The Times: Google glasses the three big question which is unable to avoid

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(Beijing time) 4 on 25 message, according to foreign media reports, Google has in view of the early developers released “explorer” version of Google glasses equipment, and formal version of the Google glasses is expected in the 2014 meet the public earlier years. To this, time magazine staff writer matt peckham ( Matt Peckham ) recently wrote, outside waiting for Google glasses appeared at the same time also don’t ignore this equipment may cause many problems, especially about privacy and security.

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a few days ago, Google chairman Eric schmidt ( Eric Schmidt ) in an interview, according to the much anticipated Google glasses products is expected to meet with ordinary consumers in early next year.

so far, Google has some early developers released early version of the Google glasses equipment, but this version of the cost up to 1500 $, schmidt estimated in the future there will be thousands of Google glasses products into the market. “To be sure, in the next few months, there will be thousands of Google glasses for developers to use, we will be based on their feedback on products is conducted by some adjustment, this work may need a year or so.” Schmidt said in an the BBC Radio 4 kearney ( Martha Kearney ) in an interview.

however, since the product was launched a year of time, but we don’t think Google glasses r&d team to solve this product still facing three major problems at present.

1. users when driving, can be continue to use the Google glasses?

in fact, as early as during the weeks before Google glasses developer edition I was considered “should disable Google glasses while driving in the user” this problem. But to be fair, this should be a belongs to the category of problem.

what kind of study? Is of course about how people use interactive glasses when driving a car or bike security issues, but as far as I know, no other institution for similar projects carried out in further study. For example, people in the process of driving to tilt my eyes sight to see equipment display content and in the process of driving safer use smartphones exactly which way? Whether Google glasses should be equipped with a so-called “drive mode”, to let users in certain circumstances it is prohibited to use related functions, like smartphones currently equipped with “flight mode”?

in addition, the so-called “augmented reality” technology? Google glasses can use this technique to make drivers in the process of driving safer?

considering Google users of Google glasses not real-name authentication this factor, the public can follow certain rules to use while driving in the device is still unknown. And about this aspect of regulation also there is a big difficulty, because it is difficult to just by looking at the outside world tell the driver is in the serious drive or on the observation shows that the real-time information of Google glasses.

more importantly, the presence of the Google glasses may cause greater to the pedestrian safety hidden trouble. Public have grown accustomed to on the road across the crosswalk when smart devices continues to use their own hands, I have witnessed several dangerous near the university town “pedestrians crossing the road” event, and the emergence of Google glasses, may not do much to improve.

on the other hand, schmidt in an interview that emphasized the dictation feature of Google glasses: “for me, this product is the most interesting place you can communicate with it”. However, according to the Texas transportation institute at the university of Texas a&m (Texas A& M University) , according to a survey by when people are driving, using voice send information with the hair with your fingers as dangerous, because they will reduce the response speed of the driver.

it should be pointed out that the so-called “voice control” and “dictation” are two totally different concepts, but they really between the two operating modes which are safer remains to be proven. So, Google will use the Google glasses when security pinned on the practice of consumers do not seem to be reasonable. Like Google in his “question and answer” Google glasses ( Google Glass FAQ ) plate wrote “please read through this method and comply with local laws and regulations”, but the key lies in the user use rules of real discipline itself.

in terms of legislation, the only restriction on similar Google glasses equipment to make clear the state of Virginia. Where state legislative committee of a legislator is proposed to ban drivers wear Google lenses while driving. He also suggested that the government to ban anything that might affect the attention of the driver wearing a type of portable display equipment, and plans to the bill for nationwide promotion.

however, there are currently about Google glasses on the brain in the process of using, the influence of the glasses still no definite conclusion, so we are difficult to judge, in the legislative process, the relevant laws and regulations applicable to smartphones and should also apply to the device.

it is worth mentioning that, Japan nintendo game equipment developers has warned, nintendo’s 3 ds console may not apply to children under 6 years old to use, because the device’s 3 d picture may affect children’s vision. The nintendo in the equipment even a part of a “parental control” function to protect the user’s vision health.

2. “under normal circumstances can use a day” mean exactly?

because Google glasses is a user needs to wear all day in his line of sight of the product, so the demand for its battery life will be much higher than other tablet or smartphone devices, many users even hope that the equipment can power “never”. In this convenient, I would like to see Google can give some more detail data, such as continuous use time of the device, battery charging time and specific ma battery quantity, etc.

after all, Google’s “under normal circumstances can use a day to” the idea was too general, and we also don’t know the so-called “normal use” refers to the similar smartphone, or the use of laptops that way.

3. how to solve this equipment could bring privacy and social etiquette issues?

in fact, about this last point does not seem to be a “problem”, but our for Google have put forward a “request”.

schmidt has said in the previous interview: “generally speaking, this type of wearable mobile devices will bring some problems, and we need to develop some new social habits. Obviously, you shouldn’t wear these devices to the places where clearly not allowed to take photos, as it was for the concerns of the produced during the birth of smart phones.”

it should be said that Mr. Schmidt’s explanation is right, but it seems a bit too lightly, because Google glasses appeared the change for people’s life is far from the previous feature phones to upgrade to smartphones. We believe that Google pr team has an obligation in a spate of similar problems before the issue of social etiquette may change. After all, no one wants to be in the future similar newspaper “a man wearing Google glasses to public toilets candid children” such a headline news.

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