Google Glass 2.0 is here, want a pair?

November 8, 2013

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I became an official Google Glass Explorer at the Google office in New York City on July 19th, 2013. Now that the next version of glass is edging towards its breakthrough and the public release is just around the corner, I wanted to share some thoughts I’ve come up with along the way.

First off, everyone seems to have an opinion about the glass. Some jump up and down in ecstasy because they have been offered the chance to take “a peek into the future”. Others don’t even want to be in the same room with the glass due to “privacy concerns” – after all, how can we be sure the NSA isn’t watching us through it?

On several occasions, people haven’t noticed the glass on me,  but once they’ve realized I actually have it on, they have plenty to say. Some people try it on for the first time and say “well, now I’ve seen it” and walk away, others don’t want to give them back at all.  Many people have wanted a picture of themselves wearing the glass so they can brag about having tried them on. Any way you look at it, Google has managed to create quite a bit of hype.

Despite the hype, I think the biggest barrier for the success of Google Glass is the public perception. I’ll admit it: I do not wear glass in public. Actually, I’ve tried to, but always failed because I get way too many stares to feel comfortable. I think Google’s goal of “always on” (your face) is really a tough sell.

While we wait for public acceptance, I think there are many useful potential applications for glass that are not yet available. These apps could include, for example, the medical field, but also any field of physical work where a person works with their hands and might need instant expert advice. Imagine a repairman that is sent to a factory to repair huge, complex machines. Instead of sending in a team of experts, the repairman could fix everything with faraway help from physically distant experts.

What other applications can one think of? I have three invitations to give out for the glass explorer program, but here’s the thing: they expire over the weekend. If you are interested in getting your own Google Glass, tweet me (@jgrohn) and tell me what you would do with them. Remember the rules – you must be a US resident, 18 years or older, pay $1500+tax, and have a US shipping address.

Let’s explore the world through Glass together.

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