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#1 +Voice of Buddy Christ

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 19:07

Sergey Brin looks like he's trying to bite the hand that fed him.

Brin spoke of inspiration behind Google Glass eyewear during a brief appearance Wednesday on stage at a TED Conference known for an inspiring mix of influential big thinkers and "ideas worth spreading."

He playfully demonstrated his point on stage by ignoring a theater audience to stare down at his smartphone, saying he was intent on a message from a Nigerian prince need of $10 million dollars.

"I like to pay attention because that is how we originally funded the company," the Google co-founder quipped about a well-known scam.

"Seriously, in addition to potentially socially isolating yourself when you are out and about using your phone, I feel it is kind of emasculating," he continued.

Brin described Glass as the first form factor to deliver on a vision he had from Google's inception that one day search queries would be outmoded and information from the Internet would come to people when they need it.

Glass frees the eyes as well as the hands when it comes to connecting to the Internet on the go, according to Brin.

"That is why we put the display up high, out of the line of sight," Brin said, wearing the Glass eyewear he is rarely seen without.

"If I wore a ball cap, the display would be on the brim and not where you are looking," he continued. "And sound goes through bones in the cranium, which is a little freaky at first, but you get used to it."

Glass wearers can speak commands to the eyewear, and built-in camera technology allows pictures or video to be captured from first-person perspectives while people take part in what is happening.

"Lastly, I realized I also have a nervous tic," Brin said. "The cell phone is a nervous habit. If I smoked, I'd probably smoke instead."

He observed that smartphones sometimes become props used by people as distractions or to appear busy, saying that Glass strips away excuses not to be sociable or to not be honest about simply wanting to take a break.


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That's certainly an interesting way of describing Google Glass.

Personally, I can already see it causing a lazy eye epidemic as the mini-screen draws one eye in a completely different direction.


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Posted 28 February 2013 - 20:56

Sergey Brin looks like he's trying to bite the hand that fed him.



Source: France24 via AFP

That's certainly an interesting way of describing Google Glass.

Personally, I can already see it causing a lazy eye epidemic as the mini-screen draws one eye in a completely different direction.


Not sure about you, but wherever my one eye goes the other follows. I am not skilled enough to control each eye on it's own.

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 21:13

I think it's time for Google to send Sergey off to the glue factory. About the only good use for Google Glass is as a GPS for while you're riding your Segway.

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Posted 28 February 2013 - 22:15

Not sure about you, but wherever my one eye goes the other follows. I am not skilled enough to control each eye on it's own.


Trust me, I have lazy eye. If one eye detects a really close stimulus, it will slowly but surely mess up tracking.

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 00:13

I think it's time for Google to send Sergey off to the glue factory. About the only good use for Google Glass is as a GPS for while you're riding your Segway.


I wanna get google glass, I am hoping there will be hax to let you browse the web n shiz and like run cloud apps

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 00:16

Yup -- I clearly turned gay after getting a smart phone. :laugh:

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 00:44

Emasculating is a strange choice of word.

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 00:58

It may seem strange now but give it a few years and everywhere will be wearing something similar Google is usually a few years before their time.

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 01:12

It may seem strange now but give it a few years and everywhere will be wearing something similar Google is usually a few years before their time.


Or it's a complete miss, fails and is forgotten.

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 01:31

There are many cases where Google glasses will be useful. I don't see them replacing my smart phone with the current control scheme.

Its times when you don't want to announce to the world what your doing on you device.

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 01:37

Its times when you don't want to announce to the world what your doing on you device.


I feel some spoofs or good jokes coming out of that point :)

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Posted 01 March 2013 - 01:47

Or it's a complete miss, fails and is forgotten.


THIS. THIS. THIS. Please, dear God, make it go away. Blue Tooth earpieces are frustrating enough. Now we're going to have a world where no one can be bothered to look at each other.

I'll just leave this here:
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Posted 01 March 2013 - 03:04

Or it's a complete miss, fails and is forgotten.


I guess time will tell.

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 10:53

Yup -- I clearly turned gay after getting a smart phone. :laugh:

I turned an idiot after getting a smart phone.



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