Google Glass is now being made available to anyone with $1500 in their pocket, and at the same time, there are enough issues about pain with the wearable device, that some people want the connected specs to come with a warning label. People are experiencing discomfort it seems, as they get used to the device.
Most of the issues seem to be happening to people who are not used to looking up for long periods of time. So Google has hired Dr. Eli Peli, a Harvard trained optometrist, to consult with them on issues involving the eyes and the specs. When Google put the lens ahead of, or below the eyes, it obstructed the line of view for Google Glass users. Positioning the lens on the upper right of the eye offers Glass users an unobstructed view, but the trade off is some eye pain. It was bound to happen.
The specs are designed for users to take quick glances through the lens to view maps, taking a picture or read text messages. They are not for viewing a streaming movie from Netflix or reading novels. Peli says that when people buy Google Glass, the first thing they do is continually use the specs and play with the settings as they get used to it. The Dr. suffered from the same pain that many new users experience. He describes it as falling short of being a headache and being “discomfort in the eye muscles.” The pain usually goes away after one to two weeks of Glass use. Google has not published any warnings with the device yet, but it will need to be addressed. Hopefully the symptoms do not get worse and users grow accustomed to it. New users should probably take it slow at first.
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