At this point, individuals working in the information technology field, in addition to many other kinds of professionals, may have already seen someone in their offices donning Google Glass. Although this technological advancement has only been on the market for a relatively brief period of time, it has already begun to generate so much buzz that it is now surrounded with some modern folklore of sorts. Because of all the stories surrounding this tool, Google has recently come out and released a statement so that consumers and IT professionals alike can have a clear idea of what this product is really about.
In its online statement, the corporation wrote that, “myths can be fun, but they can also be confusing or unsettling. And if spoken enough, they can morph into something that resembles fact.”
Concerned about all the hype surrounding Google Glass, as well as the continuous stream of opinions that are flooding the media, the company wanted to set the record straight. Google explained that, “in its relatively short existence, Glass has seen some myths develop around it. While we’re flattered by the attention, we thought it might make sense to tackle them, just to clear the air.”
It won’t keep people from enjoying life
The major tech brand then went on to bring to light the most popular rumors about its product, outlining exactly how these are deviants from the truth and pinpointing all the pros that this solution has to offer. At the top of the company’s list was the misconception that Google Glass somehow removes users from the real world, causing them to be detached and distracted. To combat this myth, the corporation emphasizes the fact that this device can be turned on and off at a person’s own discretion.
Google Glass does not have a mind of its own, taking over its users’ ability to see and experience the world in front of them indefinitely as soon as it’s placed on these peoples’ faces. On top of being able to be taken off completely, this tool can also be shut off so that people can pay attention to the world around them. The corporation even recommends that users be certain that they use these tools wisely, cherishing life events without tapping into this IT tool’s functions. As soon as an individual does not have momentous occasions occurring, they can then turn his or her device back on and continue to leverage it as the valuable IT resource that it is.
It won’t be watching users
In addition, consumers and IT professionals alike can put any Big Brother fears that they may have about Google Glass to rest. The company explained that a number of people have voiced concerns that this device is always turned on and can record everything going on around it. However, this is simply not the case. Google stated that this is impossible for a variety of reasons.
For starters, the screen’s default mode is always off. Even if someone wanted to hack into a Google Glass and monitor a user’s every movement, its limited battery power would get in the way of that happening for long. In fact, the device only has enough juice to last 45 minutes until it has to be recharged. On top of that, it is designed to record short snippets, usually lasting around 10 seconds. Although it could potentially record longer bits, it does not have the capabilities to keep up with a constant stream, making it unfeasible for Google Glass to keep tabs users.
Another conspiracy theory against Glass is that it is outfitted with all kinds of questionable IT features, such as facial recognition functions. Granted, Google admitted that its team has the technological capabilities to incorporate elements like this into its device. That being said, it has opted to forego these features because they do teeter on a fine line of acceptability. The corporation assures the public that each application that is available on Google Glass has to be manually approved before it is launched on the MyGlass store. This means that even if a developer wanted to offer a questionable app to users, he or she would not be able to do so, as the company would intervene.
After speaking out and shedding light on these common misconceptions surrounding Google Glass, the brand hopes to encourage IT professionals and consumers to adopt this device for business and pleasure. While this tool may not be perfect, it could still prove instrumental to a variety of users.