If you live in the U.S., please urge your representatives to ban Google Glass while driving

Several U.S. states are considering legislation that will ban the use of Google Glass while driving. This legislation is an awesome idea and it really should be at the federal level.
Google has begun lobbying some states to abandon this legislation. This is a terrible idea. The last thing people need while behind the wheel of two-ton murder machines is a damn computer screen in front of their eyes and all the distractions that come with it. The only things drivers should focus on is the road and not murdering anyone.

Please contact your representatives and tell them Google Glass behind the wheel—and, really, most other places—is a terrible idea.

Let me get this straight

But, Google

Got it.

Google creates ad for Glasses, a product that doesn’t exist

Google has taken a page from Microsoft’s book and started producing ads for products that don’t exist.

To be clear: augmented reality glasses sound really interesting. But I want to see how the glasses actually work, not a special effects pitch for Minority Report 2. This video is drumming up excitement over what is effectively vaporware. There is no guarantee that Google Glass will look or work anything like this—or that it will come to market at all, for that matter.

I have a couple of thoughts after watching this twice. I want to play with a pair, but:

  • I already feel weird using Siri (and its strict vocabulary requirements) in public, but at least in that situation I look like I’m talking to someone, anyone
  • I’m not a fan (yet?) of how Google Glass icons and menus appear dead-center over what I’m looking at and where I’m going. Seems like that’s just begging for a collision, and not the “fancy meeting you here!” kind

Google Gets Transparent with Glass, Its Augmented Reality Project | Wired.com

It’s vaporware, for now; not an actual product announcement, but a confirmation that the Google[x] skunkworks project is indeed real. Google’s idea is that the glasses can overly icons, alerts, directions, and other indicators over your field of vision.