Remember Google Glass? The doofusy headsets that enabled super-nerds to snap photos simply by blinking their eyes? It was one of Google's many unmitigated failures, and not just because it looked so stupid on anyone who dared wear it in public. Rather, Google Glass caused a widespread freak-out because it was disturbingly easy for wearers to surreptitiously capture photos and video of people around them, without their knowledge or permission. Facing an onslaught of criticism over privacy concerns, Google halted production less than a year after Glass hit the market.
The big G said it wasn't giving up on Glass and promised a complete redesign, and we haven't heard much since. Now it looks like it's set its sights on a much smaller, inconspicuous wearable: a contact lens. And while this tiny piece of optical tech will certainly solve the embarrassing glasshole problem, the creepiness factor looms larger than ever.