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# 119630 8-Jun-2013 11:47
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With all the controversy that has hit Google Glass, Casino Bans, Party Bans, etc and they haven't even really hit the streets!

Are you going to be standing in line (metaphorically speaking, I  don't do lines sorry queue's) behind me with your $1500 USD (equivalant $1901 NZD) ?

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  # 832605 8-Jun-2013 11:54
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I think they look very cool, and I would love to try them. The thought of a "HUD" in real life has many cool applications, but it seems it won't do things like facial recognition, for which it would be ideal. I am bad at remembering names, say in social situations, having people's names appear only to be would be great.
Having said that, no way am I looking at buying them. Even if the price was closer to NZD1000 I still would not be in the market.

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  # 832625 8-Jun-2013 12:33
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Facial Rec' with Google glass That would be cool!  

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  # 833588 10-Jun-2013 14:49
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Most of the things I want glass to do are a little beyond it's reach right now.  Things like running a ghost car/bike in AR while you drive round a track so you can race yourself.   

As I understand it glass is more like display that is always on, rather than something that can create an overlay to the real world.

That said:  having the video feed from a drone would be cool, but nothing about them is USD1500 cool.  I'd be in to play with them for ~NZD 500-1000  but more than that I can't justify, and to be honest I struggle to justify that 1000 dollar mark.

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  # 833589 10-Jun-2013 14:51
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gnfb: Facial Rec' with Google glass That would be cool!  

Google has explicitly stated this will not be allowed (officially at least).

Re: Casino Bans - these are nothing special. It's a camera, you aren't allowed cameras in casinos.

Take all the "OMG GLASS BANNED" articles and replace Google Glass with 'video camera' and you will find there is precisely 0 controversy.

People are scared of new technology - news at 11.

I suspect the consumer version will have a recording LED or light on it. Problem solved.

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  # 833592 10-Jun-2013 14:54
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To me they are the next step up from Bluetooth headsets where you look like a total prat whilst talking to, seemingly, yourself.

Now you'll be busy talking to 'Glass' your imaginary friend in an Oakley Blade.

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  # 833628 10-Jun-2013 16:14
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the $1500 USD is the developer price before they scale up production.

google has stated they should be in line with a high end smartphone, so should be around $1000 NZD when they launch.

But IMO uif they want to drive mass market adoption they need to be priced around $300NZD

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  # 833638 10-Jun-2013 16:23
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The way I see it, right now it is a big screen smartphone, without the touch interface (voice only) and a low resolution screen (which is always on and floats in front of you).

Given how poorly voice commands work right now on Android, I would be very reluctant to use any device without touch screen control.  If it had full visual overlay and a high resolution, and speech rec actually worked, it'd be kinda cool (especially if it came with some trick AR to give me info on the things around me)


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  # 833681 10-Jun-2013 18:03
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Whilst I believe they're 'cool' and would be a fun toy, I doubt they would have an initial appeal outside of the geeksphere. A recording light is an absolute must, but that's something you can easily black out / hack to turn off I'm guessing... so the invasion of privacy does make me think twice. That issue would probably disappear over time I'm picking, however, it may initially create a lot of interest for the general public.

Now would I buy them? Nope, I'm not keen on the on-going tethering expense to begin with, nor that it would tie me down to Google, who would know EVEN MORE about my every day actions than they already do!

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  # 833696 10-Jun-2013 18:19
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Nope, it doesn't interest me any more than cellphones do.


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  # 833699 10-Jun-2013 18:21
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I would definitely pay for one IF I can get it!

I suspect it will be sold out within minutes...

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  # 833702 10-Jun-2013 18:31
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Did a presentation about Google Glass at uni. There is a lot of things that need to be thought about.

While I personally think it's a pretty cool idea, the potential downsides I think out weigh the novelty of the device.

In an ideal world, this sort of wearable computer/augmented reality would be great!

But still, it will be very interesting to see the progression. 

If I had a spare $1000, would I purchase a set? No. If I was given a set, would I use them? I'd attempt. 


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  # 833729 10-Jun-2013 19:39
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I think the tech era we are about to enter will have the lawmakers scrambling along with the Human rights activists.
Coming form a country where there is a camera on every corner I am use to surveillance. I also grumble but can accept the justification as to why i have to have to remove my shoes, belt  and show the TSA man that my laptop is a laptop whilst he fondles my private areas with his latex covered hands.

I would be first in line to have a chip embed under my skin so I don't have to carry credit cards or passport etc etc. 

So I am the last person to worry about someone with a pair of Google gasses on and cant understand the fuss

Poor old Sergey must be real pissed off 

"We give them this amazing tech and all they can do is complain and bitch!!" 

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  # 864853 24-Jul-2013 09:42
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gnfb: Facial Rec' with Google glass That would be cool!  

Sure. Like this first trailer for an adult movie recorded with Google Glass (NSFW):

Now it will take off...

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  # 880204 17-Aug-2013 17:51
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does anyone know where can i get this in new zealand?

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