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Susan Fourtané
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3/24/2015 | 2:34:58 AM
Re: Not ready for primetime
Gary, 

The price was said to start at $600, not $1500, so it would have the price tag of a smartphone. Having the price of a smartphone and doing what a smartphone does there was little to complain about the price and more to complain about having a hands-free phone attached to your face. 

I agree with you that surgeons and others who need their hands on what they are doing but yet they need to consult some information, or be in contact with someone for remote assistance would benefit a lot from Glass. There were several case studies about this as well. 

As for those feeling they would lose privacy, well, the streets, public building are full of CCTV cams. They are all over the place, they are also on trees so no one can see them, etc. I am surprised that at this point someone still believes that no one is watching them unless it's so evident as someone wearing a camera atatched to their face. 

-Susan
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3/24/2015 | 2:22:03 AM
Re: Not ready for primetime
"Glass cost too much financially and socially, and it did little that couldn't be accomplished with a smartphone, at least as a consumer product."

That could have been part of why Google postponed Glass. The first comments about Glass were not very motivating either. Launching the product without enough consumers waiting to buy it it's risky, maybe more risky than the risk Google was willing to take. 

Maybe the product needs to not only something more than what a smartphone can do but also wait to the right moment, when consumers are ready for it without too many fears and with more curiosity.

-Susan 

 
Gary_EL
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3/23/2015 | 11:28:37 PM
Not ready for primetime
If you define primetime as the consumer market. At $1500 or so, it's too expensive for most consumers. But $1500 isn't too much to pay for an instrument to be used by surgeons, commercial jet mechanic or jewelers. The uses that these and other professionals could put glass to are easy to imagine. And, there was also the perception that glass made it too easy to "spy" on people in public, as if we have any privacy in public at all by this stage of the game. Glass will reappear as a consumer device once the cost comes down, as it surely will. Really, could there ever have been any serious doubt?

 
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