Meet Michael Stancil and Penny Kim, Two of Dallas' First Google Glassholes

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Google Glass pioneers Michael Stancil and Penny Kim
It's hard to put your finger on what makes Google Glass so vaguely creepy. Technologically speaking, aside from a few extra tricks like the one that transmits sound not by making noise but by sending subtle vibrations through the skull, its basically like having a smartphone strapped to your head. Maybe the unease stems from the echoes of dystopian visions of the future involving computers implanted inside human flesh. Maybe it's a privacy thing. Maybe it's just Google's further encroachment into our daily lives.

Such concerns did not stop thousands, maybe millions of early adopters from offering their plans for the technology under the hashtag #ifihadglass and offering to cough up $1,500 for the chance to be a Google Glass Explorer. About 8,000 of them from around the country were picked, all of them "bold, creative individuals." Like novelist Gary Shteyngart, who wrote about the experience last week for the New Yorker. ("I hear that in San Francisco, where these devices are far more in evidence, the term 'Glassholes' is already current, but in New York I am a conquering hero.")

And who in Dallas fit that criteria? CW 33's Doug Magditch, who recently cemented his technological expertise with an groundbreaking interview with an Internet troll, caught up with two of them, Penny Kim and Michael Stancil.

Both Kim and Stancil fit the profile you'd expect an early adopter of Google Glass to have: young, tech-savvy, urban-dwelling Millenials. She's a photographer and the digital media strategist at projekt202, a local software design firm. According to her official bio there, she enjoys "playing piano, keeping up with technology trends, and writing articles about the best food establishments in Dallas." Her #ifihadglass, per her interview with Magditch: "I would represent people who already wear prescription lenses on a regular basis and how we would use this technology with glasses that we already have."

Stancil is the head of search for Buzzshift, a local digital strategy agency. He describes himself as "one of the most recognizable men on Pinterest, with over 1,000,000 followers" and is a big fan of the Spice Girls, whom he describes as "fun and full of energy." His #ifihadglass: "I'd show Dallas what it's like to live outside your windshield." (He owns a bike, but no car.)

And what's it like to be among the first people in Dallas with Google Glass?

"For the most part, people will just come up and be like, 'What's that?'" Stancil told Magditch. And Kim: "Some people are very excited about it when they see it, but others are very skeptical of it. They kind of avoid me."

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Brian Nesbitt
Brian Nesbitt

If I see them on the street I'll run up and scream "O.K. Glass.  Safe search off.  Search horse fuck.  Open first 50 results in new tabs."

mdd0124
mdd0124

Ugh. Stancil's ego is gonna get inflated even more.


ballzac
ballzac

I can't wait till one of those glassholes gets my wife or one of my kids in their recordings. I'm going straight to the cops and accusing the glasshole of violating Section 21.15 of the Texas Penal Code, Improper Photography or Video Recording. The intent would be easy to prove. "He/she was looking straight at my wife's cans."

dallas_dude
dallas_dude

So if I just met you and started a conversation and pulled out my phone and started recording you that wouldn't creep you out?  Since when does not wanting to have everything about you documented and open to the public mean I have something to hide?

Do I have to start wearing a shirt that says "you do not have permission to film me"

I think the problem for me is how the laws on privacy are just decades behind the technology.

dallas_dude
dallas_dude

I was at an event here in Dallas a few weeks ago where two people had them.  It does look creepy and it does feel like someone is shoving a camera in your face.  There will always be a lot of people willing to be early adoptors of new tech. 

What blows my mind is how the government NSA thing freaks people out but turning over a video recording of every waking moment of your life to a giant corporation who only exist to make a profit doesn't concern anyone. 

MikeWestEast
MikeWestEast

The most well-known man on Pinterest = practically the only man on Pinterest.  I don't expect he has much competition for that title.  I could see using it in a work situation, but out among normal people?  Star Trek Next Generation has an episode with Wil Wheaton, recently getting more play on Big Bang and Falling Skies, where people start wearing glasses that are really tools for invading aliens.  The funny thing is the glasses, created as props 20 years ago, look like the Google glasses.  Maybe Paramount should sue.

Montemalone
Montemalone topcommenter

I pity the poor waitstaff at whatever establishments Penny  "Can I have a lemon with my water, dressing on the side, no salt in the vegetables" Kim frequents.

d-may
d-may

I would love a pair. My job includes land and site surveys and these glasses would absolutely help me do a better job. 

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin topcommenter

so where do we go to view google glass porn?

MissManners
MissManners

Accidentally knocking them off and stepping on them should solve a lot of problems.

mcdallas
mcdallas

I can see the future slogan even now (10-15 years from now):

"Google Glass - taking money from hipsters since 2013"

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

Jesus, beam me up - the BORG have arrived.

BillyBubba
BillyBubba

@Montemalone Is that the secret of why Asian women stay trim while most Dallas women turn into tubs of lard?

MissManners
MissManners

@ScottsMerkinWait till spammers crack them. Re-sized penises a-poppin', just when she least expects it. "Can I have a lemon with my water, dressing on the side, no salt in the vegetables...WHOA!"

Lakewooder
Lakewooder

@ScottsMerkin 

You're onto something - eye glass technology that alters/upgrades the appearance of your partner. I'd drop $1500.00 for a pair. My girlfriend would love em'.

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