A FIFTH OF BRITISH PEOPLE would like to see Google's augmented reality Glass eyewear banned.
Google Glass is not widely used yet, and where it has been tried it has impressed. However, it is also banned from a number of places and has restrictions on the sort of apps that can be used on it.
Google is working hard to create a system where things are fair, and has already updated its developer terms and conditions to reflect concerns about the technology. It has also been the subject of beard stroking by US congressmen.
According to a study conducted on behalf of Rackspace by the Centre for Creative and Social Technology (CAST) at Goldsmiths, University of London, one in five Brits want to seea hands-off approach to the on-face technology (PDF).
The study report talks about the human cloud and wearable technology, Google Glass being perhaps the most well-known of such gadgetry.
"We are at the beginning of massive mainstream uptake of wearable devices, with the launch of Google Glass set to further boost adoption," said Robert Scoble, Google Glass fan and startup liaison officer and evangelist at Rackspace before launching to some chat about the cloud and storage.
The report found that where Google Glass is in use, as with the Nike Fuelband and Jawbone UP, it is being used well. A number of respondents said that it had already become part of their health routine, and some even said it contributed to their love lives.
It's a funny world, that of the survey, and the findings are head scratchers. It found that 81 percent of people in the UK and US that had used Google Glass said that it "boosted their personal abilities", while 53 percent claimed that it made them feel more in control.
With new technology always comes the privacy debate, and technology that people wear on their faces to interact with the world could raise more hackles than any other before it.
Just over a half of all the people the study spoke with said that privacy concerns are a barrier to adoption, two thirds called for regulation "in some form", and 18 percent wanted the spectacles banned outright. µ
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