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The Top 10 Google Glass Myths

Mr. Rogers was a Navy SEAL. A tooth placed in soda will dissolve in 24 hours. Gators roam the sewers of big cities and Walt Disney is cryogenically frozen. These are just some of the most common and -- let’s admit it -- awesome urban myths out there. 

Myths can be fun, but they can also be confusing or unsettling. And if spoken enough, they can morph into something that resembles fact. (Side note: did you know that people used to think that traveling too quickly on a train would damage the human body?)

In its relatively short existence, Glass has seen some myths develop around it. While we’re flattered by the attention, we thought it might make sense to tackle them, just to clear the air. And besides, everyone loves a good list:

Myth 1 - Glass is the ultimate distraction from the real world
Instead of looking down at your computer, phone or tablet while life happens around you, Glass allows you to look up and engage with the world. Big moments in life -- concerts, your kid’s performances, an amazing view -- shouldn’t be experienced through the screen you’re trying to capture them on. That’s why Glass is off by default and only on when you want it to be. It’s designed to get you a bit of what you need just when you need it and then get you back to the people and things in life you care about. 

Myth 2:  Glass is always on and recording everything
Just like your cell phone, the Glass screen is off by default. Video recording on Glass is set to last 10 seconds. People can record for longer, but Glass isn't designed for or even capable of always-on recording (the battery won’t last longer than 45 minutes before it needs to be charged). So next time you’re tempted to ask an Explorer if he’s recording you, ask yourself if you’d be doing the same with your phone. Chances are your answers will be the same.

Myth 3 - Glass Explorers are technology-worshipping geeks
Our Explorers come from all walks of life. They include parents, firefighters, zookeepers, brewmasters, film students, reporters, and doctors. The one thing they have in common is that they see the potential for people to use technology in a way that helps them engage more with the world around them, rather than distract them from it. In fact, many Explorers say because of Glass they use technology less, because they’re using it much more efficiently. We know what you’re thinking: “I’m not distracted by technology”. But the next time you’re on the subway, or, sitting on a bench, or in a coffee shop, just look at the people around you. You might be surprised at what you see.

Myth 4 - Glass is ready for prime time
Glass is a prototype, and our Explorers and the broader public are playing a critical role in how it’s developed. In the last 11 months, we’ve had nine software updates and three hardware updates based, in part, on feedback from people like you. Ultimately, we hope even more feedback gets baked into a polished consumer product ahead of being released. And, in the future, today's prototype may look as funny to us as that mobile phone from the mid 80s.

Myth 5: Glass does facial recognition (and other dodgy things) Nope. That’s not true. As we’ve said before, regardless of technological feasibility, we made the decision based on feedback not to release or even distribute facial recognition Glassware unless we could properly address the many issues raised by that kind of feature.  And just because a weird application is created, doesn’t mean it’ll get distributed in our MyGlass store. We manually approve all the apps that appear there and have several measures in place (from developer policies and screenlocks to warning interstitials) to help protect people’s security on the device.

Myth 6: Glass covers your eye(s)
“I can't imagine having a screen over one eye...” one expert said in a recent article. Before jumping to conclusions about Glass, have you actually tried it? The Glass screen is deliberately above the right eye, not in front or over it. It was designed this way because we understand the importance of making eye contact and looking up and engaging with the world, rather than down at your phone.
Myth 7 - Glass is the perfect surveillance device
If a company sought to design a secret spy device, they could do a better job than Glass! Let’s be honest: if someone wants to secretly record you, there are much, much better cameras out there than one you wear conspicuously on your face and that lights up every time you give a voice command, or press a button. 

Myth 8 - Glass is only for those privileged enough to afford it
The current prototype costs $1500 and we realize that is out of the range of many people. But that doesn’t mean the people who have it are wealthy and entitled. In some cases, their work has paid for it. Others have raised money on Kickstarter and Indiegogo. And for some, it’s been a gift. 

Myth 9 - Glass is banned... EVERYWHERE  
Since cell phones came onto the scene, folks have been pretty good at creating etiquette and the requisite (and often necessary) bans around where someone can record (locker rooms, casino floors, etc.). Since Glass functionality mirrors the cell phones (down to the screen being off by default), the same rules apply. Just bear in mind, would-be banners: Glass can be attached to prescription lenses, so requiring Glass to be turned off is probably a lot safer than insisting people stumble about blindly in a locker room.

Myth 10 - Glass marks the end of privacy
When cameras first hit the consumer market in the late 19th century, people declared an end to privacy. Cameras were banned in parks, at national monuments and on beaches.  People feared the same when the first cell phone cameras came out. Today, there are more cameras than ever before. In ten years there will be even more cameras, with or without Glass. 150+ years of cameras and eight years of YouTube are a good indicator of the kinds of photos and videos people capture--from our favorite cat videos to dramatic, perspective-changing looks at environmental destruction, government crackdowns, and everyday human miracles. 
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i really hope for some big news at Google I/O 2014.... 
This posts comes at the right time, but is a bit weak to disspell the doubts tech community (geeks not the general public) are facing regarding glass.

Still, I am pretty excited about a prospect of using Glass for a full week in near future. It cant come soon enough
Excellent post, Thank you Glass Team. 
+Jeremy Reger we have a saying in my country that hope dies the last... 

I was there two years ago when Glass was announced and I watch the space so closely... but I too start to feel like things are moving too slow. I wrote an article about the state fo glass last week and it was pretty depressing. Especially the lack of apps while most of the innitial testers were developers. 
I feel like #6 should be true. Specifically, I mean that Glass should come in a DBZ Scouter form factor.
In myth 4, what was the 3rd hardware update?  In the last 11 months there have only be V1 and V2 versions right?
Thanks for posting this.  While I've gotta admit that those who run social media outlets for Google-esque products have always been bold and talkative with the community, I feel like this is a post that wipes out a lot of the rumors and thoughts that've been hurting Glass.  Respect.
#6 quotes Jim Lardear from AAA who supports legislation to ban Glass while driving.  I hope being called out by Google makes him take a second look at how hands-free devices like Glass can make driving safer.  It is the only GPS I know of that allows you to enter a destination and receive navigation guidance both hands-free and eyes-free.
Amazing list! I love being an Explorer even though many people are unaware of the true potential of Glass!
+Google Glass ...
Thank you very much for making this post. I hope this isn't a one and done situation. Glass education coming directly from you is incredibly important. 
Thanks for finally making this. 
I would love to spend time with Glass. Technology is great anyway and Glass is is even more enhancing personally.
Lovely toy to play with too.
This needs to be public knowledge for all. The more that can read and understand this the more Glass can be accepted in our culture! 
Was there an XE-A?  Would love to see details for the sake of technology history.
+Jeff Jarvis would be proud of you for Myth 10. It's almost like he wrote it himself :-P 
So people were claiming the end of privacy even back in the 19th century?  Funny how they could say that when the majority had only had privacy for less than a century.
What about the 30 minute battery life?
+Thomas Tenkely If you look at the last picture of the Evolution of Glass, which version had the chrome camera accent and what appears to be a flash?  There may be more to that statement than XE A, B, and C.  Also pay attention to word choice...  Upgrade means "an improved version".  By definition XE-A is the initial device, XE-B and XE-C are upgrades. 
Really this is great I got my glass yesterday and it's amazing. Before I got it I beloved all the rumors but it's the coolest thing ever!
My only problem with +Google Glass is the asimetrical, "lop-sided" design, but as batteries get smaller I'm sure that will go. Until then, though, I'd rather wear half a car air filter like Geordie LaForge. Heh heh.
I love my glass it's amazing! I just wish my boss would allow me to wear it on shift...
"ultimately we hope even more feedback gets baked into a polished consumer products ahead of being released" - does that strike anyone as sounding less confident / committed to consumer release any time soon? Or am I just being paranoid? 
+Google Glass, these are some great myths you are aiming to dispel, but you're preaching to the choir on this one.

How is Google going to help educate the public about this technology? We've already seen you contract with third party marketing companies to establish a presence in brick and mortar stores like Best Buy, but there is no Glass exposure in those stores.

Granted, it is not your responsibility to educate the public, but to gain faster and wider cultural acceptance, there is going to need to be some serious evangelism. Is there any plan to start "vetting" Explorers to take to local media outlets to start sharing the truth about Glass and to end the rumors?
But the price is really out of my range...
Wow, just saw #MrRogers   is trending down right now, I wonder if this article is why it's even on the radar?
I'm happy to explain and let people try my GG.  Poeple have always a positive response (demographic from early 20s to late 70's).  I love them.  Just got my prescription frame, the only thing is I'm sad I'm going to need to choose between sunglasses or prescription.  My GG w/o prescription can be used with contacts and will use the sunglasses attachment when needed (golfing or snowboarding).  Not the same with prescription.
About number 8, I got invited to be an Explorer at a bad time. Really excited about what the future will be like with Glass in years to come though. Waiver? 
When the internet was born that marked the end of privacy. Maybe if people stopped posting there lives on Facebook,twitter and every other social network instead of blaming Google Glass and the NSA for violating their privacy and took responsibility for what they put online.

I understand if someone wants to post that their child won the science fair or got into Harvard. What parent wouldn't be proud but I do not need to know every detail of your child's life from the day they were born to the day they graduated college and would it kill people to actually talk to someone in person rather then text or FaceTime them from the other room.
I can't really confirm any of this....brotha can't get a damn invite to buy one! Lol 
Please can.we try glass in the uk? I would love to be an explorer. I signed up as soon as I could even though it was for USA only
When people ask me ,"Are you recording me?" my response is, "No, are you famous?"
Steve A
Very well put +Google Glass Some have heard here. Negative feedback hasn't happened yet.. Life can go on with use.( actually have cell in video before I thought about it...and stuck it in pocket) I have my hands free a lot more! Thanks also enjoy texting with both hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. Or simply walking, can't wait to try the soup know its going to be great! Try my best to explain and let others try and see the smiles are plentifully as well as interest.
I'm as confused as +Jason Saunders I had glass from the beginning and I didn't know there were 3 revisions. I thought there was only 2 versions. (Maybe you mean the bulky alpha version that you created before v1)

+Robert Vorthman Jim Lardear is a 'tard. I tell people this all the time about any product, "don't knock it 'til you try it" you can't make assumptions based on some dream you had. He never owned a pair of +Google Glass, furthermore you can't get a feel for the unit by playing around. I thought it was a bit awkward at first before I gave it a chance. It took me about 3 days to get used to it.

+Lou Kohn They should make this into an informative YouTube video.

+Keith Barrett in with you I think that Walt Disney is really frozen

+Peter G McDermott & +Thomas Tenkely I understand both of views but I don't think that it's Google that needs to educate the public. Just like any other technology we the people usually educate each other. Tech reviewers and YouTubers do a very good job of that. No one offered formal training sessions on televisions, cell phones, game consoles, and most other household gadgets.

+Richard Gil we have to get a company to do transition lens.

For all those that are using price as a deterrent. I am definitely NOT rich. I wanted the device and saved up and got one because I saw the potential. I am really happy with this prototype as I use my cellular phone less and less and my Glass more and more. I feel that I'm way more productive using Glass than when I just had a cell phone.
Glass is a great device and I think once more people learn what it can do I think that fear of loss of privacy will dissipate. 
This is great!  Thanks #GoogleGlass  ... I hope you will add this to the FB page too!!!  Need to share there.  It seems as if there is much more misunderstanding over in that world than there is over here on G+.  :-D
Aren't the "looking down" people from the first photo +Ingress players?
I think the "Are you recording me?" question is one of the most common I get. Once you get passed that one people really seem to be very interested in the technology and the sentiment from random people on the street seems far more positive than negative. If I were designing the hardware I might consider slapping a red light or something on it to appease the "I can't tell when you're filming" crowd.
Very good Urban Mythbuster list (Fact vs Fiction). I have been using Glass for three months and can confirm the advantages of Glass over constantly looking down at your cell phone while walking. Technical writers who perpetuated these erroneous claims must have never really tried Glass 1st hand. Try separate fact from fiction!
+Jason Saunders +Thomas Tenkely +Garner Marshall Sorry for the confusion! Our 3 hardware updates refer to the one-time device swap, the Titanium Collection frames, and our stereo and mono earbuds. 

+Neil Howcroft Thanks for being a fan! No updates on when Glass might be available outside the US, but we hope to expand in the future.
Interesting move...
But the strategy could be something like this: let Android Wear grow what is a comparatively similar model but with more immediately achievable technology, and when that model is better established the technical hurdles to get glass small enough with better battery life should have been scaled.
Getting lots of people using Wear could give the kick start to a killer app that Glass currently lacks too.
This is great; it actually acknowledges some of my concerns as well. My only reason for not wearing them at this very moment is the price tag for the prototype. Honest - I got an Explorer invite to my elation and, simultaneously, disappointment since it's just too high for me. 
Love the idea. I for one would welcome facial recognition apps. I am faceblind. You have no idea how nice it would be if people who say hi, and expect me to recognize them, came with a little hud telling me who it is.
+Google Glass exactly. Thank you for this. It is our job as explorers to break these thought processes. I allow people to wear mine whenever possible so they can understand
+Google Glass Very glad to see this. I've shared it. I love letting others try on and ask me questions about #glass  It makes me smile when I see the light go on as they realize the possibilities. I'm crossing my fingers that the consumer version will come out sooner rather than later and at a price that is affordable so that more people will be able to use this incredible technology. 
I want to know the final answer myth 8, I believe it will make everyone can afford
+Jeff Jarvis you would appreciate this post immensely. They even talk about the introduction of the cameras to the consumer market like you use as an example on TWIG all the time. 
u know how to defend yourself... everything has its pros and cons so deal with it
Dan K
Does an LED come on indicating that it is recording or taking a photo?  If not, why not?  End the "are you recording me?" with an LED indicator on the front and side that shows when it's recording.
+Daniel Kinem there is no LED, but you can see the lit up screen in the prism from most vantage points. 
Yes an LED does come on when recording. Yet, rumors and worries still spread. 
Do you have any references to support your claim regarding privacy concerns when cameras first hit the consumer market? I did some quick searching and couldn't find anything online to support this. Also my wife took two history of photography courses in college and she's never heard of this. And I'm pretty sure a turn of the 20th century consumer camera would be fairly useless in a museum.
Kodak cameras were banned from beaches when they first came out over privacy concerns
Myth 5 - officially sanctioned apps for #googleglass don't do facial recognition.... Some side loaded ones have the potential ("Name Tag"). Just saying....
+Stafford Lumsden so what. you can do the same thing with your phone. that's kinda the point. in fact Google Goggles used to do exactly this until that feature was pulled.
Dan K
There should be no problem as the Glass has a flashing LED light in plain view when it's recording.
+Ned Jeffery don't get me wrong, I am having great fun with my #googleglass, but that's the kind of thing that someone will latch on to as "proof that +Google is evil" blah blah blah.... And various other arguments I have no time for. 
That's correct. It is in beta testing right now. 
I'll get glass when it can read power levels.
I heard when it's made available to the public it will be priced around $400. Any ideas when it will be put out to market or is it still under wraps?
+Raymond Farias There is no LED on mine when it is recording... the display stays on and people can see that light but there is certainly no record light.
Yes, no LED but you can see video on crystal if you stare at someone wearing glasses. 
Is there a reason almost every single one of you feel the need to wear the Glass headgear in your profile pics? The extreme level of evangelizing here is pretty creepy, to be quite honest. I think that's one of the things that turns normal people off. 
+John Shaw I realise that, which is why I said "almost". Its fine to support a product, but needing to update your profile photo to include it is just a bit much. It comes off as either gloating in a strange fashion, or trying way too hard to normalise something that isn't normal.
Gotta admit it......

People who believe these myths are dumb
Feels like all i really want is a go pro hung on my face.... 
My personal suggestion for the future is a colorful and fast display similar to (grayscale and slow) E-Book readers, which don't produce light.
And don't forget Paul from the Wonder Years is Marilyn Manson.  
None of this addresses the issue that it just makes the wearer look insanely stupid.
+Vishal Khedkar there were only a few and even if u manage to get one.... Its 80000 rupees..

Better wait for consumer version which will (most probably) be cheaper and better than the explorer edition , which i assume is the beta version.
I was so happy the day I got my invite for google glass, although I couldnt afford it at the time because I was moving to germany for the army and needed to keep a little cushion in my wallet for any emergencies that came up, I really wish I could have participated though
Thanks +Google Glass for the list! Look forward to the day when there are a lot more of us out there wearing Glass and we all just blend with the scenery. Hope Glass will create a charcoal-colored vest in which we can carry our Glass,etc and truly have our hands-free "wearable" technology. 
I would say that this post will shut up all the critics that have nothing more to do than spreading negativity about the new innovations in market. Learn to Adapt people :D

Thanks for clearing the myths  +Google Glass 
+Viktor Braunagel while I agree with you on that app thing...

I disagree with you saying that its not useful....

Its certainly useful to pissoff your friends :p

Jokes aside..

Glass gives us a first person view of pretty amazing things.
Imagine an astronaut with Google glass on a space walk !!

Who wouldn't want to see that !!

In near future , I believe that these things will change the way we use our phones...

Today we can read messages and stuff without even touching our phones using glass...

Glass will also prevent accidents.
Drivers won't have to look at that stupid screen and take their eyes off the roads...

So it is pretty useful. :)
Realmente que en el Google I/O 2014 vamos a recibir grandes noticias sobre este gadget. 
Why not facial recognition? The greatest practical use for Google Glass could be to save the embarrassment of not being able to recall the name of that old friend you just bumped into and that you know you have to introduce to your partner any second now!
+Colin McNicol Eh, I don't see that as a big problem to begin with. More a fan of saying "I'm not sure if I already told you, but I forget names very easily. I also forget what I've told people." 
I really agree with this post, people have to try it their own and do not have to say things without any knowledge and thinking about it...
+Chris van Gorder
Your response does not address my comment. I am not talking about me, I am talking about those people who choose to look a total nerd by wearing Google glasses. Being a nerd is not cool, therefore wearing Google glasses is not cool.
Myth 8 is my FAV.... I've seen numerous holidays, a birthday, a anniversary, and countless occasions a "just cause" gift could have been given (yesterday I Googled "Why does Ohio even call this time of year Spring, when I am freezing to death" on a +Chromebook  , after checking my Google Apps from +Google for Nonprofits  based work email on my +Android  phone and adding a appointment to my personal Google calendar via Chrome displayed on my TV thanks to +Chromecasting ) and yet... not once have I opened my snailmail box to find a package labeled "  +Google Glass   Gift from +Google  for (insert holiday, occasion, reason here). What on +Google Earth  do I have to do Google? Do I not love you enough already?
+George Krumins says being a nerd is not cool. Being cool is cool though I bet right? WTF are you talking about...stop it.
At my office these facts don't matter. Glass is banned because a couple of people feel uncomfortable.
I use Glass when playing video games. Mostly so i don't have to take my eyes off the screen. The rest of the time it sits in it's case charging. (BTW if anyone is already working on a map overlay for World of Tanks and or League if Legends, hurry it up pls).
A friend of mine let me try on his GGlass and although it's cool from a technology perspective, but man it hurt my eyes just after few minutes of use.  Initially, when glass came out, I thought you can look into the display with just one eye, but my short time with it.  I have to focus my eyes into the "center' of the focal point of display.  If Glass goes mainstream, I think the display needs to be bigger and more "natural".   Maybe if I use it more often I'll get use to it...who knows.
Good thing Google Wear has made Glass irrelevant.
Here's one that isn't a myth:
Google Glass is incompatible with prescription eyeglasses.
After several months wearing Glass in a town that has its own share of myths (Detroit), I was asked for the first time last night if I was recording. The question was tongue in cheek; nearly every conversation I've had (including with curious police/fire departments and physicians interested in potential application in the medical space) has been around how practical the device is, and efficiencies gained from using Glass. I am admittedly still a bit self conscious while wearing glass, but the impact on workflow has certainly been felt, and the conversations it generates have been both intelligent and practical.

Benefits and potential aside, even with the tap code access, there are some obvious security concerns that need to be addressed (for example, any voice can command Glass to access content). In the early phases of many development projects, security takes a backseat to usability, but there appears to be enough steam behind this moonshot to cover the necessary bases.

As a technologist, I've greatly enjoyed both the personal experience and the first person peek into the realm of possibility with Glass. I hope the momentum continues. 
Regarding Myth #2: "So next time you’re tempted to ask an Explorer if he’s recording you, ask yourself if you’d be doing the same with your phone. Chances are your answers will be the same."

Wow, you guys just don't get it do you?  I can TELL when someone is probably recording me with their phone, because most likely they are holding it up in the air and pointing it at me.

The whole creep-factor with Google Glass is the fact that I DON'T know when you're recording me or not.  You're wearing them on your head when you're recording, you're wearing them on your head when you're NOT recording.  There is no light or indicator or anything to alert others that the camera is on.  

Seriously how do you guys not get this?  How can you be so incredibly dense?

Put a damn LED light on the front when Glass is recording.  To give people the courtesy of deciding whether they'd like to be recorded or not.  Otherwise people will continue to be creeped out by this product and find it invasive and rude when someone is using them in public.

It's a design problem.  Fix it.
+Matt Hewlett Umm... Sure... If you want to believe that... Despite it being that Google Glass is actually only compatible with glasses (regardless of lenses).
Thanks for this list, I just copied and pasted it on my Facebook page to answer most of the questions I have been getting.
Comparing it to a cell phone is ridiculous. You don't walk down the street with a cell phone stuck on your face. So when someone pulls a cell phone out and starts pointing it at you, that's a pretty big clue they are starting to record you.

With Glass, there is no social cue to let people know when a recording has started; Google refuses to even put a warning light on it to let others know recording is happening. That's the big problem. Until Google respects the rights of others to know when they are being recorded or not, their precious glasses will not be socially accepted.
+Matt Hewlett What prescription do you have that it's not compatible? I'm wearing Glass on prescription lenses right now. And my prescription is up there in numbers.
Thank you for posting this Google as an explorer I have difficulty with people that freak out about glass and there is a lot of mis information out there. I don't get how people can write reviews without even trying them. And a large amount have!
It's not what Google intends, but what all the myriad users will create and adapt to do with it that could be potentially worrisome to a lot of people.

All this post really says is, "We don't officially support what a lot of you pervs are going to do anyway, that way we can cover our own ass and promote our product".

Which is totally cool with me - I'm a fan! I couldn't care less about privacy, it's an outdated concept.

Just stop trying to candy coat the shit. I don't buy the corporo-speak.

We all know that people - the ingenious little buggers they are - are going to do everything that is physically possible with this technology, whether you officially support it or not.

That's just the nature of evolution.

Onward, brave #Glassholes  - you are the future.
I think these myths are hilarious because they ignore the obvious point. Glass is like constantly pointing a video camera at someone. It's disrepectful, creepy and distracting. How is a person supposed to know if the camera is on or off? Why is the burden on them to know any way? People WILL take offence and glass users had better apply common sense or they're inviting a fist in their face.
+Adam Lock I got news for you pal there are cameras pointing at you all the time. time to get over it. and as for punching in a glass Explorer in the face I wouldn't recommend it you only thing going to do is get thrown in jail for assault and best of all we will have video of it and don't think ima take your punch sitting down you going to get the crap beat out of you
Explorers, just remember what they did to Google Reader...
Well I would say let the myth busting for the mythbusters...

Your glass is definitely marking the end of privacy. Your device have the capability to record video, take snapshots, acquire biometrics such as my voice as well other peoples voice, it can take biometrics from the facial recognition, it can point my location and through social media such as facebook, your google+ and many many other can know what I like for lunch, what's my sexual orientation, my political views, what I crave, what I hate and many many others.

So, your argument is that, well you know... we won't let our device to use facial recognition... we got minimum of 10secs of video recording.. your privacy on our social media is granted.

Your other argument is that, this technology that I am already describing it already exists on mobile phones... which is true.. The fact that it exists though it doesn't mean that it is not an intrusion to our privacy. I would say that what you have created there is a better version of the mobile phone, intruding in our privacy more efficiently...

Just because you give us your word that you won't use the technology you already have is not enough... who knows what shitty excuse you will use to actually "force your selves" to include gradually facial recognition and god knows other dodgy things to the authorities and god know who else...

The worse thing though is this... even if I choose not to wear your glasses and make my privacy transparent to you, my privacy is still not granted.

Someone else will wear the glasses, someone else will accidentally record me, my face or my voice... someone else will accidentally reveal my whereabouts only by having me in a geotagged picture. Your glass is pretty much like smoking... Someone can choose wether he smokes or not.. it's his health on the stake, but you have laws that prevents smokers to smoke publicly. Smoke cannot be controlled, and having someone smoking passively against his will is simply wrong.

How you can grant me that my privacy will not be compromised just because someone else who is wearing your glasses won't record information about me collaterally?

At least the mobile phone, in order to record it needs someone to pick it up and aim with it.. this kind of behaviour is obvious... Your glasses are on our heads, looking wherever we have our eyes looking... god know what will be you next hardware update... maybe a retina tracker to control the movement of the camera and actually look at exactly what we look and not what we "face"...
Get used to the idea - whether it's Google, or someone else, the technology is coming, and it won't be contained.

The much deeper issue is reciprocal transparency.

We need to know when someone is watching us.

The end of privacy should also mean the end of secrecy - when someone is watching me (recording me, intercepting my emails, reading them, etc.) I have no desire to stop them from doing that - what I want, is a notification that they are doing that.

I want to take away the secrecy (privacy!) of their surveillance.

Why should any group or individual get to keep the fact that they are spying on you secret (private!) when the very act is an intrusion of your privacy.

It's about equality of surveillance.

I want to know when (and who!) someone is watching me.

End all secrecy, especially those who have any kind of power or authority.
+zach snethen thanks for your condescending and pointless response
In this era of wealth inequality, running around wearing a $1500 TOY is just asking for a baseball bat to the face. Every argument in favor of Glass is either insane or idiotic.
Please remove the camera - "the prying eye" - from the Google Glass. It'll make it lighter, cheaper, less obtrusive on the face and less offensive to the others. In other words, make it humble please!!
+Robert Vorthman I have used car navigation systems in the US and UK that were eyes-free and hands-free, other than pushing an initial connect button...both connected to a real person to look up the address, and then gave audio instructions.
A few points about the list starting with #10.  The loss of privacy is a valid argument.  If I am walking down the street and see someone with a camera taking pictures because I recognize it as a camera I have the opportunity to stop, walk around that person, go in another direction, etc. I have no way of knowing if a person has these glasses on or not.  If they are wearing them is the camera on or off, I have no real way of knowing particularly from a distance.  As for Myth's 5 and 7 if the camera's aren't of a high enough quality now they will be soon so that argument isn't really valid or at least it won't be for long.  We already live in a police state because of the Patriot act.  These glasses will only make it worse.  Google already tracks much of our lives, without our permission I might add, They have also proven their willingness to work with the government against us.  What is a good argument to trust Google and the government to not spy on us, their word?
Indeed, the privacy issues (and distraction issues) seem little different than for other mobile devices.  (However, I do find that those are a bit too connected, and harvesting and selling information about me a bit too fervently.)  But the movie theater issue seems valid...a cell phone or camera one would have to hold up rather obviously, compared to a Glass (hence forbidding Glass wearing in a theater seems valid).

This posting highlights an interesting issue...people aren't worried about the privacy aspects of mobile devices mostly because they don't think about them, and Glass makes them think about them.
My eyeballs are cameras, and my brain is a recording device.

I don't see people asking me to close my eyes everywhere I go.

Privacy is a myth.
What about the myth that battery life is terrible? Oh wait, that's not a myth.
Get a battery back pack?
Navigation is a great app for the glass and a camera-less Glass will work better.
Aziz A.
sound angry as heck
Not mentioned - you'll still look like a complete ass wearing those into a seedy punk bar at 1am.
Privacy is a Human Right. 

No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with their privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon their honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.

Article 12, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
What a painfully self-aware, if not self-aggrandizing, post; as a casual observer I think it is a stretch to label anything from the above list as a widespread myth creeping toward accepted fact.  The overarching public sentiment (strategically parsed as the listed myths) seems to be that anyone wearing glass is a "glasshole".  Of course, that is not true, but the folks I have seen wearing Glass, to me, LOOK like (gl)assholes--and therein, Google, lies the obstacle.  Appearance isn't everything, but it can account for a whole lot.
Lets see some glasshole wear them into a Vegas casino...hope they like the taste of carpet when security takes them down.
Drink the cool aid.  Posts like this won't sell anything.  It comes off rather pretentious and defensive.  Would make more sense to acknowledge concerns and highlight how to address those concerns.  You're getting into Apple user levels of pretentiousness.
If you want Glass to be considered something other than a toy for the elite, you are handling it wrong. Think about it. You have to be invited to test it. And you have to pay $1,500 for the privilege of being a guinea pig. And, the testers are called "explorers."

I like a lot of things about Google. But Glass seems to be aimed entirely at the rich douchebag demographic. 
+James Melton 

I disagree - I think it appeals mostly to the DIY crowd (at first).

Not that elitist douchebags won't like it too, but rather that Google's "target" demographic is probably the kind of people who go to the Maker Faire.
I guess if I glue a knife to my prescription glasses, they have to let me on a plane with it, right?

Logic fail.
i am a Glass Explorer and a hospice social worker.  not rich by any means, but i bought Glass because I think it will be helpful for me to participate in and also record our last wish events with hospice clients.  I certainly could have used Google Glass in the past few years when I was pushing a wheelchair through the zoo, on a ski slope with a hospice client, or fishing.   i look forward to all the ways I will use  my Glass
Most of the naysayers are likely curmudgeony, neo-Luddites who will jump on board once it's common place, then claim they were on board the whole time.
You can write articles about Glass until the cows come home, but you have to convince the average person--me, for example--that they're useful in some way.

I see many niche uses for the product, and they will function brilliantly therein, but why should I purchase a pair? What are the benefits to me--a person who uses desktop and laptop computers, tablets, and smartphones?
First, you're making up myths.

9 - nobody thinks Glass is banned everywhere (though some may wish it was).

It is currently banned in a few places. There is a list (though not complete since it focuses on the Bay Area and Seattle

Though I'm sure more places will be banning glass. So if someone has the prescription version, they better hold onto their old glasses or wear contacts.

Don't expect a biker bar or one called Molotov's to trust someone turned them off.

And the $1,500 price tag with no grants and no loaner program for journalists was a huge mistake (it is a bit difficult to complain about media spreading myths when there is no way for them to try Glass for more than a few minutes unless they fork over $1,500 personally or have a rare employer who will pay for it).

Now anyone wearing glass is seen as wearing a very expensive device on their face

Yes, some people who aren't rich saved their pennies, or crowd funded it (though that takes a wealth of contacts many who might have a good use for Glass don't have), or were given it.

Though it didn't help that one person who was given Glass reinforced many myths about it, was horrible with media, and received more media attention than anyone else who uses Glass.

And it is another prominent symbol of Google when there is a rising anger particularly in San Francisco towards Google.

The many Glass Explorers impressed by Google's attempt at myth busting should take off their rose colored glasses (or shale, sky, charcoal, tangerine...)

PS You're welcome to be in denial and think Glass critics are neo-Luddites. But there are legitimate criticisms of glass, how google has handled glass, and some glass users made by people who use tech (this is written on an IPad) and have been using it for a long time (the first online forums I posted on were on PLATO when I was in middle school).

And there are people I know using glass who are doing interesting things with it, but they aren't being heard from much
Soon: Myth #1: Glass's batter only lasts 45 minutes.
Glass is only the first in a long stream of augmented and virtual reality headsets to come.

So of course they're going to take shit for it - society hasn't adjusted to it yet.

But you will. And then you'll find something else to bitch about.
I'm waiting for the day when i can wear a moto360,glass n carry my nexus at same time.
It doesn't matter whether an LED is placed on the glasses to let others know when they're being recorded -- the LED can't be seen from a distance, and people will paint over it so that others aren't aware they're being recorded, duh.

And, of course, these glasses make you look like a weak, effeminat limpswisher.  So if you're a weak, effeminate limpswisher, these glasses will accentuate your natural personality, and let others know that you're easy pickins for a beatdown.
sry google, but how should I as a custumer(/upcoming dev) even get to a google glass? $1,500 is out of range by far :(
Well folks Glass is here to stay so DEAL!
Glass is Google's Kinect, a piece of tech no one asked for, no one wants to pay for and doesn't have a purpose yet.
Well, thank God that you've cleared that up, now that everyone will see it, since it's posted on Google+.
Hilarious. Never do this. You cannot debunk "myths" by listing them. You look paranoid and clueless. 
Oh, so you're 'explorers'? What new wonders are you 'exploring'? The reason Massachusetts recently had to pass a law specifically outlawing 'upskirt' photos was that technology had gotten ahead of the laws. Please be ready for the legal system to 'explore' the various ways the wearers of Google Glass will have to be regulated to prevent them from infringing on other's rights.
Tell em +Google!
Few things to say:
1st. The discussion will rise and help clear moral questions and laws.
..the point "will you do the same"!? Is kinda a hint..
2nd. Face recognition can help you track the online footprint of your "face"..
..and "Are you recording me" is just a way to say "Hi, what up, what's that!?"
3rd. Simply lifting up the glasses on your head can make others feel better.
4th. Another Glass without camera is not a bad idea.
5th. Excuse my English : )
+Jon Webb Letting myths and bad press about your upcoming devices spread is not a smart thing to do trying to educate people about the truth is smart whether they are smart enough to see it is true or not.
What snide bullshit. "Have you tried it?" they ask when we assume how it works based on what it looks like and what information has gotten around publicly. No of fucking course we haven't because not everyone's got a grand and a half lying around (or begged, borrowed or stolen or whatever.) I, for one, don't even have a cell phone because, hey, I'm broke. Have half a heart and a half a brain cell. Glass users are already seen as preening technological Illuminati, why compound the problem?
this a design problem, plain and simple make Glass look like some regular pair of sun glasses. Don't make the heads up devise so obvious. Blend the camera into the frame and balance out the battery so it's systemically balanced. The current design Asymmetry makes Glass feel dorky and communicates all these myths 
Without a red LED, non-wearers can't know if you're recording them, even for 10 seconds. Hence the S.F. bar fight.

If you have Glass on prescription lenses, you have no business going into a locker room or sauna. The considerate solution when others are nude (etc.) is to use a second pair of glasses.
+Matt Weldon Your logic is completely flawed. Like Google has said, there are far better devices which can be used to spy on people.  For all you know someone could be wearing a hidden camera. You wouldn't have a clue and it would do a hell of a better job than glass would with it's 10 second recording limit. The chances are no-one is going to be interested in recording you and so won't do it, especially with Glass. In fact, whenever you go outside you've probably been recorded. CCTV dominates our societies these days and you have no choice in the matter whether it be in the street, in shops or in restaurants. They ALL have surveillance equipment somewhere or another. 
By all means Google should put a red light on the front. But everyone else is being ridiculous about the product. The "It's Invading my Privacy" band wagon is something that very easy to hop on.
People are so desperate to add value and meaning to their lives that they will pay (or beg others to pay) for the privilege to be called "Explorers". This is testimony to the exploitative marketing genus of Google. And, the creation of a polarizing tension between "glassholes" and "glasshaters", through the fabrication of negative "myths".... great work, Google! That said, I'll take my Glass in charcoal. Thanks!
Google Glass is a fad, plain and simple.

It's an in-between step toward true onboard technology resembling the cyberpunk phenomenon, where a HUD might be projected onto someone's retina and their brain could manipulate it effortlessly.

I for one don't invest in in-betweens, but I wait with bated breath for the "real" thing, true integration of electronics with the biochemistry and bioelectronics of our bodies.

Will Google deliver?
I fall into the category of the people that can't afford it.
Glass has a fundamental problem that can not be overcome. It's a device that does not require a human body movement to give away what you are about to do.  Let explain by example.

Examples of body queue's we know instantly what the user is doing.
The mobile phone as a phone.  place up to the side of the head.
The mobile phone as a camera or video recorder.  Placed in front of body and user looks into screen not the subject matter. 

Blue tooth head set.  Basically a universal sign that the user is a douchebag.  Why, There is no body queue that the person has switched to conversation over the head set.

If we look at people in the street with wired head sets we see a common usage pattern.  A user will either hold the phone with the wire hanging out of it in a visible manor.  OR they will hold the mic piece on the cord while talking.  We know what this person is doing.  As this is a persistent body posture used through out the usage scenario.  People do these things over time because it gives everyone else that social queue.  Often there is no need for these body queues people just seem to do it.

Glass does not have this.  Just like bluetooth headsets there is an activation body action.  Voice or physical.  (  Voice will have low use for related social reasons. ) There just is no body queue that the user is performing an interaction of any kind with glass.  If I come around a corner and see a glass user I just do not know if they are interacting with it.  I will instinctively assume they are.  Why? because I have no other indicator to gauge what they are doing.

The blue light doesn't mean anything.  It's a nice to have thing. But by no means is a must have. It will break, be covered, be removed what have you by certain people.  No one can doubt this.  Thus as an indicator it is next to useless.

I do foresee people adopting a physical body indicator to reveal they are recording.  I think people will start to hold a finger or two to the side of glass to socially indicate they are recording.  It will evolve from the touch activation and people will simply leave their hand there.  In exactly the same way the few bluehead set wearers today hold a finger or two to the headset while speaking.

As long as glass does not have a social queue with it, it will struggle.
Myth #1 is subjective, although the default "off" state does help the argument, which, is why I think they should put that bit at the beginning of the paragraph...
Dear Google Glass - it would help if your picture was of someone, such as the brewmaster who is using it - using it in a practical situation, or better yet a collection of images of people using it in practical ways.

Seeing an image of some designer/model chick staring at you with the same face you'd see on a porn star probably doesn't help you make your case.
Mark C
Fact 1 - You look like a giant toolbag wearing Glass.
Nobody would use an obvious thing like a camera on a cellphone to record you or shoot pictures up your skirt. Oh, wait...

It isn't the 80% under the bell-curve you need to worry about...
I'm waiting for the day it will be possible to purchase them in israel 
I wasn't even aware they came in prescription. Thought they were safety-goggles (safety-googles?) with AR capability. Good to know, though, if I could ever afford one, after it hits market.
People look down at phones for a change of scenery. Though shalt not demonize the behavior :)
I love the google glasses 
This article seems to be sending the message that software which goes on the Glass will be heavily curated by Google. I guess everything will be closed-source and locked down?
+JennySue Devost
Don't believe me, fine. Do this instead. Wearing you Google glasses, ask your significant other or a close friend "Does me wearing Google glasses make me look nerdy?" and also ask them "Does wearing Google Glass make me look uncool?" Then report back with their comments.

The better comment I should of written, and is more to the point was written by Swanky Butters: "Glass is Google's Kinect, a piece of tech no one asked for, no one wants to pay for and doesn't have a purpose yet." The difference is that with the Xbox One the camera and microphone are always on, unless of course, you unplug it. However, I can't unplug or turn off the camera and microphone on your Google glasses. And the difference between a phone camera and Google glasses is that the recording with Google Glass is always surreptitious.

How long has Google Glass been in beta, and will it ever be a commercial product? I predict that it will go the way of Google's other failed product, the Nexus Q.
In a few years this conversation will seem quaint. "Remember back when everyone thought Glass was the work of the devil."
Nice straw man argument. I said nothing of the sort.
+George Krumins Do you mean me? I don't see you otherwise replying to anyone in particular. If you are referring to my statement, I was not taking part in whatever argument you have going on. I have barely read any of this thread at all. I was just making a lone statement.
Sorry, my mistake. I don't think any of the negative comments anyone has written said anything of the sort, so it still a straw man argument.
+iPan Baal What a crock.  Can you post what your eyeballs are seeing to Youtube within an instant for the world to see, including my family, friends, and potential employers etc?  No?  Than your argument is idiotic, sorry.

Privacy is a real thing.  Whether or not you personally value yours is not a factor in whether or not it exists as a social norm.
The person in the photo on top of the article looked disabled for a second until I realized that she was wearing Google Glass. It's going to take some time for people to get used to Google Glass in public. Saw a google self driving car the other day. That looked bad ass.
Ok cool, now let us list the top 10 things that Glass should do but doesn't? The reason people are talking about distraction and privacy is because the product does nothing else but distract and socialise. Can I throw a virtual ball to my friend with Glass? No. So you've missed the point of why people are waiting for this technology.
I think it's a better way to capture something, which just happens in a blink of an eye. 
The recording comment (Myth 2) neatly sidesteps the real issue, which is that people are uncomfortable that they may be being recorded without their knowledge. It's not easy to covertly record with a mobile phone or GoPro, as they're pretty obvious. However - unless I'm missing something, as a non-Glass user - you don't know if somebody is recording you or not. I think this is what brings out the paranoia.
They are not fooling me, just because Google Glass is not set up for facial recognition and full time recording and transmission, doesn't mean it can't/won't be done at some point. You are not getting into my house wearing that thing! I won't be talking to you if you wear that thing, period! Anything you say can and will be used against you so take it off and shut it off!
Does glass even show that recording is made? Because putting a red diode like the cameras do would stop the paranoia — the problem seems to be the fact that it could be done, not that it is actually done ;)
I worked for Xybernaut the original wearable computer company....we experimented with a variety of head mounted displays, while they may be useful for a limited number of applications they just have no practical everyday use...its a matter of human physiology...both eyes want to see and focus on the same one cannot wear the glass and function properly in the real world. Just as people staring at their cell screens can't amount of Brin's generous underwriting is going to change that quirk of nature. Of course one day we could evolve and have independently operating eyes ala chameleons but until then take your $1500 and buy a nice Mac....
+carl turner Just because a computer requires your focus, doesn't mean it is useless.  Following your logic, you are suggesting that cell phones are useless.  The idea behind Glass is that it is faster to access than a phone, which means less of the user's time is shifted away from the real world when compared to phone use.
Glass does not need to develop face recognition technology because that is already being developed through social media. It only needs to integrate with those platforms. It needs to be understood that for facial recognition apps to even function, there needs to be a database of faces and linked names somewhere for the app to access and compare. This library is being built every time you 'tag' a photo on Facebook and suchlike. So the basic facial recognition database will already exist through integration with Facebook, etc, regardless of whether it is included in glass or not. In addition, there are already a number of Google Glass 'clones' that are being developed in China, Korea and Japan that are eagerly waiting for the official launch so that they can also launch their clone products immediately after and at half the price. So the longer Google takes to get to a public release product, the more time it gives to the cloners to also develop THEIR products. Right now, it is highly likely that the Apple iGlass or Sonyview (made up names) will take the Google Glass idea to another level and actually present a far better product from the outset.
You've disputed the "myths" of your choice.  This reads like ten straw-man arguments.  

Glass is the idea of Bluetooth earpieces taken to another level.  How well have those things been received?    
Just disable recording.  Its really straight forward.  Why is google creating a public relations nightmare on this issue?

They are going to kill off the augmented reality concept before it even starts.

Augmented reality is what we want anyway.  That's what is really important.  That is the revolution that is about to happen.  We don't need videos recordings or images....  
+Robert Vorthman "while they may be useful for a limited number of applications they just have no practical everyday use"--where did I say useless? I said they are impractical...if you want to wear one and shift your focus to the little display hanging off your right or left eye to get information then be my guest...if you are still using it 5 years from now will be the acid test...
#2 is the only substantive complaint, but with a twist: the fear isn't that Glass isn't recording everything all the time, but that it can be turned on surreptitiously, and there's no way for others to tell if someone is recording you or just looking at you. If there were a bright, blinking red LED, then maybe... but it would be only a matter of about a day (tops) until someone hacked that. As for the comparison with phones - if someone were walking around pointing their phone camera at people, it would be a pretty good guess that they're recording. If they're holding it up at an angle, looking at the screen, then they're probably not - they're just texting, etc.
The rest are strawmen (like #9 - nobody thinks it's banned everywhere; just some places), and people being judgmental. So, sure, if one of your myths is "some say that people wearing Glass are jerks," then the reader would likely want to distance themselves from that.
BTW, none of the above should be construed as meaning I don't want one. A friend was invited to buy a Glass, and called me to ask if he should do it (he makes a decent living, but is by no means rich). I asked him if he found electronic devices delightful or frustrating. He said they tended to be frustrating. So I told him not to bother. A $1500 expense should make him totally happy. The only reason I thought he should buy one is that he could invite me to buy one, too. He ended up not getting one.
I think it's an amazing device, but I think I would wear it very rarely, mostly to play/experiment. I certainly have little desire to hit the mall with one. And my wife would mock me mercilessly. But my kids would be impressed.
Glass is really expensive and is not for the average person.
You've helped create this distracted world of cloying immediacy and technology-worship, and now you're positioning Cyborg Face as a solution to it? Hilarious.
People who pooh pooh the concept of privacy just don't understand what can happen to you when it's been invaded. Of course, I don't expect much of techies when it comes to history.
 I think Google is seriously miscalculating the primacy of the human face in social interactions. If you made a similar device in the form of a watch or necklace, you wouldn't have these issues. Once you put something on a human face, you start sliding into the uncanny valley and freaking everyone out.
Google, number 8 was rotten. You're advising people (most of whom aren't beta testers) to beg on the internet or ask for a gift from a wealthy friend? What are you saying? For now, Glass IS for the wealthy. Even you don't have a dignified solution for it.
Yes these are all myths. Most of them won't remain myths though as Glass goes mainstream.
OK Glass. I think that the problem with video recording is also in heating of the device. Hope they will fix that.

And I will buy Glass only to film 24/7
I have some limited vision in my right eye.  Wondering if it's still possible to use?  Would really like to try this.
I have found no negative reactions to my GG so far in the last month since I got it. I wear it constantly and have found the best way to educate people is to simply let them try it on. I have a Samsung gear which is a much better way of secretly videoing someone as I don't have to be staring at them. So if someone asks if I am recording them I would simply show them how the system works then show them the gear I am wearing and how if I wanted to record them the GG would be the worst option available and a very expensive inefficiency at that. Every time I simply let some one and in fact even strangers at stores and waiting in line they are blown away and can't wait to see the price come down so they can get one too. My killer app is the turn by turn directions. I simply have them put it on and ask for directions to whatever address they want. As soon as they see it come up they stare in wonderment. I think we as Explorers need to be as approachable and open as possible to the curious or suspicious so that they can see its just a fancy bluetooth headset with so-so camera.
As for facial rec software I think it is a must especially for a product I have been designing for those with Alzheimer's to help them recognize people with a simple whisper in their ear. Imagine the possibilities to help an elder find their way home or remember where they were going or the people they know that GG offers. Yes there are limitations and functional and practical hurdles ( before anyone starts nay-saying, I have thought of them ), but there are some amazing possibilities.
I am also working on a system for a motorcycle HUD that can give you live vehicle information (speed/rpm/gear) so that you don't have to take your eyes off the road.  When you share your possibilities with others they start thinking of their own uses and  possibilities. If we are truly to earn the moniker Explorer then we have a duty to share what we discover with those to still think the world is flat. +Google Glass keep up the good work.
I disagree entirely, especially on #5. Any good quality recorded footage can be used for facial recognition or the facial reader, a new technology revealing your emotional state. The facial reader has been used on old footage to determine if political leaders were lying during an interview, footage that precedes the digital camera. Either way, I will not have a conversation with some one wearing Google Glass, or any other camera, the footage can be used against you years later, and no one I know has perfect memory. The fact that Google Glass is not currently set up for facial recognition does not guarantee that it won't be in the future. What you do with Google Glass on the street is your business, you are not coming on to my property or into my house with that thing, period. Same goes for your "smart" phone, leave it in the car before you knock on my door. If you think I'm over reacting, just ask anyone who has ever been extorted, blackmailed, slandered, libeled or subjected to ID theft and you'll get the answer of an expert on what can be done with the footage. It's your choice, I think I've clearly stated mine.
+Daniel Kinem Thanks for your concern. You should be able to tell when someone is recoding a video or snapping a pic because Glass' display will be lit up. 

+Michael Delpach As we mentioned in our post, we're still working on making Glass ready for consumer release. Our Explorers have been sharing their feedback for the past year to help us improve the product for when we launch to the public. We're continuing to better Glass each day and we're excited for the future. 

+Alex Bryant We've heard that rumor going around, but it isn't true. We expect Glass to cost more than that, but less than $1500. 

+Vishal Khedkar Thanks for being a fan! We're US only for now, but we hope to expand in the future. Stay informed here:

+Raj Kumar Thanks for your feedback!

+Maximilian Deubel We're just getting started with Glass and this was the right price for this version. We don't have much info about future pricing for Glass, but we expect the next one to be less than $1500. 

+Michelle Morioka Lewis This prototype has the display on the right-side only. We know this won't work for everyone, but we appreciate your feedback and we'll pass it along to our team. 
Dan K
I'm sure the display comes on for a lot of reasons. Put an LED on when it's recording and end the discussion. 
+Daniel Kinem No modern consumer recording device, be it video camera, DSLR, or cell phone, comes with a subject facing LED to indicate it's recording video. Glass should not be any exception to that. It would not end the discussion. 
No one wants to walk into a bar or restaurant and see anyone within 500 feet of them (or their date) wearing these glasses., no matter what you say.    Phones do not come anywhere near to evoking the response these peepers do.  
+Naime Bond why?
Because you assume you are being recorded?
Because you are not, at least not with Glass.
A. Why would I want to to record you?
B. If I were going to record you I'd need to be staring right at you with the prism glowing... kind of a big indicator.
You should more concerned with things are far less obvious... and more likely to happen.
+Naime Bond Speaking as someone that has been in nearly a hundred bars and restaurants wearing Glass, and has never had anything but positive responses from people, I can tell you that your belief is wrong, no matter what you say. No one but the errant egotistical believe anyone wants to record them.
Dan K
I personally don't care what people do with Glass. But I'm realistic. People will always think you are recording them. Admit it and put an LED on, or deny it and explain it over and over to pissed off rednecks. 
+Daniel Kinem You say that, but your absolute statements defy reality. NO ONE out of all the bars, restaurants, and night clubs I've been to thought I was recording them. Out of hundreds of people -- not one. And no one cared if I did when asked. Some club owners even told me record all I wanted to. Where is your real life experience to back up that "People will always think" view? That's not realistic; that's fear. My real life experience does not confirm that fear.  You likely mean you would think that.  No Glass owner wants to kill their batter in 40 mins for boring videos of strangers. And the few people that might think that way, would likely be that way about anything and an LED would not appease them.(BTW - I'd just paint over the LED).
$1500. That's the only reason I didn't take up my beta invite. I want a device I can LIVE with, not feel like it needs to have it's own bodyguard.
Dan K
+Keith Barrett LOL, you might want to take it up with the Google Glass team because that's what the part of the post and many of the comments in this thread is about.  Convincing me that it's not a problem doesn't matter.
+Daniel Kinem its more of a media perception problem than an actual issue. I wear Glass around town, bars, concerts resturaunts, parks, etc. In actual practice the typical reaction is positive and one of curiosity of the tech. 
Ok, here's why (at least one reason) your privacy concerns are simply irrelevant:

Researchers reconstruct facial images locked in a viewer's mind

Using only data from an fMRI scan, researchers led by a Yale University undergraduate have accurately reconstructed images of human faces as viewed by other people.

Now, in a couple years, this technology will be miniaturized until it is part of your "Google Glass", your "smartphone", or whatever.

When that happens, it doesn't matter if someone has a device or not.

Imagine this:

A 'normal' human (no electronic devices, no cybernetics) walks into your home and looks around, including looking at you.

When that person leaves your home, I scan their brain with the micro-fMRI that comes standard on my "Glass" (whatever form that will take) and extract an image of your face from their brain.

See what I'm talking about?

Everyone who has eyes and a brain possess recording equipment that makes your privacy null and void.

It's an obsolete issue.

How long before this technology is part of smartphones? Hint: it's not going to take very long at all.
Google should definitely make Glass with NO camera. So there would be no need to fight half of the myths. 
If you would take out the posts of shared videos/photos made by Glass at the +GoogleGlass page there is actually very little of helpful use of Glass. Was the first idea to take videos & photos?

Make the DISPLAY useful to help people. E.g. to read the sheet music or other info they need.
Google should definitely make Glass with NO camera. So there would be no need to fight half of the myths.

It doesn't matter if Google did this or not.

If they did, then someone else will come along with a pair that does have a camera.

Don't you people get it yet? You can't stop this.
+Antonin Petra For me the camera is the least used feature, just as on my phone. I use Glass to read CNN, respond to my Twitter feed and text messages, read urgent email, identifying music, Google searches, and for GPS. None of that would produce content you could view in a Google+ stream so your analysis is flawed.
I don't trust Google any more than I trust the government.
+Keith Barrett Good for you. But look at the +Google Glass page... Videos (of "I've been here or there") are flashing all over the place.
That's because the camera is the social can be "shared" on a social network. Many of the uses for Glass as an individual aren't sharable. Of course all you see are photos and videos on G+.
+Antonin Petra What do you expect? Using the GPS or reading Twitter doesn't produce shareable content on Google+. Only photography does. It's not an indication that Glass is mostly a camera; it's just that's the content that can be shared.
OK that's it. We keep the camera but it can only shoot Polaroids that print from your forehead every time you take a picture. That will make the privacy paranoids happy and the picture people happy and revive a dying industry. Disaster avoided. Or maybe we could make IR LED glasses that hide your face to all cameras if you don't want to be photographed like the Indians that think a picture steals their soul. Or that necklace in Total Recall that gives you a totally different face. Get on that Google. You can call it Google Ghost!
+Panos La Name one thing that Google Glass does that I cannot do with my Samsung Gear and I will concede you the point. The fact is that with the Gear I don't even have to look at you I can just point my wrist at you and you look the other way. This is assuming I am stalking you for some reason. The reality is that in social situations accessible to strangers there is no expectation of privacy. You are confusing privacy with anonymity. There is no expectation of privacy when you are in public. Kinda in the name... private vs public. 
Privacy paranoids? Cute post, perhaps, but it doesn't advance the discussion and it's dismissive of genuine concerns. Find a way to work with others, rather than label and dismiss them.
"Myth 7 - Glass is the perfect surveillance device
If a company sought to design a secret spy device, they could do a better job than Glass! Let’s be honest: if someone wants to secretly record you, there are much, much better cameras out there than one you wear conspicuously on your face and that lights up every time you give a voice command, or press a button. "

So, is the light hardwired in when the camera receives power or software controlled? I bet it is the latter. So it could potentially be off while recording. Talking about recording... glass responds to voice commands, meaning the mic is basically always on as well. Hmm... maybe the best place to hide is in plain sight.

This piece was written by someone who either doesn't understand the technology, or is ridiculously dismissive considering tech companies' involvement with government spy agencies.
well sadly to say that on one hand i do commend those who worked hard for google glass,but on the other hand.... I will not purchase anything that can possibly pose a threat to privacy (NSA and all).I prefer to shut off cams and  possibly any computer period.And all cell phones turned off.It is bad enough i work on computers,but to have my life interfered with by them? no thank you.
C Owens
I'm still dubious to some of the myths, but I'd take that gift offer and give you a proper review if you like :P
It just means then if you go out in public, you're the one unarmed.
If you let people have telephones in their homes, they might be able to listen to the opera in their bath robes. Society will crumble. What menace is this Google Glass? 
I'm not saying Glass is a bad thing. When it becomes publicly available, I probably will get one. But saying "Ha ha you silly plebeian! This can't be used for surveillance!" is a denial of the issues rather than addressing the reality, and makes me worry about how Google deals with privacy and security.
+James Jansson It's not denial - it's really horrible and stupid to think of it as a surveillance device. For under $100 I can buy stealth eyeglasses or sunglasses capable of hours of video recording at 1080p and you have NO CLUE they are even a camera let alone are being used. Why in the world would you think a glowing prism on my face with a $1500 camera that only works in good lighting 5 feet from you personally and dies in under 40 minutes is stealth? It's pure irrational fear and ignorance.
Actually Google we could use a white LED on Glass to use as a head lamp or light or flash for low light situations like we can do with a phone. The ubiquitous "flashlight app"  That is one thing that is sorely missing.
+Keith Barrett I don't mean that spies will go out and buy it. I mean it is a surveillance device just like our phones are surveillance devices: our own electronics are being used against us. The recent NSA scandal has shown that the NSA is capable of accessing basically all data held by US tech companies. Google Glass is constantly connected to Google, constantly listening for voice prompts, and the light on almost all cameras can be turned off with simple software hacks. This means that Google glass is the perfect surveillance device that you choose to wear. The government can know where you are, see what you are doing and hear what you are talking about. But please, tell me again why I'm being 'horrible and stupid' for calling Google out for lying about the surveillance capabilities of Google Glass. 
It's not perfect, considering that there are already glasses that have built in cameras, no intelligence, and serve only to record (and perhaps correct vision.) And there are hats and helmets and buttons and lapel pins that do a better job of streaming high resolution video to a concealed device.  There are even pens that do this better.  Why would anybody spy on anybody using the most obvious and one of the least efficient means? It can't handle continuous HD video and the battery would go dead. 
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+James Jansson If they did that my battery would die in 30 minutes and I'd know something was up. Glass is almost always in an off state.
"ow ow ow. The NSA must be at it again!" :-)
mr seva
so far my biggest issues with Glass is the apparent lack of access for a developer to reach directly to core services. (i could be completely wrong). for example, the microphone isn't bad, but their processing is terrible. Google is a magnificently complex data system, but sometimes ya just can't do it all yourself.  i have lengthy experience in improving audio quality in very small systems and Google simply replied "we are working on that". what they should do is hire an expert or open the dev access to direct outputs of all sensors.  otherwise they'll make the same mistake Sony makes repeatedly (proprietary processes) instead of the successes Apple makes repeatedly (closed system with deep access for dev).  (disclaimer: apple also fracks up their own audio too and doesn't allow dev to touch direct microphone outputs).    yes i'm talking only about sound here, but everyone fusses so much about video yet will accept abhorrent sound (SiriusXM, trying to use a laptop for a presentation, nearly any mp3 ever created, cheap Walgreens earbuds...).      it's not only the microphone, but the speaker itself built into the frames is so very poorly implemented when so much is known about bone conduction of audio (they didn't even use it).  it is kinda like an iPhone without an App store, and that's going to be the killer of the project instead of the killer app.   the voice-command and audio quality are paramount and Google seems to be rationalizing instead of coming to Jesus on this.   integration of Spritz would be obvious but haven't seen it yet. 
It's Android Linux. You have access to anything. Don't depend on an SDK for it.
mr seva
robert, thanks. keith, thanks.
mr seva
+Wayne Resnick one of the things we use in pro audio is "pre-record" functions which buffer recording. when you press Record, then the buffer dumps and live media continues. so if you see/hear an event, press record within the pre-record time and you didn't miss it.   this will be the way of future consumer media acquisition tools.  price is a little heavy at the moment (for video, audio is ok). 
Does Google glass have a full capability of a computer and a phone?  Can it run programs that have data feed?
I think it's not so much a question of how it compares to a computer, but with respect to this thread it's a matter of whether people's expectations are off base. Considering that there are very cheap unobtrusive video cameras that do a far better job of "invading people's privacy" than a blatantly visible and attention grabbing device that lacks the battery power for long term recording in public, I think it's safe to say that anybody who really wanted to make such recordings would either wear glasses that are unobtrusive with video recording capability  or perhaps have a backpack or purse with lenses smaller and less obvious than a button that can do it for far longer and from many angles for much less money.

As for the capabilities of phones, when they first came out they were considered scarier than Google glasses. They could let teenagers have inappropriate conversations. They could even allow people to listen to the opera in their own homes while attired in a bathrobe, which would be completely inappropriate. These days, we have "smartphones," which are called by that misnomer based on historical accident, although they are more properly PDAs that have an added  feature of being able to make phone calls. 
El Long
While this article tries to compare Google glasses to a cellphone, it's completely different.  With a cellphone you know you are being recorded when someone aims it at your direction, with this it's always aimed directly at people so you don't know when you're being recorded.  So basically with a cellphone you know when someone is trying to record you and with this you won't know.  In one of my classes there was a kid that pointed his phone towards me and I knew he was trying to record me, whereas, if he used Google glasses I would have no idea whether or not he was trying to record or take my picture.  I never used this device to know if it has a light to show it's recording, but it doesn't take a smart person to figure out how to bypass that. 

These types of technologies just forces introverted people to be more reclusive.  (Sure I know I'm going to somehow have tons of self anointed introverts claiming it doesn't bother them and they want the glasses, but not everyone likes being recorded or video taped without permission).    I don't have anything to hide in terms of being a criminal, but I don't want to be recorded by people or uploaded onto the internet.  Sure some of you guys will have etiquette and not record people behind there backs, but not every person is the same and this will just be a technology that will be abused to harass people.  Right now as the article states it records for 10 seconds and the record time could be changed as well as it can't record 24/7, but this technology is just a catalyst for other similar types of devices.  Given time there will be one that records 24/7, which leads me to ask - what's the point in recording 24/7?  Is it to catch people's embarrassing moments and try to get a viral hit on Youtube?  That's what I believe most people would buy this for because for people that just want to record 24/7 for their own personal reasons it will take the same amount of time reviewing what they recorded; however, for those looking for just a viral hit, they will just speed through the recordings to find the embarrassing moment and upload it on Youtube.  Some people that secretly record also instigate stuff for these reactions as well.  Look at Youtube trolling videos it's a prime example of this. 

If people want these kinds of devices there needs to be better laws in terms of recording people and uploading stuff on the web and I would have no problems with it.  Current laws make it where people can record in the public whoever they want and I believe people can upload those recordings as long as they don't monetize the videos and that's pretty similar to bullying those who do not want to be recorded and uploaded on the web.  I am also speaking from experience of people recording me without my permission just because they know I don't like being recorded and I have no idea what they do with the footage.
The problem with that argument is that people would have to stay away from anybody wearing glasses if they wanted to be safe. Indeed they would need to stay away from anybody wearing clothing or carrying anything.  If anything, Google glass makes it obvious that there's a possibility of being recorded while hidden devices, including those in other glasses,  give no clue.
El Long
My point is there needs to be better laws about recording people in public as well as uploading things on the internet.  I am aware of other devices and secretly recording, which I mentioned in my post about trolling videos where people have hidden cameras and instigate stuff with people just to get reactions for their videos.  With the rise of technology and companies such as this trying to make these types of devices even more mainstream, there needs to be better laws to protect people who do not want to be recorded or placed on the internet.  Even though some people don't mind being recorded and welcome the fame from being in a viral hit, others don't want to be filmed or portrayed as an idiot in the media.  I also know that people are trying to promote the benefits of Google glass such as being able to record stuff for their own memories or have a fast way to record an event that happens instantly, but not everyone thinks like that - just as it has those benefits it has negatives just as with other hidden recording devices.  What this product does is push recording devices into the limelight.  Yeah there are etiquette people talk about, but not everyone follows it and it's not enforced. 

Here's a real example of how technology is being abused without proper laws and regulations in place.  In colleges/universities there are professors do not want students recording their lectures, but people still do it.  They put their cellphones on their desks or hide it in their bags and record audio.  As a student who knows I'm being recorded I don't participate at all because I don't want my voice recorded or give the wrong answer and be subject to ridicule by the teacher while it's all on tape.  So how does this relate to Google glass?  Students might start bringing these things into lectures and just recording everything or claiming they aren't recording, but actually are.  It's just going to be abused just as how cellphones are.  You can't exactly trust someone that has a camera pointed directly at you who claims they aren't recording you.  What about bathroom instances?  There's etiquette about that, but it's not enforced as well.  If someone has their cellphone out in the bathroom people are cautious of that person if it's pointed towards them, but having Google glasses on means there's a camera in a pretty good spot and you have no idea if they are recording.  It's just sickening and makes people like me feel disgusted by those who abuse technology that way.  Also, for bathroom situations, unless you frequent x rated sites you won't know where that footage is - whether it's for their personal storage or uploaded on those x rated sites so it's not like you have have the video pulled down unless you are aware of it.

The only solution to this is regulation and laws that impose hefty fines against people who do this stuff and recording people in public should be regulated as well.  If this is what Google glass's aim was - for better privacy and recording laws/regulations - I'm all for it.
Nice try, but ...

Reality bites.
Well written. Cleared lots of myths around Google glass.
I like most Google stuff, especially Chrome OS, but this is the most retarded product ever.  People should be beaten up on site for wearing these faggy looking things.  Phones with cameras are one thing, but looking like a hipster attending Fag by Fag West is not going to turn the unwashed masses into users.  Try walking into a bar, movie theater, or strip club and see how it takes to get thrown out, your ass beat, both or worse. 
It's beyond stupid to think that Glassholes looking to their upper right visual field will be any less unaware of their field of view. You do know that the eyeballs move conjugally yes? The right is up, the left eye is up. I will never speak to anyone showing me a phone, or wearing these moronic things. I do not care what bullshit you spew. Just like people do not like having regular cameras pointed at them, and here we are 150 years from its invention and wait that long before the "norms" of society shake out on this stupid "technology."
+Claude Albertario I hope the Glassholes field of view isn't obstructed by a fist plowing into their face.  I just want to see more videos of these faggot getting beat up while wearing their faggy face PCs.  Good day.
This could evolve into a great device for people that are very hard of hearing or deaf.    Also for macular degeneration (MD) were you have side vision but may not have any center vision.  MD application can spread picture to edges.  MD with limited center vision have wavy distortion of picture, an application may be able to correct that distortion.  The application would allow the user to compensate for the waviness and this correction could give the doctor better understanding of the patient's problems. 
+Vern Schwanke You raise good points.  But who is using it now?  A bunch of Fag by Fag West fudge packing Gen Y Millennial loser trash that votes Democrat.  Google needs to direct to your ideas then I think glass might be a good idea.  But until then, I hope to see people getting beaten up while wearing them.  Not often you get a first-person perspective in a fag beat down.
Thanks Google Glass Team Trolls.  I will NEVER use this device.  I am as techy as they come.  Nothing on my body will ever be computed.  The divide between robots (sheep) and awakened people will soon come to fruition.  It will be evident by the dead-stares of the zapped population.  (a lot already live in this limitation).   Technology won't stop, but if you stop using crap like this, it will alter to a more complimentary form.
+Vern Schwanke :  What does democrat have to do with anything?  The fact that you say that makes me feel that you haven't woken up yet.  There is no two party system.  They are one in the same.  What is spoken from each is never acted out.  Words mean nothing.  If they did, then the word "conservative, aka republican" would have resulted in a 17 trillion dollar surplus, not a war-ridden 17 trillion dollar deficit.  Look at the facts and not the "pretend" ideologies.  If you want to survive in this new world, one must rise their head above the "bullshit".  You need a better bullshit meter.  I don't want to start a debate, because all politicians are the same color of evil.
Privacy.... I'm a realist.  If you walk up to me and think you are going to film the world around me non-stop... we're gonna have problems.  I will ask you to take it off, and if you decline, I will take them off you and smash them on the ground in front of you.  You don't like it?  Don't violate my privacy and do what I requested.

This is my personal space, not yours.
+IUse TheForce I agree and that is the problem.  These glasshole losers seem to think they are going to be recording everything in a new "privacy free" society.  And then what happens to people that wear real vision correction glasses when these things evolve to look like Glasshole Wear?

This idea is fucking stupid, hands down.  If this were a concept that help blind people see then I would be all for it.  But these Fag by Fag West hipster devices are junk and have no legit value.
+IUse TheForce so recording somebody in a public place is not acceptable, even if legal,  but destroying private property is, even though it's a criminal offense and most likely would constitute assault?
Mr. Harsh has serious issues and may benefit from counseling. I suspect he has not only a tiny brain, but also a tiny penis. Rob should connect with Mr. Sterling and see what other stupid ass stuff they can conjur up. What a frickin dick-head.
+Wayne Resnick Recording people in a public place is not legal (technically)... But most people don't press charges.  If you ever watch the morning news, you'll see people from the waist down when the show a shot of people walking in the city.   The reason for that is that you can't video people in public places without their consent.  So I guess what it comes down to... is.... are people really violating other people's rights?  YES.  Why?  Because people feel funny when they are filmed.  That is violating their rights via common law.  Sure... Smacking the glasses off of Sheldon in the park is a bad idea.  But it really isn't different.  It's all a form of violation of another's space and privacy.

Above all... These DORKS (I mean that) should go play outside more.  "Get away from the glass"  it's exactly that... blocking the real world through a screen/filter/obstruction.  
+Brian Morse I need counseling?  I am not the one walking around with some retarded glasses on my face, looking like a corporate tool douchebag.  Anyone who does DESERVES to be beaten up!
It is odd that some choose to focus on having their photos taken, or being recorded without knowledge or permission. What I seem to not yet understand is the REASON I or any other Glass user would WANT to randomly photograph or record people. What would I do with a picture of Mr Harsh? Why would I want to do that, even though I could? Strange that some are stuck on that aspect of the technology. Go figure.
Building off of The Force guys comments...I have noticed that the majority of adults at a typical kids sporting event, like a soccer game as an example, are not even looking up at the field...even though they are outside and most not wearing Glass.
They typically are catching up on email, some may be occasionally looking at the game through the screen on their phones. I have found I can enjoy the world in front of me, wink a picture if something strikes my fancy, capture a short video, and even delete an email or two from my in-box....all while at least appearing to my kid I am paying attention. I really am paying attention, and more so than most of the others around me potentially pounding out insults of ignorance on a website.
It baffles me how simply owning a product like Glass puts one into such a despiteful category to some, while if they looked in the mirror (some call it a Looking Glass) they may find they fall into a potentially less than positive catagory, at least as defined by some.
I wonder if the Force guy is outside when he is pounding out his insults of others not being outside. But hey guys...Freedom to express ones opinion is a big deal, and even you guys are afforded that. Rock on.
If one of these falls into my lap. I would probably make really silly things like a health and ammo display. Honestly this tech is incredible .... Niche to say the least. I feel the same way about smart watches. Though maybe in ten years I'll feel differently. Interesting idea to get to Tech War style tech... But then again we kinda skipped the whole video phone stage....

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I look down on people using their phone a bunch in social situations and i will do the same here. just use the glass when you are by yourself.
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