What is your attitude toward Google Glass, the company's upcoming "wearable computer" that looks like a half-pair of reading glasses? Here are some links that might appeal to you, depending on your perspective.
If you can't wait to make a spectacle of yourself:
Google has begun choosing winners of its "#ifihadglass" contest, which asked regular folks to submit essays of 50 words or less to explain what they would do with the device, The first winners include a firefighter in Georgia who would make fire safety maps...a woman planning to visit Japan who wants her grandmother to see what she will be seeing...and a zookeeper who would show penguins being fed. The winners are not awarded their own Google Glass. No, they only win the opportunity to pay $1,500 to be among the first to have it. Here's how the story was reported in San Francisco.
If you believe the project is over-hyped:
A couple in Amsterdam designed a non-working mock-up of Google Glass (with the emphasis on mock, I think). So you can just look like you're an early adopter of cutting edge technology. And they've provided design files so that anyone with a 3D printer can make their own.
If you think there oughta be a law:
In the West Virginia House of Delegates, lawmaker Gary Howell has already introduced legislation to prohibit the use of Google Glass while driving. Privacy concerns have been expressed at the federal level, especially over the possibility that facial recognition could be part of the software. U.S. Senator Al Franken released a statement saying, "I don't think people are excited about a situation where a stranger can identify them, by name, by simply looking at them on the street." A Seattle bar was quick to ban the use of the eyewear, apparently because it's a spot that attracts people who don't want to be recognized. And the all-out, this-is-the-end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it position has inspired a website called stopthecyborgs.org. This article in the Christian Science Monitor provides a nice overview of some of the issues being raised.
Well, what can I say...I'm pretty geeky.