What Life Will Really Be Like Wearing Google’s Augmented Reality Glasses

Google’s hyperreality frames have arrived — they’re not on sale yet, but a very limited number have been circulated to a lucky (?) few for testing. Artist Jonathan McIntosh did some alteration/overlays to Google’s own official video depicting a day in the life of a Google Glass user, creating this scarily accurate version:

35 Comments on "What Life Will Really Be Like Wearing Google’s Augmented Reality Glasses"

  1. Nunzio X | Apr 5, 2012 at 2:09 pm |

    So the USA is not only turning into a nation of obese conservatives, it’s also turning into a nation of cyborgs.

    I can’t wait.

  2. Jin The Ninja | Apr 5, 2012 at 2:41 pm |

    the end of human interaction. and a great new way to be programmed, surveilled and complacent.  one can’t even ask directions in a box store? gives me very little faith in the redemption (or ongoing survival) of humanity.

    • Drive_like_a_demon | Apr 5, 2012 at 9:50 pm |

      Plato thought that written texts were the end of human interaction because people would stop talking to each other verbally if they could write their words instead.

      tl;dr: your claim is alarmist. 

      • Jin The Ninja | Apr 6, 2012 at 12:15 am |

        Not quite. technocrats have, since the advent of internet 2.0, declared neo-liberal globalisation to be the ‘end of history.’ Technology obviously mediates and subverts human relationships on a vast scale. Facebook doesn’t affect human interaction? The insular, individualist nature of our current society does profoundly affect the human psyche. To assert otherwise is grossly dis-honest.

        ps: the cia/fbi and associated companies google, yahoo, facebook and the like already track your movements via your smartphone. if they sold you a device which you purchased VOLUNTARILY (by proxy of course, to consumer capitalism) which held all your banking, id, purchase patterns, daily schedule, emails, ideas etc, and used that info to compile a substantial file about you- is that NOT cause for alarm? better run to buy these specs then- b/c everyone knows the gov’t and corporations are looking out for sheep like you.

        • FriggaFrag | Apr 6, 2012 at 3:38 pm |


          • Jin The Ninja | Apr 6, 2012 at 4:16 pm |

            basically the technology promoted by consumer capitalism is manufactured for social control, and our purchase of these goods, is to affirm our consent of this control. technology should aide us in the betterment of our selves, our earth or how we interact with eachother, but it doesn’t- it inhibits us and allows use to be empty consumer vessels waiting to be fulfilled by our next purchase.

      • Calypso_1 | Apr 6, 2012 at 3:34 am |

        Who can say what was lost when the collective cultural heritage held only in oral knowledge systems was lost in the mists of time.

    • This reminds me of the Rise of the Cybermen from Doctor Who.

      • Jin The Ninja | Apr 6, 2012 at 12:22 am |

        just started torchwood, but haven’t seen any of the new doc who. but i know exactly what you’re referring to. sci fi nerds think alike. lol.

        • I’ve seen every episode a hundred times but I can’t get over the idea that is “The Doctor”. He’s just too awesome!

          I’ve never seen Torchwood, spin offs give me the creeps. Hope it’s good though!

  3. Smudgeservices | Apr 5, 2012 at 2:55 pm |


  4. Investinourftre | Apr 5, 2012 at 4:28 pm |

    What’s with all the commercials?  That would drive me nuts.

  5. A D-mented reality?

  6. mannyfurious | Apr 5, 2012 at 6:02 pm |

    Ahhhh… the illusion of progress….

  7. oh boy… how can anyone find this cool and great? just like “Jin The Ninja” told, it’s the end of human interaction folks.

  8. Haystack | Apr 5, 2012 at 8:22 pm |

    And also, the go’vt will be eavesdropping the whole time. 

  9. Reality is that’s what advertisers and marketdroids wants but after the first few tens of thousands of civil suits for obstructing vision and causing a slip, trip or fall they all gave up.

  10. That sh*t would annoy the crap out of me.  I love computers as much as any other geek, but I need to be able to get away from it every now and then so I can enjoy this beautiful country landscape out here.  When I interact with my friends, i want them to know that I am paying 100% attention to their needs.  This gadget seems to be very distracting.  I have adhd and severe anxiety disorder, so the last thing I need is to be bombarded by more external spammy and unnecessary stimuli.  Like I said, i don’t hate that we’ve come this far, but we need to achieve a balance to where we can still use our built-in grey matter pc’s, and not rely SOLELY on external hardware like this.  I’m also visually impaired, so the google specs wouldn’t do me any good to begin with.  I dunno.  Maybe I’m just getting old.  

  11. chinagreenelvis | Apr 6, 2012 at 12:45 am |

    This will only be your AR overlay if you’re using nothing but free applications. Advertising generally only rears it’s ugly head when you’re enjoying a service you were never meant to pay for, like television and Facebook.

    If you want a more accurate depiction of how advertising is going to work in augmented reality, read the Shadowrun sourcebooks. You’ll still get pop-up ads when browsing the Internet, but you’ll also get them as you’re walking around physical shopping spaces. I’m sure most zones will give you the ability to opt-out of these kinds of promotions, but inevitably there will be programs you can run that will successfully filter most of them out by default (like the pop-up blockers that exist today). Only two kinds of people will subject themselves to the sensory overload of overwhelming amounts of ad bombardment in this world: the lazy, and the stupid.

  12. Anomaly_of_Anomie | Apr 6, 2012 at 1:41 am |

    Have either the freedom to think independently, or become programmed like a robot. Hmm, tough decision. This is not as nature intended… it is opposite the definition of human. 

    • Ridiculous argument. Medication, houses, sewage systems, phones, cars, etc. are all “not as nature intended” if you want to go that path.

      • Anomaly_of_Anomie | Apr 6, 2012 at 12:47 pm |

        Okay, if you can’t see the difference between proper waste disposal or antibiotics and this, then enjoy your new existence as a mechanized systematic tool. You have nothing to offer the future of mankind.

        • …Well since I didn’t see this reply and I posted the one above, I’ll grant you there is a difference between say “healthy”, beneficial, etc., and unhealthy, harmful. Of course. re: future of mankind = fuct. About every asshole will be wearing this shit within a decade or two.

    • Nature doesn’t *intend*. At least that’s what I think evolutionary biologists say these days and is a finding of evolutionary theory. Blind, purposeless, meaningless, random process. I hate google and their fucking glasses but/and they’re as natural as a virus, cancer, rape, murder, plagues,


  14. GoodDoktorBad | Apr 6, 2012 at 9:22 am |

    One word……..Why?

  15. Gurkthealine | Apr 6, 2012 at 7:09 pm |

    Sooo many people will die because of this. I see:
    -cliff falling off of
    -bus getting killed by
    -sewer gate tumbling down

  16. Do Not Fear children. The SINGULARITY Doth Approacheth . You Will Be Merged Forever Into the Global Mind.

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