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Google Glass: 5 Reasons I Won't Buy
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anon3923453859
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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? 
Lorna Garey
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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? 
Gary_EL
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4/15/2014 | 2:22:53 PM
Re: Reality check
That's right - there's no purpose to put Glass to as yet, and I'm not a developer, so I'm not going to be one of those who eventually WILL develop apps that will be irresistible. The obvious application that I can imagine is the ability to see maps and while you're driving without taking your eyes off the road. The possibilities are truly endless, and at least a few times a month, on this very website I read about deep-pocketed organizations with long time-frames who are developing those possibilities. Best of all, by the time those apps are ready for prime-time, the cost of Glass will likely have come down from the stratosphere.

 
Somedude8
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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.
JeromeoR134
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4/15/2014 | 1:29:56 PM
I'd like to have one vecause...
Augmented reality sounds pretty damn cool
anon9419352942
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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.

 
Laurianne
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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?
Drew Conry-Murray
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4/15/2014 | 6:16:51 PM
Re: Google Glass - Five Reasons i Won't Buy
I'm not a Google Glass fan, but I don't think the Segway comparison is fair. The Internet is incredibly useful as a general tool, and I'm sure there are going to be lots of applications for the hands-free access that Glass enables. By contrast, the Segway is an appliance--a single-purpose device--which limits its utility. Also, it's impossible not to look like a dork on a Segway. If Google Glass gets popular, I'm sure designers will find ways to make them look cooler.
Thomas Claburn
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4/15/2014 | 7:18:52 PM
Re: Google Glass - Five Reasons i Won't Buy
Segway is an apt comparison in terms of hype. And like a Segway, Glass will be useful in certain limited circumstances. I'm more and more convinced that Google's decision to make Glass a general purpose Android device is the primary problem. A general purpose computer is useful when you're working at your desk and you want to switch between different applications. With Glass, as with a mobile phone, I may want some functions some times, but I don't need to wear it to have those functions accessible all the time. Glass is like mounting your cellphone on your ear so you can use it any time. Is that really desirable?

One common scenario Google depicts is driving with Glass. Sergey Brin did so early on and posted a picture on Google+. But think about driving on a long trip with Glass. It would probably go unused most of the time. Is the opportunity to get a picture or two worth wearing Glass the whole time? Is Glass better than a GoPro on the dashboard or a mobile you could use when you stopped the car or a passenger who could take pictures for you?

Google, like Facebook, has this assumption that people have to capture images, email, and record things 24/7. But I don't think most people want to do that. And those who do are not really people you want to be around. Frankly, a mobile phone does most of what Glass can do for less, less conspiciously.
SaneIT
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4/16/2014 | 8:57:59 AM
Re: Google Glass - Five Reasons i Won't Buy
I would like to have a Glass like product just for the HUD, if I could pair a device with my phone though and get the display on a Glass like display I'd be happy.  The natural question would be "why" but if you've ever spent time looking down at a smart phone screen trying to do things via RDP, squinted at a display washed out by the sun or tap out a very long message you will appreciate being able to keep your head up without your phone held a face level.  I don't think I would ever record my day or snap pictures as I walked around but I would love a display that would keep me from becoming part of the phone zombie apocalypse.
anon3606500067
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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.
Kristin Burnham
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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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4/15/2014 | 2:34:09 PM
Re: This article reminds me of every new tech in the past.
Yeah, you gotta watch out for all of those oldies out there!  They are just waiting for you go grow up.  Also, the kids think that you are an oldie with old ideas too.  Just remember - change is constant  and we all get old so don't worry about it so much.
anon1921950389
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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.
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4/15/2014 | 2:09:01 PM
Glass
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.

 
ChuckS781
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4/15/2014 | 2:30:21 PM
There is potential!
As a runner and cyclist, I envision having visual output of my pace, heart rate, time, power, cadence, etc, even GPS while I'm riding is a benefit.  Would love to have a rear facing camera also so I could see traffic approaching from the rear. Could also see it being used with a range finder for use on the golf course!  
Shane M. O'Neill
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4/15/2014 | 3:19:57 PM
Re: There is potential!
Glass is still in the womb -- so to speak. But I agree with ChuckS781, there are many situations both work (police, doctors, journalists, manufacturing) and play (mostly athletes from cyclists to golfers) where accessing or recording information hands-free will be beneficial. Most folks don't need or even want Google Glass now. But give it five years. Convenience and unique features are powerful forces. Did you ever think as you snapped your flip phone shut in in 2006 that you'd soon be using a touch-screen smartphone to identify a song playing, watch a movie and/or tell you how many calories you burned while jogging? Glass and other wearables are just the next wave. However, I really hope people don't wear smartglasses all the time. I pray for "as needed" use. Moderation, please. 
GAProgrammer
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4/16/2014 | 8:33:08 AM
Re: There is potential!
There is already a much more affordable tool out there for your needs -

The ReconJet is way cool. I saw a banner ad for it months ago and it gives exactly what you are talking about at half of the price of Glass. Plus, it is already configured for what you need it for.

http://www.reconinstruments.com/products/jet/
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4/15/2014 | 2:41:56 PM
other wearables
From what I have read, other wearables need to be synced to a phone; they do not operate independently. But that doesn't make the case for Glass per se. You also forgot that Glass is still really ugly in current design.
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4/15/2014 | 3:25:52 PM
Camera pointing at me?
So you're talking to someone, wearing these 'glasses'... really a mini Gopro camera pointing at you with no indication its on or not...

Wondering what the polite way to address this is?  "Would you mind taking that camera off me?"

"It's not on, they're my Google Glass"

"Well, it feels like a camera is pointed at me, would you mind not using them while talking with me, its awkward"

Unless you're from NYC... this whole thing is just a little confronting and uncomfortable.  I think some sort of privacy law should be in place... like a little red light indicating its on.

 

 
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4/15/2014 | 4:18:55 PM
Re: Camera pointing at me?
That is an excellent idea!  Only the red-light should beam straight center of what the camera is aiming at.  LOL
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4/15/2014 | 4:16:54 PM
Great article!
You made so many great points and wow, I didn't realize the smartwatches were so affordable.  I couldn't agree with you more on the nerdiness aspect.  Shared this.  Thanks for that enjoyable read.
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4/15/2014 | 4:55:37 PM
Whatever
Look at this thing. In a few years, it will seem like the calculators we paid $3,000 for in 1973. I think implantable contact lenses (which were science fiction 10 years ago but on the verge of reality today) are the way to go. And personally, I see this apparatus (along with "smart wristwatches") as something already past its prime and something with a solution searching for a problem. Sort of like 3D-TVs. What can this thing do that my "smart telephone" can't do?
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4/15/2014 | 7:38:10 PM
Reason #6
There is no real need for Google Glass. I cannot think of a single moment in my already rather long (tech) life where I thought "Hmmmmm...if my glasses could shoot pictures and video and interact with my smartphone, that would be great right now!" Likewise, other than making phone calls and potentially checking email I see no purpose for smartphones other than that some companies get stinkin' rich. Both are nothing but an expensive toy.


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