new.
    Other thing that I couldn’t figure out was your opinion for it not being a really useful device. Did you know back in the time when first analytical engine was developed Charles Babbage was considered a madman, but consider the present time, could all this development would have happened without Computers? So, how can you say that in next 5 years this can’t be a big thing.
    Another thing is need drives innovation, and if there would be need, i guess the top notch engineers that google hire will be able to find some or the other way to solve these technological issues.
    I expect a lot better and unbiased views from you Radu, I have always admired your articles, but this one is a lil let down.

    • http://www.maindevice.com Radu Tyrsina

      :) Ujiwal,

      I am not afraid of critics, I never were. yes, it is VERY biased in fact, because it’s an OPED piece, not a factual article. “I couldn’t read it from top to bottom” > why is that? “what other blogs have already said” > what things?

      Solid points about a device that doesn’t exist … ? I am saying and continuing under my strong belief that these companies should do something else besides driving what we HAVE to call and refer to as “innovation”. iPad was an innovation? No, it was not. It was THE FIRST product that was ready for mass adoption, a product that had been carefully planned and analyzed.

      I am not opposed to Google’s glasses, but now I understand that you didn’t read the entire article. There are quitea few points that I am taking in order to support my small theory…I suggest you either to re-read or simply to watch the parodies. I’ve put them there to enhance even more an absurd angle. And if you’ll browse a little bit more, you’ll see many voices making fun of Google Glasses. I am not the single one.

      Analytical engine? Charles Babbage? I think that’s a little too much. First of all, Google’s Glasses is by no means AN INNOVATION. Google can make it a terrific product, I do agree with that, BUT NOT RIGHT NOW and NOT LIKE THAT. That was my idea. And I was suggesting that INSTEAD of developing such things,they should focus on solving other issues, like I suggested in this article for Apple > http://techpp.com/2012/03/30/apple-superhero-company/

      how can you say that in next 5 years this can’t be a big thing. > where did I say that?

      need drives innovation> that would be the “old” rule, to be frank. Do you think the world really needed the tablet or many other inventions. Steve Jobs himself SAID that we shouldn’t listen to “focus groups” but instead, deliver new products to them, suggesting that, in fact, INTUITION is what made Apple what it is.

      I expect a lot better and unbiased views from you Radu> Sorry, but I am not sure I can satisfy your needs. Each reader will have its own opinion about my articles and each of them will want a different thing. If I were to do all that, my style would be lost. I am not a geek, I am not the ultimate engineer, I am not a tech brainiac, I am only a humble tech writer, turned Editor. And my articles, at least, the latest of them, are all OPEDs and should treated like that. I thank you for your suggestions!

      I have always admired your articles> thank you for that and for your comments.

  • http://ujjwalkanth.com Ujjwal Kanth

    Ok, I believe I owe you an apology, I should have read the article till the end.
    I accept some things that you have pointed out and that is as much as I can hope for from an OPED.
    Anyway, You are an Apple fan, isn’t it? :D :)
    And lil biased against Google. And this article was written with your Google-bias in mind, not that I am complaining, just making a point.
    One more thing, parodies or not parodies, those accidents and all won’t happen in reality, it doesn’t impair your line of sight, just stays above or below it.
    BTW, do look at the Ted Video of Pranav Mistry explaining Sixth Sense, if you haven’t already watched it! It’s amazing.
    Apologies once again.

    • http://www.maindevice.com Radu Tyrsina

      Hey, I wasn’t not at all upset by your remarks, don’t worry! I am not an Apple fan, I am not a Google fan, I believe in the common sense :)

      I’ve already seen; indeed amazing :)

  • http://techpp.com Raju

    And here is what the same Pranav Mistry had to say about Google Glasses –
    “The small screen seen in the photos cannot give the experience the video is showing.”
    “Current HUDs utilize a fixed lens distance of two feet”
    “For true augmented reality, the display would have to dynamically focus, which would require additional hardware on the glasses to read your eye.”

    More here – http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/04/augmented-reality-experts-say-google-glasses-face-serious-hurdles/

  • http://ujjwalkanth.com Ujjwal Kanth

    While digging through HN i found this. Discussion is worth a read.
    http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=3798328

  • http://www.androcentral.com satya

    A very negative article with no conclusion.

    • http://www.maindevice.com Radu Tyrsina

      Thanks for the good laugh. By my assumptions, you read 5% of it. Am I right? :)

  • Nicolas

    I think you got something wrong. You don’t look trough that little peace of glass. The image is projected on your retina. It’s calles a “Virtual Retinal Display” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_retinal_display). This enables very small and low power consumption devices. Brother presented their goggles “Airscouter” two years ago. It was almost as small as Googles one. You can see videos of the device on Youtube. So it was possible to build such devices at least two years ago.

    • http://www.maindevice.com Radu Tyrsina

      Hmm, where did I say that I look through that little piece of glass?

  • Silver

    All the argumments are silly, I mean, if you don’t like what products can be offer with google glasses, why did you do a post about it?? And are only glasses, if you want something YOU CAN REMOVE IT!

  • Roberto

    Meh, im a cyberpunk fan so… xD

  • Haylin

    I luv the idea of the glasses <3

  • Dirk Diggler

    google glasses are so cool, in 1 or 2 years whole smartphone in this little package :)