Americans Are Warming Up To Google Glass And Its Ilk

    June 5, 2013
    Zach Walton
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Do you like Google Glass? Are you scared of its privacy implications? Turns out most Americans fall into both camps.

USA Today reports that a new survey out of Rackspace has found that Americans love wearable technology like Google Glass. By and large, 82 percent of wearable technology users think that devices like Google Glass have had a positive impact on their lives. People also feel that this technology has helped to boost their confidence, advance their careers, and improved their fitness.

That all sounds great, and it’s probably something Google envisioned with Glass. It’s obvious that the company wants to make computing far more personal. The above survey responses are just some of the potential perks of merging your real identity with your online persona.

Even so, the people surveyed aren’t all seeing rainbows and gumdrops when it comes to Google Glass. A large group of Americans feel that Google Glass presents some significant privacy concerns into the equation. The survey found the 53 percent of those who don’t use wearable devices do so because of privacy concerns. Another 45 percent think that Google Glass and the like are “too much like Big Brother.”

We’ve been seeing this response since Google Glass was first introduced. People are naturally scared of anything that’s always on. It’s even worse when that device has a camera that can take pictures and record video. Google may have banned facial recognition on Glass over privacy concerns, but people are still going to be distrusting of it.

That being said, Rackspace CTO John Engates thinks that a future dominated by Google Glass is inevitable. He says that the children being born today are going to grow up in a world where wearable computing is the norm and won’t see anything wrong with it. He even goes so far as to say that the trend of wearable computers is “unstoppable.”

Well, we’ll see how unstoppable it is once Google Glass and the rumored wearable computers from Apple and Microsoft hit the market over the next few years. It’s going to be the young adults, not the generation growing up now, that must set the stage for a potential wearable computing revolution. If they adopt it, then its place in culture is set.

  • Name

    It is scary to look at what is happening in our nation today. Patriot acts, drones flying in our own cities, cameras on every corner, and now cameras on every person. Big Brother is definitely upon us. Those that think all of this will not be used against us are crazy.

    The USA Today statistics in this article are a little crazy. How wearing a computer will increase confidence, advance careers, and improve fitness is beyond me. The only thing wearing a computer will do is allow anyone to be recorded at any moment in time and quite frankly, Americans are too dang nosy already.

  • Mike

    Americans would warm up to a dog turd if it had a name brand on it.

  • Pclip

    I find it amusing to read that “Google bans facial recognition” or “Google bans porn” or “Google bans activity X” on Google Glass. Glass is essentially an audio/visual sensor and a display — the software is separate. Does anyone honestly believe the hardware designer can control what software is written for their device?

    I think Glass has a lot of potential, some good, some bad. Google can put the product out there and highlight some capabilities, but they can’t and shouldn’t try to assuage people’s fears with BS promises. I also completely sympathize with anyone who wants to ban glass in their home, business, or other private property.