The Simpsons Spoof Google Glass, Smartglasses in ‘Specs and the City’
Google Glass has been the butt of many jokes since it was announced in 2012 but none more amusing than last night's episode of The Simpsons.
By Al Sacco
Managing Editor, CIO
I’ve got Google Glass on the brain these days.
Ever since I got my Glass, I’ve been trying to find out unique and valuable ways to use it in both my personal and professional lives. I’ve been writing wearable-tech related stories. I’m currently working on a video tour of Boston landmarks through Glass. And I’ve been constantly combing the news for Glass-related items.
The longest running animated TV show of all time, The Simpsons, also spoofed Glass on last night’s episode, entitled “Specs and the City.” (Season 25, Episode 11.)
The Simpsons ridiculed some of the more absurd aspects of Glass and spotlighted a real, if exaggerated, threat: The potential for a third party to hijack Glass and spy on users. In this case, the evil Mr. Burns aimed to reduce the theft of office materials at his power plant by distributing “Oogle Goggles” to employees and then monitoring them. Hilarity ensued.
The Simpsons have been known to take some not-so-cloaked jabs at technology companies in the past, namely Apple and the iPad, or Mapple and the MyPad in Springfield speak. And though the show doesn’t specifically target Google, it’s clear Glass is the butt of the joke this time around.
Al Sacco was a journalist, blogger and editor who covers the fast-paced mobile beat for CIO.com and IDG Enterprise, with a focus on wearable tech, smartphones and tablet PCs. Al managed CIO.com writers and contributors, covered news, and shared insightful expert analysis of key industry happenings. He also wrote a wide variety of tutorials and how-tos to help readers get the most out of their gadgets, and regularly offered up recommendations on software for a number of mobile platforms. Al resides in Boston and is a passionate reader, traveler, beer lover, film buff and Red Sox fan.