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+Project Glass for "Best Invention of the Year"? I'd +1 that.
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It's not even a complete invention at this point, is it?
 
Cool...now let's hope Glass is the 2013 New Product of the Year.
 
+Tad Donaghe What are you talking about? It's a functional product, just because it's not available to consumers yet doesn't make it any less real....
 
+Tad Donaghe I think +Daniel Panichelli is correct if not overly passionate in his response.  :-D

The product is complete and in the hands of some 3K+ dev's who are (hopefully) coding like mad to make it more useful.
 
Maybe best webcam and notification HUD at this point?
 
funny. i HUD in my car 12 years ago. guess what kind it was.
 
+Daniel Panichelli I'm not sure how functional it is right now.  I don't think Google has released a full spec sheet yet.  I realize that it does something but that something is still in flux.

It seems almost like awarding Edison an award for the lightbulb a couple years before he perfected it.  He knew he was up to something, and might have even been able to demo a working model that burned out quickly, but he didn't have a complete product yet.

I'm not disparaging Google Glass - I'm just saying I'm not sure it's complete enough to win awards just yet.
 
+Terry Cameron Once again...have you used one? If you think that's all it does, research a little. Most of the devs are still under NDA, but even what's leaked paints a much more full-featured picture that a simple hud for notifications. (although I've wanted a hud since terminator:P)
 
+John Borgen As far as I know, they haven't shipped Glass to those developers who bought it just yet.  I don't think that's set to happen until January?
 
+Terry Cameron cool trolling, I guess that means we should also de-nominate anything that uses an LCD screen, batteries or electricity because ya know you didn't invent that!
 
+Tad Donaghe Some people have them already, ie robert scobal, etc. The main push of the dev models haven't been shipped yet, but they have been shipped a small glass cube with their reservation product number encased floating in them. They're pretty neato:)
 
Also the military has this HUD targeting and capture system built into their helmets, great for copter pilots.
 
jason, the consumer version of a HUD won't fire missiles tho.
 
+Daniel Panichelli I don't believe +Robert Scoble has his Google glasses yet.  I think he just mentioned the other day that he was waiting until January just like everyone else.

Again, all I'm saying is, it's not a complete product.  At this point, they'd be winning an award for having a groovy idea that's in the prototyping stage.
 
+Tad Donaghe He's got one for the purposes of writing a book about it, that's why he's under NDA in the first place. The product is functional, it could be sold now, they're simply refining it, debugging it, and adding more features in to make it compelling for consumer purchase. You've made your point now several times, and people don't agree......
 
+Daniel Panichelli Can you show me a list of confirmed features beside the ability to take and stream photographs and video?  It's entirely possible I just missed that.
 
That's cool - it hasn't even been released yet! (Didn't Wave receive a similar award?)
 
Seems like it could be like the Six Million Dollar man's prosthetic eye... zoom ... heat ... advertisements ...
 
+Tad Donaghe I do think they are trying for augmented reality. It will be the next big thing when companies don't have to train there employees how to do things, I bet it will be a HUD to life and tasks, meetings and navigation ect... Won't be the best right out the gate but was Android?
 
+Anthony Perez I think so too, but giving them an award for something we think it'll do?  I don't think that makes sense.

Let's wait till we know what it does.  If the first version is just a GoPro camera built into glasses, we'll know it's not really worth an award just yet.
 
I agree +Tad Donaghe but I wonder if these are the same people that gave obama a nobel peace prize. 
 
+Travis Owens +Daniel Panichelli Holy crap guys, talk about overreaction. At this point all we've really seen is that it does camera and notifications. No need to get all pissy. Of course it will do more when it's released, but we won't know what those features are yet.

I'll agree with +Tad Donaghe on this one for now. Seems a bit premature to nominate something that's not actually finished.
 
+Aaron Wood And I just watched a TWiT podcast where he insinuated several times he's at the very least used them extensively, if not has a review unit. He's not writing a book based on what he imagines the product is like, man. He's also under NDA, so he's not going to come out and start talking about it in a hangout.
 
Well the product is out. Just not to the masses.
 
Among other things they are probably trying to tighten up Google Now before it gets released. I wish them luck,. 
 
+Tad Donaghe good catch...I should have known that, I read the articles during Google IO.  My bad.
 
+John Borgen I'm really excited about Google Glass too.  Been following it really closely.  I just think it's premature for it to start winning awards.  
 
I'm sorry, but if you think the only thing it does is a camera function, it only goes to highlight how little you've looked into it. They're working on full AR layers, contextual information, on the fly-language translation, on the fly mathematical calculations, etc.... Please, find me a go-pro camera that can do any of that.
 
This nomination might actually make the folks at Apple envious. I don't think their PR machine has ever been able to do something like this for something that is not a product yet.
 
+Daniel Panichelli I'm just going by what they've demoed on a working prototype so far.  Maybe you have some inside information that I don't have.

I think they ARE doing just what you're saying, but who really knows except the folks at Google?  I don't think awards should be given based on guesses and/or rumors.
 
You know, in light of being reminded that the devs don't even get them until "next year" I think you've got a strong argument.  However, they do exist, they have been show to work (and work very well with the limited functionality installed) so they do qualify as an invention.  I think for this award, it might be "Okay".  (IMHO)
 
Yes, WORKING on it. Right now, it take pics/video. :)

Please, find me proof it does more than that.
 
+Aaron Wood I think you have a fundamental misunderstanding of what an NDA means. That means that "proof" is literally breaking the law. Anyone who discloses it will be removed from the program and sued for breach of contract and damages. That's why I said you have to do a little digging, research it a bit for yourself, find some people talking about it in non-open venues. It does a lot more than people know already, by 2014 comparing it to a camera is going to be laughable. Sorry I don't have video evidence of this, but any such "evidence" would likely be fake at this point.
 
Apple has been accused of being too secretive in the past (which is a criticism I agree with, by the way). The fact that there is such a lack of REAL public information about Glass might just be the same thing in action -- Google's fear of going public too soon with details that might be beneficial to the competition.

I don't blame them one bit for being so secretive about such a potentially revolutionary product. Heck, I remember when Apple release the Newton Message Pad. Even Doonesbury was critical of the handwriting recognition even though the product at the time was in fact revolutionary. Given the safety implications of Glass (potential lawsuits froim accidents caused by inaccurate augmnented reality, for example) I don't blame Google one bit for being secretive.
 
+Daniel Panichelli, I know quite well what an NDA is. I've been under a couple. I worked for LEGO when Lucasfilm 1st teamed up for the Star Wars LEGO sets. The paperwork we signed made it quite clear talking about them outside of the shop or showing pics or product to others prior to release wasn't looked upon kindly. :)

People still plastered stuff all over the internet. And that was 1999.

I think you have a fundamental misunderstanding of how the internet works. :)
 
You shouldn't give an award for a product which has features only available to someone who's signred an NDA.  Seems like common sense to me.
 
+Aaron Wood Or perhaps you're undervaluing just how much people don't want to be kicked off the glass party boat. There are people posting things on the internet, that's exactly what I just said people should search for. It's out there, just in a much smaller amount than one would normally see with an NDA. People are being incredibly careful. I don't mean offense, but I think the social revolutionary value of this product is slightly higher than that of a lego star wars set....

+Tad Donaghe and what might seem like common sense to you seems like equivocation to others. Just because you don't have one in your hands doesn't make them not a product....
 
+Daniel Panichelli, you mean by people developing eye problems or walking into poles? I know, that's better than stepping on LEGO. Those things hurt. ;)
 
+Aaron Wood I'm looking forward to it taking the 'crazy-people-walking-down-the-street-talking-to-themselves'  phenomenon to a whole new level :)
 
Come on folks let's be nice. Innovation should be encouraged. The fact that the release involves ham-handed PR with people like Scoble should not detract from the potentially revolutionary nature of the product. Who knows, Google might just be trying to reasonably keep the details away from certain Korean companies that have been known to copy other products in the past! ;-)
 
+Dennis D. McDonald, nooooo! Snarky, heated debate is what the internet is for!!!

Besides, we're just warming up for when Apple introduces iGlass. Get it? EYEGlass?! iKill me. :D
 
+Dennis D. McDonald I find it interesting that most of the "Debate" here is whether or not this is a viable product or not...the award is for invention...not product.

(let the snark continue)
 
+John Borgen Not snark. I have access only to public sources of knowledge. I am not sure what the product is. As I am not a developer nor covered by an NDA I obviuously have much less knowledge about the product than you. So I am not sure what the "invention" is nor am I convinced that the "invention" process is complete.

I hope it's great but I have been disappointed by "inventions" before (remember the Segway?)
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