Apparently annoyed that terms like “glassholes” seem to be catching on, Google is pushing back and released a list of the “Top 10 Google Glass Myths” on the Google Glass Google Plus page on Friday. Comparing myths about Google Glass to some popular urban legends like the story of alligators in the subway and Walt Disney in deep freeze, Google is trying to dispel some of the negative publicity that has come to surround one of its best known products.
Myth number one is that Glass distracts from the real world. This is probably the number one question people have about something that goes over the eyes and constantly tries to get attention with phone calls, text and calendar appointments. In fact, before the product was released to beta testers, Google put together some commercials featuring people walking around their neighborhoods wearing Glass. It did not take long for parody videos to pop up, featuring people falling over things, walking into things and generally acting like high-tech versions of Mr. or Mrs. Magoo. What Glass is supposed to do, is to allow the wearer to do all the things they would normally do on a computer screen, without actually having to look down or be stuck in a chair. But review after review talks about how Glass takes a “little getting used to” because the eye is drawn up and to the left, in order to see the tiny screen. It is one of the myths that may take some more work on Google’s part to dispel, based on its prevalence.
Myth number seven is that Glass is perfect for surveillance. This is one Google Glass myth that may not be difficult to push back. If someone wanted to secretly record something, there are a lot more inconspicuous ways of doing so than wearing glasses that light up and beep when a message comes in. There are, however, places where many believe that having something like Glass is probably a benefit. One early beta tester is Dr. Hans Van Lancker, who is excited about all the possibilities that Glass can bring to medicine. He can imagine scenarios where specialists can help doctors in remote areas to treat patients, along with other forms of tele-medicine. The uses for Glass on the campaign trail are being considered. Some political organizations see Glass as an easier way to keep candidates honest and to have them on video when they are not.
Down the list at myth number nine, Google wants people to know that Glass is not banned everywhere. The truth is that it is not banned everywhere. For those curious about where it is banned, there is a website that keeps track of which San Francisco restaurants are not allowing Glass through the door. According to a story in Yahoo News, there are seven states that are currently considering a ban on the eyewear while driving: Wyoming, Delaware, Illinois, Missouri, New Jersey, New York and West Virginia. Wyoming senator Floyd Esquibel, who introduced the bill in his state, said that it was common sense that a small computer screen is not needed while driving and that it could be a danger to others on the road. With legislation being considered in so many states, Google may still has work to do pushing back on the myths surrounding Glass.
By Dan Reyes