Video Of The Week: SNL's Take On Google Glass

This is pretty funny.


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  1. awaldstein

    I need a laugh today so will cue this up for later.

    1. William Mougayar

      It’s only 2.5 minutes. Laugh now ๐Ÿ˜‰

      1. awaldstein

        Watching it now, 10 hours later!

    2. ShanaC

      i hope everything is ok on your end

      1. awaldstein

        Everything is really good Shana.Between my advisory clients, my Office Hour initiative, and having two projects that are tied to retail, my time is not my own this Spring and Summer I fear. The retail piece makes you a slave to their supply chain of marketing ( and product at retail (

  2. JimHirshfield

    First they ridicule…. But yeah, very funny.

  3. Richard…Always thought they should crowdsource bits on snl and treat the show as a platform.

    1. LE

      Like a symbol in the godfather, when they do that [1] you can safely assume that something is on the decline enough to cause some action to save the ship. Generally you don’t mess with the formula of something that works unless you need to. (Not commenting on whether that is the right or wrong strategy simply pointing out that people try not to experiment with what isn’t broken.)[1] I haven’t watched SNL in more years than I can remember so I have no clue on the current state of the show.



    1. btrautsc


    2. Matt A. Myers




        1. LE

          Part of the reality distortion field is that google’s camelot crew almost certainly feels [1] they will be able to pull off some way of tapping directly into the brain bypassing voice.Hence any prediction (or bet) on google glass needs to be done taking time into account. (There is a saying in negotiation “you can name the price if I can name the payment terms”.)I don’t think it makes much sense to try and guess whether something will ever happen without stating a time period constraint. Or if you don’t know the complete details on the product or know what you don’t know that others do about it. The first ipad was way to heavy (I returned it). They knew they would have a lighter model. I bought that and it’s “just right”.[1] Didn’t read that anywhere although it’s probably been said somewhere. I just know that is what people like that think when they get all jacked up about the future of their idea.I believe all the silliness (images of Scoble in the shower) are all a carefully planned red herring to get people talking about the product exactly what is happening. To polarize people. If they made it look less ridiculous (like a regular pair of glasses) nobody would care as much.

    3. LE

      I think the difference here may be that you have 1000’s of Mitch Kapors or Dan Bricklins iterating and potentially inventing the killer apps.



        1. LE

          What’s love got to do with it?And two other things:a) That could changeb) Never stopped a “Wozniak”…At first glance it would seem like troubling news in terms of developer support, but this may not be the case as Business Insider reports, having spoken with two developers at Googleโ€™s Glass Foundry Hackathon. The developers will continue creating apps because they feel a genuine excitement and passion to continue doing so.

        2. ShanaC

          that’s problematic – why build something long term if you can’t make money on it

    4. awaldstein

      We agree here.Second company I bought in my first M & A role was speech reco as we were oh so sure, the time was now. That was 1992.

    5. ShanaC

      3d interfaces are actually a good idea. There is a reason why humans have hands (to manipulate objects)- anything closer to our hands is a good idea.

  5. William Mougayar

    It was picked up by most tech blogs the next day which shows it hit a nerve.The embed says Not available on mobile. But this direct link should work:

  6. James Ferguson @kWIQly

    But media restrictions on Hulu are not so funny !!!

    1. William Mougayar

      Search for it straight on YouTube or try the link I posted.

      1. James Ferguson @kWIQly

        Thanks William,However the absurdity of the restrictions are obvious. Any Law that can be side stepped in two minutes is nonsensical!However the video is funny and as someone who doesn’t even like talking to dark sunglasses it hits a nerve.

        1. Fernando Gutierrez

          If you hit that restriction frequently try I watch/listen to US and UK restricted services from Spain everyday.

  7. btrautsc

    I want to be bullish on Glass, but my biggest fear is all comfort – I personally hate glasses, like physical glasses. I even dislike wearing sunglasses. So, I’ll end up being that clumsy looking guy who keeps fiddling with his Glasses, adjusting them, leaving them places… and now I’m stressed.

  8. Bruce Warila

    That was funny.. My prediction: Glass will be hugely useful on the job (doctors, dentists, mechanics, technicians, craftsmen, etc.). Not looking forward to the social experience though.

    1. LE

      I want to agree with your prediction (was actually my first reaction) but a few things to consider.Back in the day repairmen for machinery that I owned used to carry around schematics on microfilm that they would whip out and read when they needed some particular part number or information to repair your equipment.But the large majority of time that they were onsite they didn’t need that info. This of course was replaced by better ways of doing the same so perhaps even before the ipad/iphone the technician might pull out some other pad type device or even have a laptop for the same info.I don’t think that the (and this is important) the amount of time they need the info makes it worthwhile to wear something. I find that this more or less correlates with my own behavior when fixing something. Most of the time I operate at “full machine speed”[1] and know exactly what I need to do to get something to work. A small percentage of the time I need info that I don’t have and I simply use my iphone, laptop or desktop to get that info. Like when the new “water rower” arrived and the belt snapped I got a youtube video and got it fixed pronto. So the utility of having this device for the % of occasions that you need it is what needs to be studied. Nobody is going to bog themselves down with more tools to solve a corner case.Other professionals operate on the same “full machine speed” basis in my observation. Your dentist or mechanic generally spends the majority of his time doing something that he does every day. The amount of time he has to step out of that box (off auto pilot) is small enough that he can use the existing devices and not have to wear something. Physicians used to have something called the PDR a big book with all drug information. The doctor would leave your exam room go get the PDR and return to give you a script. But the bottom line is they aren’t doing it that often to begin with and existing devices on the iphone/ipad etc. do the trick. My wife takes “call” from home frequently and I’ve never had a time when I’ve overheard her not rattle off exactly what should happen to a patient because it’s literally all the same stuff over and over again. Nor does the utility of having the patients complete profile at your fingertips change management as they say. A quick review of patients vitals and back story seems to suffice almost always. I think most professionals operate this way at least from what I have seen.[1] This is when you know exactly what you need to do and carry it out similar to when you drive and you don’t need directions.

      1. Bruce Warila

        Lee, Really good observation. However, having access to a schematic, an episode of Seinfeld, a chat session, email, and the latest picture of your cat…all whilst repairing the transmission could be appealing to some. Also, Glass is a two-way street. Recording what you do, and how you do it (with voice narration) will be useful, and may become mandatory.

      2. ShanaC

        it might be better in situations where you need to look it up and walking away is high risk

    2. ShanaC

      I think if the social experience is like that, google glass is going to be a major fail

  9. Shyam Subramanyan

    Pretty funny…I feel the glass is socially awkward, but at the same think that we will adapt to it somehow and walk around talking to our glasses as if its normal 10 years from now.I’m waiting for the cheap $100 “glasses” from China that just plays videos to help us with the “awkwardness adoption curve”.

  10. Don Crossman

    Funny…but the duration is very short Anyother good videos if the week ??

    1. William Mougayar

      Canadian company from Waterloo. Very hot.

    2. ShanaC

      thalmic seems more natural than heads up

  11. george

    Very funny – the product hasn’t even made it to market yet and its getting slammed by SNL and inquiries by congress. good luck goog!

  12. jason wright

    i remember William pointing to this sketch a couple of weeks ago.i didn’t think it was all that funny first time around, and even less so V1 is clunky. ridicule is easy. it’s got legs.

    1. William Mougayar

      I think the GoogleGlass foreplay is getting to be long on the tooth.

      1. Kirsten Lambertsen

        That’s a quotable ๐Ÿ™‚

        1. William Mougayar


  13. Dave W Baldwin

    Thanks Fred. Loved it. Never know, the use in doctor’s office would make a good skit also, say the OB/GYN wearing ’em while he’s doing the check up….

  14. ShanaC

    You know, this vdie is making me think that we are about to enter the “commodity computer” period of mobile phones, and that the next hot thing will be alternative interfaces, such as myo (thalmic), brain itnerfaces, or heads up (glass)and I think those plus the internet are going to cause a wave of major technological change very different than pc/phone internet companies – because it will be the internet of things on you and in you. Our reaction to these interaces one they are mass are going to be very different, as much as we are mocking them now

  15. Kirsten Lambertsen

    Ha! I love the way he pronounces the commands.Did everyone already see the St. Patrick’s Day one? (warning: language)

  16. Conrad Ross Schulman

    Still waiting for my glass!

  17. felixc

    As wearable technologies proliferate, there needs to be data where these devices are automatically disabled under certain conditions e.g. restrooms or other areas where privacy is a concern.