Unlike the even more annoying Google Glass, there's no image projected on your lenses. Google Glass was a headache inducing, car-crash-guaranteeing product. One thing that Echo Frames has in common with it is the power to distract and the power to add to the already burdensome overabundance of information we're processing in normal life every day, in and out of our media.
Fowler notes, "From afar, you look like you're talking to yourself. Up close, Alexa isn't smart enough to know when you're speaking with another human, so sometimes it interrupted with its random chirps. (Just try explaining, 'Oh, sorry, my glasses are talking to me right now.')" Annoyingly, The Echo Frames Alexa will read your messages and updates and alerts to you aloud, without prompting. No one but you can hear them, but still--constant interruptions in whatever you're doing. And you're meant to wear these glasses most of the day, as you would your old eyeglasses. Aren't we already sufficiently attention-deficit, thanks to our technology?
Also consider that this is just one more hackable technology--one more way to track your movements and choices. One more window for an invasion of your privacy...The glasses are a hundred and eighty bucks but really this is a kind of beta, and as Fowler points out, Amazon should be paying you to try them out, not vice versa.
Kenneth Volgarus lives in a Rocky Mountain chateau comforted by his secretaries, his pit bulls, his security cameras, his digital security staff, and warmed by his ever-glowing hatred of the characteristic imbecility of 21st century America.
A former astronaut, though no one knew it but him, he has labored in the fields of improbability and the Refined Expression of Revulsion for forty years. A well known author under his real name, he is also an entrepreneur in the field of radically increasing the fertility of rabbits, field mice and house flies.