“Yep. Glass is back.”

Glass Enterprise Edition

Wired writes about the “startling second act” of Google Glass, “the consumer product that earned users a certain distasteful rectal sobriquet“. Oh là là! Turns out that there has been an Enterprise Edition of Glass available since 2015. For some reason Google has been very secretive about it.

According to the article, there are several companies (including General Electric) using Google Glass in their operations. Factory workers in AGCO also utilize Glass. The company owns over 100 pairs, and plans to order nearly 1000 in the next 18 months. The medical company Augmedix provides Google Glass software for doctors. Because who wouldn’t want a doctor wearing a camera and a microphone to take a look at that weird rash in your groin?

https://www.wired.com/story/google-glass-2-is-here/

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HoloLens Is the New Crown of Creepy

Hololens Creep

It’s time that we take a look into the future of inappropriate augmented reality; Meta has a development kit out, Magic Leap is coming soonish, and for now Microsoft HoloLens reins supreme. As reported by Geek.com:

HoloLens makes you look like a huge creepy dork

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Commendable Use for Google Glass

The title from this KQED News article from says it straight:

Google Glass Flopped. But Kids With Autism Are Using It to Learn Emotions

This is one of the more praiseworthy uses of Google Glass. Makes me want to say “OK Glass!” Good job Stanford University!

(Autism Glass Project)

(Autism Glass Project)

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Not dead yet

The glass is back! Google is pushing out a new version of Glass, aimed at enterprise markets. The components are newer, but the device itself remains fundamentally the same.

ImOnGlassWhoa

Want to see a better augmented reality device? Try Microsoft Hololens. It has a narrow field of view, but at least it’s real AR. Eventually Google will follow suit. Whether that will be Magic Leap or something else, remains to be seen.

Are these still people who are wearing Google Glass in their profile pics? Let me know if you know any.

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Google Glass Burger

Buon_buon of Instagram displays that awesomeness is an additive property!

Glass Burger

Mad props. We who are about to google salute you!

 

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Now Glassholes Can Recognize Emotions of Others

Too busy playing Angry Birds with your face? Can’t be bothered to interpret the emotions of others around you? Fear not, Google Glass can do it for you!

Fraunhofer Institute

Fraunhofer Institute

Fraunhofer research institute has released a video of a Google Glass application that can estimate emotions, age, and gender of people that are seen by the device’s camera. See the application in action:

Software assisted emotion detection also helps you if are located somewhere in the autism spectrum. And chances are that you do, if you’re an early Glasshole adopter!

Seriously speaking, this is a pretty cool use of computer vision. Unfortunately current technology can’t differentiate between fake and real smiles.

This research app is not yet available in any appstore.

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Glasshole Symptoms on Video

If you exhibit any of the following behavior you might have a chronic case of Glasshole:

So far it seems that we have more dystopian parody videos than actual reports of abusive Google Glass usage! We have a hunch that this situation will change as Google Glass and similar devices become more common.

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OK Glass, impress teenage girls

Awe-inspiring levels of creepiness is brought to you by Robert Scoble, the “Overpaid manbaby technologist” who wore Google Glass for a whole year everywhere (bathrooms, showers, you name it). He chatted up a bunch of high school girls, took their picture, recorded the conversation, and hurled it all online for us to consume:

Granted, he probably asked their permission, at least for taking the picture. Maybe. Perhaps.

So what do we learn? Wearable technology is a great excuse to chat up teenager girls, shine in their unwarranted praise while recording their pictures and voices. That deserves a HELL YEAH from a choir of creepy middle aged men:RobertScoble

In related news, Scoble is giving up on Google Glass. Heck, even Larry Page stopped using it. Google Glass might not gather a major consumer base, but augmented reality glasses, other wearable displays, and all the creepiness that ensues from them will definitely be part of our future.

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OK Glass, pull out

Sex with Glass is exactly what you think it is; a free app that lets your share your viewpoint with your partner (or someone else) during sex. The idea is that you both wear Google Glass while engaged in coitus. So presumably it’s something like the sex scene in “Demolition Man” except with real sex:


From the product website:

Just say “ok glass, it’s time” and Glass will stream what you see to each other. And if you feel like stopping everything, just ask: “ok glass, pull out”.

At the end of the night, Glass puts all the footage together, and shows you a video of the whole thing.

The app will even suggest you positions if you ask it to. To be honest, it’s not as bad as one might think. The developers have thought about privacy issues, as the automatically created video can be viewed only for 5 hours before it’s deleted forever.

If you want new perspectives on your partner for less money, might we suggest that you set up some mirrors in your bed room.

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Google Glass Assisted Dating

AP Photo / Jeff Chiu

AP Photo / Jeff Chiu

In a fascinating article Esquire writer A.J. Jacobs tries out different things that you’re not supposed to do with Google Glass. This includes getting live assistance in Texas Holdem poker via Glass and watching YouTube videos while taking his kids to a museum.

From the comfort of his home, Jacobs assists his Glass-wearing friend to pick up women from a bar. Seeing live feed from his friend’s point of view, he suggests pick-up lines, acts as a remote wingman, and googles for details about the women. Of course things don’t go quite as planned and the article is both funny and creepy at the same time:

“The night did make clear that Glass could have a profound impact on dating. Imagine when hackers start releasing facial-recognition software against Google’s will: We might scan the room and figure out who is married, whose company just had an IPO, who got busted for shoplifting when they were nineteen. Imagine being able to come up with retorts worthy of Oscar Wilde because they were written by Oscar Wilde.”

Read the article here:
http://www.esquire.com/features/google-glass-tests-1213?click=main_sr

 

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