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Then there is the "dork factor." As stylish as Google has attempted to make its headset, it still will make the user feel awkward wearing them in public (imagine business people with those annoying Bluetooth headsets on, only worse). The only time it might be considered cool to wear Google Glass is in the beginning —until the novelty wears off. The first version will not work with regular prescription glasses, so about half of the population will not be able to use them without contact lenses.
Finally, there’s the question of privacy — or the lack of privacy.
Encounter someone wearing Google Glass and you might be asking, "Is that person recording video of me? Will he or she take a picture of me while I’m stuffing a bagel in my mouth and then post it on Facebook minutes later?"
Right now, it is considered rude to start recording someone with a smartphone when you walk up to them. How can that apply to Google Glass if the camera is always pointing forward and ready to shoot? If you own a pair, will it be polite to take them off whenever you approach someone? Or will it be appropriate to ask someone to take their headset off before you start a conversation?
Google’s latest device may well mean new rules of social conduct for a new technological age.
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