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I'm studying people's reactions to Glass

I've been on three flights so far, about to get on the fourth, to Berlin. So far no crew has asked me to turn off my Google Glass. Why not? They don't realize it's on. It usually is off, no lights, no indicators. But it's always ready to take a photo.

Which means I got a neat photo that would have otherwise got me in trouble.

Other reactions?

Everyone wants to try it on. Even those who are disgusted by it. 

It has not failed to recognize anyone's voice commands, even a guy with a deep Australian accent.

Everyone says that the popularity of Glass will totally depend on the price. Most say they will be interested if it's under $500. 

Most don't notice I have anything weird on my face. But the people who do have seen it on TV and are interested in what it's like. 

I'm giving some in-depth speeches tomorrow at NextConf in Berlin, about it, and will cover my first week's impressions.

I'll say this much. I will never live another day without wearing Google Glass or something like it. They have instantly become part of my life. 

And I don't care if you think I'm a douchebag for doing that, either. They help me live my life.

Oh, little Glass trivia. What was the code-name for the original idea?

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I met guys wearing Glass few months ago while entering FC Barcelona stadium. Nobody care, just me - I fought to reach the guys and get some feedback regarding using the gadget. This was striking for me: no weird staring at the Glass, really no issue, although there were hundreds of people around. 
Really nice to see 1st insight into the world of Google is beginning of a new era....Bravo +Google..... Bravo +Robert Scoble 
It will definitely be interesting to see the non-user reaction to users as it becomes more popular.

For several reasons, I hope that people embrace the technology, rather than kick against it.
If you have one now and I don't then you're automatically a douchebag until I get one too :)
+Robert Scoble this is such a cool photo,can Google execs like apple now say only Google could have done this? :)
Robert, this is what I meant in my comment on Twitter the other day--Google Glass is essentially a stealth technology, which makes it substantively different from cameras and recorders in phones. It's that characteristic (and the data link to Google) that raises potentially different privacy issues than do cellphones.
The reactions I've seen so far have been positive. One guy was worried about using it while driving until I explained you shouldn't, um, be doing anything while driving except driving. 
I look forward to hearing more real world usage experiences with it +Robert Scoble.

One thing I am interested in is the battery life. I had read that one guy said recording a 7 minute video reduced his battery by 20%. I can see me taking lots of photo's with it, but video I would think would be quite rare and limited to short clips when I would use it.

I'm hoping that it can last from waking up to going to bed!
I hope I get to use one before I'm too old to enjoy it!
Random side not: This could be applied to dogs that perform search and rescue!
It's going to be interesting to see all the new legislation - good, bad, and probably a lot of it stupid, that results from this new tech.  
I get shots like this with my camera all the time  which no one seems to remember to ask to turn off either.
+Robert Scoble - thanks for sharing these thoughts.

Although you did not mention reactions specifically in Berlin, I wonder if the people reacted any different there than in the U.S. Maybe the hoopla has not been that big.

Thanks for the latest Gillmor Gang. Loved it!
Glass is a 10 year bridge to contact lens style immersion displays, and a 20 year bridge to brain implants.  
+Scott Bourne Actually, would rather see someone with Glass insteaad of the many hidden cameras, microphones, etc. that anyone get get a hold of.  At least with Glass, you know what it is when you see it.
Thanks for sharing - enjoy the Glass and especially Berlin!
+Jonas Lamis - Did you mean immersion?

Edit to add: If you did, do you believe it will be ok to immerse it, without distortion? Or would it be possible to connect to the optic nerve - is that what you had in mind?
I'm excited to try them out myself at some point.  I actually think that there are enormous photographic and artistic opportunities with Google Glass.  

"In 1938 Walker Evans went underground to photograph passengers on the New York City Subway. Interested in capturing the everyday routines of anonymous people, Evans wanted to catch his subjects unaware. “The guard is down and the mask is off,” he wrote, “even more than when in lone bedrooms (where there are mirrors). People’s faces are in naked repose down in the subway.” Between 1938 and 1941, using a hidden camera, Evans photographed his subjects in these unguarded moments. Evans solicited the company of his friend, the photographer Helen Levitt, in the belief that his activities would be less noticeable if someone accompanied him.

In order to create his clandestine photographs, he orchestrated a way of taking photographs “undercover.” He painted the shiny chrome of his camera black and hid it under his coat so that the camera lens surreptitiously peeked out between two buttons. Despite the public setting of the subway, Evans managed to capture people lost in their own thoughts and moods, displaying a range of human emotions. With these black-and-white photographs, Evans managed to pull off a complicated feat: creating truly unposed portraits."

I think a lot of photographers and street photographers especially, try to learn to be invisible with their cameras.  I think Google Glass moves us further in that direction.  It makes it easier to have a camera in front of your face and catch more of life's interesting and unguarded moments.  There's that moment of realness between when you photograph someone in public and when they realize that a camera is on them.  During that moment, this is when some of the most magical moments happen photographically speaking.  Sometimes magic happens when people are posing or are aware of the camera, but it's those intimate life moments that are often the unaware ones.

I think it would be interesting to make a book of street photography all taken with Google Glass.  I bet you could do some really interesting things with them creatively.  

I'm practically blind in my right eye so I'm not sure they would work for me though until there is a left eyed version.
Maybe, they don't know what it is or what it can do. 
Very nice Robert. Kudos for not succumbing to the "douche" peer pressure. ;-)

I look forward to having it/using it as well, especially for fishing trips!!
Nobody knows it is on, and the most interesting thing you can think to take a photo of is some plane taking off?

The thing which I'd like to see is spreadsheeting and word-processing through glass with a virtual display and a virtual keyboard. That would seriously mean the death of the PC.
+Thomas Hawk - The book on street photography will be awesome! I hope you and some of our colleagues can pull it off, especially before the consumer version ships.

True pioneering work!

I had NO idea about your right eye.

+Project Glass - I hope you are listening to our friend Thomas Hawk! Left-eye version soon, please.

Why? My wife has a similar problem, Thomas.
Even if people notice this iteration of the technology, future generations will become almost invisible.  This is the future.
Not sure it will pass my french accent. 
+Christoph Möller - Are you sure? +Robert Scoble did not mention anything about surfing the internet during take-off and/or landing.

He mentions only that it is ready to take a photo - nothing else.
In many companies you're not allowed to wear phones with cameras in certain sensitive areas. I guess that would apply to glasses as well. Actually -- if you seal the lense -- you may still wear it :-)

Also there are certain public offerings which you are not allowed to film. What about those?

And actually also I wouldn't want to engage in a private conversation if I am not 100% sure that it is not recorded. That is a major obstacle in my opinion. It is the privacy of the normal human interaction which is violated if recording is not restricted.

I am not sure if it is cool to wear it on flights when other devices need to be turned off.

Oh -- I am big fan of the thing -- but the rules of normal human interaction need to be preserved if you don't want a slap in the face.
Thanks for posting this. Little insights like this are pretty awesome. Thanks, man.
Please continue to post your life thru glass. How has the battery life been? Are you using a spare battery pack to charge it on the go or is it lasting all day.
What's that airport over there? Is it Gibraltar Airport?
I love traveling ,i travel every year i love planes!!
Thank Bro;))).
Nice Work.. amazing
I'm sure some privacy advocate will eventually punch out a guy wearing Google Glasses if he thinks photos or video are being taken without permission. Just sayin'...
When the price comes way down (yes, under $500), I'm definitely going to be a Google Glass wearer.
I believe the social side, the UI  of it needs to be worked out AND the HW side. I am not sure whether other display technologies will be ready earlier.
Interesting stuff.

I'll admit that when reading about Google Glass I can't help but to think of an episode of Black Mirror, a UK scifi satire - where people are able to save and replay their memories via a bionic implant. When you have the time - check it out (Black Mirror | The Entire History of You | Channel 4) - its well worth it!
What about ergonomy for using your DLSR wearing Google Glass?
As with a camera, I think most people will be indifferent to being photographed with Glass. I can see people taking umbrage at being recorded though, as some do today when they see a stranger pointing a camcorder at them.

+Robert Scoble If someone was to politely ask you to delete any pics/recordings how would you go about reassuring them that you would? Isn't the data being uploaded real time? There's no way to prove it there and then I guess.
+Tim Patterson one thing is privacy advocacy, the other is the privacy of people in proximity. If I am talking with you I will talk differently if I am recorded.
Eric Schmidt's "creepy line" aside, and without going into the various privacy issues ... I want one.
Is that a Google glass photo
+Patrick Quirke - My guess is that in completely controlled advice-to-surgeon situation, it would be OK. But not in an ad-hoc surgical situation.
I would bitch slap you back to the last century if I saw you wearing them at the urinal next to me dude
Hoping your not connected in any of your circles with those stewardesses?Or any other platforms.
+Veljko Sekelj that was a superb and really mature look at the possibilities that perhaps seemed more far fetched then than they do today. We're almost at that record everything ability but not quite.
I think I'd settle for just the camera, maybe paired with a smart watch. Should work out a lot cheaper. Frankly, I'm baffled no one's come up with a cheap, camera-only rip-off of Glass. I'm sure there's a big market for it.
I thought I'd be coming across a lot more posts about people using it. This was my first. Very interested watching this develop but not chomping to wear them myself. I'm hurting for oculus rift though.
Berlin is an amazing town and very scenic for Google Glass. I just returned from a keynote there and if you have a chance check out the General Assembly there. Travel safe and can't wait for photos from Berlin. Let me know if the directions default to German - I was running into that issue. 
What are your plans for Berlin? Sightseeing with Glass livestreaming?
Lucky man. If I had the money, I would want a clip Glass for normal frames.

As someone who wears glasses to actually see, I would rather have something to clip onto my normal glasses than have to pay for a device tailored to me which I might have to take off and therefore not be able to physically see due to not having glasses on.

For example, someone above mentioned driving. I don't want to have to take my prescription glasses off to drive because they might distract me. As cool as it would be to say "Google custom-made my glasses", it wouldn't be practical.
+Robert Scoble, I was just thinking this afternoon, some people have had it for a few days now and I have seen no rave reviews. I was about to enquire whether it was a let down, then I saw this post....
Keen to know how it actually works - voice only or is there a little fob-type mouse?
Wow.......that tells me that u can record anything, Actually a safety device, ei,,,disruptions, unruly passengers. or record a possible threat in progress! (I have a 'heavy' imagination!  But cool.  Use it before it gets to popular and every other guy has one!! 
I can't make up my mind on this. Hate, really hate or ignore Glass?
It's not wearing the glasses I worry about. It's walking around talking to yourself.
see this just confirms everything I hoped for in Glass, that someone as immersed in technology as yourself, to be so instantly addicted.

i think this has potential to be as big as the internet, the internet gave us a location, for information and connection.

now glass and i am sure many variations on the theme (hoping I can afford one of them!) give us the seamless integration of ourselves with that information.

this human is ready for the collective!

resistance is futile! you will be glassimilated into the perfection, that is Google!
I haven't seen much news on these for those of us who wear prescription lenses ... If there is an Rx option the shut-up and take my money meme will be in full force.
You'll know when someone is recording you because a little red light comes on, just like with a regular camcorder. No light, no worries.

And the reason they ask you to put away your devices on planes is that they are potential projectiles that could injure someone if something goes wrong, not because it interferes with anything. They just tell you that so you will put them away. So it makes sense that if something is attached to your head they wouldn't ask for it to be turned off.
Good image clarity I note.  No interference with the plane's navigation one would hope?
I would only point out that to my way of looking at it there is a conflict of interest here. My guess is that +Robert Scoble got an alpha version of Google Glass from Google and why? Well again my guess is that it's to evangelize and to promote the new product based on this number of twitter followers, facebook followers and the like. Furthermore +Robert Scoble can likely go on to parlay this experience of being an early adopter into all sorts of other gigs like books, speaking engagements, consultancies and the like. So of course he "likes" it. He's essentially being paid to "like" it. I mean I'm sure he honestly does like it as well but there'd be an awfully strong disincentive to dislike it to torture the double negative.

Not to mention the privacy issues others have cited. 
So you know it shouldn't be on, but you have it on anyway, just because you can.

Character is what you are in the dark :)
OK so my inferences were wrong - I take that part back. But as an early adopter I still think there is an incentive to get on the bandwagon to be a thought leader, trend shaper.
Well - like I said - if you paid full freight and waited in line like anyone else - then I say I'm good with that. I guess I shouldn't have been making assumptions that weren't mine to make. Lesson learned - don't assume!
Any hint on the photo that would have u in someone''s clinches!!
how does it feel to be the test pilot for developers and platforms? because not all of us go through it, you are always the first, not that it is some contention. you have been saying programmers (hacker news) are bit too proud and they shut down others for being newbie and not being programmer (not exactly that), you yourself go through development phase more than most programmers developers would even dream of. 
Do I drive the speed limit? Well, if everyone else is doing 60mph, I'll do 60, even if the limit is 50.

But if everyone else is driving 50 and the limit is 50, then I'm not gonna be a douce-nozzle and drive 65 just because I can :)
I'm curious if you had ever tried Goldeneye +Robert Scoble 
I saw someone at #nextconf  wearing that who also showed it to Sergey at CES prior to Google's annoncement of Glass.
+Robert Scoble thanks for this; good stuff from you, as usual.

I think up to $999.90 is fine with me, but I have a rather practical question you might be able to answer (or relay): I'm wearing spectacles and gathered that for this case—heck, in certain countries that's half of the population—Google Glass will only be available much later (and/or much more expensive). Any thoughts?
Thanks for this information +Robert Gibson II that sounds promising—must have overlooked in this thread and yes, guilty, I don't read everything +Robert Scoble writes, though I admit, I prolly should :P
Sounds great! Perfect for doing some street photography too!
Just imagine the potential of Glass, if it is under $100.
deep Australian accent?

We speak English, dude.
Perhaps there should be a mandatory red light or something while recording. 
+Dan Michael saying someone speaks with an australian accent doesn´t imply at all that he doesn´t speak English.
I've helped organize big protests. Sometimes things get tense with police or counter protesters. With devices like Glass (cops will have them too) everyone will know everything is probably being recorded. Hmm
+Robert Scoble, what are they good for besides taking photos/video? It's not that my imagination has failed but I am wondering what they are good for now and what is just around the corner.
so how do i get google glasses?
Keep us updated +Robert Scoble and i think your cool to wear them a much as you want. This is new tech and should be petty normal to see soon.
quality is pretty good, i didnt think it would be that clear at 720p
I just got my pair - digging them so far! :)
I wonder what your response would to be to post-Boston use of amateur photographs for investigation, and any later clampdown on public photography.


After more than a decade of profiling citizens with cameras as potential terrorists, law enforcement officials are now hoping these same citizens with cameras will help them nab the culprits behind the Boston Marathon terrorist explosions.

Adding to the hypocrisy is that these same authorities will most likely start clamping down on citizens with cameras more than ever once the smoke clears and we once again become a nation of paranoids willing to give up our freedoms in exchange for some type of perceived security.

After all, that is exactly how it played out in the years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks where it became impossible to photograph buildings, trains or airplanes without drawing the suspicion of authorities as potential terrorists.
Very nice shot! However isn't it not safe to use electronic devices during takeoffs or landings? 
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