The true annoying glory of wearing Google Glass to the mall

YouTube comedian Ed Bassmaster decides to wear his Google Glass at the mall and get annoyed when people think he's talking to them, rather than his glasses.

Waiting for Googlot. Ed Bassmaster/YouTube screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

I watch a lot of movies.

In most of them, ugly fights often begin with the line: "You talkin' to me?"

So I have a certain fear that the more people wear Google Glass around our towns and cities, the more verbal misunderstandings might get out of control.

Comedian Ed Bassmaster, aka YouTube's Bluetooth Man, decided to experiment with wearing the glasses of the future to the King of Prussia mall in Pennsylvania.

He is not himself an Explorer. He purloined the glasses of PR man Chris Barrett, who seems happiest when his glasses are worn by well-known people such as Bon Jovi's keyboard player .

When Bassmaster wandered the mall, speaking loudly, as many Glassers no doubt will, the reactions were, at times, a picture.

You're going to get noticed if you walk around the mall saying "diarrhea remedies."

Then there are the conversations with someone in Glass which are mistaken by real, live mall people as conversations with them.

And when Glass isn't giving information quickly enough, the wearer might get annoyed in the direction of some innocent party who just happens to be in his line of sight.

"Anybody in there?" Bassmaster says to his device.

"I'm here," replies a young (real) man who happens to be sitting and would love to help this apparently deranged individual.

Naturally the film had to devolve into a scene where our intrepid futureman says "women's panties" in front of an unsuspecting woman.

In time, Google Glass might become the norm. It might therefore be a shock when you discover someone is actually talking to you, the real person right there in the mall.

Until then, there will be much misunderstanding, fascination and, perhaps, annoyance.

Barrett told me: "The worst experience of shooting a prank video while wearing Google Glass was that Google Glass attracts a ton of attention. People would stare at us walking through the mall, so we had to keep moving to new locations."

You know how there's usually just one person walking through the mall talking to themselves? Be prepared for many more.

 

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