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    Just got an invitation to buy one of these puppies for $1,500. That's a lot of money.

    Anyone have a pair? Thoughts? I'm concerned about they will fit over regular prescription glasses.

    Thanks!

    #2
    Originally posted by DNSamurai View Post
    Just got an invitation to buy one of these puppies for $1,500. That's a lot of money.

    Anyone have a pair? Thoughts? I'm concerned about they will fit over regular prescription glasses.

    Thanks!
    Thats my concern with them as well. Ive got prescription glasses and i feel like they would fit bizarrely over regular glasses. They seem super awesome and id be curious to see what happens down the road. I thought they were going to try and get that price point down from the $1500 to make it more reasonable. id be curious what people say if they have experience with them.

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      #3
      My aim is to avoid things that make me look nerdy, not acquire them!

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        #4
        They will be available with prescriptions in the future. Which probably means they don't work so great over top of glasses.

        http://gizmodo.com/googles-getting-s...ass-1469880397

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          #5
          Originally posted by Duvel View Post
          My aim is to avoid things that make me look nerdy, not acquire them!
          The concept seems pretty cool but also kind of creepy. Definitely do not wear them on dates lol.

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            #6
            Wearable tech is a big component of the future. It all comes down to what matters to you more: a few quality suits/shoes/leather/raw denim/whatever, or the chance to try and be a part of an incredible new technology that's going to shape the next 30 to 50 years. Google Glass is just the tip of the iceberg at GoogleX, and there's a lot more cool stuff coming, but you don't pay 1500 for them for just the product, you do it because you want to be part of history. But that's an entirely personal call.

            (And obviously they don't look that good; I have friends who have sampled the product when GoogleX came to school but I never got the chance.)

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              #7
              Looking at the last N tech innovations, where they were introduced, and where they are now, I would say that as they're introduced, they're at best orthogonal to style, and generally against it. There are exceptions (think Apple products), but very few companies put the R&D into design that's required - it's much more efficient to let the world do that part for you. In a few years, Google Glass (and it's competitors, if anyone decides to make one) will look good, but for now, Google's spent most of their design-engineering on it, as far as I can tell, to make it not-too-heavy, and only sort of hideous. They also had a LOT of pressure to make them obvious - everyone freaking out about how anyone wearing glasses could be recording them. The tech's not there yet to make them not-really-obvious (you could do it with thick, hot frames and plugging your glasses in every hour or so, but that seems like it'd generate bad press), but even if it were, they couldn't do it for PR / privacy reasons. \begin{rant} I always found that part of the google glass discussion completely ridiculous - not that they can't invade the privacy of others, but how on earth in 2013 are people still shocked at the idea that people can be hanging around in public, appearing to do their own thing (like, say, using their phone, perhaps), but actually recording images / video? Are you totally chill around people looking around, and paranoid around people using their phones? \end{rant} Sorry about that - I just never got my head around the outrage.

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                #8
                Maybe I'm just not enough of a techie, but I find them repulsive in style and sort of useless generally. I'll likely have to change my mind during my lifetime, but for now I'll stick with using my phone when necessary.

                BigBay -- As for your rant, I think privacy is a bigger concern w Google Glass because capturing your image is slightly more invasive in some people's minds, not to mention that most phones, etc. can't record your conversation or take your photo/video unless you're rather close to it and/or blatantly obvious that you are recording (or taking a picture, etc.). This is part of the idea behind why you can't turn off the "click" on iPhones when you take pictures--to avoid people taking pictures of unwilling models. With Google Glass, I understand (in my limited knowledge--I honestly haven't read that much about it) that it may not be as easy to tell if someone is recording/snapping photos.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by hornsup84 View Post
                  This is part of the idea behind why you can't turn off the "click" on iPhones when you take pictures--to avoid people taking pictures of unwilling models.
                  On my iPhone at least, there's no shutter sound when the phone is on silent.

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by fauxshow View Post
                    On my iPhone at least, there's no shutter sound when the phone is on silent.
                    Interesting -- mine too now. In the past (I read about it and looked into it personally a couple years ago), that wasn't the case.

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                      #11
                      honrsup - it's easier (at least for now) to fit a good camera in a phone than a headset (weight, power, size, optics / stability). I'd assume, as a result, that the image quality will be better on a phone, at least for a while (maybe a decade or so). The only thing about the headset that seems more intrusive is it's always-on nature, and it's a mistake to assume that you can't set a phone up to record video / audio perpetually (though I wouldn't like to work on the problem of stabilizing it within a shirt pocket so it could always see out a small fixed hole). At this point, I think it'd be a mistake for anyone in public to ever assume they're not being recorded. This tends to freak out Americans, since privacy is very explicitly fundamental here, but in many other countries, people seem okay with it (think London's CCTV cameras).

                      To be clear, it's not that I don't think it's creepy / invasive - I just think the creepiest / most invasive parts have already been with us for a few years already - this just gives it a new, wonky-but-exciting interface.

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                        #12
                        I hear you and agree. Yet still even very intelligent people have highly confidential phone calls on the Amtrak or LIRR, etc. that are reported on because some journalist or competitor was in a row behind them. It's a good approach to just assume everyone is listening and could know what you're talking about when you're in public, so best to just leave truly confidential conversations to in person and behind closed doors.

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                          #13
                          Originally posted by Duvel View Post
                          My aim is to avoid things that make me look nerdy, not acquire them!
                          Some of us own our nerdiness... :-)

                          I just don't need to drop $1500 on another toy.

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