Google Glass raises a lot of interesting discussion, and everyone has an opinion. Some people think it’s the next big thing, while others consider them ugly, not practical, and a fad. There’s been a lot of controversy over the issue of privacy too.
The glasses are currently in the hands of developers and haven’t been made available to the general public, and there’s already a movement to ban them from public places. It seemed to start with a bar in Seattle banning them (arguably a smart publicity stunt), and lawmakers in West Virginia pushing a law that bans them while driving. Recently the headlines were that Google is axing Google Glass porn apps.
Putting the privacy and porn arguments aside, other questions arise about the practicality and benefit of wearing them. Josh Windisch and I talked about Google Glass on episode 34 of our podcast. Josh has had hands on time with them, and he sees a lot of potential for the new tech.
While still early in development, I don’t see a purpose for them in my tech life. They don’t address any glaring needs that I have in computing. In fact, they seem like more of hindrance than anything…another device to make sure you have charged up and bring with your each day.
What’s your take on Google Glass and so-called “wearable computing” in general? Do you think Google Glass is the next big thing, or an unnecessary overhyped fad? Leave a comment below and share your opinion!