Who’s the Glasshole Now? Google Dispells Glass Myths

Woman wearing Google Glass

Google Glass has been under fire since its inception. Tagged with misconceptions, such as the end to privacy as we know it and just another piece of tech to take our time away from life in real time, Glass has taken some serious flak in its short time as a viable product.

Even though Glass is still in the Explorer Edition of its development phase, Google has set out to dispel some of the myths that the naysayers (or, rather, the real Glassholes) have stacked around the product.

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Published on Thursday, March 20th on Glass’s Google + page, Google dished out a quick dispelling in the oft-loved list format.

Clarifying false accusations from “it’s always on!” (no, it’s not) to “why would I want a screen right in front of my eye?” (it’s placed above the right eye, actually), Google is working hard to displace the discomfort many current non-users have gleaned from the outspoken.

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“Myths can be fun, but they can also be confusing or unsettling. And if spoken enough, they can morph into something that resembles fact,” Google wrote last Thursday.

Since Glass went into its beta phase, Google has been working diligently to provide user-positive marketing, but they’ve been met with a resilient blockage of technophobes insistent on labeling the technology as a spy tool, a meta-distraction, and even a blindfold.

Per Google, Glass is simply meant to be the next generation of usable tech, similar to a mobile phone. Remember when smartphones were first becoming a Big Deal and society had to adjust for their integration? Glass is really no different according to Google.

The term “glasshole,” meant to label Glass users as antisocial geeks, should really be displaced back on to the naysayers, the apparent luddites who haven’t taken the time to properly research the product.

Smart technology is growing quickly in our society, from leisure to business to health industries, and Google is seeping in to these industry opportunities as they grow their hardware market.

Glass is, simply put, the next generation of the smartphone, it’s just hands-free (so you can be on your phone while driving!), meaning more convenience for the everyday user.

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