As the semester nears an end and everyone is busy with final projects, it’s hard to wind down and relax. When I do take short breaks, however, I find myself seeking comfort stimuli: pictures of baby animals, sweet and salty snacks, and funny YouTube videos.
To whoever is still reading this, I’m sure you’re like the rest of us — busy, busy, busy. If you don’t have time to read more, I encourage you to at least watch the video below. It’s short and funny. Credit goes to Machinima ETC, Feb. 2013.
Okay. So now to the somewhat educational part of this post. While the parody above was pretty silly, it also brought up some important concerns about Google Glass.
Maintaining relationships — will Google Glass distract people from face-to-face social interactions?
Cheating in school — will Google Glass facilitate cheating on exams in school?
Recording copyright material — will Google Glass make it easier for people to steal?
Pranking people — will Google Glass provide people who take pranks to the extreme a new medium to bully?
Compromising privacy — will Google Glass raise even more privacy concerns in this Internet age?
Multitasking too much — will Google Glass be a hazardous multitasking tool?
When I heard about working with Google Glass for class in the beginning of the semester, I was really excited to be able to test this new product. As I’m thinking more about the multimodal project and Google Glass in general, it seems important to consider how problematic Google Glass can be. I believe Google Glass has some remarkable features that invites positive-user outcomes, but as I continue my research, I will also try to think about the possible negative outcomes that come along with the whole package. The lesson seems to be that when excitement over something new obscures reality, it’s time to take off the rose-colored glasses.