Heck yeah I'd buy a Google Glass prototype

Heck yeah I'd buy a Google Glass prototype

Summary: Yes, a prototype of Google Glass will run you $1,500, so? How often do you get to be on the ground-floor of a technology revolution?

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$1,500 is cheap to look into the future of computing with Google Glass.

$1,500 is cheap to look into the future of computing with Google Glass.

Some people wonder whether developers should pre-order the Google Glass for $1,500. My response? Shut up and take my money!

What!? I can only order one if I'm attending Google I/O. ARGH!!!

It's not that I think Google can do no wrong. Oh boy can they ever. What were they thinking when they came up with the Nexus Q, Google's answer to the Apple TV??

You see I think that Google Glass may just be the Next Big Thing in computing. And, not just because Google had guys sky-drive to the Moscone Center with a pair. Well, OK, that did help some. It was, after all, the Best Tech Demo ever.

But, let's set aside all the “Jeez that's cool,” and look at the facts. There's actually nothing new about the idea of computer displays embedded in glasses either in science-fiction or reality. I was test-driving a wearable computer with a glasses display in the mid-90s that ran Windows 95.

What's different though about the Android Linux-powered Google Glass and those earlier systems is that Glass promises so much more than simply a heads-up display (HUD) in your glasses. Google Glass takes HUD and merges it with pervasive computing.

Pervasive computing combines wireless networking, on person computers, and voice recognition and other input/output methods to create a personal computing environment where you are always transparently connected to the online world. We've seen this before in science-fiction.

Take a peek through Google glasses (photos)

What we don't see that often though are things like Google Now. While it didn't get that many headlines, Google Now is also a fascinating move forward for Google. With Google Now you get the information you need just when you need it... without needing to do anything.

For example, you step outside, you get a weather report. You start your drive to work, you get the traffic news. Your favorite team scores, you get the news. But, and here's the really interesting part, you get all that without asking for it. Without even setting it up. Google Now looks at your environment, your search history, your location, and uses artificial intelligence algorithms to predict what information you need at any given moment.

Now, put Google Now on Google Glass and watch the world change.

It's not just techies like myself who think that Google is on to something special here. Sarah Rotman Epps, a Forrester analyst, recently wrote, "wearables will move mainstream once they get serious investment from the “big five” platforms — Apple, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, and Facebook — and their developer communities. That day is here. And Epps, even before Google I/O opined, "Wearables will heighten the platform wars — and Google may actually win"

Sure, there have been things that have done some of this, but just like Apple's iPod transformed the music player and the iPad turned tablets into a market monster, Google Glass is going to change how we see personal computing.

$1,500 to be there at the start? It's cheap at the price.

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  • I would but...

    I would buy them but, I would have to sell them to pay for my divorce lawyer after.
    slickjim
  • Future does not seem so rosy to me

    [i]For example, you step outside, you get a weather report. You start your drive to work, you get the traffic news. Your favorite team scores, you get the news.[i]

    I guess it would be more like this:
    You step outside, you get landscaping ad. You start your drive to work, you get ads about businesses you drive by. Your favorite team scores, you get ad about special deal on ESPN subscription.
    paul2011
    • wear google glasses, drive to work,

      and die because it's just as distracting as texting.

      There has to be some separation of work, technology, and real life.
      Cynical99
      • Price needs to come down to the 500 range

        Then it will change our lives.

        At 1500.. its geek thing.

        At 200 dollars it becomes disruptive.
        Uralbas
    • Scary

      What scares me most is not the - possible - adds, but the - certain - "you get all that without asking for it". If we don't scream "Brainwashing!!!" here, we are in a big intellectual trouble. Just consider the paraphrazed: "everyone goes outside and gets the fricking weather report". Gosh I wish i can configure what is being served and what data is pulled from the device just like on Android, then I'd definitely try them techie Glasses as well...
      As soon as I win from the lottery :O
      moodjbow
  • No. Just no.

    Sorry, but people are already having trouble walking down the street and even driving with trying to operate cell phones. We don't need these things messing people up anymore than they already are. HUD technology has its uses, this is not one.
    The one and only, Cylon Centurion
  • What is the input? Voice?

    A. That would be annoying to hear people talking to their glasses.
    B. In order for me to accept voice input, it will have to work 100% of the time. Voice to text is frustrating right now. Fix that and I may consider it.
    SciZDNet
    • Lol, its a lot more than voice

      Its your eyes, your orientation and location and your habbits.

      Until you try one you wont understand.
      Uralbas
  • Thank you...

    Thank you, my friend... thank you for being the kind of guy who pays $$$$$$ to beta test half-baked tech so that by the time I get around to paying for it, it's works the way it should.
    dsf3g
  • When...

    will the rest of us be able to sign up for a pair. IO12 sold out so fast, not everyone who wanted to go got the chance. How do the rest of us get some?
    Daughain
  • yeah we know you would

    even if Google packs nonsense and labels it with Google you would be the first one to buy, we get it. Moving on.
    Ram U
  • Glass = vinegar + water

    You can argue all you want about how cool this is, but there's no way around the fact that wearing something like that makes you look like a colossal douche.
    Andre Richards
    • Many will say...

      The guy on the subway train playing with his iPad with a studious grin on his face looks like a colossal douche. I have already seen posts in the past where there are people in the UK for example who do feel puling their iPad out in public makes them look like some kind of "show off".

      Your opinion on how you think the glasses will make people who wear them "look", is all very nice, but you have to realize thats just your opinion. There will be millions, count on it, that want to look like someone who just stepped out of the matrix, so just on its own, your personal opinion of how people will look if they do purchase and use them provides no insight of any kind yet on how well they will be recieved.
      Cayble
  • It's over nine thousand!!!!

    sorry just wanted to say that
    GeneticFreak
  • Once again, SJVN gets it right.

    Im not saying there will be hoards lined up at $1500 a pair for the prototype, but history has shown that based on what we currently know about these things there is ABSOLUTLY ZERO that indicates they wouldnt sell.

    People who are already making the typical predictions based on nothing more than their own personal tastes that these Google glasses are stupid and will not sell are people who have to have ulterior motives because:

    1. There is nothing in the history of IT gadget sales that show gadgets of this kind do not sell, in fact history has shown that gadgets that cost a lot for what you’re really getting can sell very very well so long as they have at least one real good hook and that they end up working well. The iPad for instance had one real good hook; best portability to large screen size ratio in mobile computing ever. Everything else was either a much much smaller screen or was significantly more clumsy while on the move. You can actually pull an iPad out of your backpack, rapidly check something as your literally walking down the street even and stash it back away with ease; not even a netbook is nearly that smooth of use while out and about. While on the move, laptops can be used to some degree, but you really find out why they are referred to as “laptops”.

    2. There is not nearly enough real information in existence about these glasses that indicate something so inherently poorly thought out or obviously dysfunctional about them that makes it any kind of clear cut case they are so inherently flawed that nothing in point #1 will apply in this case.

    Therefore, any clown who is predicting the demise of these glasses so early in the game is not doing so based on anything more than what has got to be opinion based on some personal bias, unless there is something they know the rest of the world isn’t informed about yet. Everyone gets an opinion, but when making out ones opinion for the failure of a product where there really isn’t any good source of info supporting the opinion, the person who states such opinions should at least temper them with some evenhandedness and explain as best they can why THEY personally do not like the idea behind the thing. And they should not even bother if their explanations are already flying in the face of credible contradictory evidence, unless they can explain that away as well.
    Cayble
  • RE: Once again, SJVN gets it right.

    You clearly haven't thought this out very well.

    (1) There's nothing in the history of IT that would suggest gadgets of this kind will sell, and at that price point we can see that the market will be very limited.

    (2) They're such a bad idea because they are far too easy to steal. Unless they're bolted to your head they're not only advertising "steal me" but they're also easy to pull off.

    So the reason they'll fail is because they cost too much, and their potential market is very limited. First off you have to have $1500 to throw away, secondly you'll have to have the courage to wear them, thirdly you'll have to be good at running to catch the guy that's just stolen them.

    No doubt that these will sell in some numbers because there really are a lot of well paid 20-30's geeky nobs out there, however apart from other potential niche markets, I really can't see these catching on.
    Pastabake