SmartEyeglass Isn’t So “Smart”

I started off this course as a proponent of wearable devices such as Google Glass—simply because I thought the concept was cool—but after seeing the promotional video for Sony’s SmartEyeglass (Developer Edition) I’m not so sure I’m a huge advocate anymore. At least when it comes to wearing smart eyewear in public settings…

And now I don’t like the idea of smart screens. Throughout the video, I couldn’t help but laugh at how ridiculous the woman looked wearing SmartEyeglasses in public. I was also bothered by the fact that she was paying more attention to the screen in front of her face than to the world around her. Her surroundings were blurred, compromising her attention to reality. At one point I thought she was going to run into a tree. Then I found myself wondering, what if messages are popping up when she’s in mid-conversation with someone? Rude. Also, those tech glasses didn’t look trendy or fashionable whatsoever. How does Sony expect to get people to buy these devices?

Bailey reminds us of Google Glass’ failure and doesn’t understand why (seriously, why?) Sony would follow that with their own version of tech glasses. I just don’t get it either. She’s right when she says society isn’t ready for this kind of technology yet. That’s why Google Glass failed, and that’s why I think Sony’s SmartEyglass will also fail.

While I see the potential benefits of this kind of technology, the cons outweigh the pros when you really look at the whole picture (in my opinion). The world doesn’t need another distraction—wearable smart lenses are the ultimate in-your-face distraction from reality. They don’t allow you to live in the now. At least with smartphones, you only have to look at your screen when you need to, and you can put it back in your pocket, turn it on silent, or simply turn it off when you need to focus on something else.

I think glasses should be kept as traditional vision correction lenses for now. Keep them “dumb,” please.


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