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Google Glass isn’t the answer to anything

Many readers love the idea of Google Glass.

There’s no chance of the nerdy-looking face-mounted computer taking off in its current form. Nor will Samsung’s Galaxy Gear watch  win mainstream acceptance in the immediate future.

Wearable computers may have a future. Yet the first wave of devices is as remote from that future as the 1950s computers are from today’s smartphones.

John Gruber’s Daring Fireball nails it:

…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. 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.

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