White Men Wearing Google Glass


SterlllllA funny Tumblr: "White Men Wearing Google Glass" (Bonus points for including Bruce Sterling.) (via Jason Tester)


      1. ooh, oops! but over half are either ads or runway.  And there were only about 14 to start with.

    1.  Thanks for pointing that out.  I’m sure he never hears that…  It’s probably mild Craniosynostosis called Oxycephaly, or high-head syndrome… where the head becomes cone-shaped at the top.  Would you be so kind to post a picture of yourself so we can all figure out what inanimate object you best resemble?  After all, your icon makes you look like you have a bit of a square head, so you and ‘egghead’ probably have more in common than you’re willing to concede.

    1. I’m not sure emasculating is the right word. Even eunuchs would look cooler than these guys.

      Once they can hide it in my actual glasses, then I’ll be interested.

    2. You throw a couple of bluetooth phones in each of their ears, a pocket protector on the guy on the right, make sure middle dude has his sweater tucked in his pants, and the chicks would be clawing to get at those studs.

  1. I’m waiting for the future documentary that features Larry Page writing checks for one dollar and nine cents…

    1.  All he needs is this chair… and this ashtray…and this transnational internet empire…

  2. Google Glasses will make great hacking targets. Imagine seeing and hearing everything through someone else’s eyes and ears without them knowing,

    1. Interesting thought!

      But initially priced at $1500 (plus tax), I would be more worried about someone taking my entire head off just to get at them.

  3. Especially after listening to Bruce Sterling’s recent “design fiction” talk/lecture posted here in BB recently (check it out if you haven’t), it’s hard not to think of Gil Scott Heron’s Whitey on the Moon.

  4. Well, it’s official.

    GoogleGlass will soon be the primary indicator of douchebaggery, taking over from spray tans and popped collars.

    1. Oh yeah, that company. They did a total GoogleGlass and were never seen from again.

      1. Why isn’t it doing something to their faces like it does in all those white guys?

        They actually don’t look smug, self-centred, or freakish. They look like someone used duct tape to fix their glasses, and they’re happy the glasses are fixed.

        Plus, they seem not sure if the guy with the camera is creepy because he was carrying around duct tape…

        1. It’s not doing anyone to anyone’s faces. The people in this image would look cheery, and the people on the Tumblr awkward, no matter what they were wearing. The first group are photogenic young women; the cherry-picked images from the Tumblr are non-photogenic, slightly awkward male nerds.

          And if there’s anything BoingBoing readers can’t stand, it’s a nerd, apparently.

          1. Whut? These are nerds?

            What are those people in the lab next door then? You know, Those People talking over the coffe break between two R sessions about getting version control on GoT so they can go back and branch it to see what happens when a conversation turns out differently?

            And, if the people on the tumblr are nerds, what do geeks nowadays look like?

    2. Isn’t Segway still around? Not as the big hit it was supposed to be, but in places where it actually is somewhat useful?

        1.  That’s because, at the time of writing, we haven’t built proper cities around them yet.

        1. My wife gave me a gift certificate for a Segway tour of Beverly Hills as a gag gift for my birthday.  It took me a few months to get around to using it, but it turned out to be ridiculously fun.  You need to check your dignity at the door (especially if you have a freakishly large head like mine, so you have to wear the only helmet that fits which is light brown with big pink flowers on it), but really, when you’re pootling down Rodeo Drive next to the idling Lamborghinis and plastic-surgery refugees, it’s awfully liberating to feel that, even riding a Segway with a big flowered helmet on, you’re not the biggest jackass on the block.

          If I could pick one up for under $500, I’d be totally sold.

  5. Sterling looks like my dad did when he was giving his don’t we live in a miraculous age speech. It gives me a little pain to see him looking so optimistic. Seems unsophisticated. Please, Bruce, tell us how silly it is.

  6. Why are we suddenly NOT interested in wearable computing, just because it’s Google? This thing is the future, it’s sci-fi and it’s available today (sort of). This should be exciting.

    1. Yeah, but somehow it’s not, at least to this geezer.  First time I went to London (no, probably the second, come to think of it… 1999 would have been a tad early) was the first time I saw people using Bluetooth headsets.  They were wandering around town, hands in pockets, yapping away, looking for all the world like they’d lost their minds and were talking to invisible friends.  Nowadays it doesn’t look nearly so strange, but man, those early adopters probably caught nearly as much guff as Jonas Hanway.

      The kids will probably relish and embrace being constantly interfaced with augmented reality while they bop on down the boulevard without having to stare down at their more conventional mobile platform, but personally I think I’ll always prefer to have to consciously look at a device to get its info rather than have it constantly there in the corner of my vision.

      1. I really liked K. W. Jeter’s take on this type of tech in the novel ‘Noir’ (mind you, 1999!). In that book you could tell who was on the lower rungs of corporate ladders by the huge amount of info that was swirling around them. The higher up you went, the less of that crap you were forced to deal with until you were at the top of the heap. Then, for you it was paper. Only.

      2. This.
        Sad, but: This.
        However, it won’t cause so much exitement as in the case of, whatshisname, ohIaskedwikipedia:  John Hetherington.

    2.  Bah, haters gonna hate! I can’t wait to get these and customize the fuck out of them! Maybe the blazing reflective forehead on Eggy has blinded the rest of the normally creative boing boing readers.

    3. “Why are we suddenly NOT interested in wearable computing, just because it’s Google?”

      No, because it features a camera.  Don’t wear it around me, please.

  7. Google glass has brought out high levels of “Pick on the nerd” mockery, but I don’t know, something like Google Glass seems inevitable. It’s like “As the Star Trek Communicator/ P.A.D. is to cellphones and tablets, Google Glass is to every cyberpunk novel ever.”

  8. The only way I would ever wear these stupid looking things is if they came with an ‘X RAY SPECS’ app- like in the back of the old comic books.

  9. Personally, I think these look god damned awesome. They remind me of the human portraits in old scifi games.

  10. Correct me if I’m wrong, but Google’s innovative technologies seems to have so far been not been targeted at an elite social class. They built their wide-spread appeal by developing new tech that was used by everyone (with internet access), and not just silicon valley’s elite. 

    Sure – this is probably the next step towards our inevitable cyberpunk fate, but it seems to have come on too suddenly and too forcefully to be natural. I’m not saying this technology will never catch on, but I predict this early attempt will be another segway. 

    The future is coming on pretty damn fast, but at $1500, I don’t know if most of us are ready for it yet.

    1. We’re not. But wait until they gathered enough experience to make it to mass production. It still may be expensive, but so is a top-nudge smartphone. Plus, it’s brilliant marketing: creates more buzz than any other of googles products. And they still let the developers and early adopters pay for it instead of giving away free beta versions.

  11. We are investing a log of money on startups for this thing. This has to be cool.

  12. Between 3D movies and these, I forsee a bleak future in which me and my monocular brothers and sisters are societal outcasts.

    (Yes, I could probably use this with my one functioning eye, but it’s hard to imagine giving up some of my already-limited field of vision for it.)

  13.   Wearable computing is the future.. We don’t know who will be the one to make the tech go mass market, but it definitely is the future. The idea of merging the digital and real worlds is very powerful. Google is going to have to market the hell out of this product to change social norms and developers are going to have to kill it. The funny thing is, I can’t really find many people developing for the wearables market on a large scale. I only found dSky9 – a San Francisco startup.. http://www.dsky9.com – I used their free GlassFAQ to get some PSD templates for rapid prototyping Glass apps.. There’s some useful competitive analysis, UI/UX info, tech specs, etc.. I just figured I would pass it along. Does anyone know of any other startups in this space?

  14. I’ll be serious for a second.

    Google Glass, like the Segway, is a remarkable and innovative device.  On paper it looks great.  But consumers (all of us) are funny and weirdly fickle.  It might boil down to simple (human) disadvantages: style and social interaction while using these devices.

    I, for one, want to open a legal firm to handle all of the auto accidents for cases that these distracting glasses will cause while driving.

  15. I love how the comment thread is full of awkward white male nerds desperately trying to front like they’re cooler than other awkward white male nerds. You’re posting in BoingBoing comments, guys. You’re not fooling anyway.

    (Yes, I’m one too. I’m just not in denial.)

    1. I “love” how the post is about the obstinate centrality of white masculinity, but just about everyone here wants to talk about glasses and coneheads instead. Which proves the point of the post I guess, but still.

      1. Wait a tick. So this post was about “the obstinate centrality of white masculinity”? Really? I read the blerb and it said “A funny tumbler”. My but that is an odd way to describe a post about “the obstinate centrality of white masculinity”.
        Somone once said “Accusation of baseless assumption demonstrates ignorance of base”

        1.  Right.  The funny tumblr is funny because of all the kittens and footballs to the crochital area . . .

      2. I suppose it doesn’t help any, but for what it’s worth, my white male ass is in possession of precisely as many sets of Google Glasses as the non-whitest, least-male non-possessor of Google Glass out there.

        I’d prefer it greatly if the distribution of these gadgets better resembled a Benetton ad, whether through affirmative action on Google’s part or (far better yet) a world in which the cutting edge of tech didn’t involve such an overwhelming majority of pasty male faces, including those fiberglass-eating dudes from other planets.

        Having finally gotten around to saying that, I still think the things are more pointless affectation than genuinely useful doodad of the near future.  Maybe I was just telling myself that only the white male nerds were dipshit enough to actually fall over themselves to pay for the damned things.

      1. So true, most are from Google’s marketing. Here’s a related one, less models.  http://prettygirlswearinggoogleglass.tumblr.com/

  16. Come on now. We know about this kind of thing in general now. It comes down to the killer app. If there isn’t one it will go nowhere. In the meantime a bunch of people try to come up with it and spend a bunch of money. Still completely unpredictable.

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