Will there be a new meaning to 'glassy-eyed stare'?

Summary:What will Google Glass users stare at?

Without a handheld screen to look at, Google Glass users will likely find themselves in a socially awkward position when out in public. They will have nothing to avert their gaze to as they had with their smartphone. They will likely look like blind men staring off into a void. 

Surely there will be a new definition of "glassy-eyed stare".

By the way, here's a fascinating little peek into Google's senior level executive meetings, as told by Eric Schmidt — most of them can't make eye contact with each other.

Curt Woodward, senior editor at Xconomy, wrote:

During Schmidt's decade as Google CEO, before co-founder Larry Page took the helm, there was a standing rule for one senior-executive meeting: No computers, no smartphones, and talk to each other face-to-face for one hour per week.

It was so hard to resist the pull of the web, though, that Schmidt had to walk around the meeting room and look for people hiding their phones under the table, dispensing fines to the offenders.

"Even one hour per week, you couldn't have a civilized conversation. So when Larry replaced me, he gave up. And now I sit in the meeting, typing away like everybody else, with no eye contact. So if you like eye contact, I'm sorry — you lost," he said to laughs.

 — Schmidt: Google Glass critics "afraid of change", society will adapt | Xconomy

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In May 2004, Tom Foremski became the first journalist to leave a major newspaper, the Financial Times, to become a full-time journalist blogger. He writes the popular news blog Silicon Valley Watcher--reporting on the business of Silicon Valley. Tom arrived in San Francisco in 1984, and has covered US technology markets for leading comput... Full Bio

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