Austin, TX — Strip away the pretension of the panels, and SXSW is pure leisure time. This rowdy crew swapped contraband wine bottles through the end of the night at one of this week's high budget parties, commanding the room, Google lanyards swinging. Now just think: soon every bar will look just like this.
The most absolutely awful thing about the story of Nick Starr is not that he exists, but that there are surely more people like him: the Seattle IT drone threw a Facebook fit when he was asked to take off his face-camera at a cafe. "I would love an explanation, apology, clarification...or her termination."
Since Google Glass launched to our awe and horror, the company's co-founder, Sergey Brin, hasn't been spotted without a pair. He's placed himself atop the privacy-eroding project, publicly, and inside Google's secret labs. Maybe it's because he's fucking the Glass marketing manager, Amanda Rosenberg.
Is this the "big moment" for face computers? Does pairing a $2,300 Gucci turtleneck or $1,200 Balenciaga boots with a $1,500 pair of gadget glasses make them haute? Will you look like a model—or will the model look like you? No to all of these, of course, but Google's at least scored itself some glossy mag cachet.
Jason Calacanis, who once made a popular thing many years ago and has since been a go-to authority on race relations and poker, is ready with his forecast for the future of Google Glass. There's some bad news: the face computer's ruining his dance floor vibes, and he just might "punch you in the face" over it.
Google may have banned facial recognition on Google Glass, but boob appreciation is a-okay with the Burning Man regular Larry Page. Developers at MiKandi released the first porn app for the device, called Tits & Glass. More like tits and class, amiright? Update: Like all good things, this tit too must end.
Google Glass will blow you away, nobody is going to buy it, it will change the world forever, it's flawed, it's perfect, you'll never wear it, and you'll never be able to live without it. At least that's the takeaway if you've been reading BI's breathless, schizoid coverage of the trendy face computer.
Of all the possible privacy night terrors you can conjure up around Google's fantastically-engineered cosplay device, spotting Glass next to you at a urinal ranks near the top. But for Rackspace employee and professional Guy Who Shows Up at Tech Stuff Robert Scoble, this is totally normal. He's doing it right now.