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The Downside of Google Glass

Like any piece of new technology, Google Glass has a few limitations. Following is a list of items that could be considered the downside of Google Glass (at least currently):

  • Work in progress: Google calls Glass a ten-year commitment, stating that it’ll be ten years before the device gets to where Google wants it to be. The company is depending on users to provide feedback that will make Glass better, so there will be some fits and starts as Google tries to determine how best to balance Glass features with users’ concerns.

    For example, Google recently removed facial-recognition software from Glass because of privacy concerns.

  • For teenagers and adults only: Google recommends that children under 13 not use Glass, as it could harm developing vision.

  • A brief return period: You’re entitled to return your Glass if you decide that it isn’t for you. You should do that during the applicable refund period, which is 30 days currently. Google may also charge you a restocking fee for your return.

  • A caveat if you had Lasik eye repair: For those of you who had Lasik surgery to repair your vision, get advice from your optometrist about using Glass.

  • Future ads: Google has patented a “pay-per-gaze” advertising model that could bring advertising to Glass when the number of users reaches critical mass. It remains to be seen what form that advertising will take, but ads are likely to come to Glass sooner rather than later.

  • No support for forms: Glass doesn’t support the use of forms to sign in to websites. You can’t even use a different device to log in and then use the website on Glass. Therefore, if you plan to use a website that requires a login form, be sure to use that website on another device, such as a computer, tablet, or smartphone.

  • No support for Adobe Flash: Flash videos won’t play in the Browser app, so you won’t be able to view a lot of videos on YouTube and other popular video-sharing websites. YouTube and similar websites are now using videos produced with HTML5, however, and you can view those videos on Glass without any trouble.

Some (or even all) of these problems may be resolved by Google. YouTube is owned by Google, for example, so it’s reasonable to assume that Google wants Glass users to be able to view videos on the device. Bookmark the Google Glass website on your Glass and your other devices, and check it regularly to get the latest news and updates.

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