Most of the privacy advocates think Google Glasses invade privacy. I agree with them to some extent, but public picture taking or video recording is not illegal at least in the USA and India. It comes to just moral sense or commonsense of the camera holder. Keeping it aside, I think the following industries, would definitely be not happy.
- Film Industry – with the online piracy already taking toll on some of the film producers and distributors, Google Glass may help the movie pirates easily to record. Sometimes some of the movies streamed on the Internet even before they hit silver screen, and this could expedite that process even faster. You could argue that there are spy goggles already available and movies are being pirated using micro-camcorders, smartphone cameras, pen cameras etc. While they are true, you may have to hold them properly for better recording. But with Google Glasses, you don’t have to because your nose and ears will provide stability for that as long as you are not moving or shaking your head.
You should expect ban of these from entering theaters. Yes, it may help some of amateur and short film makers, but major industry be not happy.
- Bars, Clubs and Restaurants – This may not be common but definitely bars/clubs/restaurants have to add a clause to their terms and conditions, otherwise two drunkards one with Google Glass and one without could argue and show.
There is a bar in Seattle already banned Google Glasses.
- 911 operators and Traffic Cops – Too many distracted people walking, driving already and this may increase that. West Virginia already banned Google Glasses for drivers.
The main privacy concern I have is if a Google Glass wearing person is standing behind me while I am withdrawing money from a bank ATM machine, his/her God given eyes may not quickly notice the key strokes that enter in the PIN field, but his/her 720p Google God given Glasses would definitely. Even if (s )he may not be intentionally looking, it will definitely worry me.
The industries that benefit from Google Glasses:
- Attorneys – Civil, Criminal and Traffic cases because of these. No I am not talking about stolen Google Glasses, I am talking about the fights and causalities that may happen because of this.
- YouTube and other Video Streaming Sites – These sites would get more and more videos at a faster rate.
- Online Movie and videos indexing sites – yes they say they are not hosting these, but they happily index those and launch many lunatic ads powered by Google AdSense and others. Yes some of the ads are video or audio content living on the sides of the screen without controls to disable or mute them.
Yes, there are definitely uses for Google Glasses and wearable computers, but they are not for mainstream like smart phones.
Disclaimer: Before Simmons questions about my first hand experience with Google God given Glasses, here is my disclaimer.
No Simmons, I am not an attorney, not a 911 operator, not a cop, not a bar/club/restaurant owner, neither a civil rights person. And I own neither a streaming nor movie indexing site. And you are right, I don’t own a Google Glass and haven’t seen one in physical. And I might have written more about Google Glass than anyone from Google itself. And yes my English is not as good as yours, but my computing and engineering skills are better than yours. If you think that is debatable, so be it.
I hope my disclaimer satisfies you, grammar Nazi of MobilityDigest.com.