Google Glass is a type of wearable technology with OHMD. Google Glass displays information in Smartphone-like hands-free format. Finding silly isn’t the only drawback to wearing Google Glass: A tiny new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests that the wearable computer can block part of your peripheral vision.
The visual fields of three people will tested by Researchers while they wore Glass and then another time as they donned a pair of control frames. The result: Glass left study participants with blind spots on their right sides, while control frames did not.
The severity of the obstruction could differ from person to person. “People have different heads—small heads, big heads, different distances between their eyes—so depending on the variation of those.
Any visual obstruction can be potentially dangerous, says Dr. Ianchulev. For example, blind spots might increase your risk of tripping and falling or ending up in a car accident. And when you turn the glasses on and add the distraction of checking e-mail and doing other tasks, would it make the problem even worse? That’s something the researchers are hoping to learn in a future study.
Google gave a glimpse of “Project Glass” in a video. Still in an early prototype stage, the glasses open up endless possibilities-as well as challenges to safety, privacy and fashion sensibility. The prototypes have a sleek wrap-around look and appear nothing like clunky 3D glasses. But if Google isn’t careful, they could be dismissed as a kind of Bluetooth earpiece of the future, a fashion faux-pas where bulky looks outweigh marginal utility. Many hidden problems of Google Glass are:
Distraction: Imagine doing an important task and being continuously or suddenly distracted by audio and/or visual information that does not pertain to that task. For example, Google Glass users could be talking with someone when they are simultaneously bombarded with advertisements or emails. An even worse example is if users are driving a car, then any distraction could become very dangerous. Thus, distractions from Google Glasses could be much worse than simple information overload with liability concerns.
Rudeness: Additionally, many people consider Google Glass users to be rude when they are or can be distracted by the devices.
Privacy: Other people are not aware if and when they are being recorded by Google Glass users, unlike a regular camera or cell phone when it is much more obvious when they are recording. Furthermore, people even behave differently when they believe that they could possibly be recorded. As a result, people are socially wary and even shun people who wearing Google Glasses.
Stress: With the always online culture with cell phones, tablets, and computers causing social and information overload, the lack of winding down periods has increased stress and anxiety in the population in general. With Google Glasses that can be always worn and in use, stress and anxiety will probably be significantly worse.
Anti-Social: Google Glasses promote anti-social behavior, such as being distracted, looking like a nerd or dork, privacy/recording infringement, rudeness, and even paranoia.
Its also optimistic that future iterations of Google Glass might be kinder to your peepers. “This is not a problem that cannot be solved with a little bit of engineering and modification of the frame.”