Best Argument: Yes
Audience Favored: Yes (74%)
Technology simply has a ways to go
Many of the problems my opponent cite as serious problems with wearables and Glass itself can be and will be corrected with further iterations.
The price of the device will resolve itself, the aesthetics will improve, as will the marketing. The apps will come.
I also believe that Google is not a stupid company and views Glass, like many of its other initiatives, as a research project foisted upon the masses, as a way of crowdsourcing product development, just like it has done with everything else it has released to date.
We also need to acknowledge that for a device form factor that is still clearly in its infancy, the best place for the tech to be exploited today is in vertical market applications.
We should not be so quick to declare that wearables are a victim of infanticide because early efforts in making them viable consumer products have been less than stellar.
Despite this incessant (and shall I say it, often misplaced) focus on the mass-consumerization of tech within the mainstream media, the consumer is not always the litmus test for validating the worthiness of various technologies.
We have decades of computer history and strong examples from other industries that prove that technologies can be successful and establish markets long before they see the light of day in the consumer space.
And I suspect that due to social acceptance issues and various other unresolved problems, that is where we are with wearables today. But that doesn't mean the technology is dead, it just means that it has a ways to go.
A childhood obsession
I for one hope that the voting masses are right and that wearables can be saved following the fumbled start that Glass has had and the lackluster array of devices that currently occupy the market. We might end up with something cool. But hoping for something doesn't make it so, and unless the makers of wearables start raising their game and thinking outside of the box, it's all going to fizzle into nothing.
That said, I can't help but feel that wearables is a solution to a problem that doesn't really exist, and that our drive for wearables has less to do with wearable tech being a good idea and more to do with a childhood obsession with James Bond spy gadgets. And now that we have a spy gadget that we carry with us everywhere that does everything from take photos to well us where we are on the planet, is the 'wearable' part just a fad?
It's early in the game
Wearable computing is a hot topic right now---so hot it may flame out. However, Jason Perlow had a better argument that it's early for wearable computing and there are a host of applications in the enterprise and beyond. Perlow gets the win over Adrian Kingsley-Hughes.