Staring down at a screen is “emasculating”, according to Google Boss Sergey Brin, who has been talking up the Google Glass project that sees most of a smartphone’s functions incorporated into a piece of semi-intrusive eye wear.
The comment was made to an audience at a TED conference in LA about the future of Google as a company, suggesting Glass could be a turning point for the firm. Asking the question, “is this how we’re meant to interact with other people?” he continued by saying that he was as guilty as anyone else of being absorbed in his handset.
“I have a nervous tic. The cell phone is a nervous habit — If I smoked, I’d probably smoke instead, It’d look cooler. But I whip this out and look as if I have something important to do. It really opened my eyes to how much of my life I spent secluding myself away in email,” he said (via Telegraph).
Set to go on sale later this year for early adopters, the guessed price point is around $1500 (£990), which will put the Glass way out of the reach of the average citizen. Perhaps with some sort of contract offered by mobile providers it could work, but it’d still be very expensive.
KitGuru Says: Gotta say, I’m not a fan of how pervasive phones have become. I can’t count the number of times I’ve been with friends and noticed that at least half of them are staring into their laps mid-conversation. Do you really need to socialise with people on the other side of the world when you’re socialising with people right in front of you?