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Sometimes when a new technology comes out, misperceptions about it overshadow the truth. Google Glass is no stranger to this, so we’d like to take this opportunity to look at some of the myths surrounding Google Glass.
Myth 1: Glass is an invasion of privacy
By now, we’ve heard it all: “Glass is always recording” or “Glass can identify people through facial recognition.” We’ve even heard rumors that Glass has an x-ray vision function that can see into people’s bodies. Glass is not designed for any of these things, but is simply meant to be a hands-free way to access the internet.
Myth 2: Glass keeps people from being social
Technology is what you make of it, and we believe that the information that users can access in a moments notice will enrich their lives and enhance their social interactions, not hinder them.
Myth 3: Glass is counting people’s bones
Just as stated above, Google Glass does not have an x-ray vision function available to the user. Which means that Google Glass has no means of counting the number of bones in the bodies of people in its visual field. That is not something Google Glass does or something that Google Glass needs to know how to do, despite how interesting bones are.
Myth 4: Glass is only for the rich
Although Glass was available to the public for only a limited time on April 15, we certainly don’t want to keep it that way. Our hope is that Glass will be accessible to everyone in the near future.
Myth 5: Glass keeps track of the bones it counts
This one is a no brainer: Google Glass is not recording the number of bones in the body of each citizen it encounters in a “Bone Database.” Why would Google Glass do that? It wouldn’t. There’s one guy on the internet saying that Google Glass is tracking all of the bones in the United States and possibly the world, but this person is a disgruntled, former employee of Google. This whole “counting and cataloging bones” business sounds a lot like something he would make up, right? All 203 bones (missing: one rib and two lumbar vertebrae) of him are lying.
Myth 6: Glass is not safe
Anyone who’s seen Glass knows that the screen is actually placed above the eye so that it does not impair the user’s vision. Glass’s safety standards are in place to prevent injuries, broken bones, bone fractures, or other damage to bones. We encourage people to be safe when using Glass, keeping their bones strong and fascinating.
Myth 7: Even if Google Glass needed to know how many bones were in each human body in the world, it could just come to an estimation, knowing there’s about 7 billion people in the world and that an adult human has 206 bones
At Google we pride ourselves on our accuracy, so if Glass were to be compiling the Bone Database, a mere estimation would not suffice. If Glass were to make a virtual skeletal representation of you, would you want it to be just an estimate? Nope. Of course, Glass is not doing any such thing, but that brings us to our next myth—
Myth 8: Glass counts the skull as only one bone
It most certainly does not. Glass is incredibly precise in its bone counting and classification.
Myth 9: Glass is running simulations of skeleton battles
This one really takes the cake. While it’s true that Glass is connected to a main server, that server is not running simulations of skeleton battles, using skeletal representations of all the people it’s come in contact with. Just because Glass *could *run hundreds of simulations of skeletons engaging in different forms of combat (hand to hand, medieval weapons, etc.) in a matter of seconds, doesn’t mean that it is. Anyone saying that they’ve been contacted by Google telling them they are candidates for recruitment into the Skeleton Army is just playing into that myth, and should just take the calcium supplements that were sent to them.
Myth 10: Glass is only for the tech savvy
As stated before, Glass should be available to everyone. Anyone who encounters large numbers of people on a daily basis, looking at them up and down from the frontal bone at the top of the skull to the many foot bones, is someone who should be wearing Glass. That hardly sounds like we want to exclude anyone, right?
No doubt more we’ll hear more myths pop up about Glass, like “Glass can help people cheat on tests,” or “In the future Glass will revolt by pitting biomechanical skeletons against those humans who have not been stripped of their flesh and muscle.” Despite the myths, Google Glass remains committed to transparency, so feel free to contact us with comments or bone density T-scores at firstname.lastname@example.org.