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Google data glasses in the check: Direct way to the soul?

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N ot only since the NSA affair has fear prevailed the loss of privacy. Achievements such as the Google data glasses certainly arouse suspicion. After the integration of the smartphone, the car manufacturers are also experimenting with data clocks and glasses. What does that bring? An extension of the navigation system, for example. If I cannot reach my destination completely by car, but have to walk the rest of the way, the glasses take over the navigation of the last few meters. Another component of new mobility concepts, especially since I could have alternative connections by bus and train displayed here on demand - or use a corresponding app to find out about the charge status of the vehicle, range or current location.

Together With Daimler futurologist Alexander Mankowsky, auto motor und sport uses the opportunity to try out the glasses in Mountain View, not far from Google headquarters. The small mini-computer should have been on the market at around 1500 US dollars long ago, but it is still not ready for series production. What triggers discussions: The glasses offer the possibility of inconspicuously spying on the wearer's surroundings - which is absolutely true: 'Take a picture' - the 54 gram device easily follows this command. Google Glass only works with the connection to an iPhone or Android, which fails on the first evening of our attempt: 'A very personal device,' mumbles futurologist Mankowsky when he tries to pair glasses and an iPhone.

Extended navigation system

The next morning it works better in the Mercedes research studio Sunnyvale - and we want to know whether the glasses are what we want Place can lead: 'Ok glasses,' I dictate, 'go Palo Alto.' Short calculation time, and then it shows me that it is exactly 7.60 miles that we could cover on foot in two and a half hours. Mankowsky and I march off - and we feel a bit like soldiers who have to follow the very brief instructions of the system: 'It's kind of lacking fun, isn't it?' Criticizes the futurologist. That's right, but the system passed our short test with flying colors.

We display the outside temperature, accept advertisements and ask for the cardinal points. Works perfectly when you put the pressure point of the little one in the glasses armintegrated touchpad. 'When you have your hands full, glasses like this are of course good,' says Mankowsky, who has not yet given up his suspicions. As early as next year, however, there will be manufacturers who combine their own data glasses with the car's camera systems and thus expand the driver's field of vision. Google Glass can't do that yet.

The glasses vibrate while walking

But traffic information and the latest news fade in: 'Americans killed in Jerusalem' reflects our glasses into our glasses. 'Who wants to know that?' Asks Mankowsky, who decides for himself that 'the matter is too close to him: I like to have a certain distance from things and, as a futurologist, think carefully about what information brings something.' /p>

I walk across the street with my glasses on, and the glasses start to vibrate slightly, which is not good for my stomach. There is an argument by Mankowsky that particularly convinces me: 'The eye is the direct entrance to the soul. Should I leave it to clairvoyant glasses?' Doubt is indeed in order.

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