Originally Posted by Peter Windle
Question1: does anyone else think this idea is just 'creepy', like being plugged into the Matrix?
Question2: how many people have lost or broken a pair of glasses?
Question3: I wonder how long it will be before someone starts getting vision problems from one of these?
Vision problems? Well, there was one developer that got these during that first release and he mentioned PUBLICLY that he wears prescription glasses and that he got eye strain after a short period of time and he couldn't wear them for long periods.
What does eye strain mean? It's affecting your vision and eventually, you WILL need prescription glasses. The big problem I see about these is that ONE eye is directed at a VERY short distance to view the video and the other eye is looking at a long distance away. THAT is a VERY scary proposition. Most devices that you use like night vision goggles, etc. have TWO things your eyes look through, or in the case of a telescope or a single lens microscope, you usually CLOSE the eye that's not looking through the lens and you are only looking through these things for a short durations of time. I saw that potential problem immediately, but eyes don't change and develop problems overnight. Some eye problems may take a year to see something noticeable when you go to the doctor for an eye exam. Does everyone have an eye exam once a year like we're supposed to? I doubt it. some do, most don't.
They obviously haven't released these things to a medical group to do long term studies. They probably SHOULD have discussed these things PRIOR to making ANY public announcements until they got a TEAM of leading ophthalmologists to explain the potential problems. Google did say these "can cause eye strain" which is trying to minimize any outburst, but obviously they didn't go into detail as to what that can lead to. Staring at a computer screen for hours a day leads to eye strain, so eventually you'll need glasses, but it affects both eyes, this is affecting one eye differently than the other. I don't know about anyone else, but to me, that's not good. One doctor wrote an article i read and he discussed not only might need glasses due to these things at some point in time, but they were leary about these things causing what's called lazy eye which is when one eye moves almost independently than the other. that to me is a VERY serious eye condition, most other devices are NOT going to do that. I wish I could post the article i read, but I can't.
I think the media needs to discuss these things with a variety of eye doctors and get some expert opinions and mention this to people what the potential problems are. I always look at who in the company is wearing these things daily. Sergy is, but Larry Page and Eric Schmidt are NOT wearing these things. Why is that? Afraid to eat their own dog food? That is a CLEAR signal that THEY, the CEO and Chairman of the Board don't wear something. It's almost like the CEO of Ferrari talking about how great their cars are, yet they drive a Lambo or another competing brand. I would EXPECT to see the CEO of Ferrari driving around in their own car unless it's a limo which Ferrari doesn't make and compete with. But heck, Larry Page and Eric Schmidt should ABSOLUTELY be asked publicly WHY they don't wear Google Glasses to give their input on such a hyped product. If I were in the media that's the first question I would be asking and they were cagey about the response, then I wouldn't give any additional attention. But we live in a world where the media likes hyping things, even if it turns out badly, in the mean time, it's getting readership attention. I just think the thing is a joke, it's getting banned already, even at Google's own shareholder's meeting. Ooops.