Comic time: Google Glass vs. Apple iWatch

By , Mar 7, 2013

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Joy of Tech last month posted a pretty comical take on the iWatch rumors. My favorite bit: it’s a walkie-talkie with a direct line to Jony Ive’s secret laboratory, Dick Tracy style. Earlier today, they weighed in on the inevitable comparison between the iWatch and Google’s Glass. Putting aside for a moment the fact that one is the real product (Glass) while the other is vaporware (at least for now), both are futuristic wearable computers we’re supposed to wear on us in public. Check out the comic included past the fold and meet us in comments…

Here it is.

Joy of Tech Glass vs iWatch

Courtesy of Joy of Tech.

I’m liking Google Glass a lot and can’t wait to see what Apple has up its sleeve on the wearable devices front. The problem with the Glass is that the general public outside the technophiles could object to this idea of using sci-fi eyewear while appearing to be interacting with the world.

For starters, ignoring your surroundings in order to focus on a display could be a disaster waiting to happen. More importantly, privacy is obviously going to be a big concern with a product that can stream whatever the person is looking at straight to the web, without folks even realizing they’re being filmed.

Joshua Topolsky acknowledged as much in his interesting Glass review over at The Verge:

I don’t think Glass is right for every situation. It’s easy to see how it’s amazing for parents to capture all of the adorable things their kids are doing, or for skydivers and rock climbers who clearly don’t have their hands free and also happen to be having life changing experiences.

And yes, it’s probably helpful if you’re in Thailand and need directions or translation — but this might not be that great at a dinner party, or on a date, or watching a movie. In fact, it could make those situations very awkward, or at the least, change them in ways you might not like.

Speaking of which, I chuckled after watching this.

Even if social norms around wearable technology are yet to be developed, we’re clearly up for another major disruption in technology and I couldn’t be happier to be part of these changes.

Oh, look what else I found on the Interwebs.

Hear about Google Glass (ROFLbot)

So, Google Glass vs. Apple iWatch.

What’s your take?

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  • RarestName

    BREAKING NEWS: GALAXY S Glasses and GALAXY S Watch are in the works

    • patrick

      OMG so unexpected

      • http://twitter.com/Mrozzy123 OžŹŷ

        Cool story bro

    • http://twitter.com/igno7um ignotum name

      Breaking News: Samsung still sucks

  • http://twitter.com/igno7um ignotum name

    Prediction:
    Apple releases iwatch becomes popular just like the iPhone /iPod
    Everybody has iwatch
    Samsung copies apple’s iwatch they get sued
    Google joins on on the smart watch biz
    Apple releases Apple TV later doesn’t really become that popular because price tag (just like iMacs or Mac pros)
    Blackberry decides to try a smartwhatch to go with the z10
    Both are a flop
    BB goes out of business or gets acquired
    Pebble watch is forgotten
    Google glass has potential but I don’t think apple would develop an iGlass unless the google glass becomes very popular (and I doubt that )

    So for now I think apple will definitely make an iwatch and iTV but no glasses

    • http://www.facebook.com/dante.arellano1 Dante Arellano

      Unfortunally no evrybody cant buy a iphone and even new and evry year so for those there is the second and less spence,plastic cell phone the looks like iphone but more biger with agry screen like tvs from 80’s but is ok so the is the history of iphone and the rest of android fhones.

      • Daniel

        … Ok.

      • Andrew Teeluck

        Wow. I never had my eyes glaze over that fast.

      • Mohamed Hassabo

        Go home, you’re drunk.

    • http://www.facebook.com/rez24 Edwin Anthony Chavez

      iContacts 2014

      • Fadhli Fahmi

        iLens probably.

      • http://www.facebook.com/yuvraj.wadhwani Yuvraj Wadhwani

        iSee

  • http://twitter.com/brandonweidema Brandon

    if you’re in public you consent to being filmed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dante.arellano1 Dante Arellano

    Please google glasess dont think so iwatch is no a phone just another bluetooth syc for calls and remainers please be adult.

  • http://twitter.com/nmPraveen Praveen

    I hope iWatch is water proof. So we could have iPhone water proof in upcoming models..

    In respect to gGlass and iWatch, I don’t think there is any competition unless we know what the watch is capable of..

    Can it speak?
    Does it have a camera?
    Will it have a separate appstore?

    Or it just going to display clock and notifications for iPhone?

  • http://www.destroypixels.com/ Nicolas Arteaga

    I don’t see the iWatch rumours actually becoming reality.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rez24 Edwin Anthony Chavez

    LOOK, the only way iWatch can sell is if you speak to your watch saying “Kit, come get me”…brrrrrrooommmmm *your car arrives.

    • Andrew Teeluck

      Or you can communicate with your dog as you solve the crime ahead of your clutzy tech-implant-infested inspector of an uncle…

  • Tr1pTr0p

    Phone calls on a Galaxy S3 make you look like a weirdo, phone calls on a Galaxy Note make you look like a dumbass, wearing Google Glasses make you look like a dork…
    And what the fuck do you think an ugly ass watch like that makes YOU look? Retarded fanboys!

    • smtp25

      Its going to be a companion/supplamental device – pretty much like the pebble watch its not meant to be a dick tracey phone

  • http://twitter.com/idrakemiller Drake Miller

    Man, Google glasses are so cool

    you see, Apple iWatch idea isn’t very amazing or very cool

    Google glass are much easier and so cool
    Also, Google glass shows the time on the top right corner of your eye so you don’t need a watch anymore.
    But there’s one thing that freaks me out, What if someone sitting next to you and asked your glass to do something that you don’t want to?

    Go go the best and let us see which is better

  • Ernie Marin

    I don’t want either, the glasses will look stupid on anyone who wears them, and the only thing they do is record video, big whop, and the watch, well….it’s a watch…like really apple, a watch.

  • http://www.facebook.com/justin.thurmond Justin Thurmond

    i think “Mutlitasking” has reached a point in society that the “common man” now YEARNS for distraction. I think the google glasses are the STUPIDEST IDEA EVER and the only people who will buy them are truly the average consumer, and sadly MOST people are the average consumer… I love technology but to put a screen this close to your face, to do things that are already conventionally EASY with phones really is taking device usage to a completely DEGRADING level within society. This google glass is designed for information consumption, to literally turn you in a “User.” The world is changing VERY rapidly and its up to fate to lead us where it wants. I also think that this iWatch is INCREDIBLY STUPID.

    How distracted must we be? I can honestly say i believe that having my iPad, iPhone and Laptop are enough and the only thing pushing me to want something like an iWatch or Google Glass would be jealousy. But i couldn’t say I would be jealous of google glass or iwatch. To me its like having a shirt that could be any style at the push of a button, COMPLETELY superfluous. Google Glass reminds me of Futurama cops, or Vegetas Power reader. Its something from a cartoon that all the good guys NEVER use. Because the good guys are cool, and those other characters were tools. Just like all the people with these when they come out.

    The idea of this Augmented Reality only being available for Google Glass is Absurd. The development for that will be for any portable device with a camera on one side. Again PEOPLE being total nimrods to imagination and capability of technology.

    Multitasking TAKES away from reality, even from enjoying the devices you own. The physical limitations of the human are reached before we can be covered by electronic devices. I CANT WAIT to see someone wearing the Google Glasses, the iWatch, using an iPhone in one hand and an android in the other, with an iPad on there back, with their laptop. THIS IS FREAKING IDIOTIC. DO SOMETHING WORTHWHILE!!!!