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Google Glass makes you look like 'a bit of an idiot,' designer Marc Newson says

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Google Glass may have captured the attention of developers, but for those in the design industry, the headset is lacking in style.

Renowned designer of products in fashion and furniture Marc Newson, speaking to Dezeen, believes the wearable technology "looks pretty stupid," and while the headset is impressive in terms of functionality, the design of the device has the fashion industry in stitches.

"What Google have done thus far, I wouldn't be seen dead wearing. It looks pretty stupid," Newson says. 

The Google Glass headset, slated for commercial release this year, allows the wearer to voice-activate commands including checking email, browsing the web, and taking both images and video of their surroundings. However, privacy concerns have hampered the device, and some U.S. states have already begun banning the device in situations such as driving even before it enters the market.

Newson goes on to say that Glass is somewhat like the Segway, two-wheeled electric vehicles that never really caught on.

"It's a little bit like that wonderful invention called the Segway. It's such a fantastic piece of technology but you just look like a complete dick when you drive around on it. That's where the bridge to the world of fashion really doesn't, or didn't, work. That's precisely the moment when I think the fashion world laughs at the world of industrial design, justifiably."

The designer believes that better collaboration between the design, technology and industrial worlds could bear profitable fruit for all parties, explaining that product designers could benefit from fashion in bringing products to the general public with "extraordinary efficiency," while the fashion industry should consider the industrial and technological market's tech and processes.

"I do feel there's an enormous territory that they both share, that they should both embrace," Newson says. "But I agree that there is this real trepidation on both sides to broach that ground."

Read on: Dezeen

Image credit: Google

— By on March 28, 2014, 5:18 AM PST

Charlie Osborne

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Charlie Osborne is a freelance journalist and photographer based in London. In addition to SmartPlanet, she also writes for business technology website ZDNet and consumer technology site CNET. She holds a degree in medical anthropology from the University of Kent. Follow her on Twitter. Disclosure