Google Glass: Is It Really Going Anywhere?
In terms of consumer tech the idea of glasses with a technological twist was never really explored.
Sure, the military researched head-mounted displays in the nineties, but these never manifested themselves into something a commercial consumer would use and the idea was banished to the realm of video games such as the Halo series. Until 2012, when Google announced it was working on a headset called Google Glass.
We all thought that this would be amazing. We were won over by the presentation videos detailing how we could, at any given moment, find out the weather or email our friends to tell them about how amazing Google Glass is. This was an entirely new field which was expected of Google, because of their rich history of pioneering new technology (Street View, the ‘driver-less’ car).
Unfortunately we have yet to witness the effects that Google Glass will bring, as it hasn’t become a very mainstream item yet. Google opened sales in May of 2014, but the intake was low due to the staggering $1,500 price tag which many consumers felt was too high for a very concept piece of tech.
Many journalists who bought it complained of receiving odd looks from people on the street and also complained about there being a lack of features on it. To me, Google Glass is seen as another pointless technological fad that will never be developed further such as the Personal electronic organizer craze of the nineties which has long been put to rest.
Ahead of its time?
But some may take a less pessimistic view on this new invention. Some could argue that we need this kind of new pioneering technology and that it can open up a whole new line of developing wearable tech, rather than stick to TVs and phones which have been developed almost exponentially over the past 20 years.
We can’t falter the claim that Google Glass is an amazing product; the access to Internet Explorer and many other apps so easily adds an attraction to it which no handheld phone or gadget can ever match.
Google Glass is a pretty new piece of tech and many new ideas often have problems that they need to overcome to become successful. I could use an example of the electric car, which was generally very rarely used when the concept was introduced, but now is more of a common sight on the road.
Google just need to focus on how the Glass can be improved, how it will reduce costs and how it will meet competition, should it be a problem in the future. Right now it is too early to say whether it was a commercial flop or not, but I do believe if the right vision is put forward of what Google Glass should be like, then it really will be going somewhere in the future.
Where do you think Google Glass is going? Let us know in the comments below.