While the rest of the world is having a field day critiquing (or just plain making fun of) Google Glass, there’s still a sect of people are who are generally unfamiliar with the latest in tech: the elderly. While it’s true, my abuelita enjoys playing a good hand of rummy on her iPad, wearables like Google Glass are as foreign to her as top 40 music.
So what happens when you give Google Glass to a group of elderly people? Well, TheFineBros looked to find out in their latest “Reacts” video. In the video, these older folks are given a quick intro on what Glass does, even how to wear it (one man initially pointing it upwards). Glass functioned as intended, accurately performing actions given by its users. One lady couldn’t figure out how she could hear feedback when nothing was in her ear (bone conduction speaker).
After trying it out first-hand, the general sentiment was that Glass was pretty nifty and in their words, they felt like they “were in the future.” In our modern age, it’s easy to forget how far technology has come in such a short amount of time. Because of this, we’ve seen technology slowly drifting over the bounds of individuals’ comfort levels.
One lady said that while neat, she felt like there should be rules on where you could wear Glass. Not so much over privacy, mind you, she equated it to her resentment over people having their noses buries in their phones all the time (a “problem” Glass actually looks to solve). Others said Glass could be distracting while driving (something courts seem to agree with), while another lady said she could see the front facing camera making people feel “uncomfortable.”
Finally, when it came to actually buying (something tells me they weren’t told it’s current beta price), 4 out of 9 of the elderly said they could actually see themselves buying the “Google Eyes.” To see for yourself, check out Elders React to Google Glass below.
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It was actually 4 out of the 9 said that they would buy it, not 4 out of 5. Still more than I would have expected.
Also, seeing how easy elderly people were able to catch on to it, makes me feel that if Google can get these onto peoples heads for just a trial run and get the price down to something reasonable, this will actually catch on (Something I wan’t so sure of before seeing the video).
I’m assuming the price just has to drop significantly after this project is out of beta and fully implemented into the main stream. In a way the porn industry heavily influences which new media format wins out I think entities like the federal and local government will do the same. But Glass also gives a new meaning to “POV”!
Yes! I love elders react! Happy tree friends was the best just because of the laughter.
HAHAHAHA LOVE IT
That was entertaining, and a good demo of how easy/intuitive Glass can actually be. Big fan of “because I’m hip” lady, and enjoyed the accidental internet search when that guy tried to record video.
That was amusing. They walked a fine line not to make fun and humiliate these seniors, there’s enough of that to go around.
None of these people strike me as particularly old, which tells me that *I* must be getting old.
Over 60 I’d say would be considered “old”
Thanks punk! LOL!!!
“Spaceship 12 calling earth, spaceship 12 calling earth.” Hilarious. Surprising to see that they didn’t recognize the nose pads and put them on like regular glasses.
Why are Goolroids being cruel to old people?
Shame on them.
Be sure and tell them the price first next time, kind of skewed the data wouldn’t you think?
Oh and tell them you need a cellphone too to connect.
Women will buy anything.
Do a smartwatch next.
Dude, it’s a YouTube series. Relax. Any confusion on their part is self inflicted since they agree to be in the series.
Seriously bro you took my comment to literally.
I know it is their prerogative to participate.
They could (just about) be forgiven for not recognizing the Google Glass part, but not recognizing the nose pads? Have they never seen /any/ glasses before?
That’s what I was thinking
I was thinking the same thing….
Do not underestimate the old geeks. They knew about iOS and Android since at least 50 years ago.