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How not to be a "Gl*******", a guide by Google

By Himanshu Arora ยท 10 replies
Feb 19, 2014
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  1. Google Glass is an interesting piece of wearable technology that holds a lot of promise. But ever since the Glass Explorer program began there's been a number of reports calling out "Gl*******s" -- a term used to describe people who...

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  2. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 3,152   +1,411

    Step 1) Don't wear it in public.

    You're pretty much going to look like a jerk if you have technology between you and the person you're talking to. It makes it look like at any moment you might have something more important to do than talk to a real person. It was the same reason bluetooth headset wearing looked so bad.
  3. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,286

    You can't blame them. It's pretty difficult to take anyone seriously wearing these goofy looking things. Maybe by the time they reach 6th or 7th generation (assuming they get that far) things might be better (maybe some will have discovered you can even equip them with lenses).
  4. Couldn't agree more...
  5. madboyv1

    madboyv1 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,530   +420

    Unless you're going to a Sci-Fi convention or something. =p

    There are plenty of times where bluetooth headsets on other people have given me grief. I never know when they are talking to me or the person in their head, especially when the wearer is making eye contact.... I assume it will be the same if not worse with google glass.
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  6. Considering the number of smartphones I've seen in use at bars and restaurants over the past 5 years, I don't think many people care anymore. I predict these things will become a plague if they ever evolve aesthetically.

    But there are positives. By wearing Google Glass, people are courteously (albeit unwittingly) informing you that they probably aren't worth your time.
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  7. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 3,152   +1,411

    I think the wearables are worse than the smartphones. When you're looking at your phone you are giving it your attention and people can see that. Wearing the glasses gives the impression that you're not using your technology, but you're keeping it right there just in case something more interesting than you comes along. I guess you could compare it to leaving your phone on the table in front of you, but that's still not as bad as having it stuck to your face.

    The coolest wearable piece of tech I've heard of so far is a ring. You'd never know it was electronic and it can unlock doors via bluetooth and the like.
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  8. How about if I see you obviously filming me, I tear them off your face and accidentally SMASH them with my fist?

    ...of course, I'll say how sorry I am if you found it upsetting that I did something without your permission.
  9. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,684   +3,836

    Well, stand back, I'm going to take an unpopular stance. (This is a new thing for me;)).

    Today's proliferation of smart phones with video and still camera capability, can be a menace to the police effectively discharging their duties.

    Sometimes, a crack dealer needs the piss beat out of them. There's no place in jail for them, so small time dealers roam the streets with impunity.

    So all you need is somebody uploading photos or video to Instagram, converting a menace to society, into a poor downtrodden victim of police brutality.

    I figure that it's very easy to sit in a comfortable suburb, and, "Monday morning nightstick", how you could have brought the incident to a more successful and less violent conclusion. And all with no training in law enforcement, and no personal risk or jeopardy.

    In every prizefight, the public is rooting for the winner, just in time to switch sides for the guy they're rooting against, as soon as he starts losing. That's a microcosm of public opinion in general.

    In any case, if the Google Glass nightmare takes hold on a larger scale, you'll have every glasses wearing nerd and 98 pound wannabe "superhero", paralyzing law enforcement throughout every major city in the US.

    Oddly, surveillance cameras seem to do very little in the way of solving vicious murders and muggings, but iPhones and the like, have managed to cast the police in a very bad light. People seem to bask in the light of their own new found notoriety having done so. It's the old "15 minutes of fame", that draws out those closet voyeurs, and they only seem to be there when the police are comfortably between them and the criminals.
  10. How not to be a gl*******, well it's very simple: don't buy it.
    If you buy it, there's slight chance you'll become a gl*******. By not buying it, it will prevent you become a gl******* :D
  11. Jotticage

    Jotticage TS Rookie

    Not every person had cell phone when they first came out, but now just about everyone has one.
    Maybe, once all this technology evolves everybody will be wearing some kind of filming device.

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