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I know that many readers of Hardware 2.0 enjoy buying and using technology, and I know full well how easy it is to be seduced by new stuff that's shiny and promises to bring something to our lives that we're currently missing out on.
But tempted as I am to throw handfuls of cash at some companies in exchange for stuff – "Shut up and take my money!" – there's tech out there that I suggest steering clear of for one reason or another.
So, what is it that I am suggesting you steer clear of? Read on to find out.
The idea of a head-wearable computer with integrated prism projector optical display should have gotten all the geeks, nerds, and tech heads drooling.
And it did, for a while, but there are too many strikes against this tech.
- Too expensive: About $1,000 too expensive in my opinion
- Too goofy: Style is going to be a problem for all wearables, and because Glass is on your face, style is even more important.
- Front-facing camera. Perhaps the most controversial feature of Glass was the front-facing camera. It seems that there are a lot of people who don't like cameras being in their faces. This raised privacy issues that Google did nothing to try to lessen. A Glass option without a camera may have helped address this problem.
- Application. I can think of hundreds of cool things that Glass could be used to do. But it can't. It's a testament to unfulfilled potential.
While the idea might turn into something useful down the line, right now it's little more than an experiment that people are paying to participate in.