Google Glass – an exciting glimpse of the future or a giant leap way too far in a frankly direction?
As far as concepts go in the mobile tech world, Google Glass represents one of the most out-of-the-box and yet at the same time predictable we’ve ever seen. Predictable because we’ve all seen enough movies and episodes of Star Trek featuring face-wear of a similar nature – out-of-the-box because it still doesn’t quite feel like the century for such devices to start coming.
But coming, they well and truly are.
Google Glass release date hype has been steadily building for over a year now and one Mr. Sergey Brin hasn’t exactly been trying to keep the project under wraps. Quite to the contrary in fact as from skydiving teams to nonchalantly wearing the not-so inconspicuous glasses on a New York subway train, it’s getting tough not to see the near future being one of next-generation face-mounted technology.
Or is it?
Well, much as we’d all begin to think…after having the point drilled home…that Google Glass was about to change the world forever, Mr. Brin has sort of gone on record to quell the world’s collective excitement/fear just a little. Just before the weekend, Brin was quoted as saying that Google Glass is at present anything but a “done deal” and that the prototypes floating around and changing hands for sill money aren’t to be trusted.
A bit weird all in all, given the fact that at the very same time Brin and his legions are running high-profile lottery-type campaigns which will allow the ‘lucky’ winners to take home said untrustworthy prototype Google Glass for a cool $1,500 plus tax.
So which is it? A game-changer to end all game -changers or the first incarnation of something that won’t really be any use to most of us for ages?
There are two very strong schools of thought about Google Glass as a home – I for one am planted firmly on the fence. Yeah I’d love to take a pair home (not for $1,500) and play with them around the garden, but wear them in public?
Fat chance. Not now, not ever.