Many readers love the idea of Google Glass.
What’s more I can’t see the nerdy-looking face mounted computer taking off. Nor do I see Samsung’s Galaxy Gear watch gaining mainstream acceptance in the immediate future.
Wearable computers may have a future. They almost certainly do have a future.
Yet the first wave of devices is as remote from that future as the 1950s computers are from today’s smartphones.
I was struggling to fully articulate my thoughts on this until I read John Gruber’s Daring Fireball: Thoughts on Google Glass. I’ve already said in public Glass is unwieldy, ugly and overpriced. Gruber makes similar points.
However he goes on to say:
the problem isn’t the idea, it’s the actual execution. There are no points for being first to market with a bad product. It’s a cool lab demo that they’re presenting as a finished product.
Yes, that’s exactly the point I was groping for. Glass is like the Wright Brother’s first aeroplane, a neat demonstration of possibilities, but not ready for the market.
Get one by all means. Wear it and lose your friends if you must. Just recognise now that it’s a crude prototype.
Posting my best tweets from the last 24 hours as an experiment:
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