Google Glass, is not yet available to the masses, and it's already being spoofed on "Saturday Night Live". There are reports that people find Google Glass awkward, and that people want to ban Google Glass because of its invasion of privacy tendencies.
Fred Armisen parodied Google Glass on "SNL" two Saturdays ago. In the "Weekend Update" segment, Armisen played a fictional tech blogger Randall Meeks who joins anchor Seth Meyers to provide a Google Glass review and show the audience how this new technology worked.
The "SNL" skit is made even funnier by the fact that Fred Armisen is wearing a poorly constructed, obviously fake Google Glass device. Armisen demonstrates how to use Google Glass with some awkward finger stroking and jerked head movements. "It's great because no one knows you're doing it," he deadpanned.
Following the "SNL" parody, Engadet was inspired to bring Fred Armisen in to try out Google Glass for real. And the resulting video was even more hilarious than the "SNL" spoof.
In the video, Fred Armisen assured us that he has never tried Google Glasses before and he did not know what to expect but was excited because he wears glasses already and he likes wearing glasses.
But as previously reported, Google Glass is not very compatible with prescription glasses. First, Armisen tried to wear his own glasses over Google Glass, but he soon realized he had to forgo his own glasses completely. There was a little snafu with the Google Glass projected screen shooting into the bridge of Armisen's nose, but Engadget's Tim Stevens quickly fixed this problem.
"Just so everyone knows, right here is a screen," Armisen said in the video as he draws an invisible screen in front of his face. "I'm looking at a map."
Just like in the "SNL" spoof, Armisen strokes the side of the device to scroll through different options: email, New York Times, etc.
"It's sort of spying on me," he said. And Tim Stevens replied that Google Glass is, in fact, spying on him. Google Now knows where you are and for example if it's around dinnertime it will recommend a restaurant nearby, which is "nice but disconcerting".
"It presumes it knows what I want to eat," Armisen protested.
Another disconcerting thing about Google Glass that the video revealed is that it picks up on everyone speaking, taking direction from Stevens and Armisen.
"Only listen to me," Armisen demanded. "OK Glass, find me directions to Iceland." But Google Glass apparently showed something called Glass House Tavern.
Stevens asked Fred Armisen if he would buy Google Glass, but the "SNL" and "Portlandia" star skirted the question by coming up with occupations that would find Google Glass useful. Musicians who forgot their lyrics, for example, or actors that need help with their lines or newscasters who can now point to their eye instead of their ear when receiving breaking news alerts.
Would you buy Google Glass? Stevens asked again.
"I think I would shoplift them," Armisen responded only to be told that Google Glass GPS would prevent theft, since you could always locate them.
To watch Fred Armisen trying Google Glass for real, click here.