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The much hyped Google glasses have ran into trouble with the company accepting that the device may cause headache if used for longer periods. This follows complaints from several users who said they experienced pain while wearing the high-tech specs. The problem is thought to be related to the location of the headset’s display, a tiny screen in the top right of a wearer’s field of vision. The search giant recently rolled out the $1,500 device for sale to the public, after it was offered to 8,000 early adopters known as “Explorers” last year.
Two reporters for a website experienced headaches during demonstrations of the device, while other users have taken to micro blogging website to complain of similar discomfort. Experts say the pain is probably occurring because the Glass display is in the least comfortable area of humans’ field of vision. Google, actually, tried putting the screen in front of the eye and below it, but it failed. Most people, however, are unaccustomed to looking up and to the side for long periods of time, which means overusing Glass may cause a strain to the average eye.
Harvard University optometrist Dr Eli Peli acted as a consultant to Google during the development of the device told that only people who look up a lot are some professionals like electricians and painters. Most of us look either straight or down which makes it less comfortable.
The search engine, however, claims that only a small number of Glass Explorers have complained of headaches, and an FAQ on the Glass website warns. In a statement, the firm added: “Glass is designed for micro-interactions, not for staring into the screen, watching Friday night movie marathons or reading War and Peace.”
Dr Peli said that while Glass is intended for brief tasks such as taking a picture or checking directions, new users spend a long time tinkering with the settings and apps on their device, which may lead to ocular discomfort.