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02-24-2014, 02:28 PM   #1
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Will Google Glass inspire innovation from Pentax?

Take a look at this story: https://www.google.com/search?q=google%20glass%20trey%20ratcliff&safe=strict

The photos are interesting, and I love the idea of Google Glass. Real photographers are exploring what they can do with this. Obviously the quality will be nowhere near a high end DSLR, however there is a lot of hype around this product. Does anyone think that Pentax will be inspired to do something really different? If you want to continue to take steps forward, it becomes more and more critical to distinguish yourself from the competition. Do we play it safe or take some chances? Interested to see what a future Pentax looks like!

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Google Glass? One of the most useless and ridiculous gadgets? I hope not!
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Doubtful, Pentax doesn't even think WiFi on board is a desirable feature. (Check the latest interview.)
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Well, i am no professional, but after looking on those photos, i can't see how this gonna revolutionise photography world. Yeah, those first pics taken on roof while looking down are cool, but i think this is it. So i think there is nothing, that Pentax need to be inspired from. What i think would be great, is flip out screen on their WR cameras. That's just a small idea.

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It's hard to remember now, but back in the 1990s taking a decent picture required skill. Only dedicated hobbyists or professionals reliably produced images worth looking at. Now there are several phones with cameras that take pictures almost perfectly most of the time, even when used by amateurs.
I had a hard time taking anything in the article seriously after reading that.
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Connecting the camera via wifi to your google glasses would be nice, you could have the live view directly in front of your eye! That would be pretty awesome.
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Yeah, those first pics taken on roof while looking down are cool, but i think this is it.
And nothing you couldn't take with even a cheap P&S. (On the first one your hands are actually free, despite what the caption says, as you're strapped quite securely into a safety harness.)

They're decent enough photos, and there are certainly cases where it would be easier to take a photo with Glass than with a more traditional camera, but I doubt it will change consumer photography the way that smart phones did.
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No it will not

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I can barely tolerate carrying the NSA's data-mining toy around in my pocket... I won't lug it around on my [expletive deleted] face!
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I have a feeling that even if Pentax wanted to, by the time they came to market, Google Glass would be an ancient artifact.

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Sorry but I don't ever want to be that connected that I need to walk around with my camera on my head at all times. You have fools DRIVING with it. As if people perpetually fiddling with phones and that wasn't enough? I don't like the idea of that device at all. As a recreational device for something like a VR game I suppose it would be cool, but I just don't think it's necessary in real life. I don't want to see everyone walking around totally wired all the time with cyber glasses. It's weird, and no I don't ever want a camera in my glasses. The way people are with the cell phone cams I get vaguely uncomfortable just going to the bathroom sometimes. I feel like I can hardly drop my undies these days in a public bathroom or doff my shirt in a public changing room without risking being filmed or snapped. I can't hardly snap a pic with my camera without 10 people coming up behind me with cell phones. It's annoying as heck.

It's a little too sci-fi to me, a little too Big Brother, a little too connected. It's a tech that will be hacked, you watch. Me, I don't want anyone looking at a feed of me looking at whatever, you know? That's a good way to get ID thefted. Or arrested. It's bad enough that they can GPS my phone and probably dl my phone logs and maybe even my conversations if they get a search warrant. Oh wait, they don't even need that anymore now, do they? You think they won't find a way to monitor "interesting people" via Google Glass?

The more linked up the more privacy you give away. I can just see it now. Some guy is looking at pics he shouldn't be in a particular town or state walking down the street. (Stupidly risking being injured while he is doing it.) A cop car pulls up, the cop shows the man a warrant on a tablet, has him sign it, then arrests him, just like that for accessing porn he shouldn't be in such and such a county, city, state, etc. How did he know? Because in his car he's got a scanner that's randomly accessing the airwaves to see what people are looking at via their links and GPS device that tells him exactly where to find people in violation of local statues.

Before Google Glass I'd have said these scenarios sounded like something you'd read on a conspiracy site. But I got to thinking about it, the tech involved, and realized that there is a lot of room for abuse here. By criminals, by law enforcement. Anything that keeps you wired can also give people unwanted access to your business. Phones are recorded all the time. Cameras are everywhere. This is just one more way we are giving up what privacy we have left. One more way to kill what time we have left where we are not connected to a machine. We already work on machines, play on machines, are constantly talking to each other on machines, available nearly 24/7/ People always say "Well, you can just turn it off." Well, sure, but who actually DOES?

Before cell phones and tablets people actually walked away from their phones. They had actual downtime where they didn't have to be available all the time. Still remember when you could go to the store and not see 10 people chatting as they shopped? Still remember when you didn't have to answer a call from someone in your office when you were actually off the clock. Still remember when someone in your family didn't have a hissy fit at the idea that they couldn't reach you immediately if you didn't? Even my Dad who is not much into being connected now takes my having a cell phone totally for granted. I don't call him from wherever I am within 10 mins and he demands to know why. I used to be able to leave my phone off shopping or at the library. Not anymore. He's got to have instant access and so do most of my friends or they're all like "So, why don't you answer your d- phone?!" They don't care if I am in the shower, meditating, doing yoga, doing my laundry, or shopping, or whatever, it's I NEED YOUR ATTENTION NOW!

Now imagine adding Google Glass to that actually being connected (and probably going cross eyed as a result of the extra eye strain eventually) all the time. I mean when are you supposed to DISCONNECT if your glasses are wired to be online all the time? When do you get to rest your eyes, tune out everything, relax and be a human being? It's hard enough to do that as it is. Enough. Google Glass just plain creeps me out. It really does.

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Sorry but I don't ever want to be that connected that I need to walk around with my camera on my head at all times. You have fools DRIVING with it. As if people perpetually fiddling with phones and that wasn't enough? I don't like the idea of that device at all. As a recreational device for something like a VR game I suppose it would be cool, but I just don't think it's necessary in real life. I don't want to see everyone walking around totally wired all the time with cyber glasses. It's weird, and no I don't ever want a camera in my glasses. The way people are with the cell phone cams I get vaguely uncomfortable just going to the bathroom sometimes. I feel like I can hardly drop my undies these days in a public bathroom or doff my shirt in a public changing room without risking being filmed or snapped. I can't hardly snap a pic with my camera without 10 people coming up behind me with cell phones. It's annoying as heck.

It's a little too sci-fi to me, a little too Big Brother, a little too connected. It's a tech that will be hacked, you watch. Me, I don't want anyone looking at a feed of me looking at whatever, you know? That's a good way to get ID thefted. Or arrested. It's bad enough that they can GPS my phone and probably dl my phone logs and maybe even my conversations if they get a search warrant. Oh wait, they don't even need that anymore now, do they? You think they won't find a way to monitor "interesting people" via Google Glass?

The more linked up the more privacy you give away. I can just see it now. Some guy is looking at pics he shouldn't be in a particular town or state walking down the street. (Stupidly risking being injured while he is doing it.) A cop car pulls up, the cop shows the man a warrant on a tablet, has him sign it, then arrests him, just like that for accessing porn he shouldn't be in such and such a county, city, state, etc. How did he know? Because in his car he's got a scanner that's randomly accessing the airwaves to see what people are looking at via their links and GPS device that tells him exactly where to find people in violation of local statues.

Before Google Glass I'd have said these scenarios sounded like something you'd read on a conspiracy site. But I got to thinking about it, the tech involved, and realized that there is a lot of room for abuse here. By criminals, by law enforcement. Anything that keeps you wired can also give people unwanted access to your business. Phones are recorded all the time. Cameras are everywhere. This is just one more way we are giving up what privacy we have left. One more way to kill what time we have left where we are not connected to a machine. We already work on machines, play on machines, are constantly talking to each other on machines, available nearly 24/7/ People always say "Well, you can just turn it off." Well, sure, but who actually DOES?

Before cell phones and tablets people actually walked away from their phones. They had actual downtime where they didn't have to be available all the time. Still remember when you could go to the store and not see 10 people chatting as they shopped? Still remember when you didn't have to answer a call from someone in your office when you were actually off the clock. Still remember when someone in your family didn't have a hissy fit at the idea that they couldn't reach you immediately if you didn't? Even my Dad who is not much into being connected now takes my having a cell phone totally for granted. I don't call him from wherever I am within 10 mins and he demands to know why. I used to be able to leave my phone off shopping or at the library. Not anymore. He's got to have instant access and so do most of my friends or they're all like "So, why don't you answer your d- phone?!" They don't care if I am in the shower, meditating, doing yoga, doing my laundry, or shopping, or whatever, it's I NEED YOUR ATTENTION NOW!

Now imagine adding Google Glass to that actually being connected (and probably going cross eyed as a result of the extra eye strain eventually) all the time. I mean when are you supposed to DISCONNECT if your glasses are wired to be online all the time? When do you get to rest your eyes, tune out everything, relax and be a human being? It's hard enough to do that as it is. Enough. Google Glass just plain creeps me out. It really does.
There's not much to add to this. But I'm afraid that people who think like this will be a minority.
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