Google Glass: 5 Reasons I Won't Buy
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User Rank: Apprentice
4/15/2014 | 12:59:52 PM
Reality check
If wearing Google Glass makes you a Glasshole, then you were one before you put them on.

How about a real opinion piece instead of another forumla story with "5 reasons..." or "10 reasons..."

Have you tried and worn them for more than a few minutes, perhaps a few days or a week? 
User Rank: Ninja
4/15/2014 | 1:13:02 PM
Cool gadget, but what to do with it?
The inner nerd in me goes ballistic at the mere mention of Glass. But then the practical side kicks in, asking "Yeah its cool, but what would you *do* with it?" I have not yet found an answer to that.
Lorna Garey
Lorna Garey,
User Rank: Author
4/15/2014 | 1:22:42 PM
Re: Reality check
Anon, I like Google and I love gadgets, but for the life of me I can't see the purpose for the average person. Do you have a pair? What's your favorite functionality? 
User Rank: Apprentice
4/15/2014 | 1:29:56 PM
I'd like to have one vecause...
Augmented reality sounds pretty damn cool
User Rank: Apprentice
4/15/2014 | 1:30:19 PM
Google Glass - Five Reasons i Won't Buy
> Many think it is over-engineered to solve problems that don't exist.

That describes pretty much everything these Silicon Valley techies have come up with in the past 5-7 years.

User Rank: Apprentice
4/15/2014 | 1:43:54 PM
This article reminds me of every new tech in the past.
There were a kazillion articles how they wouldn't buy a smartphone, or a tablet, or a laptop, etc. 

Anyone remember when engineers still used a pencil and ruler to draw up plans instead of using one of the various CAD programs out there?  I remember when my company made the switch there were some oldies that insisted they would never ever ever ever trust a computer to do a real man's job.

Fast foward to now.  My company is building a line of business app to allow integration of work related tasks between the engineers.  And lo and behold we already got several angry protests from the oldies in the company.  They like their pen and paper more than using a windows tablet.  I'm one of the field testers.  One old guy has been consistently calling my reports "fake reports" because they are generated printouts instead of pen and paper. 

The point is I don't know if glass will succeed or not.  What I do know is all the bloggers/writers who always say they would never buy this or that have all been wrong before.  And if it were up to people like the writer of this article, we would still be writing with hammer and chisel instead of computer keyboard and the internet.
User Rank: Author
4/15/2014 | 1:49:51 PM
Re: Google Glass - Five Reasons i Won't Buy
See our related article: Google Glass Gets Down To Business. Do you think the Segway comparison is fair?
User Rank: Apprentice
4/15/2014 | 2:00:31 PM
I won't be buying because there is no reason to yet.
Simply put, so far there is no really compelling reason for me to want this product (Other than the urge to open a shiny new gadget box). Every use for them so far is just as easily done on my phone - at least for me.

Don't get me wrong - I am sure that in a few narrow niches, there is a real use for this tech. It's just, as it is, there is nothing on Glass that hits me as something I need to have in front of my eyes. Perhaps someday there will be the killer app that shows me the use of it, but not right now - and until it pops up, $1,500 is just to expensive to use on something that has no use.
User Rank: Apprentice
4/15/2014 | 2:09:01 PM
I am sure this glass will have some specific application for which it is used just the way the Segway became the transit method for the Mall Security crew.  Current users I've run into, behave as though they are in a cult, that doesn't appear very desireable to join.   It might be a device for journalists or law enforcement where recording what you see can aid your situation.

Kristin Burnham
Kristin Burnham,
User Rank: Author
4/15/2014 | 2:22:38 PM
Re: This article reminds me of every new tech in the past.
Anon3606[...] makes a fair point. Was there really a need for a cell phone when people made due with a landline for years? Probably not, but the convenience factor drove adoption. Is there a convenience factor with Google Glass? Perhaps, but time will tell.
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