Think all Google Glass wearers are nerds with lots of money? Not so fast, says Google.
The web giant took to its Google+ page on 20 March to debunk some of the most common "myths" about its high-tech specs — and admitted that they're not quite ready for primetime.
"Glass is a prototype, and our Explorers and the broader public are playing a critical role in how it's developed," Google explained. Based on user feedback, Google has issued nine software updates, and three hardware updates in the past 11 months. "Ultimately, we hope even more feedback gets baked into a polished consumer product ahead of being released. And, in the future, today's prototype may look as funny to us as that mobile phone from the mid 80s."
Speaking of Glass Explorers, Google said they're not all "technology-worshipping geeks" as you might have thought. Some even have cool professions like brewmasters and zookeepers. And despite the headset's hefty price tag, not all Explorers are rich.
"In some cases, their work has paid for it," Google said. "Others have raised money on Kickstarter and Indiegogo. And for some, it's been a gift." So there.
Google also pushed back at the idea that Glass was designed as a spy device and marks the end of privacy as we know it. In fact, people had similar privacy fears back in the late 19th century when cameras first hit the market.
"If a company sought to design a secret spy device, they could do a better job than Glass!" Google wrote. "Let's be honest: if someone wants to secretly record you, there are much, much better cameras out there."
While there has been pushback against wearing Glass behind the wheel, in some bars, and at the cinema, it hasn't been banned everywhere, Google said. The company conceded that it might not be appropriate for places like changing rooms or a casino floor, but argued that the rules governing mobile phones should also apply to Glass as well, since the devices share similar functionalities.
Google also addressed a few other common misconceptions: that the device obstructs your view ("The Glass screen is deliberately above the right eye, not in front or over it"); that it's always on recording everything ("the battery won't last longer than 45 minutes"); and that it does facial recognition ("Nope").
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