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Of course, when you go back to the year 2013 and talk about technological advances, Google Glass is sure to rank the list. And why not, it is a completely different category and stepping stone to the wearable technology.
Personally, I always wanted to try to get my hands on it, but being in India, that dream could not be fulfilled.
No matter how excited we bloggers and tech enthusiasts are, Glass is slowly and steadily losing its trend. And what’s more dangerous is, the makers of Glass itself are giving it up. Lets see what’s happening.
Below is an excerpt from Glass-evangelist Robert Scoble:
I’m also worried at a new trend: I rarely see Google employees wearing theirs anymore. Most say “I just don’t like advertising that I work for Google.” I understand that. Quite a few people assume I work for Google when they see me with mine.
I just hope it doesn’t mean that Google’s average employee won’t support it. That is really what killed the tablet PC efforts inside Microsoft until Apple forced them to react due to popularity of iPad.
Its like, if the maker of a product itself is not very fond of its product, who will be?
Glass is a Search giant Google’s step into the wearable technology, which gained too much hype in the latter part of 2013, but seems like all of it has died down.
And not to forget, the Google Glass is still not perfect, still in to its beta phrase with loads of fundamental flaws and many controversies flawed around wearing it on the face.
According to me, Google built the Project Glass so that the users stop getting distracted from pulling out their smartphones to check messages or calls, and view them directly through their eyes.
It’s obviously a good idea, but it can surely be evolved and made a better, tinier product that does not look horrendous on your face.
Here is what Wired’s Mat Honan has to say after wearing it for an year:
“My Glass experiences have left me a little wary of wearable because I’m never sure where they’re welcome. I’m not wearing my $1,500 face computer on public transit where there’s a good chance it might be yanked from my face.
I won’t wear it out to dinner, because it seems as rude as holding a phone in my hand during a meal. I won’t wear it to a bar. I won’t wear it to a movie. I can’t wear it to the playground or my kid’s school because sometimes it scares children.”
Let me tell you, Mr Honan is a big fan of Google glass. Imagine, if he, and other Google employees have put their hands up on the Google Glass, feeling uncomfortable wearing them, who else will?
Lastly, if your own employees don’t use your product, the flaw is in the product, not the employees.
We think Google will surely come out with a next iteration of Google Glass which is not much “noticeable” and does not make your face look like a $1500, stupid face.
But the controversies shall still exist even at that time, as everyone knows people can use Google Glass in wrong way in public.