Google Glass May Be The Next iPhone, Says Mobile Developer

Google Glass May Be The Next iPhone, Says Mobile Developer

Mobile game developer Glu Mobile worked closely with Google to develop the first Glass game, Spellista.

Niccolo de Masi, CEO of mobile developer Glu Mobile, believes Google's upcoming wearable Glass computer could revolutionize the gaming landscape much the same way Apple's iPhone did a few years back. "It's been six or seven years since the first iPhone," he said to VentureBeat. "This could be one of those moments. The next seven years could well be a wearable wave. It could happen as fast or even faster than the smartphone, this PC in your pocket." His company has been working with Google as a top Glass developer to create the word game Spellista.

"We think there's room for this to be a phone replacer in the long-term," de Masi said of Glass. "We think there's room for the price point to come down and drive interesting adoption of this long term ... It's a brand new paradigm for interactivity, so it's a brand new paradigm for games." Spellista uses voice commands and head movements to control the game, as opposed to thumbs. The game is designed to take advantage of the unique feature of Glass and is meant to be played briefly for one or two minute periods, de Masi added. "Wherever you are, you can say, 'OK Glass, play a game.' We're the only game in the store."

Source: VentureBeat via Polygon

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Only if they can design them to look like normal sunglasses.

We COULD also be invaded by martians we MAY have missed with all our probes or we COULD see the atari 2600 become the next big thing in word processing. It's kind of amazing how few things the guy seems certain of, like hes worried if the glasses don't become the next big thing, he will get called out on it and made to look the fool.

If it was the next iPhone it would have happened already. The iPhone didn't sit outside the periphery of the common consumer for 2 years before it blew up. It just blew up.

Ew, ew, ew, no thank you.

I don't care how handy it is or how popular becomes, as long as it looks like that, I don't want it on my face.

Niccolo de Masi:

could revolutionize the gaming landscape much the same way Apple's iPhone did

Really? -_-

It's going to be the knife in the back for Google if they aren't careful. As it is now, and if it does become a big thing, I wouldn't be surprised that within a year Google gets slapped with a class action lawsuit regarding "accidental voyeurism" cases and privacy violation claims - While it's a very advanced and likely expensive piece of technology, do they actually think the public is able to afford the responsibility needed for this device?

Hopefully Google's doing social research as well; sadly I'm going to have to say that, as a precaution, either A) Glass users have to pass certification and sign a contract & TOS regarding legal use of the device, or B) do a periodical study to determine if society has the credentials to use such an advanced piece of technology, and if not, delay the release and improve upon the project until the study gives the thumbs up.

Ugh. I hope not. I'm just not into wearable technology, controlling things finger gestures, and walking around talking to myself in public. Besides, just because your hands are free doesn't mean you can actually multi-task more. I'd rather use a tactile device like a touch screen phone. I think Google Glass might become the next Bluetooth earpiece. Something obnoxious people would wear all the time

Dr.Awkward:
It's going to be the knife in the back for Google if they aren't careful. As it is now, and if it does become a big thing, I wouldn't be surprised that within a year Google gets slapped with a class action lawsuit regarding "accidental voyeurism" cases and privacy violation claims - While it's a very advanced and likely expensive piece of technology, do they actually think the public is able to afford the responsibility needed for this device?

Also this^. I'd imagine people would have to take them off in a lot of public places. You could easily count the glasses as a spying device and I'm sure there's already laws Google Glass would fall under

People that wear glasses are screwed.

Cause controlling games with voice commands and head movements sounds really convenient.

frobalt:
People that wear glasses are screwed.

Like myself since without mine I can't really see a damn thing so I'm still hoping Google can make a pair for those that have to wear glasses and not be cheap and pull the Cinema trick by making you wear another pair over your own =/.

PoolCleaningRobot:
Also this^. I'd imagine people would have to take them off in a lot of public places. You could easily count the glasses as a spying device and I'm sure there's already laws Google Glass would fall under

Actually they would be okay using them in public, since it's public. But a business/workplace could probably ban them if they wanted (apparently a few places in the states have already declared themselves 'no glass zones'). Either way Google will have had their legions of lawyers write up a TOS that makes them totally exempt from any legal shenanigans.

Personally I don't see many developers shunning the profitable fields of the mobile market to focus on seriously making games for glassholes.

No they won't, they won't be the next iPhone.

Do we really even need to list the reasons why?

For one you'll look like a retard with this thing on your glasses.
Two, the controls (head-movements and voice-commands) are a horrible idea, its something people simply aren't comfortable with.
Three, there is no point to this thing, nothing about it screams "I need this in my life".

And there's a hundred more but just go fuck yourself google.

If that is going to be the next iPhone then I'll just wait for next iPad - The Meta spaceglasses

Ive had enough with Glasses of any kind.

I'm just gonna wait for Googley Eyes or I Eyes or whatever there gonna be called. You can take my x10 zoom, lie detector, nightvision camera when you pry it from my cold dead eye-sockets.

Also the hate for these things are hilarious, they just seem a little silly to me. People need to realize privacy is dead and move on.

i hope it is the next big thing. it should help improve the human race due to people not watching where they are going and walking into traffic and off of things

frobalt:
People that wear glasses are screwed.

Well, on the plus side, people who wear glasses can still wear 3D glasses at theaters, and therefore it may not be entirely so. However, I foresee a different problem. Anybody here ever seen Dennou Coil?

I'm thinking the better analogy to Google glass than "the next iPhone" is the "Next Segway". An absurdly overhyped product that the public has no real interest in. But will find a tolerable niche in certain task specific quarters such as Law Enforcement or high information presentation jobs. It is not a good general consumer general retail product. They needed to start it as a commercial niche product and then spread its usefulness from there. Build real practical functionality and application, then slide into the consumer market.

ticklefist:
If it was the next iPhone it would have happened already. The iPhone didn't sit outside the periphery of the common consumer for 2 years before it blew up. It just blew up.

That statement assumes equivalency between the product development philosophies of Google and Apple.

Google have brought in many "big things" in the past, just because they're not doing it how Apple does, don't think they can't with their own methods.

Edit: Just noticed the monumental level of Google hate in this thread. Wow, if I'd have known, I'd have brought popcorn.

What he doesn't appear to know: there isn't room for this in the public square. I grew up with and live with smokers and I'd rather be around the smoke than anyone wearing a recording device. Just the other day I read an article about a restaurant that gives GG wearers two options: take it off or leave. If you adopt it, don't be surprised if you suddenly find that some people won't want to be around you and everyone else just won't want you to be around, period.

At least for now this tech can be spotted. Privacy is already arguably dead, but just wait until this can be integrated seamlessly into standard eye wear and clothing.

I just don't see how this could become popular.. Controlling the device with voice controls and random head shaking seems like a hassle, the looks of the device and the price just don't seem worth it. I have to wear regular glasses so it wouldn't work for me even if i was interested. Oh, and as someone who has to wear glasses i would rather not wear any kind of glasses if i could.

I will never use this garbage.

An obvious and quite pathetic attempt at advertising. Glass is turning out to be another abysmal failure and Google is grasping at straws to try and save it. Kinda like with Google+.

faefrost:
I'm thinking the better analogy to Google glass than "the next iPhone" is the "Next Segway". An absurdly overhyped product that the public has no real interest in. But will find a tolerable niche in certain task specific quarters such as Law Enforcement or high information presentation jobs. It is not a good general consumer general retail product. They needed to start it as a commercial niche product and then spread its usefulness from there. Build real practical functionality and application, then slide into the consumer market.

I think this hits the nail squarely on the ol' head. When the iPhone and iPad came out, they felt relevant and interesting. I could immediately think of a dozen places they would fit in my life, and I was eager to get my hands on one. Conversely, I really haven't seen or heard anything about Glass that makes me feel like it's important. I'd need to invent places in my life where it would fit, and for the price point, that's not something I'm willing to do.

Just another step in Google's plan to make us all Google zombies and take over the world.

However I'm somewhat delighted with the idea that with the head shaking and muttering we can easily see in a crowd who the annoying techno-snobs are because they'll stand out like Tourettes sufferers making them easier to avoid. ..... or .... hunt.

Griffolion:

ticklefist:
If it was the next iPhone it would have happened already. The iPhone didn't sit outside the periphery of the common consumer for 2 years before it blew up. It just blew up.

That statement assumes equivalency between the product development philosophies of Google and Apple.

Google have brought in many "big things" in the past, just because they're not doing it how Apple does, don't think they can't with their own methods.

Edit: Just noticed the monumental level of Google hate in this thread. Wow, if I'd have known, I'd have brought popcorn.

You're comparing companies. I compared products.

Valderis:

For one you'll look like a retard with this thing on your glasses.

Not to be a stick in the mud, but appearances are completely subjective. If, say, the majority of a crowd were to be using Google Glass, then the ones who would be looking foolish would be the ones not using them. It could very well become the social norm of first world countries, much like owning a smart phone is now the social norm in first world countries.
It doubt it will, though.

You mean overpriced pretentiuos and have many identical iterations?
No, i want them to actually be good!

CriticalMiss:
Actually they would be okay using them in public, since it's public. But a business/workplace could probably ban them if they wanted (apparently a few places in the states have already declared themselves 'no glass zones').

Not really. It would fall under same regulations as no filming in public laws. You cannot film a random stranger without his written permission. That was the reason phone cameras have madnatory (its actually illegal in msot countries t turn it off) sound when taking photos. you are not allwoed to take photos of other people. With google Glass noone would know. with phones at least they can see they are being pointed at.

Strazdas:
You mean overpriced pretentiuos and have many identical iterations?
No, i want them to actually be good!

CriticalMiss:
Actually they would be okay using them in public, since it's public. But a business/workplace could probably ban them if they wanted (apparently a few places in the states have already declared themselves 'no glass zones').

Not really. It would fall under same regulations as no filming in public laws. You cannot film a random stranger without his written permission. That was the reason phone cameras have madnatory (its actually illegal in msot countries t turn it off) sound when taking photos. you are not allwoed to take photos of other people. With google Glass noone would know. with phones at least they can see they are being pointed at.

The bastion of all things correct [citation needed] says otherwise. And if it were illegal to take someone's picture without their permission then all CCTV covering public spaces would be illegal.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photography_and_the_law (scroll down the the USA bit, there was nothing specifically about it for the UK but it's the same here)

It is legal to photograph or videotape anything and anyone on any public property.[39]

And this is a useful site too:

http://photorights.org/faq/is-it-legal-to-take-photos-of-people-without-asking

CriticalMiss:

The bastion of all things correct [citation needed] says otherwise. And if it were illegal to take someone's picture without their permission then all CCTV covering public spaces would be illegal.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photography_and_the_law (scroll down the the USA bit, there was nothing specifically about it for the UK but it's the same here)

It is legal to photograph or videotape anything and anyone on any public property.[39]

And this is a useful site too:

http://photorights.org/faq/is-it-legal-to-take-photos-of-people-without-asking

Fair enough, its just our messed up local laws then.

Capcha: vegan zombie wants grains!
seriuosly?

German law would have you delete any photograph of anyone who has been singled out and has not allowed you to do so.
You can shot pictures of any groups of people without having to ask them if they aren't singled out.

You could make pictures with your super awesome high def camera near some tourist trap, no problem. If you zoom in on that picture onto one person or even more then one until they become recognizable the same picture will require active and documented consent of those people.

ticklefist:
-snip-

It takes a company to push a product. The iPhone didn't just explode all on its own, it had a multi-billion dollar company behind it advertising it like no tomorrow. Products need their companies to make that product known, and to convince buyers why they should want it. Companies have various strategies for doing this process. Some truly great products over the years have faded into relative obscurity due to a lack of publicity. Not factoring in how a company approaches product development and release leaves the picture vastly unpainted.

Strazdas:
Not really. It would fall under same regulations as no filming in public laws. You cannot film a random stranger without his written permission. That was the reason phone cameras have madnatory (its actually illegal in msot countries t turn it off) sound when taking photos. you are not allwoed to take photos of other people. With google Glass noone would know. with phones at least they can see they are being pointed at.

Kinda sorta. I don't know how it is outside the US, but inside, the laws are basically that you can take pictures or films of whoever or whatever you want (as long as they are in a public place), unless you are using the images/film for commercial purposes. In other words, you cannot use someone's likeness to make money, but so long as you don't cross the line into harassment, it is not illegal to film or take pictures for personal use for anyone in a public space. If the image or film is being used to make money, then you need either their permission or to censor out any and all identifying characteristics (which is why most TV shows in the world put mosaics over people's faces and the like).

From a privacy standpoint, Google Glass isn't any different from a smartphone. There's literally nothing you can do with it that you can't do with a smartphone (though admittedly some tasks would take a small measure of creativity to accomplish the same means as discreetly). If you're alright with people holding their cellphones near you, then you're functionally alright with Google Glass, as there's absolutely no difference.

 

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