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Is Google Glass Obsolete?
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David F. Carr
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2/21/2014 | 11:35:23 AM
Secret plan
So you think Google's plan all along was to create the potential for a market to grow in wearables, then back off?

Their divestiture of the Motorola phones business supports the idea that they don't really want to be a hardware company.
joreilly925
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2/21/2014 | 12:34:31 PM
Re: Secret plan
I think Google wants to stay in hardware, at least where they can get into nascent technologies. The Motorola thing was all about IP, and they've kept rights to access that in the divestiture. Phones are not an emerging market, which is why that isn't an interesting business for Google to be in.
simonx314
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2/21/2014 | 2:11:07 PM
What???
Obsolete?

The definition of obsolete is that it is no longer used or is replaced by something newer.  Glass usage is growing as the Explorer program expands, and version 2 of the Explorer Edition is only a few months old.

No killer apps?

Glass isn't even out yet, but it comes with two killer apps out of the box, texting and navigation.  Much has been written about these two apps and the experience is a huge improvement over existing platforms.  Also, it is a bit silly to write about a lack of apps before a product is even released.  One of the main reasons for the Explorer program is to give developers early access so that apps are ready to go when Glass is released to consumers.

 

 
Marilyn Cohodas
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2/21/2014 | 4:40:24 PM
Re: What???
Naviagion, yes. But did i miss something about Google Glass being a killer app for texting? Why would we need a new platform for that? 
Thomas Claburn
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2/21/2014 | 4:45:07 PM
Re: What???
The killer app for Glass is optical-character recognition and translation. There's already one app like that: Word Lens. And it will get better.
Thomas Claburn
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2/21/2014 | 4:48:45 PM
Re: Secret plan
I think Google's plan has been fairly straightforward: field-testing and data gathering. I expect that future iterations of Glass will be tailored to particular applications rather than the general-purpose, head-mounted Android device that Glass is today. Menu navigation, even with Google's simplified timeline metaphor, is too complicated and time consuming for a device that needs to respond more or less instantly.
simonx314
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2/21/2014 | 4:57:15 PM
Re: What???
Prior to the release of the MyGlass app for iOS which finally enabled navigation and messaging with the iPhone, there were often articles written about how iPhone users were missing Google Glass's killer features.

Why move to a new platform for texting?  Mainly because Glass is hands-free and faster.  Reading a message in less than two seconds and replying in less than five seconds is easy with Glass, and on top of that you can do it with your hands full.  You can even do it eyes-free once you memorize the voice command "ok glass, send a message to..."  It's awesome, definitely one of the two killer features.
Marilyn Cohodas
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2/21/2014 | 4:59:10 PM
Re: What???
thanks, simon. Hands-free makes a lot of sense. I hope the voice activation is better than Siri!
Alison_Diana
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2/21/2014 | 5:04:35 PM
Re: What???
I don't think there will be one killer app. There will be several really good apps for vertical markets -- and that will bring about a sizable amount of change for Google and its app developers. The military, healthcare, manufacturing, and logistics/inventory control are ideal for a tool like Glass. I still don't see them as a huge consumer success outside the tech-gee-whiz areas, but that's all right.
Charlie Babcock
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2/21/2014 | 7:33:03 PM
Lots of apps for Google Glass
An Indy 500 driver who wants to know the temperature of his tires but doesn't want to stop to get out and touch them might find Google Glass displaying info. from a sensor quite helpful. Ditto for someone trying to get to a meeting at a new address. With voice commands, the map continues to unfold as needed. Or a manufacturing manager, trying to keep his eye on 12 gauges at once, would be happy to have them flash in succession through his Google Glass screen. There are countless applications for a device like Google Glass. We are just starting to reach the point where they can become practical.
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