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Among the legendary lengthy staff email conversations that we have here at MakeUseOf, the one that became really long and really heated was on the subject of the Google glasses. The staff quickly split up into two camps – the pro’s and the anti’s – and battle commenced. As the site therapist (as well as Managing Editor and nanny), I advised them to work out their differences by writing articles about it, and so James obliged by writing down why he thinks it will work Actually, Google's Project Glass Concept Video Is Possible [Opinion] Actually, Google's Project Glass Concept Video Is Possible [Opinion] Google recently released a concept video for their Project Glass. Today I'd like to take a closer look at the technical feasibility of these real-life Google Goggles; what we know; and why this concept video... Read More , Chris explained why it will be awesome 5 Reasons Why Google's Project Glass Is The Future & Why That's Awesome [Opinion] 5 Reasons Why Google's Project Glass Is The Future & Why That's Awesome [Opinion] Google’s Project Glass has everyone talking. It’s a glimpse of the future of augmented reality, wearable computing, and better integration of the Internet and technology in our day-to-day lives. Imagine replacing your smartphone with a... Read More , and poor Dave told us why it would scare him Why An Augmented Reality Future (Google Project Glass) Scares Me [Opinion] Why An Augmented Reality Future (Google Project Glass) Scares Me [Opinion] At the beginning of April Google unveiled Project Glass, a new effort to bring smartphone functionality to your eyeball(s). And that's not me overstating the case. This is a HUD (Heads-Up Display) offering augmented reality,... Read More  (we all gave him a reassuring group hug).

I personally think the glasses are going to kick ass and when they come out for sale, I am probably going to quickly give in to temptation and buy myself a pair. Although I would prefer it if they came as standard looking sunglasses so muggers don’t realise what they are and try to snatch them off my face. I’m good at writing and editing, but running after someone who has my glasses?  Nah, me and running are not good matches. I would just give up and claim a new pair on insurance!

Our infographic today outlines some of the possible advantages of Project Glass. Some of the more interesting ones include having virtual games worlds blended with the real world, the end of hand-held tablets (could Google glasses really kill off the iPad?) and virtual GPS navigation which would probably tie in with Google Maps, ensuring you never get lost again. Or at the very least, ensuring you don’t have someone in the passenger seat with a map, complaining “I THINK we’re going the wrong way!”

Let us know in the comments what you think about the infographic. Will Google Glasses herald the next stage of technology and kill off tablets? Or will it usher in Terminator robots demanding “your clothes, your boots and your motorcycle”?

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  1. Sabih Ismail
    August 5, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Since so many people are going to buy it they may reduce the price, we would probably have 2-4 family ones.

  2. muotechguy
    May 8, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Sadly, the only *actual* demonstration we have seen so far was being able to take a low quality picture, and sharing to Google plus by 'nodding' at your circles. You'd think that in the hour long interview, they might have shown off a bit more:

  3. sebredd
    May 7, 2012 at 2:52 pm

    There's something that has bothered me from when this project was first announced, and that I have not seen anyone mention: ergonomics.

    I started wearing glasses at the age of 6, and let me tell you - it's not fun. In fact, they were so annoying that I was willing to pay $2000 to have them surgically corrected.

    There's now way I'm paying more money to now wear glasses again, especially unbalanced ones!

    • Mark O'Neill
      May 7, 2012 at 6:34 pm

      I wear glasses too (not all the time but quite often). I agree that wearing them is not nice, so much so that I take mine off if I ever find an excuse to do so (which I shouldn't really be doing).

      It did cross my mind too how Google is going to do these glasses for people who already wear glasses. Will the glasses be available with prescription lenses? Or will it be something that goes on top of the existing pair of glasses? I would really like to hear what Google has planned in this area.

      And the electronics involved in powering the glasses won't be light either. I don't want anything weighing down on my nose!

      Nevertheless, as I stated in the post, being a gadget fanatic, I am likely to buy them anyway (provided the wife agrees of course! ;-) )

      • Peter Mason
        June 28, 2012 at 2:24 pm

        Hi Mark,

        I'm a glasses wearer, and have been following this one closely and Google are yet to clarify whether your everyday glasses wearer will be able to use them - the silence is deafening!

        I read yesterday that there will be some available at around $1500, but will be by no means the completed model (from what I have read anyway)

  4. Bben
    May 7, 2012 at 10:42 am

    Biggest con - intrusive advertising. Google runs on advertising and Glass will also.

    • Mark O'Neill
      May 7, 2012 at 6:21 pm

      I doubt very much that Google will ram too much intrusive advertising in the glasses. They want you to wear them and like them. They don't want to run the risk of pissing everyone off with annoying adverts.

      I agree that adverts will be there but if Google has any sense, the adverts will be as discreet and subtle as possible.

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