#1 By: Chris Hoffman, February 28th, 2014 06:40
Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/183469/no-its-not-always-recording-what-you-need-to-know-about-google-glass/
Yet again, someone wearing Google Glass was assaulted and had the gadget ripped off their face. People are upset they’re being recorded by Google. But that’s not how Google Glass works — it’s not always recording you and it’s not always on.
#2 By: Christopher Masiello, February 28th, 2014 09:03
Guns aren't always loaded or shooting people. However, if you walk around waving a gun (that you know is empty) at people... You have to expect people to duck or run away.
#3 By: Diana De Avila, February 28th, 2014 10:26
Definitely appreciate this article. As an Google Glass Explorer I try to educate anyone who asks or shows any slight interest. Since I am having RX lenses added to my Google Glass, they will become more of a fixture. The battery could never withstand being used for any length of time. I'll be wearing my RX lenses soon and probably most of the time, I will keep Glass turned off ... especially when in the presence of others.
#4 By: Neb, February 28th, 2014 11:55
What ever it does - Google glasses are ridiculously expensive for a smart phone with lenses. It is a dumb idea to start with.
#5 By: Tom Wilson, February 28th, 2014 13:37
That's called the "early adopter tax." The first iPhone cost $700. Now you can buy smartphones on prepaid plans for $70. The prices will come down as the tech gets better and cheaper.
#6 By: Adrian Kentleton, February 28th, 2014 13:55
What's the relevance of the points that ' ... it’s not always recording you ... ' and 'By default, Glass only records 10 seconds of video when its wearer chooses to record ... '.
It could be used for recording you, and (presumably) the default can be changed.
Glass is a PR disaster for Google (and its users), one that Google has created itself:
Quote: "Record what you see. Hands-free."
Quote: "Even share what you see. Live."
#7 By: Tom Wilson, February 28th, 2014 16:21
Again, so what? Any place you're going to see someone with a Google Glass headset, you're already on camera.
This technology is here. There's no making it go away. It may be a highly visible, dorky looking headset today, but what happens in the next generation when the camera and display are integrated in to glasses that look no different from prescription eyeglasses or sunglasses?
If you don't want someone taking your picture in public, don't be doing things you're ashamed to be seen doing. And gosh, don't go to a bar, a retail store, a restaurant, or a gas station... because cameras everywhere.
#8 By: Lowell Heddings, February 28th, 2014 18:42
You definitely shouldn't do things you'd be ashamed of in your own bedroom then, because the government is watching you through your webcam.
And... I'm not even being sarcastic.
#9 By: Tom Wilson, February 28th, 2014 18:58
I read that article a couple of days ago. Scary, no? I have seriously GOT to stop grooming my My Little Pony collection in front of my laptop.
#10 By: Lowell Heddings, February 28th, 2014 19:00
What's amazing is that nobody really cares. There isn't any outrage. Nobody is protesting.
But if the government was using Google Glass, people would get angry.
#11 By: Theo Werwolf, February 28th, 2014 20:55
The author misses a couple of HUGE issues here.
First off, the article starts with a strawman argument: that people are concerned that Glass is recording all the time. That's not really the issue - it's 'how do I know when it is?' And it's not just recording video - it's taking picture and recording audio as well.
Let's go through the defences and show why they're all weak or false:
"It’s Not Always Listening" Well, the counter argument is 'yeah, it is - but not recording'. Ok. But that still doesn't stop someone from tapping their device and turning on recording. Again, 'always on' isn't the issue - it's 'can record when I don't want it to?'
"How to Tell If Someone is Using Glass" I'm not concerned that it's ON.. which is what you're explaining - I'm concerned that they're recording with it. Amusingly, in this section - you actually make the problem worse because you note that they can take a picture by winking... which, since the Glass only looks at one eye - could be blinking hard. So no, not at all hard to take a picture surreptitiously. But let's up this: all someone needs to do is trigger the recording while turned away, then turn.. count out ten seconds - it's actually a surprisingly long time.
But here's where the discussion goes completely into the Twilight Zone: "Let’s be honest. Google Glass isn’t much worse than a smartphone. People constantly walk around with their smartphones held up in front of them — we’ve even seen people do this in public restrooms, probably just to read text messages — and no one bats an eye. Those people could be taking photos and videos of you with their smartphone’s camera, but smartphones have just become normal."
Sorry - this is simply silly. If I hold my cellphone out in front of me so that's it's obvious that the camera is pointing towards people, as opposed to tilted down (which is how most people would he holding it if they were checking text messages), while walking into a washroom, I can assure you - people would freak. As it is, many gyms prohibit cellphones just to stop people from doing exactly what you suggest. Many retail establishments have similar rules. There's a famous case of a guy who had a camera essentially anchored to his head (he was missing an eye and was using the space for the camera) and he nearly had it ripped off his head by staff as a Paris McDonalds. He had a similar experience at a US Walmart.
Finally, there's a broader issue that's missed that can be captured in the debate about allowing cellphones on airplanes and when it looked like the FCC was going to say 'ok'... the public backlash was swift and loud. WiFi is fine - but having someone sitting next to you on a 3 hr flight jabbering into their phone was too much.
In the same way, a person using new tech has to develop a sense of where and when its appropriate to use that tech. Not everywhere is equally ok. In time, it might become all right to wear Glass into the washroom or to a raunchy nightclub - but right now? No - it's not.
One last thought - people have to learn what's public and what's not. Contrary to what some people think - the default is 'private' not 'public'. When you go into a restaurant or a retail store - you're on private property and the owner can set any kind of rules of conduct as long as they don't violate anyone's rights. Wearing Glass, last time I checked isn't protected by any constitutional right. If you're not on a public sidewalk or in a public park or building (like an airport), you do NOT have a right to wear Glass, record people or take pictures of people. Similarly, if you're in a secure area (like the TSA baggage search area of an airport) feel free to wear Glass and see how far that gets you.
In the end it's the same thing as always: 'Grow up.'