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March 24, 2014

Google Glass is not ready for prime time, says Google

Google uses blog post to shoot down ten Google Glass myths.

By Ben Sullivan

Google has posted a blog post on its Glass Google+ page which admits that the device is not yet ready for ‘prime time’.

The blog post, which highlights ten myths commonly thought about the wearable device, said: "Myth 4 – Glass is ready for prime time."

"Glass is a prototype," said Google, "and our Explorers and the broader public are playing a critical role in how it’s developed. In the last 11 months, we’ve had nine software updates and three hardware updates based, in part, on feedback from people like you. Ultimately, we hope even more feedback gets baked into a polished consumer product ahead of being released. And, in the future, today’s prototype may look as funny to us as that mobile phone from the mid 80s."

Some avid Google Glassers are still hoping for an announcement at Google I/O 2014 in June, but the foucs then will more likely be on Android 4.5 and the Nexus 6.

Other ‘myths’ busted by the blog post were that Glass is the perfect surveillance device, and that Glass marks the end of privacy.

"If a company sought to design a secret spy device, they could do a better job than Glass! Let’s be honest: if someone wants to secretly record you, there are much, much better cameras out there than one you wear conspicuously on your face and that lights up every time you give a voice command, or press a button," said Google.

"When cameras first hit the consumer market in the late 19th century, people declared an end to privacy. Cameras were banned in parks, at national monuments and on beaches. People feared the same when the first cell phone cameras came out. Today, there are more cameras than ever before. In ten years there will be even more cameras, with or without Glass. 150+ years of cameras and eight years of YouTube are a good indicator of the kinds of photos and videos people capture–from our favorite cat videos to dramatic, perspective-changing looks at environmental destruction, government crackdowns, and everyday human miracles."

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