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Robert Scoble
1 year agoEditedPublic
My two-week review of Google Glass: it all depends on the price

This week I gave five speeches while wearing it.
I passed through airports four times (two more in a couple of hours).
I let hundreds of people try my Google Glass.
I have barely taken it off since getting it other than to sleep.

Here's my review after having Google Glass for two weeks:

1. I will never live a day of my life from now on without it (or a competitor). It's that significant. 
2. The success of this totally depends on price. Each audience I asked at the end of my presentations "who would buy this?" As the price got down to $200 literally every hand went up. At $500 a few hands went up. This was consistent, whether talking with students, or more mainstream, older audiences.
3. Nearly everyone had an emotional outburst of "wow" or "amazing" or "that's crazy" or "stunning." 
4. At NextWeb 50 people surrounded me and wouldn't let me leave until they had a chance at trying them. I haven't seen that kind of product angst at a conference for a while. This happened to me all week long, it is just crazy.
5. Most of the privacy concerns I had before coming to Germany just didn't show up. I was shocked by how few negative reactions I got (only one, where an audience member said he wouldn't talk to me with them on). Funny, someone asked me to try them in a bathroom (I had them aimed up at that time and refused).
6. There is a total generational gap that I found. The older people said they would use them, probably, but were far more skeptical, or, at minimum, less passionate about the fact that these are the future, than the 13-21-year-olds I met.

So, let's cover the price, first of all. I bet that +Larry Page is considering two price points: something around $500, which would be very profitable. Or $200, which is about what the bill of materials costs. When you tear apart the glasses, like someone else did (I posted that to my Flipboard "Glasshole" magazine) you see a bunch of parts that aren't expensive. This has been designed for mass production. In other words, millions of units. The only way Google will get there is to price them under $300.

I wouldn't be shocked if Larry went very aggressive and priced them at $200. Why would Google do this? 

Easy: I'm now extremely addicted to Google services. My photos and videos automatically upload to Google+. Adding other services will soon be possible (I just got a Twitter photo app that is being developed by a third party) but turning on automatic uploads to other services will kill my batteries on both my phone and my glasses (which doesn't have much battery life anyway). So, I'm going to be resistant to adding Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Evernote, and Tumblr to my glasses. Especially when Google+ works darn well and is the default. 

Also, Google is forbidding advertising in apps. This is a HUGE shift for Google's business model. I believe Larry Page is moving Google from an advertising-based company to a commerce based company.

The first thing I tried that it failed on was "find me a Sushi restaurant." I'm sure that will get fixed soon and, Google could collect a micropayment anytime I complete a transaction like reserving a seat at a restaurant, or getting a book delivered to my house, or, telling something like Bloomingdales "get me these jeans." 

There is literally billions of dollars to be made with this new commerce-based system, rather than force us to sit and look at ads, the way Facebook and tons of other services do.

When you wear these glasses for two weeks you get the affordance is totally different and that having these on opens you up to a new commerce world. Why?

1. They are much more social than looking at a cell phone. Why? I don't need to look away from you to use Google, or get directions, or do other things. 
2. The voice works and works with nearly every one and in every situation. It's the first product that literally everyone could use it with voice. It's actually quite amazing, even though I know that the magic is that it expects to hear only a small number of things. "OK Glass, Take a Picture" works. "OK Glass, Take a Photo" doesn't. The Glass is forcing your voice commands to be a certain set of commands and no others will be considered. This makes accuracy crazy high, even if you have an accent.

I continue to be amazed with the camera. It totally changes photography and video. Why? I can capture moments. I counted how many seconds it takes to get my smartphone out of my pocket, open it up, find the camera app, wait for it to load, and then take a photo. Six to 12 seconds. With Google Glass? Less than one second. Every time. And I can use it without having hands free, like if I'm carrying groceries in from the car and my kids are doing something cute. 

I've been telling people that this reminds me of the Apple II, which I unboxed with my dad back in 1977. It was expensive. It didn't do much. But I knew my life had changed in a big way and would just get better and better. Already this week I've gotten a new RSS app, the New York Times App, and a Twitter app. With many more on the way.

This is the most interesting new product since the iPhone and I don't say that lightly.

Yeah, we could say the camera isn't good in low light. We could say it doesn't have enough utility. It looks dorky. It freaks some people out (it's new, that will go away once they are in the market). 

But I don't care. This has changed my life. I will never live a day without it on. 

It is that significant. 

Now, Larry, find a way to make it $200 and you'll have a major hit on your hands.

(Attached are dozens of photos I shot over the past two weeks with it).
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Adnan Mustafa1 year ago
I love google Glass +6
Andrew Grumet1 year ago
Hunching over a smartphone, or before that a blackberry, has always been a bit of a hack.  Maybe this will deliver us from the dreaded hunch.  Thanks for the review!+14
Panorama1 year ago
I still remember when I saw it in last year's io.. It blew my mind.. Everyone including ur self dismissed this as a gimmick.. I am glad it's caught on and is probably the future of computing +5
Mari Smith1 year ago
LOVE your enthusiasm +Robert Scoble!! ツ❤ +8
Robert Scoble1 year ago
+Andrew Grumet that's astute. It frees you from constantly looking at your phone. Makes me much more relaxed and social. That's what the critics aren't getting. +17
Jeff Anthony1 year ago
I just dropped the iPhone after a half a decade and bought the Galaxy Note II for 300 bucks. It was a no-brainer this phone is amazing compared to the iPhone. I think a $300 price point for Google glasses is the sweet spot.

After 2 months with Android when I had just spent a half a decade with with iOS I can't believe how much I have been missing. If Google puts a $300 price tag on it, I will buy it. Any more I will be hesitant.
+60
Chris Chase1 year ago
I'm really hoping that they don't hold the Glass Explorers program to the $1500 number. I'm really excited about the prospect of being an Explorer, but that price point is ouchy. My kids will still get Christmas, but it hurts to have to pass the cost of beta on to the beta tester.+5
Nayla Salibi1 year ago
Toujours aussi pertinent ... Thank you :)
As relevant as ever ... Thank you :)
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Chouaib Ouasfi1 year ago
i want them so much!!!
Jeff Sayre1 year ago
Thanks for the Glass two-weeks in review. I've been on the fence about the utility of such devices and been waiting to get feedback from real-world users before deciding whether I should be an earlier adopter. Your comments, and posts, have pushed me to the "definitely try soon" side of the fence. +15
Robert Scoble1 year ago
+Chris Chase they are worth every dollar I spent at $1,500 but i get a lot of other value, by being the life of the party with these on. If you can't get that value of being first, or, six months ahead of the rest of the world, then wait. I can't see how Google would charge more than $500 for them and I totally could see why Larry Page would sell them at a very low profit point, say, $200 or $300, to get the market hot and bothered and get a lot of people to buy them.+13
Mike Lee1 year ago
Interesting observation about +Larry Page  removing advertising. Through the looking-glass, courtesy of +Robert Scoble ...+7
I really wanted one, but now I REALLY want one. +19
David Esquire1 year ago
This is a great article and a LOT of the things you shared, I've been saying since they came out and I've been accepted into the +Project Glass #Explorer program. Now it's merely a matter of time until I receive mine and I'm pretty much confident my take on my #GoogleGlasses will be much the same as yours. +2
Éric Boucher1 year ago
Shedules dont look like real life, check description, same, check last's weeks pictures, classified as PUB, uncircle, have a nice day...
Patrick Schmitz1 year ago
Great review. The dorkyness and price is something I hear a lot of people talk about. The first won't be a problem as the current design is just an early version. And it must be at a price point that the average user can or wants to pay for it. App support is also very important.

From all I've heard, seen and read about it I think it can be very successful and could become the next big thing.
+2
Steve Thomas1 year ago
Thanks Robert. Excellent. Now I want them (it?). ... Resistance is useless
Good to see they work for people who wear glasses.
+2
We've been waiting for another technology behavioral usage cases since the iPhone came out, it only happens every few years (iPod/iTunes did it with music, Kindle with books, Facebook/Twitter with connecting people and so on). 
The problem I have with Glass is that I know about these things for a long time now and I also know I'll have to wait about a year longer until I get my hands on them.
+11
Chris Chase1 year ago
+Robert Scoble But isn't that the point of the Explorers program, to get the market hot and bothered? I'm such a Google tech junkie that I have a GNex, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 all within arm's reach, and getting the invitation to the Explorers program was the highlight of the year for me.

That said, I work for a major computer OEM. I test pre-production product (thought not in the public domain). The company pays for the product and gets ROI from the content I produce that solves customer issues. I'm not seeing a huge stretch between that and Google subsidizing the pre-pro Glass product with the knowledge that they're going to get ROI from it through my interaction with everything, everywhere.

I suppose at the end of the day they have a product that customers will pay for at any price for first-run, so I should be happy and pay my money and be quiet. But Google wants me to be loud. They want me to be everywhere, evangelizing their product with shouts of joy. I have been able to do that with every Google product I've touched thus far (going back to my OG Droid). I hope that trend continues.
+3
Jeff Lange1 year ago
Robert I love how passionate your reviews are, awesome review as I'm very interested in this product. Price break seems like a very important factor to make this in more hands. The exposure of Google's products like G+ would be a good sacrifice for the price drop.
Mark van Horik1 year ago
Great review Robert! Finally an user oriented review instead of 'tech design' review. I can see myself walking around with them and yes for €/$200 I would buy them straight away. Hopefully Larry is reading your review too...+2
Robin Moroney1 year ago
I just love the photo of Andrew Keen(e?) He has such a great grumpy expression in general. Now we know what it is like to experience it in the ring!+1
Steve Thomas1 year ago
Just had another thought about the price point. Suppose you have a family. Dad, Mum, two kids. They'll all want their own pair. At $200-$300 a pair, it's a deal. Anything more, and you're going to need to share, and who wants to share? How can you hangout with your family if you've only got one pair?+3
Paul Mestemaker1 year ago
Nice post. Did you win the lottery and get to pay the $1500? :-)  Random nitpick: why worry about posting to each service individually? Why wouldn't you upload it to Google or Facebook or Service X and then that service replicates it to all of the other services? That way you upload the photo once and then the cloud service deals with putting it wherever else you want it to be.+11
iPan Baal1 year ago
I would buy them at $200 (maybe even $250).

Add gaming capability, and I would pay $1000-$1500
+3
One question, you state you almost only remove them for sleeping.. But does the battery really last that long? I.e. at least more than 8-10h?+13
Garrett Barker1 year ago
if you are in san jose and you dont mind people trying your google glass i would love to try them, as soon as they get released i will probably buy a pair as i think they are the coolest thing out 
Marita Beard1 year ago
I can't wait to try them. 

Am curious, do you remove them to drive? or were you not driving during your trial.
Lindsey LaMont1 year ago
Okay, but how do non-technical people react to this? If everyone is always wearing them, they can capture many amazing moments on camera...but sometimes, we don't want all of those private moments on camera. In what ways can those pictures/videos be used? What laws will be formed around them? Will it make people around you more nervous (some people despise being near cameras). I guess the simple reaction to that is 'I will take them off.'

I see pros and cons to this. I have not tried them, and I do see the amazing pros. But will this take away from people's focus in daily life? You say you did not have to get out your cell phone while talking to someone...but at least we can recognize when someone is not paying attention to us if they whip out their cell phone. With these, can people be having conversations and be looking and focusing on where they are going to eat next with Google Glass? Can we be conducting meetings and everyone is online shopping or looking at sports highlights through their Google Glass and pretending to pay attention?

Technology is everywhere around us...and it helps improve and make our lives easier, but I have noticed that it can also take away from what life is all about. People on the trains where I live don't converse because their noses are stuck in their smart phones (now with Google Glass, they will be focusing on something no one else is seeing and speaking in commands to themselves?) People walk across cross walks looking at their phones with this invincible notion that cars will not hit them...I guess with Glass you are still able to see everything around you, but none the less, maybe you aren't paying attention either?

I would feel a bit uncomfortable knowing that every conversation I had with someone was recorded, and had the option of being replayed to prove a point, used against me, used to tell a story to someone else, edited, put on social media without my consent...the options can be endless. Some conversations I would have loved to hear again; ones with my grandfather, parents...so that is where you weigh the idea of the product.

Google glass can serve as a memory bank for us throughout our lives if we wear them, which I think can be amazing. But I do not know if I want every single moment in my life recorded, or more focused on recording it then experiencing it.
+40
Andreas Haardt1 year ago
600 € would be the maximum. After I read your dedicated article, +Robert Scoble I would really like to walk into the next shop and get the Google-Glasses.
I can't wait to get one for myself.
Very nice article, interesting to read!
+2
I would be curious to hear a bit more about the HUD. I'm sure the camera and cloud services can improve quickly. The HUD tech though -- is it good? It's clear enough; you can read the text, etc.? +1
prajwal jnawali1 year ago
you had done so entertaintment huh bro
Robert Scoble1 year ago
I drive with them all the time. Not distracting at all.+5
Joe Lancaster1 year ago
I think you're creating an unrealistic anchor by suggesting $200. I am guessing a more realistic figure to be in line with a high end smartphone. $399 - $899. Anything under $1000 and I'm in.

Great review BTW. :)
+4
Robert Scoble1 year ago
Lindsey I have shown them to dozens of normal people and every time I get a "wow." There simply isn't that big a privacy issue. The people who are scared are simply not matching with what I am hearing on the street.+13
Jeremy Abbett1 year ago
Price is the key for large-scale usage as it will lower the barrier for those not seen as early adopters to try it out, and in turn, create a snowball effect.

Like you said in Berlin, it's about competition between you and me and the one with the information first will win. With Google Glass information is closer than one's fingertips; it's a blink away.

Just wait until the super cheap (Chinese) knock-offs appear. That's when this genre will become interesting.
+5
Robert Scoble1 year ago
The display is very sharp. No one had a problem with it.+3
Robert Scoble1 year ago
Lindsey you simply do not understand how they work. They do NOT record everything.+6
Robert Scoble1 year ago
You can't record everything. The battery isn't good enough.+5
+Lindsey LaMont

"I would feel a bit uncomfortable knowing that every conversation I had with someone was recorded, and had the option of being replayed to prove a point, used against me, used to tell a story to someone else, edited, put on social media without my consent...the options can be endless."

Robert has addressed some of this in previous posts.

MIght be best not to hang out with creeps wearing Glass. Best not to have intimate conversations with creeps in general. 

If you end up in the background of someone's video snippet who is sitting at the other side of the bar or restaurant, well, that can happen anyway with mobile handsets. 

Just doesn't seem like a whole new sort of privacy catastrophe to me. 
+18
Emmett Lollis1 year ago
+Robert Scoble Love your review and really looking forward to one day having my own and perhaps developing for it. I also wanted to note that my first computer was the Apple II/C. I remember writing basic as a kid and loading the OS off those big floppies. Oh the memories :)
iPan Baal1 year ago
They ought to use piezoelectrics.+1
Robert Scoble1 year ago
Joe sorry, I totally disagree. This is NOT a full Smartphone. It doesn't have anything in it that is expensive other than the projector and prism, which my friends in supply chain say will cost less than $50 in quantity.+2
David Tedman1 year ago
I have a use for Google Glass I'm so excited about I can't even tell you what it is!+1
Aaron Massey1 year ago
They will have to be real good and look better eventually though. Glasses, unless you have to wear them and tiring for some people. They could also go the way of the Bluetooth earpiece. Too dorky for the functionality, another thing to charge all the time, uncomfortable.... I can't wait to try them though and hopefully it will take off with even better versions.+1
Jasper Janssen1 year ago
+Robert Scoble the "they do not record everything" argument is specious. It's pretty clear that that (life logging) is exactly where this technology is heading. Also: wire to an external battery pack and disable the red record light and you're there.+2
"They could also go the way of the Bluetooth earpiece."

Alive and well, depending on where you live.  
+2
Robert Scoble1 year ago
Aaron Google told me they are working on custom/replaceable frames.+1
Joe Lancaster1 year ago
I hope you're right, +Robert Scoble :)+1
david jimenez1 year ago
Think 200 would de be massive worldwide ..europe is not wealthy, really. Hardware ti massive europeas buyers at 500
Goran Duskic1 year ago
I love the fact "take a picture" works, and "take a photo" doesn't. Never thought of that voice recognition improvement. +Robert Scoble or anyone else, I am interested to hear if the glasses have to be connected to the phone all the time?
Lucretia Pruitt1 year ago
Interesting review +Robert Scoble -- I was wondering about yours most.
That said - I've taken to having computer-free, phone-free days the past couple of years simply for the joy of remembering what it is like to not be ever-connected. There may be a day you will spend without them... but knowing you? It will be a long, long time coming. ;)
If Google's in the <$300 price point? I expect I'll get in line with the rest. But they will come off for me. I'm still part digital-immigrant.
+1
Jasper Janssen1 year ago
+Joe Lancaster it could only be priced that high if it was independent. Given that they need to be tethered to a smartphone, over 500 is a completely unrealistic price point for mass adoption.+1
+Jasper Janssen:

"It's pretty clear that that (life logging) is exactly where this technology is heading"

Should I dread that? Because, I just don't seem to. 

And this device isn't good for that yet, so perhaps we could cross the bridge when we get there. 


 
+3
Brett Beeching1 year ago
I agree with +Joe Lancaster. I think we are going to have sticker shock comparable to the Chromebook Pixel. I'm still buying them though. +1
Tom Cannon1 year ago
+Robert Scoble - Great review, thank you. This really seems like the first computer that has the potential to be truly seamlessly integrated into your life. As you say with the camera example, there's still a clunkiness to way we interact with our current devices and apps, but this feels like the first step towards moving beyond that model. Would you agree?

Interesting too that, just 5 years into the touch-era, we are seeing the first post-touch device that has the potential to go mainstream outside of the living room or car.

Despite its current flaws and dorkiness, it's hard to imagine that, once this looks like any other pair of glasses, it won't be a party of everyday, always connected, life.
+6
+Jasper Janssen I'm always curious as to how folks propose to stop a technology from having some trajectory. 
For a dual core device, shouldn't cost that much.
Nice review! Can you compare the glass position like the rear view mirror in the car? You know that it's there but only see it when you focus. Other question, does glass have a back light or do you need a light environment to look at glass? +3
Sean Enright1 year ago
This is exciting stuff!
Joe Lancaster1 year ago
I don't doubt that the manufacture and hardware cost could be quite low. But let's face it, there are literally no competitors and won't likely be for a while. That increases value and they could easily charge as much as a high-end smartphone for the novelty.

The counter argument is that Google will want to get more out there very quickly, so people won't feel so weird wearing them.

Even so, as much as I hope you're right, I will be very surprised if they sell for less than $500 at first.
+1
Rip Rowan1 year ago
I wonder if it changes languages every time you cross a border like all the other fucked up Google products?+3
"does glass have a back light or do you need a light environment to look at glass..."

It's not an e-ink display. It's a projection system. 
+2
Jeffrey Powers1 year ago
People would have no excuse if the price was $200. That is like when the family bought the Vic-20 oh so many years ago. Even a $200 kindle fire was justifiable by my brothers family.

Getting the chance to see through it was awesome (thank you +Robert Scoble for that opp!) I want more though. While $1500 is a little steep, I think the return would be ten-fold.
Otakar Schön1 year ago
thank you Robert. I only hope that next week in NYC I will be lucky enough to meet someone as enthusiastic and forthcoming as you are when stalking the entrance to Google Offices (in case my official request doesnt get troug :)+1
Rakesh R1 year ago
How about "wearing comfort" and "View ability" ?
"Privacy issue" will be hard to handle !
And pricing should be around $ 100
Dave Friedel1 year ago
Sounds promising but so was Wave. The herd is a finicky bunch and in an era of disposable gadgets, I am interested in the shelf life. Function will be key but I suspect the supporting platforms is still the Achilles heel, as with all tech such. Our hold up is not hardware but software silos. Google, just like Apple and Microsoft is erecting the same walls - even if you choose to ignore the masonry. +2
Emmett Lollis1 year ago
+Robert Scoble I'm looking for some clarification on what you mean by "commerce based". For someone like me that might develop apps for Glass, what options do I have to make money?+1
Kent Goertzen1 year ago
Although I'm not visually impaired, it would be interesting if one day they had a connectable voice attachment like headphone buds, that would all the visually impaired to use it like they use readers on computers.  

Like the directions to places then could audibly read off to them how to get to a restaurant.  Or read off an internet search for them.  

Eventually there are likely to be mark up detections, and places around that it could read off or set off notifications for the blind.  

I can see a lot of applications this could be used for the visually impaired that would be much more convenient that doing the same services through a phone. 

The recording and taking photos would be less useful for them, but the camera definitely could have some uses if apps were made to use cues from it. 
+1
Kevin Gilmartin1 year ago
I can't wait for these to go to market in the UK. I just hope they work with my Scottish accent. Voice recognition hates Scottish accents.+1
Kevin Gilmartin1 year ago
I can't wait for these to go to market in the UK. I just hope they work with my Scottish accent. Voice recognition hates Scottish accents.
Kevin Gilmartin1 year ago
I can't wait for these to go to market in the UK. I just hope they work with my Scottish accent. Voice recognition hates Scottish accents.+1
Robert Scoble1 year ago
Emmett think of OpenTable. They will make money in a commerce-based world. I would copy their business model elsewhere. Another one? Über. +1
Frank Schulz1 year ago
+Robert Scoble Copied this sentence from your post: "... I believe Larry Page is moving Google from an advertising-based company to a commerce based company."
My opinion: Google started as a Search Engine and in the last years they changed the bias to be a tech company. Google Search is one of many services in their software product portfolio.
+Project Glass is one of many products in their hardware portfolio.
The big advantage of Google is to connect all this services to an environment...
+Robert Scoble It's great to follow your posts/actions because you are open minded ;) 
+3
Georg Rooss1 year ago
+Robert Scoble did you read +Lindsey LaMont's comment? She doesn't say it is recording everything. Her point is, that it COULD record a conversation (vocal or video) without the knowledge of the other person. Don't get me wrong, I love glasses and I for sure will get some when the price comes down, but there will be a discussion in the next months about everything she said.Glasses can/will change the world again and it can't hurt to talk about the consequences. Not everyone is a tech geek and even the cloud is still a horror to many people.+2
Robert Scoble1 year ago
Dave I never liked Wave and never paid $1,600 out of mupy own pocket for that.
The Wave analogy is very bad, I think, +Dave Friedel.

Wave was some kind of collaborative, enterprise thing that was seriously mishandled. Should have been a Google Apps app.

A personal, networked HUD + camera contraption is something nerds have anticipated for more than a decade. When I heard Google was going to take a stab at it (rather than someone like Vuzix), I thought (and I suspect lots of others thought the same) "well, shit, 'bout damn time!"   
+1
Concerts in my youth, ear infections, bad allergies -- I could use some audio augmentation as well. :-)  +1
Claudio Cicali1 year ago
In the exact moment they will be mainstream, they will also be blocked almost everywhere and then made useless. That's my opinion.+1
Robert Scoble1 year ago
George that simply is NOT true. Get one in your hands and you will see why. Or watch my videos. If you record me with yours I will always know. It has the projector on, for one. For two you need to touch the unit to record more than 10 seconds. For three the camera is too wide angle to be good unless you are right in front of me, where it is very obvious,

I would worry more about a professional stalker with a telephoto and a parabolic microphone.
+10
+Claudio Cicali Are mobile phones blocked "almost everywhere"?+1
Claudio Cicali1 year ago
+Christopher Carr we'll see. GG is not a mobile phone, but it's a device which takes pictures (almost) without noticing and in less than 2 seconds. We'll see. Scared people tend to be stupid.+1
Jerome Hanson1 year ago
Great info.  Thanks for your point of view +Robert Scoble .  How long do you think it'll take for this thing to be ready for mass consumption?  It can't possible be thought of as ready for the average consumer yet.
Anthony Blow1 year ago
+Robert Scoble great review. Holding AdSense off for awhile is crucial. There is no reason the data you slough off Glass as you interact with the world through them can't wind up in a more useful Ad as part of say, a contextually relevant Google Now card a day, hour, or even months after the fact. +2
+Claudio Cicali Try taking a creeper "up-skirt" shot with Glass. Not going to happen on a Tokyo train. 

Understand where I'm going with that? 

Cameras are cheap and increasingly you'll be able to put them everywhere. I just don't see that having one strapped to your head is the worst problem. 
+12
Drew Baumann1 year ago
Hey +Robert Scoble  I made an app for Glass you may be interested in checking out. Ping me and I can share the details. Simple, but adds to your list of things to try :) 
Frank Schulz1 year ago
There are two ways of thinking people can do: positive and constructive or negative and destructive...
I want to talk about the big amount of positive things you can do with +Project Glass ;)
1 of many positive things: GG is a big opportunity for disabled people, they can use it to make communication in  new ways...
+3
Wouldn't be surprised +Robert Scoble if this quote is used in #Glass marketing: "This is the most interesting new product since the iPhone and I don't say that lightly."

Great review, thanks.
+3
I know Robert mentioned his own talk on this already, but just for those that missed it: Robert Scoble was on stage at Next Berlin answering many questions on his experience of Google Glass see the video here http://nextberlin.eu/2013/04/robert-scobel-google-glasses/
He also did a great introduction to 'The age of context'' http://nextberlin.eu/2013/04/robert-scoble-the-age-of-context/
+8
Robert Scoble1 year ago
Drew send it to me at scobleizer@gmail.com Love to test out new apps.
Robert Scoble1 year ago
Jerome my taxi driver wants one. So mass market will show up increasingly in 2015 and 2016. +1
The price will be high.
Robert Scoble1 year ago
Michael if it is Google is making a huge mistake and will let others into the market, especially the Chinese and Koreans.+1
Derek Hacker1 year ago
Do you have a link for Google Glass parts?Thanks.
Ben Seymour1 year ago
As a parent of young kids, I'm often torn between enjoying the moment and capturing it - would love a set just for that. We live away from the grandparents and I suspect my (tech loving) Mum would probably gift us a pair of it meant we could share more of the special moments as the kids grow up. Google+ is already our go to place for sharing the video and time lapse we shot on our Android phones. I'd totally buy them for £500. If anything the only downside I see is the level of attention they would attract, until they become more mainstream (I live in a small town in England, so it'll take a while). Love the enthusiasm, thank you Robert.+3
Bruno Habegger1 year ago
Better to use your brain than your glasses.
Elmar Schwarzl1 year ago
+Robert Scoble Just curious, what kind of crowd were you speaking to in Germany?
Daniel Bulygin1 year ago
+Elmar Schwarzl , +Robert Scoble spoke at NEXT Berlin. +1
Jerome Hanson1 year ago
I'm having trouble finding the glassholes on flipboard. How do I subscribe? +1
Me too +Jerome Hanson - incidentally just noticed Robert has 3.5 million followers here on G+, wow! Very impressive. #envious  
Scott Jordan1 year ago
Hey great review. I am very anxious to try a pair myself. I regret not signing up for them. They would've been awesome for this trip to Australia.
Keith Barrett1 year ago
Thanks for this review! Do you let the device pass through the airport xray machine or hand them over for manual inspection?
+Robert Scoble I'm fascinated at your finding of an age discrepancy. My son, 8yo heard about google glass from a commercial(not from me). He immediately wanted one. He did not confuse it for virtual reality but told me he wanted it to make videos, see maps,make calls etc. His generation will take wearable computing for granted. +9
Scott Jordan1 year ago
I take my eye glasses off when I go through airport security so I suspect you guys as well

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Transcribed by Siri so errors are (aka Siri-isms) not my fault but due to the fact that Siri is still in beta several years after launch. #blameitonapple
+Ben Seymour Babies -- as I'm sure you know -- tend to be fascinated by phones and cameras, and will stare at them -- ruins the shot.

New parents interested in capturing candids of the the little kiddos to easily share with grandma will, I think, be a ready market for Glass.

No nerds required, in that case. 
+1
Peter Debrey1 year ago
Nice review!  Thanks +Robert Scoble 
Anthony Schaef1 year ago
I would love to see Google to sell them bundled with the latest nexus phone, at a discount, as well as offering them on their own, of course. +1
Scott Jordan1 year ago
I don't understand why they don't require that you have an android device to use these. Does not make sense to me that the Google glass would operate independently at this stage.
loic etoa1 year ago
K,i wanna try them too.
Jeff Wolfers1 year ago
+Robert Scoble Thanks for this man. Your enthusiasm for this is really quite inspiring. As opposed the +John C. Dvorak  / +Leo Laporte  wing of tech press that think this is either a giang April Fool's gag or something to denegrade.  

In my view, it can only get better (apps, camera, voice, looks) over time, and we have to applaud the way Brin/Page are taking this step by step. Not releasing before it is ready. Brilliant.

Will I wear it all the time? No I wouldn't. But I would wear it when going out for Now and Field Trip and Translate and Search and the camera of course. The decision to ban ads is powerful. Brilliant again. 

200 seems low. They do have to make money. So 299 - 349 seems ok to me. 500 is way too much. 




 
+1
Jeff Wolfers1 year ago
+Jeff Anthony Love it how HTC / Samsung / Android / Google has powered past iPhone in utility, ease of use and form factor in the past 18 months.

I have no idea how people can use those itty bitty screens / 2007 style grid of icons and call it easy to use. 
Jeff Wolfers1 year ago
+Robert Scoble At a 200 price point it wlll fly off the shelves. Brilliant decision to use cheap, not bleeding edge components. 
Will be difficult to do battery-wise with the radios, but eventually it makes sense that Glass is your "phone "-- with all necessary guts included -- tether whatever production devices you need to that.

But I bet I'll always have a big tower in my house somewhere -- the mothership computer. Sometimes you want raw power. 
+1
Dan Mousavi1 year ago
Why are you so easy to impress?
As long as Google glass is not a full-on HUD integrated in optical glasses, it's a total waste of time for me.
I am sure that if they would release it in the current state, it would be a flop. No 3D and no RL overlay make it a gimmick instead of a useful product.
+2
Emran Awan1 year ago
Someone told me that Google Glass is a security risk and ban for so many places !
So interesting +Robert Scoble to hear you say you won't live another day without them on... I so badly want to try these out! Although I am still skeptical about how well these could blend in to normal everyday life, but I guess we'll have to wait and see.
+Dan Mousavi Anything short of full-blown, Rainbows End-style AR is worthless?

It's 2013, not 2033. 
+2
+Emran Awan Consider the source. Who told you that? 
Dan Mousavi1 year ago
+Christopher Carr Yes, because we already have the Technology to pull it off. Not at 200$, but for optical glasses I wouldn't have a problem to pay 5 times as much, because they are expensive anyway. Don't you think +Robert Scoble looks very dorky with his two sets of eyewear at once? And if I have to look to the upper right to see a minimalistic low res display, then pretty much all good use cases went down the drain. +2
+Dan Mousavi Feel free to purchase one of the other network-attached HUD/camera devices. ...oh, that's right, they don't exist. 

Real AR is 10 years out. I sympathize; I want it also. 

Personally, I don't give a shit about looking dorky, but that's definitely an issue for most folks. 
+2
Jeff Wolfers1 year ago
+Robert Scoble Forgot to ask...  how is battery life? 
Bjarke Bruun1 year ago
I'm missing a more detailed description of usage, one thing is say "ok glass. take a picuture" but what else can it be used for ? Browsing ? How? Is it only voice controled or can it duplicate as a screen from the smartphone ?
To step out of the bubble for a second, there are people out there who are violently opposed to this tech. I encounter them regularly. Don't know what they really think they're going to do to stop it, but that's their plan. 
How sensitive was it to YOUR voice? Can someone close to you say "OK Glass, Take a Picture" and it do so? How is that handled?..+1
I can see that optical image stabilization would be a highly relevant feature improvement.
Jasper Janssen1 year ago
+Christopher Carr well, sufficient people saying "I'm not going to talk to you with those things on" will slow it down some, at least.

Whether you should be scared or not is a different issue — I'm just saying that yes, now is the time to have that discussion, even if the current incarnation of the device would need some (minor!) hacks to actually do it.

One thing that might be worth regulating is, like in Japan, mandating a red record light (like Glass already has, yes, which doesn't mean the clones will, not hacked units), and or a non-switchable click noise for still shots.
+2
Jasper Janssen1 year ago
+Scott Jordan it is exactly now at the start that they need to combine with non android phones. They're targeting the iPhone demographic, especially with the Explorer program, trying to win people over to the dark side.+1
"well, sufficient people saying "I'm not going to talk to you with those things on" will slow it down some, at least."

I think people will initially purchase them for very particular usage scenarios -- we should recall that they are not bolted to your skull. Where they are inappropriate, just take them off. It's simple. 
+3
Andy P1 year ago
I wonder what the average person will think, not about the great technology, but when they see a complete stranger pointing the thing straight at them. It's not like a camera, it's far more discrete than that and it's that which will make people nervous.
James Barraford1 year ago
+Robert Scoble Chiropractors who have seen business skyrocketing over the "hunched neck looking at a smartphone" are going to hate Google Glass.
John Doh1 year ago
I used maps seriously yesterday, and I was juggling and it was raining, so getting my phone out was a hassle, glass would have been useful, looking good though, $500 is doable I reckon.+2
Robert Scoble1 year ago
+Andy P I'm in an airport right now. No one cares. Seriously. I have looked at hundreds of people. A few stare back, but no one has come up to me (except for a couple of geeks that recognized it), no one has runs away. No one did anything. The privacy freaks are WAY overplaying the average person's fears. I've talked with 1,000 people this week and the average person simply does not care. Period. +11
Joel Rogness1 year ago
Thank you for taking the time to write this - it's really fun to be able to share in the Glass experiment a little bit. I'm more excited than ever to try them after reading this. +1
For $200 I will buy 3...Google make it happen! It doesn't feel quite 2013 enough unless you have a glass which sits on your nose and tells you stuff! Great work!
Juha Liikala1 year ago
Haven't been this excited about a tech gadget in a long time. When will the worldwide shipments begin?+1
Robert Scoble1 year ago
LONG COMMENT, SORRY (open it up to see all answers)

+Jasper Janssen +Christopher Carr I've had the opposite reaction. Instead of avoiding talking to me hundreds of people have COME UP TO ME this week at various conferences and have talked with me. This is the best networking tool an introvert could have! 

Of course once everyone else gets theirs this effect won't happen.

As to people who are violently opposed to this tech? Well, first thing I'm going to do if someone starts hassling me is to turn on my camera and start recording them. I will take their picture so that I have proof later that someone destroyed them, stole them, etc. I can upload that very quickly and crushing the glasses won't destroy the evidence. Second, I just haven't encountered anyone like that. Third, I know a bit of martial arts so if someone tries to hit me, I'll probably hit back. Fourth, I usually travel with +Rocky Barbanica  who is a great bodyguard. It's illegal to give someone hell in public, even if they are wearing a device that you don't like. I put it up in bathrooms, so it's obvious I'm not recording or anything like that now.

+Stuart Rutherford the microphone is very directional (go listen to the videos on my Google+ account and you'll see that). The microphone makes my voice 4x louder than anyone else's. You can take control if you know how, are lucky, AND are right next to me and yell "OK Glass" and say a command before I turn it off, which I will do if you try that.

+Jeff Wolfers battery life is great. I always get an entire day out of mine. Unless I record a TON of video, or am showing it around, which keeps the projector on. In that case it'll last 1.5 hours of "always on" time. I carry an external battery, and that works great too. 

+Dan Mousavi I really don't care if you think I look dorky. I am not a fashion model anyway. Am fat. Am old. So, if you think I'm going to pick up girls with my stunning good looks and that will instantly go away because I'm wearing this device you are absolutely wrong. By the way, I have pictures of dozens of women who have come up to me asking about it. 80% of them think it's very cool and most even say it looks fashionable. So, my data shows you are wrong. 

+Dan Mousavi you are so stunningly wrong about AI it is funny. This helps me live my life. It is showing me my flight right now, for instance, and is able to show me stuff like that without finding it in my pocket, which is a real pain in the behind, when I'm dragging two suitcases through an airport. This has a HUGE amount of utility. Excuse me, two new stories from the New York Times just came in.

+Scott Jordan because Android vs. iPhone don't matter anymore. Once you move most of your interaction to your glasses, hasn't Google taken over your life? It sure has! This is going to make billions for Google. By the way, if you use it with Android it has more features (like texting/messaging) than if you use it with iPhone.

Yes, I do take them off when going through airports.

+Jacqueline Nehama yes, the young kids are enamored with this technology. I got my Apple II when I was 13. This is their generation's Apple II and will just get better and better every year of their lives.

+Jerome Hanson The magazine feature on Flipboard only really works on iOS devices. You need to update the app to the latest version and then you can search for my name, or for "Glassholes" and the magazine will appear in the search feature.

+Elmar Schwarzl I spoke to several crowds. Keynoted NextConf in Berlin, and NextWeb in Amsterdam. I spoke to hundreds of press people this week. I also spoke a couple of times to the mainframe programmers and CTOs at CA World. Finally, I spoke to students in Amsterdam. Every single one of them wanted one.
+10
200 is too much. They need to bundle it with phones.
Douglas Zanini1 year ago
Glass is useful, but there is a problem.
If the Bluetooth earpieces were labelled "douche" when they came out, Glass is definitively ULTRA DOUCHE.
Functionality is cool, but I cant see myself wearing them. Just as I cant see myself wearing a Bluetooth headset, at any public place.
+1
Andy P1 year ago
+Robert Scoble
I take your point but at this stage nobody knows what it is. The average person has no idea what that thing you're wearing is.
+2
Robert Scoble1 year ago
+Douglas Zanini well, this has 100x more utility than a bluetooth earpiece. If it gets me marked as a "douche" then too bad. I'm going to be able to do stuff that you can't. That makes YOU a douche.+5
Robert Scoble1 year ago
+Andy P and by the time they figure it out they will have one too. So? +1
I must be in the minority that actually thinks Glass looks cool, in a geeky way and I'm a geeky guy so I'm fine with them. +Robert Scoble  I hope you're right about the price point but I can't see it reaching that price until at least 2015. +2
Brian Alaway1 year ago
"I'm in an airport right now. No one cares." Probably because they have no idea. Once they do, their reaction "could" be different. Just sayin. The privacy issue needs to be addressed up front, not swept under the rug.+5
mez breeze1 year ago
G-Glass is on the threshold of social consciousness/behavioural enmeshment, and I'm not just referencing the day-to-day habits and workarounds that this tech enables. I'm also referencing incorporation into pop culture + other creative practices [see "Segment []" as part of the new work called #Carnivast available here for android users: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ambware.app00011478&feature=search_result#?t=W251bGwsMSwyLDEsImNvbS5hbWJ3YXJlLmFwcDAwMDExNDc4Il0. and here for Windows fans: http://www.dreamingmethods.com/store.html].+1
+Brian Alaway No one seems to complain about pens with cameras in them or tiny cameras that can easily be pinned to a shirt pocket. +1
Dario Cipek1 year ago
+Adnan Mustafa did you try it?
Douglas Zanini1 year ago
+Robert Scoble Hehe, I know I was going to step on a few toes with that comment. Nevertheless, there are people out there, who are still thinking twice about getting them...Its personal. Its about their appearance. I used glasses for about 10 years before I got corrective surgery, and I used to think a MILLION times before changing my glasses frames when they got old. Bottom line is: If its going to affect appearance, some people are going to worry. And Google is going to have to address that. Fact. And the fact remains, that this current design is not to my liking. Maybe in some months from now, we will see more models available to choose from, when a person like me, will be able to enjoy these functionalities. +4
Robert Scoble1 year ago
+Brian Alaway you really do need to watch the conversation with Andrew Keen that we did at the Next Web this week. He bashed me on privacy. The audience simply did NOT care about his arguments. Over and over he asked. Only a very small percentage cares. 1%. The rest wanted to have the glasses.+2
Robert Scoble1 year ago
+Douglas Zanini I don't buy things for my face because they make me more fashionable or not. I don't seek the approval of random strangers. Especially ones that will judge me by stuff I'm wearing or not.+2
Douglas Zanini1 year ago
+Robert Scoble Its not a question of "approval" or anything like that. Its not about fashion. Its simply the way your appearance is perceived by the outside world, which matters to everyone, but on different levels. You obviously don't care to be highlighted on a crowd, by a set of gigantic plastic frame, but some people do. But that's yourself Robert, aside from that, I'm glad to see you, and the many tech nuts out there, enjoying the many functions this gadget has !+1
Robert Scoble1 year ago
http://youtu.be/_p9iYO7Kaao +Brian Alaway here's the video with @Andrew Keen about privacy. +1
Robert Scoble1 year ago
+Douglas Zanini fashion only matters if you are chasing the approval of others. I'm not. For those who are chasing the approval of others, this device will be both fashionable (it does get lots of people to talk with you) as well as turn some off. So far the people I've talked with overwhelmingly find it fashionable. +2
Anton O' Connor1 year ago
Great post. Sure hope you're on this weeks episode of The Gillmor Gang.
Jason Maxwell1 year ago
This is an interesting review and I understand the initial enthusiasm, but this is a niche product if there ever was one. Conference speakers, professors, maybe architects or foremen. Most jobs won't allow you to wear Glass. To easy to goof off with.

At home it would be nice to be able to capture those cute moments on video with ease. However I have a 1 year old who loves to snatch glasses, and already snapped an arm on my wife's pair. That was easy enough to fix with solder, but much more difficult if she were rocking Google Glass.

I'll be watching the product penetration with interest and a bit of skepticism.
Robert Scoble1 year ago
+Jason Maxwell I'm sorry, I totally disagree. Most jobs now let workers bring smartphones to work. I've talked with construction people, taxi drivers, school teachers. They all are interested in the uses. One driver said "this is crazy," and then said "I want one! When will they be out?"

That reaction is pretty consistent across all of the more than 400 people I've shown it to so far.
+1
Jason Maxwell1 year ago
Letting a worker bring a smartphone that they occasional check is different from a screen they could look at nearly undetected, no? If I'm screwing around on Google+ my boss can walk by and see the glow of my screen. With Google Glass it's much easier to hide.

I'd really prefer my cab driver not have a heads up display distracting them. There's no way they'd just limit their use to Maps.
sean zhang1 year ago
Google glass demonstrate definitelly that speed is function.It make people more close to social network.On the other hand,it result in tremendous data that Google benefit from through mining treasures.Why is that google can make so big impact ?or not Apple,Amazon?....
I have a question. Do you have to use voice control? I refuse talking to my tech its feels extremly silly.+1
Robert Scoble1 year ago
+Mattias Svensson you don't have to use voice. But I guarantee you will use it. This is the first product that voice feels natural.+1
Sergii Kauk1 year ago
+Robert Scoble I cannot find Glass teardown you're mentioning in the review and this Flipboard magazine is impossible to find either. Can you please link it in the review?+1
Robert Scoble1 year ago
+Jason Maxwell the Google Glass doesn't let you play games, doesn't really have a good web browser. So, I think work will accept these almost immediately as a productivity booster.

Also, it's far safer for them to be looking at a map in their Glass than to look at their navigation screen on a phone or on their car. Far far far far safer. It isn't even close.
+2
Robert Scoble1 year ago
+sean zhang Google knows my email. My searches. My calendar. Some of my social data. Some of my location data (maps, etc). Name another company that knows so much. There simply isn't one. This product assists you in living your life BECAUSE it knows all this data.+2
Great post from a believer.
Jason Packman1 year ago
Can you use Google Glass if you wear, well, glasses?+1
Ken Fletcher1 year ago
"Even if you have an accent"

Everyone has an accent. It is not possible to speak without one.
Dan Mousavi1 year ago
Thanks for clarifying some things +Robert Scoble . I wasn't actually talking about picking up girls etc. I was comparing it to my experience with wearing normal glasses and sunglasses above them. I think wearing two pieces of eyewear at once is just wrong by design. I just want this and not a sub-par solution:
https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-TOc-JWHJo2A/UXoZHT1ztvI/AAAAAAABDb8/AYDpudJ-CIU/w704-h481/google-glass-patent-application.png

"It is showing me my flight right now, for instance, and is able to show me stuff like that without finding it in my pocket, which is a real pain in the behind, when I'm dragging two suitcases through an airport."

That actually sounds useful, but how does it actually show your flight? Through which app? If it uses Google Now, it would only work if it is working perfectly, which just isn't the case yet, at least for me. It always assumes the wrong things and there is no way to correct them. When I flew last month it didn't do anything of the fancy things that are only working in America, like flight tracking through e-tickets.

Since I haven't tried one out yet, I can't comment too much on the usefulness of the device, but the API just doesn't do anything for me as far as game design is concerned ( which is the main focus for me). The current glass is just not good for games besides fake AR concepts like Ingress atm. since it doesn't immerse you.

And I doubt it'll be legal to use it while driving or biking, because you would loose focus, so using it for navigation is out of the window.

You say you are reading articles on it, isn't the resolution way too low and looking at the upper right way too uncomfortable to do that?
+1
Robert Scoble1 year ago
+Jason Packman yes. I have glasses. They fit right over mine.+2
Kiara Jay1 year ago
Fantastic review!!!!!
Saša Fišter1 year ago
great one roby  
Joe McDonald1 year ago
What a tool.
Elmar Schwarzl1 year ago
+Robert Scoble Nice - maybe the tide IS turning in the country that pixelated Street View.
Jasper Janssen1 year ago
+Robert Scoble you're focusing a lot on what Glass can do right now. Corporate policy makers will focus on what the entire class of devices might be able to do five years from now, because it's very hard to put the genie back in the bottle.

As such, most of them won't allow data glasses any time soon. It's their job to be conservative. Not to mention camera-forbidden workplaces, of which there are quite a few.
Tom Reynolds1 year ago
Robert, you mentioned a new commerce model, and it makes sense. I've been speculating that capturing a slice of most of the online commerce is a big part of why Google and Amazon are backing the Internet sales tax proposal, since they have the resources to handle the multitude of sales tax entities.

If you aren't WalMart or of similar size why would you roll your own ecommerce platform with all of the tax issues when Google or Amazon will do it for you for a small cut. Glass appears to give people another reason to use Google Wallet and for vendors to sign up with Google.

Is this plausible, or am I being too cynical?
+2
Wayne Putterill1 year ago
The potential for glasses like these is phenomenal, especially for someone like me - I have aspergers. Combine them with the work being done on emotion recognition (http://www.newscientist.com/mobile/article/mg21128191.600-specs-that-see-right-through-you.html) and this could be life changing tech. +3
Thomas Hawk1 year ago
wonderful photography.  The camera quality, low light potential, etc. is only going to improve as the tech improves.  I'd love to see an app written that allows you to view the viewfinder of your dslr through google glass.  Where you could have your dslr actually sitting on a table or at your side or your hip or wherever and see the viewfinder in glass.  This would seem like a really simple way to have image quality get very good in the short term while using this tool.  It would open up all kinds of interesting new forms of street photography I think.  +4
Robert Scoble1 year ago
Jasper sorry I totally disagree. Workers are in control of It now and these have deep collaboration and training use cases. Employers just won't be able to keep them out. +1
Matt McAuley1 year ago
I already have moved to using all of Google's services - android phone, Google TV, Chromebook - and I wear glasses. This is a no brainer for me, especially for anywhere under $300s.
Wayne Putterill1 year ago
At the end of the article I posted above there are some other cool ideas worth reading, I loved the idea of computer translated subtitles.
Liam Lally1 year ago
I have never had to scroll so far down a screen to leave a comment!!! - Awesome, fantastic, honest review by +Robert Scoble - I can remember people saying the same thing about mobile phones (why would people walk around with a big phone in their hands) and look where we are today. I see glass as having the same effect.

Simply cannot wait
+3
Thanks for the write up. Nice.+1
Can you provide a link for the google glass taken apart article?
Robert Scoble1 year ago
I already did. Look up.
Vincent D1 year ago
Can you remap the vocal commands ? If the same vocal tech was translated correctly to a mobile phone app, would you still want the glasses for something else than taking pictures quickly and attracting the attention of strangers ?
Robert Scoble1 year ago
No. And no.
How often would you say you were "distracted" by Glass? By "distracted" I mean, looked up towards it during a conversation.
Nicola Cocco1 year ago
+Robert Scoble, I will be in SFO at the end of May for some days...
I'm in contact with +Thomas Hawk to meet him and other guys there in the Bay... it would be awesome if you can join us!! I would love to meet you and speak a bit with you... and, of course, I wanna try your Google Glass!!! :)
+2
Robert Scoble1 year ago
When my wife calls. It does not turn on the projector otherwise. It chimes that a new thing is waiting for you. It is up to you to decide when to get distracted.+1
Gennady Shenker1 year ago
Question: "I wouldn't be shocked if Larry went very aggressive and priced them at $200. Why would Google do this?"

Answer: "Google could collect a micropayment anytime I complete a transaction like reserving a seat at a restaurant, or getting a book delivered to my house, or, telling something like Bloomingdales "get me these jeans." 

Google guys are smart. They'll not do it immediately, but fast enough to protect their first mover advantage and prevent competition to even considering. 
+2
Robert Scoble1 year ago
I will try to meet up but am already scheduling out June.+1
Nicola Cocco1 year ago
+Robert Scoble I will be there from Tuesday May 28th to Saturday June 1st... Unfortunately not so much time... and I know that you guys have to work during week... but maybe we can find some spots, when you prefer, to drink something together!! It would be awesome!! :)

Even +Peter Stetson should be around, isn't it dude??? :)
+1
Greg Clarke1 year ago
$200 is the dream price point for me. I would buy for my family.
It'll be $299 as soon as enough time has passed for the early adopter Glass Explorers not to be too pissed at having paid a 5x higher price. But on the other hand, Google could also be generous and give Glass Explorers option to receive 3 or 4 more Google Glasses (which they can give to friends/family) or get a $1000 credit to use on Google Play store for buying Nexus 5, 13.3" Chromebooks, Google Home Consoles, Google Smartwatch and the other Google gadgets soon coming out.

With volume, I think that the 1" 640x360 microdisplay can be made for cheaper or similar price to a 5" 1920x1080 phone screens that are in modern phones, and Glass does not include the modem, Glass needs slower TI OMAP4 SoC (with POP RAM on top of CPU architecture), they can "easily" mass produce a million Google Glasses at sub-$200 Bill of Materials each and sell at $299 retail worldwide. Also, include 5x more battery capacity in some type of add-on battery strip that can connect to the back of each side of the Glasses behind your head.
+1
Chris Heuer1 year ago
Another successful velvet rope launch strategy for sure.+2
Sam Levin1 year ago
Robert, we're at a very early stage. Glass is a Developers' Beta product. I'm excited seeing the numerous possibilities. That said, we're at the tip of the iceberg. I've stated many times, for Glass to be used in the mainstream, it needs to be $199. Perhaps a few versions; one as a pro version that is ultra heavy duty (water proof, shock resistant...), the other normal poor mans version. Also, getting developers on board is the other key. Glass could be the new iTunes App Store... peace, Sam
Kosso K1 year ago
Aren't you breaking the Ts&Cs by letting other people try them?
Robert, I see what you see.
Ron Porter1 year ago
+Robert Scoble FWIW, I agree with you regarding the change Glass will bring. I've been an early adopter of most of these major change producing things. Computers in general, connected computers (both local and remote), GUI, pocket computers (PDA), especially connected ones (smartphone), digital A/V, etc. I think that Glass can be considered an incremental step, but in that list above, virtually everything can be considered an incremental step above the previous achievement. What I find fascinating is that each of these steps have such a multiplying effect over what came before that they are equivalent to revolutionary breakthroughs.
András Oláh1 year ago
In Hungary it took 4 years to allow Google Street View because of overreactive privacy concerns, I wonder whether wearing Google Glass on the streets will be legal at all.
I highly doubt these will launch for under $399, and I wouldn't be at all surprised to see them at $799+. +2
Randy Spangler1 year ago
Robert, thanks for sharing. So, GG is really a smart extension of your existing mobile device? If so, that is a great idea. Why repackage all of the power in your phone or tab into a pair of glasses? Also I like +Nicolas Charbonnier's comment about the extended battery in a glasses strap. How 'bout dat for cooling up the ultimate nerd accessory???
Danny Starr1 year ago
Robert, what do think of integrating glass with home automation or video monitoring?
Jasper Janssen1 year ago
+Anthony Tordillos if it's true that the BoM is in the 200-250 range, launching them at 800 would be a fail of truly epic proportions. Google has first mover advantage, but don't forget that the hardware for these is easily reproduced. A non-google version wouldn't have the google back end, but it's been pretty conclusively shown that the general public doesn't care.
Jasper Janssen1 year ago
+Randy Spangler no, Glass is not just an extension of your phone. It is a completely separate device that only shares data with it via the cloud, not in any useful way. The other thing it does is leech off the 3G connection via tethering.
Jesse Stay1 year ago
Still waiting on my email :-(
Alex de Soto1 year ago
I'm sold at $299 but I'll have to pay $1500 + NYC tax when I pick mine up. :(
I still want a pair, if the price comes down a lot great, if it comes down a little, good, it's new technology and in my profession, a much needed piece of hardware.
Tom Brander1 year ago
MMM I'm signed up for the initial launch via Google IO last year (i'm #1200) but I'm a stand alone person, no corp backing and am having a hard time considering the full $1,500, given the early beta status. Hopefully Google will rethink this. I think the concept is great. Can't wait to try out,, but still,, think the price of entry is excessive... help....
Jonathan Irvin1 year ago
+Robert Scoble, other than taking videos and pictures, is there any other functionality on Google Glass at the moment?  I know it's VERY new and still in development.  Can it do anything other than videos and pics? +1
Jasper Janssen1 year ago
+Jonathan Irvin Google Now is the most basic level, apparently, and you can layer apps on top of that (NY Times, twitter, RSS (ironically)).
Jack Happens1 year ago
+Robert Scoble thank you for this absolutely informative and in depth 'review' - it's the first I've read that's given me any excitement over Glass. Would love to read more, 4 weeks in, etc.
+Robert Scoble have you been using it with an iPhone or an Android device? Any differences between the two? I know there's an Android app for configuring Glass.
James Rogers1 year ago
There's a little problem that no one, Google included, seems to be addressing. They have deservedly earned a very bad reputation when it comes to direct sales, customer support, and repair and replacement. This HAS to be fixed for Glass to make an widespread impact.

There aren't any OEMs to fall back on here. THEY will have to build a real support structure to keep consumers happy with Glass. With a product that is still pretty bleeding edge, there are a lot of potential pitfalls. If Google doesn't step up and insure that they can head off problems, answer questions, and keep everyday consumers happy (which is NOT easy) Glass could get a bad rap at any price. Google needs to heavily invest in their first impression.
+1
Hear that? yeah that tiny pathetic whimpering in the distance... that's Apple and Microsoft sputtering their last breath as they fade into obscurity.

This. right. here... landmark in time.
+1
Anthony Blow1 year ago
+Scott Jordan So many influencers use iPhones, it would be a mistake to freeze them out completely. Not everything works unless you are using Android though.+1
+James Rogers I think that will be addressed with the Google retail stores.
Anthony Blow1 year ago
+Stuart Rutherford Glass has bone conduction, I can see that being used along with the voice recognition to distinguish your commands from those of others.
Qiruo Huang1 year ago
Is it real that you can only use it in the United States?
Jasper Janssen1 year ago
+Philippos Savvides it won't. Not in just another year. A store in New York and one in LA won't cut it — even the several hundred Apple stores are way too thin on the ground to rely only on them.

They might be able to launch a dozen or two stores in time.1-
Great gadget, but I wonder how secure it is. If someone would say via speakers in public place "OK glass, take a picture", would every glass take a photo? Could someone just shout URL and all glass would go to the page? Is there any visible indication Glass is recording video like in webcams, preventing secret recording? It communicates with mobile phone via Bluetooth, right?+1
Robert Scoble1 year ago
No. I was in Europe most of the time and it worked great here. Only US Residents were able to buy the Explorer Edition, though.+3
Jake Boone1 year ago
Is it cool tech?, absolutely. The problem is this. It is illegal to drive with a cracked windshield if it obstructs your view.Whether or not an individual believes it doesn't distract them is irrelevant. Once there are a few traffic accidents and the party or parties involved are found to have been wearing glass I almost guarantee that it will be illegal to wear them while driving. I have a hard time believing government run establishments such as the DMV, S.S. office etc. allowing anyone to wear these while on their premises. Why? Well how do I know your not taking photos and recording videos for any purpose. Sure you can do the same thing with a cell phone but it's much more noticeable that way. With glass it isn't. How do I know your not super smart and configured these to run without voice commands. It won't be long before some official says, "Nope!" The funny thing is they would probably allow their staff to use them but not the general public, why? well that's just how we are. And of course there is the social aspect. I know with new tech everyone is always "Oooh" and "Ahhhh".  But the initial excitement that a new toy brings will wear off and bring about a sense of buyers remorse when they realize they just aren't as practical as the hype makers make them out to be. It's really something you would see in Skymall.+1
+Jake Boone There are already cars that have heads up display, which essentially does exactly what Glass does.+3
Tom Brander1 year ago
+Jake Boone cracked windshields are not illegal due to distractions but rather safety, since the crack makes a real break much more possible with another impact.
Robert Scoble1 year ago
+Jake Boone Google Glass does NOT obstruct your view. It is NOT in between you and the road. They are far less distracting than looking at your car's navigation system, or even your speedometer.

+Marek Bialoglowy no, only Glass that was on the "OK Glass" screen and on would be able to be controlled and, even then, you would need to be within a few feet AND yelling. Oh, and you'd have to know the wearer had it on and was on the OK Glass screen. Mine rarely is. I usually am looking at email or the New York Times when mine are on.
Ryan Waldron1 year ago
One of the many things so exciting about Glass is the possibilities for exercising and walking around like a human and still being able to do work and research and be entertained, rather than looking down holding something in our hands or sitting at a desk. Imagine being upright again!+2
Robert Scoble1 year ago
+Jasper Janssen I bet that they ONLY sell these through the Internet with some exceptions in San Francisco, New York, London, etc. +1
Robert Scoble1 year ago
+Philippos Savvides I have been using it with an Android device. I could use an iPhone, but then I wouldn't have features like texting or messaging.+1
Jas Dhaliwal1 year ago
I would buy a pair at $500, but would want a more refined frame for Glass. A super durable frame designed by Jony Ive that just fit on my face without being too noticeable. There is more than just tech here, it needs to blend in fashion too.
Grzegorz Maj1 year ago
+Robert Scoble If you have seen such reactions, Google may go market share instead of profit. I wouldn't be shocked to see Glass for $99, or added for free to Nexus phones. Google will make tons of money on highly targeted ads, that have location, usage, and app data (all apps communicate with glasses via Google servers). I wouldn't dismissed Facebook, together with services from Microsoft, they could make similar product, or try to hijack Glasses(developer->Parse->Glassware->Glass). 
Robert Scoble1 year ago
+Jonathan Irvin yes. The core functionality is:

1. Take a video. 
2. Take a picture.
3. Get directions.
4. Send a message (email or text)
5. Google something (search)
6. Make a phone call.
7. Look at Google Now (it shows you contextual information for you. Calendar, Sports Scores, Your Plane and Travel plans, Stock Prices, Weather, and more).
8. Look at inbound photos, videos, notifications, emails, texts, and phone calls. 
9. Use third-party apps that will add on functionality.
+3
Robert Scoble1 year ago
+Timo Anttila the camera isn't the sharpest sensor I've used in the mobile world. It's OK, but it's clearly designed to be low cost. I hope Google offers more expensive models. 

The battery lasts me all day. You can use external battery packs to either do a quick charge (it takes 20 minutes or so to get one that's totally dead to come on) or to let you do a ton of video (video and things that keep the projector on use a lot of battery -- think about 20% every 10 minutes.
+2
Robert Scoble1 year ago
+Danny Starr I expect there will be a ton of apps that will let you look quickly at a remote video camera, ala home automation or video monitoring. That said, if you need more than a few minutes viewing you'll need external batteries.+2
Robert Scoble1 year ago
+Randy Spangler yes, Google Glass is an extension of your SmartPhone. NOT a replacement of it (it requires a smartphone, actually, for almost all of its features).+1
Robert Scoble1 year ago
+Jas Dhaliwal Google already told me there will be custom frames that are available for Glass. So, stay tuned!+1
Grzegorz Maj1 year ago
+Robert Scoble +Marek Bialoglowy Voice interface may use one microphone for "Ok, Glasses" and at the same time check for bone vibrations:

"Bone conduction is one reason why a person's voice sounds different to him/her when it is recorded and played back. Because the skull conducts lower frequencies better than air, people perceive their own voices to be lower and fuller than others do"
(wiki) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bone_conduction

If both signals match, then it means that wearer made command.
+1
Robert Scoble1 year ago
+András Oláh in the United States we have freedom of the press. It's totally legal to take photos in public of people without their permission. If the US wanted to change that, they would need to change the first amendment, which will be a big difficult because of the second amendment. I'd die to protect the first. 

As for your country? The laws might be different. But, look at Epiphany Eyewear or Memoto. They make cameras so small you can't detect them. So, any anti-camera law will soon be totally unenforceable. 
+3
Robert Scoble1 year ago
+Kosso K Google explicitly told me we are allowed to let other people try them. They are NOT allowed to leave our possession, though. No lending or selling them. If we don't like them Google will buy them back from us in the first 30 days.+2
Luca Sergio1 year ago
+Robert Scoble what sorts of medical applications have you seen so far that look compelling?
Robert Scoble1 year ago
+Nicolas Charbonnier I will get way more than $1,000 worth of value out of these in the first eight months. If anyone on the Explorer Program can't get that much value out of them, I'd sell them back to Google and wait for the consumer version.

Being the first on your block is expensive. 

The Xbox developer kits were more than $1,000 and eventually went for $300 at retail. 

I will not care one bit if the price is $200. At least if it is eight months from now. 
Ed Tidy1 year ago
+Robert Scoble what happens if you wear prescription glasses already?+1
Robert Scoble1 year ago
+Ed Tidy they work just fine with my prescription glasses (they fit over top). If you have big frames they might not work. When released to the public they will have a prescription option.+3
Robert Scoble1 year ago
+Timo Anttila I was in pouring rain. They worked fine.

+Luca Sergio there aren't any medical apps yet. Lots are being developed.
+1
great review! 
+Robert Scoble for sure Google Glass is a the natural next PC improvement. Why? Almost totally  touch-less device. it's a communicator [ old smartphone] and yes a very fast manner to capture - and hopefully in the near future with new Glass Apps- understand our world. Intrusive? Yes. Is the very beginning, because as usual the natural trend of technology is to increase our senses. A clear disrupter. "One More Thing": Yes, Google is little bit ahead of Apple, but need to improve the Apple's magical touch. +1
Dror Ben David1 year ago
+Robert Scoble Hi! Great post indeed. Do you have any clue when will it be available in Israel?

I promise to test it thoroughly - and Google already have here R&D center (in Tel - Aviv).

One of the best reviews I have ever seen, Cheers for that:-)

+Vic Gundotra 
Dario Chemello1 year ago
I think that the success of thi device will depends also in his multilanguage support. If in English I had to say "okay glass.
Take a picture" and not "photo"...what will happens here in Italy, with accents, synonims and so on? It's a problem for example also at this moment with Google now. Okay, Italy is small...but the world is not only "Usa" and "English"... at first for "normal" people.
Marcel van Beek1 year ago
Is the Glass do the activity when somebody else gives the command? Or is it just reacting at your voice. When a lot of people are using the glasses and give commands, lots of glasses around will also complete the command.
+Marcel van Beek It uses bone conduction, I understand:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bone_conduction

I'm sure that potential issue was addressed early in development. 
Gracie Lake1 year ago
I'm in. As I get older, I'll be counting on Glass to remember where I put the keys, and whether I turned the iron off before going on. All that kind of mundane stuff that will make my life easer...Plus, I'm sure there will be a splendid interface with the Google car that will be driving me around. Will I still be on Facebook -- yeah, maybe NOT. By that time Facebook will want new "friends" to sign papers of authenticity and they'll be scanning retinas to detect if someone is telling the truth. 

I like that Google will not be selling ad space but working in a commerce framework instead. Like that alot.
Mitch A1 year ago
You had me, right up till you loaded the New York Times app.  I quickly realized you are a vendor of misinformation just like all the rest of indoctrinated media.   You chose the "Blue Pill" and you chose incorrectly...  Liberals are going to pay a huge price for falling under the influence of the Anti-American anti freedom anti human people that reside in the swamp of the LEFTIST UTOPIANIST.+1
"Well, first thing I'm going to do if someone starts hassling me is to turn on my camera and start recording them."

Ah, yes, there is that capability. :-)  
+Mitch A Pretty sure you lost most everyone reading this by the end of your second sentence: "Oh, a wingnut; ignore."  
Travis Wright1 year ago
Dammit +Robert Scoble, you've sold me on glass. I was gonna\ to be a naysayer, but NOOoooOOOoooo... you had to go and make sense and sell me.  Damn you, Scoble! Damn yooooouuuuuu!!+2
I wonder what Glass would cost if the margins were about the same as the Nexus 7? 
To sum up: 1. the camera isn't good in low light. 2. it doesn't have enough utility. 3. it looks dorky. 4. it freaks some people out
+Panos Tsimpoglou:

1. Mobile phone cameras aren't great in low light either.

2. Not sure how you got that from the review.

3. Who cares.

4. They'll have to get over it.  
+1
Amanda Blain1 year ago
Maybe someday they will get to Canada. le sigh
John Lawless1 year ago
WoW.
Steve Cornelius1 year ago
In its current incarnation, can Google Glass be used as a teleprompter?
Geoff Flarity1 year ago
+Robert Scoble Any links to the teardown? Anyone? I googled, nothing.
Robert Scoble1 year ago
Steve sort of but that is certainly a missing app.

The tear down? Was on Engadget. Search Google for TI chip 2011.
Geoff Flarity1 year ago
+Robert Scoble Ah, this was just someone hooking up the android debugger to a set. You can get the CPU info from it that way, but how they managed to make it so small etc is still waiting to be discovered. No one as of yet has been crazy enough to actually one apart :)
Bryan Miner1 year ago
+Robert Scoble is it weird or uncomfortable to wear them over your prescription glasses?+1
Robert Scoble1 year ago
No. Fits great.
David Edmundson1 year ago
If it is half as useful as you say, a $500 price point won't be a problem. Perhaps not from your review, but once a friend has one and gushes about it and then let's me try it...Bought!
Keith Barrett1 year ago
+Robert Scoble do you let them pass through the airport xray machine?
Tom Foremski1 year ago
The technology seems cool but it fails as a social app, imho. Walking into a restroom? Seriously? Taking photos, did you ask permission? I ask permission all the time when I take photos because people are far more sensitive these days.

Banning ads on apps isn't a new business model it doesn't ban Google from showing ads. How will the developers make money?

 I think Google Glass will be great for our aging population, it can be a fantastic memory aid and allow people to stay at home longer without the need for special care. Larry is 40 and Sergey is 39, every day they have more in common with 60 year-olds than 20-year olds...

I was surrounded by people and the life of every party when I had my iPhone, I remember Robert and his son  being in the front of the line at the Apple store in Palo Alto, exciting times. When I pulled it out at the Fillmore Street Fair I was surrounded by women asking to touch it! I can see why Robert is so enthusiastic :) However, nothing much happens when I pull out my iPhone today, people laugh at how small it is mostly. And that's the future of Google's Goggles, people won't be impressed in the least, in fact, they'll ask you not to wear them to their dinner party, or at least, not shoot photos, video or record any audio, and you will take them off or go home hungry.

Also, the inevitable backlash is that people will rediscover good old unadorned reality, marvel at its high definition, crystal clear sound, and the momentary joys of connecting with a friend, a lover in real-time in real space and time. Vanished moments, so rare and so much more valuable than a gazillion digitally rendered/recorded "experiences" -- that are then used to sell you stuff. 

"Be Here Now" will make a big comeback.

Google Glass and its ilk won't go away, we live in an "and" future -- it will find its place but that place won't be in the middle of our social relationships, or in restrooms :) .
+3
Sergii Kauk1 year ago
+Robert Scoble +Geoff Flarity It wasn't a teardown. The guy just switched on debug mode and checked processor info in procfs.
Jeff Jennings1 year ago
+Robert Scoble the problem with using this for pics instead of a smart phone is that all the pics look like they are coming from your right eyebrow - some even crooked.  They are basically cheap snapshots which is ok I guess but if this thing takes off, it would be a shame for all of us who like to look at pics that people have taken.
Awesome review as always +Robert Scoble Thanks
chris conder1 year ago
wonder if google want a rural tester to try them out in the fields... I volunteer... I can film us laying the fibre which is bringing the future closer.+1
BJ Bolender1 year ago
OK, you have done a great job convincing me and I am in that skeptical age group, LOL.  Can't wait to try them out.
Danny Fürniß1 year ago
Nice review +Robert Scoble.

If i was +Larry Page i would make it $200 and charge a monthly fee because everything send through the Mirror API passes along Google servers. So if everyone has a +Project Glass there is a lot of traffic to be handled.

As i am not +Larry Page we hopefully get +Project Glass without monthly payments or even in-app payments. 

Anyway i hope this +Google product will be launched soon in Germany and the rest of the world. Maybe +Sergey Brin can make it happen to let the +Google Developer Groups promote Glass in advance. If you like this idea +Sergey Brin hand us one over to +GDG Karlsruhe and i'll start the game. 
Robert Scoble1 year ago
Tom I never ask permission when taking photos in public unless it is of kids.+2
Robert Scoble1 year ago
Keith yes, they have been through six X-RAY machines so far.
Robert Scoble1 year ago
Tom I will have several "no wearable" parties too, but that hardly takes away the functionality these have. After all, how often in life are we sitting around smoking dope? Not often.
Robert Scoble1 year ago
Don Joe oh, please, I have done dozens of interviews where we consider the negative. Go watch the session I did with Andrew Keen and come back.
Tom Brander1 year ago
Just realized these things could change a lot about demonstrations and police interaction... Think about the occupy Wall st. incidents.+1
Ryan Guynn1 year ago
Please don't make me want this+1
Luke Robbins1 year ago
For me it is like a smartphone, I rarely use mine for anything other than development of mobile applications or actually making phone calls and texts.

Google Glass just seems like another bit of tech that I won't ever have a use for and will eventually be a overpriced camera or alarm clock (like my last smart phone).

Also I don't want to look like some cyborg from Star Trek.
Robert Scoble1 year ago
Luke fair enough but I will have a better life than you because I will,always have an assistant helping me with my schedule. With my stocks. With meals. With training. And much more.

In other words I simply do not believe you. Every new technology is resisted this way and the resisters are ALWAYS wrong.
Anthony Blow1 year ago
+Luke Robbins If you look at Tablets/Phones taking a slice of user attention that belonged to the PC, Glass is poised to do the same to Tabs/phones. The utility of moving some of your activity to a headset is not as obvious at the moment, but the immediacy of having computing available at a moments notice is bound to make a difference. +4
+Robert Scoble As an aside, which new RSS reader did you just get?
Nickie O'Hara1 year ago
I wonder how we are going to control this when multiple users are in the same room all saying "OK Glass, take a picture" and how this would work on accounts where you have multiple users (G+ Pages, for example)+1
Robert Scoble1 year ago
The microphone isn't very sensitive to other people. It is not a problem. Taking control of someone else's glass is actually very difficult.+1
Robert Scoble1 year ago
Eric I can't say, it is under NDA. It is a new one, though. I am sure there will be others.
Nickie O'Hara1 year ago
Thanks for that response +Robert Scoble 
Luke Robbins1 year ago
+Robert Scoble
So you are valuing you quality of life on whether you can organise things better or access information slightly more conveniently than we do now?

Sorry how happy I am is based on the fact that I have good friends and I have a good job. Not how some gadget may or may not improve parts of my life.

It isn't resistance, it just I know how to conduct things without the phone, without the computer and without gadgets.
Robert Scoble1 year ago
Luke I already have a great life and great friends. This makes those experiences even better.+4
Your review of Glass and coverage has definitely sparked my interest in following its developments. It seems as if its best for those with a very active lifestyle currently.
Robert Scoble1 year ago
Tom I have already gotten laid since getting Google Glass, so you are wrong. Of course Maryam made me take them off before she would get in bed with me.+3
Anil Petra1 year ago
Google Glasses are the Segway of the 2010's.
David Hoyt1 year ago
Some people here seem to be freaking out over privacy issues. Obviously this isn't a product you want to see in the locker room at the gym or anywhere that privacy is already a concern. However, think of all the positives this could bring. Imagine if there had been hundreds of people at the Boston Marathon wearing Google glass. We would've had much more footage to comb through and we could have identified the suspects much quicker. 

This product is going to change our lives in so many more positive ways then negative. 
+1
Nathan Lee Bush1 year ago
I'm surprised by the quality of the photos.+1
Terry Porter1 year ago
+Zenobius Jiricek
So true, not to mention fighter aircraft with HUD's and wearable displays that target and even fire missiles. That stuff has to be a LOT harder than driving a car ?
+2
Charles Galuski1 year ago
I have seen multiple comments about how this will keep you from being hunched over a cell phone and "be more social."

Haven't any of you thought that maybe the way to be more social is to just turn your phone off and actually pay attention to real life?
+4
Sean G1 year ago
+Robert Scoble I WAS excited for Glass... But after seeing your videos... Not impressed. or Excited.
Why not save Battery life & Bluetooth or NFC (or whatever) to your Phone. I could see that...
Would get the price down & make it an add on TOOL.
Its a Tool... Camera NEEDS a LOT of work!
Is the screen in Glass really practical.
A watch would be more practical for Quick Notifications. Just an example...
Were Already got our heads in our phones. Sorry.. Pass.
I turn off my ringer & notifications Most all the time.

Its all a distraction from LIFE. To me... Its like checking the Answering Machine back in the day. I will when I want too. 

What is it? besides lil notifications screen (in high rez?)
& a head Camera?

Wonder how you'll feel after the novelty & hype wear off? 
Thanks for Sharing...
+3
Roland Dobbins1 year ago
It's important to remember that, like many of Google's offerings beyond basic search and email, Google Glass will likely either a) not work at all in Asia or b) will offer a subpar user experience due to the poor performance of chatty, network-dependent applications as caused by transoceanic TCP round-trip times (RTTs).

Google tend to run the back-end services which enable things like Google Now in data centers located solely in the US and EMEA.  This leads to a really annoying lag for Asian users pulling up Google Now on their phones, since Google stupidly makes it check for Internet connectivity & then force it to connect to the Google Now back-end before allowing local phone search.  It also means that Google services which utilize voice recognition don't work very well in Asia due to performance and capacity issues when accessing their back-end systems in the US or EMEA.

Apple's the same way, so this isn't just a Google issue.  But since Google Glass relies upon back-end processing in data centers even more than do various Android applications running on phones, it essentially means that Google Glass is a nonstarter in Asia unless Google decide to invest in significant back-end infrastructure physically located in Asia, which is doubtful.
+1
Great review +Robert Scoble ! Glass is on my Christmas list!
vatsal misra1 year ago
A revolutionary tech instrument after a long time.....certainly after Iphone.
Chris Jarram1 year ago
"He also dismissed privacy concerns, writing that while in Germany only one person asked him to take them off while they spoke."
This tells me everything I need to know about Robert Scoble...
Brian Wisti1 year ago
Well, I'm sold at $500. I'd knock people over for one at $200 ^_^+2
+Brian Wisti Yep. For $200 I would stand in a long line, and that's just not like me. :-) +1
The more I think about it, the more I suspect that $200 point is important. Because then it becomes a thing people will buy for special occasions -- folks who won't wear the thing constantly like Robert does. Becomes a neat accessory you can justify purchasing. +1
Brian Wisti1 year ago
And twits like me could consider it a nearly frivolous purchase - at least as tech purchases go. We spent more on our first iPod.+1
I think I spent $200 on my G1/HTC Dream. 

And that's probably a reasonable analogy for the 1st gen Glass ... although some folks think we're looking at a Newton.
"...without anyone knowing you're recording them. ..."

For some short amount of time, at least -- if the device gets popular. 
this is probably one of the best reviews I've read in the last couple of years +Robert Scoble even though it lacks specs, battery life, software, etc. and this is why it is so good!
I am becoming sick and tired of always reviewing the same smartphone/tablet concepts. These form factors and product categories are stuck in an innovation dead end and this won't change anymore!
Glass is by far the most exciting product of the decade and dematerializes the web. We've been talking about this for so many years but this is the first product to embrace the fundamental philosophy of "always on" and the everywhere web.

Can't wait to get mine!
+1
Onno Hansen1 year ago
+Robert Scoble As observation #6 you mentioned a generational gap. From your observations and comments I gather that a different attitude towards privacy isn't causing it. What is in your opinion?
John McElhenney1 year ago
Robert, I fear another round of Scoble bashing. I know you can take it. And I know it's just a reaction to the excitable boy that you (and I) are. But still, you know it's coming. I actually had the reaction to the title of your post. "Oh crap, the web's about to get Scoblized. How will there be space for me if RS is lifestreaming 24/7 with breaks for sleeping only?"

But I love your article. I love how the phone, at least, brought our heads out of the technology of laptops enough to get us in public meeting places in the first place. I still hate, and react, to people sitting at a table together and phoning rather than talking. But you do have to do your work. There is a necessary time and place for checking email, checking in on the kids, being uptodate on a work project.

So the computer is coming to our retina. My final reaction to your post was, "How is Apple going to get in the game?" It seems as if Google may have invented the next computing device. The phone is awesome, the tablet is just a bigger phone. So what's REALLY next. Maybe your glass. Maybe your retina. Until they can paint the pictures in your consciousness, this seems as close as we may be to the next computing device.

Thanks for being you. I forget, sometimes due to your huge success, that you are just like me. But when I see you in person, or experience you directly and not filtered through media, I see how honest and transparent you are. Keep keepin on. I'm certain I won't be able to keep up with your lifestreaming from Glass, and that's okay. But it's cool to think I could check in and ride around with you for a bit, in the future. The near future.

JMac
+2
James Blackwell1 year ago
I want one...
Johan Bové1 year ago
+András Oláh It is probably not illegal to take pictures with your smart phone, right? So why would Google Glass be any different since it is not taking pictures / video ALL the time. The only difference is you wear the device on your head and it is voice controlled. So I'm coming back on my concerns regarding "privacy". It is not much different from regular smartphone / camera use today.
+Robert Scoble Great review and insights. Just hoping Google is going to be able to keep up with demand when Glass becomes commercially available. We had to wait quite a long time in Europe to get our hands on the Nexus devices.
William Dowell1 year ago
I love Glass and not personally worried about privacy .. BUT where I work there is no way on hell I'll be a able to wear it during work times - so thats most my waking hours - the same surely applies to anybody working in many work environments.

Sure I can use it to walk 10 minutes to work and back or when I'm on holiday and weekends but..

+Rob +Robert Scoble ou don't really have this concern. You're your own man really.. And I just wonder how much of your thinking is within this prism?

Gov / politics / military - it's kind of sensitive internally and externally. The same in industry. It makes current concerns about industrial espionage look like a walk in the park..

Thoughts ?
+2
Rami Khater1 year ago
I cannot wait for my glass!  
Ga Hoffman1 year ago
Where's the version that looks like a Borg eye piece? the collective is near!
Colin McCoy1 year ago
You still look pretty silly wearing them though.
Murat Gonul1 year ago
Thank you for this piece, awesomeness! Want one too!
Marc Kline1 year ago
Will Google Glass be a hit? I'm ambivalent about this prospect. While I'm excited about the technology and some personal uses I can imagine, the idea of using them in public just does not appeal to me. And furthermore, the idea of others using them in public provokes a visceral sense of dread.

From my personal perspective: I sometimes am very conscious of my use of my smartphone in public.  I rarely walk around and use it while I'm out and about, because I don't like the feeling of being "that guy"... That guy who is there but not really there... that guy who is less concerned with the people and things surrounding him physically, and who is more concerned with his virtual world.

Others have no problem with this type of thing. I think of the guys (mostly men I've seen) who talk through their Bluetooth earpiece at someone while checking out at the convenience store.

I suspect that the that-guy personality type will love this technology. Me? I still find it compelling, but I imagine my use case for it to be far from "always on". One of the perceived problems this device seems meant to address is the hassle of having to take your phone out of your pocket and exert effort to interact with its screen. I too, feel that "pain" like everyone else, but deep down I'm glad that it still requires some effort to get to my digital world. Call me a masochist.

So, I feel a bit sad thinking of an always-on future in society at large, when the public users of future Bluetooth earpiece type devices are the norm, not the exception to it. It still feels good to get out onto the street and at least occasionally make eye contact with people you pass, have the door held for you, make small chit chat with strangers, etc. It's already quite possible to feel alienated while surrounded by thousands or millions of people. I worry that soon it will be that much easier.

Now, all of this begs the question? Am I am old man at age 31? Am I a luddite, despite the fact that I miss my computer when I'm away from it and that I listen to hours and hours of tech podcasts every week? I don't think so, but neither am I technology's blindfolded cheerleader.

I look forward to the continued dialog about Google Glass, and +Robert Scoble, I enjoy your enthusiasm about this device. But I really hope that should they be a "hit", there will be an equally popular accessory for Glass: the Google Glass case, for safe storage while in public. And might I suggest that they go in a front pocket, even if the phone is getting in the way.
+5
"It still feels good to get out onto the street and at least occasionally make eye contact with people you pass..."

It seems to me that Glass facilitates that -- compared to having your head aimed downwards, staring at a mobile display of some sort. Your eyes move faster than your head.
priya joseph1 year ago
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David Seitz Jr1 year ago
I'm glad to see they work over your regular glasses! I'll be purchasing these as soon as I get the chance. I'm excited to see a version that's integrated with perscription lenses.
Jon Milani1 year ago
"1. They are much more social than looking at a cell phone. Why? I don't need to look away from you to use Google, or get directions, or do other things."

Yes, because there's nothing quite like ignoring someone while looking them straight in the eyes.
Ariel Segal1 year ago
Hey +Robert Scoble, do you reckon the glasses will spawn whole subcultures of people recording what they do...like those people using Gopro cameras?....have you seen the film Strange Days http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strange_Days_(film)  - do you see potential danger for illegal usages of the Google Glasses?
Dave Auld1 year ago
I don't see how they cannot make them for less than $200 dollars, after all, they can sell smartphones with even more technology in them for less. Hell, if they are that significant and bring in billions of revenue through their services, they can afford to give them away or sell them at a loss!
Robert Scoble1 year ago
+Ariel Segal the major problem I see is the perception that they are always recording. When I went through customs last night the agent asked "are you recording me?" I said no, and let him try them on to see how they worked. That calmed the fear. But some might not be so rational.+4
maybe the best review so far. good stuff +Robert Scoble
+Jon Milani :

"Yes, because there's nothing quite like ignoring someone while looking them straight in the eyes."

Except that when you're looking at the HUD, you won't be looking them straight in the eyes. You're looking up and to the right. And your interlocutor can see when there's an image in your display. 
+1
Serious question: what about people with a lazy eye? What would them see? Considering that they do not have a stereoscopic view, so that for example they can't see 3D movies...
Robert Scoble1 year ago
+Alessandro Segala if your right eye can focus on street signs at distance, it will work fine with Google Glass.+1
Nick Coad1 year ago
+Robert Scoble I have a pretty straightforward question I hope someone can answer - does the headset have any visual indicator that the wearer is recording?  i.e. a little light or something, similar to cameras?
Robert Scoble1 year ago
+Nick Coad yes. When the projector is on you can clearly see that it's on. If it's recording the projector is ALWAYS on.+1
Nick Coad1 year ago
+Robert Scoble cool, well that alleviates any privacy concerns I had.  I don't think it's any different to a mobile phone camera in terms of privacy issues.  I'm surprised there's so much fuss in that regard.+1
Dave Darutto1 year ago
Finally I read something in the thread about the view angles.

How far from your eye/face is the projection created? I just made a quick experiment with a letter and I need about 15 cm to be able to read the letters, and that is making a considerable effort to focus my sight. 
Robert Scoble1 year ago
+Nick Coad The future is scary, so it's easy to be afraid. After I got it I was shocked there was so much of an uproar too. After speaking to five audiences this week I see that there simply is not a privacy problem for most people. +1
Robert Scoble1 year ago
+Dave Darutto the projection is at infinity. It's like looking at a billboard down the street. If you can read billboards with your right eye as you drive then you'll be able to use Glass.+1
Jenny Lang1 year ago
A curious thought:  We have, wisely, learned to dread Big Brother government.  But now Big Brother is.....us.  There will be abuse, but I think also, as there has been with phone video, there will be an opportunity to prevent abuse.+1
James Phillips1 year ago
Just how long do you want to wear something that transmits/receives data that close to your brain? We're told to keep our phones at least a couple of inches away from our bodies when we're not using them. But these are right on your head, and you'll wear them for hours at a time. I'm just not risking it. Bluetooth emits less radiation than a cellphone, but it's still a significant amount. +1
Joe Lancaster1 year ago
+James Phillips there's not really any evidence so far to suggest that it's dangerous at all.
Dave Darutto1 year ago
I'm a little worried about the same +James Phillips 
+Robert Scoble love your take.  The question is not: "is there a market?" but rather "what do other "platform" players (Apple, Amazn, Facebook, Microsoft/Nokia, Samsung) have in store?"
btw, it will be a hit but would not have a few years ago.  Timing is key here: (1) technologically, voice recognition and battery life have made much progress in the past few years (2) ecosystem-wise, Google (as well as others) have a much more robust offering today.
 
James Taylor1 year ago
So much for giving up your privacy if you choose to give that up but I wonder about the privacy of others? Do your speeches contain a clause that lets those attending know you now have the right to use their likeness, etc?

I'll have to see the EULA too...

There is a lot of room for error. Granted, many only focus on convenience these days, and I think a big picture is left behind/side-lined... I'm worried about a lot... Tracking, access, use, privacy, ... I also think it looks ... ;)
Nick Coad1 year ago
+James Taylor how is it any different to mobile phone cameras with regard to privacy?+1
Pinguino Kolb1 year ago
im surprised that everyone accepted it that well. can't wait til they come out
James Taylor1 year ago
+Nick Coad Picture us all in a bar... I can tell when a mobile phone/camera is being pointed in my direction, but Glass is always pointed in my direction... I can see someone on stage holding a phone or video camera and guess the filming is occurring. With Glass, how do I know? Is a diode on when it records? Can it be turned off? How visible is the light/LED? ...

I've not read the manual... Is there a GPS? Can the location-services be turned off?

It might be the next big thing, but I think it is really early for a full understanding until people use it in ways that might alarm others. 
Nick Coad1 year ago
+James Taylor yes, there is an indicator on the device that will allow a third party to see they are being recorded.
Dick Bong1 year ago
I like how you claim that privacy simply isn't an issue.
Those of us not attached to the Communist party would differ.

Pray you never meet anyone who was around ARPANET with these on.
Nick Coad1 year ago
+Dick Bong communism? Seriously? I mean, really?+1
Henri Molin1 year ago
+Robert Scoble Sounds interesting in deed! I'd like to know, did you feel human? I mean, combining digital and real life - was it something you'd use apart from business?
Robert Scoble1 year ago
Yes I do. A lot more human than staring down at a cell phone.
Lewis Cowles1 year ago
Actually, contrary to the musings of your article, I am not at all Old, I don't like Google glasses because I work a 90-hour week, mainly in-front of a computer and I would be depressed if I spent any more time in front of one, let alone strap one to my head.

Aside from this it is an unimaginative idea, the $1,500 USD to try them is extortionate, what they can do is not a lot, and their proximity to the users head is far to close to comfort... I'd pay about 2 pence just to stomp a pair...
Bryana I1 year ago
I think the reactions to this technology are far more interesting then the technology itself. It's amazing how much love and hate there is for this device and we don't even know how people are going to be using it yet.+1
adi cahya1 year ago
i hope google will sell it globally, not just US, Canada, UK..you know...Today, it almost impposible to me (in Indonesia) just to get a Nexus 4...and Nexus 7 cost about 600 US$ here..crazy
Damien Hayes1 year ago
I can't wait for the release of these. Anything under $600 and its a must buy. +1
Rahul Yedida1 year ago
Fantastic explanation, Robert! Google glass certainly has me and millions of others excited and anticipating market release, and, as you said, I also am more addicted to Google services rather than FB or Twitter. I also find myself agreeing where you said $200 will be a hit - I'd buy it at that price. Thanks for a great report!
This is a privacy debate, not a technology conversation. Aside from that, the clunky google glass needs to evolve to nothing more than a simple contact lens. It's just so obstructive. Or perhaps a tiny chip that could be implanted at birth?!?
Weary Man1 year ago
For those that are really concerned with being filmed all the time by people wearing Google Glass, the solution is really remarkably simple:  A set of normal glasses or sunglasses  (or simply a frame like the Google Glass ones)  with a high intensity IR LED mounted on the left and right outside corners.  While the human eye won't see anything, any cameras in the area pointed at your face will just show a bright white glare like a halo washing out your entire face (and probably much of your head), thus rendering you "invisible" to the camera.  Hmmm...  I think I might just start to market these as Glass becomes more popular....+1
Dying to try them on!!!!
Brandon Glasser1 year ago
Dang weary man, excellent idea! I have to say I am really opposed to these as they definitely make it easier to catch people at bad moments and could ruin more than a few lives/careers because of the ability to quickly and (compared to a cell phone) discreetly snap a pic or video. Besides the already mentioned points like radiation (show me a 20 year study that says there is no conclusive link to any cancers), and the big brother aspects (tracking, data mining etc) I will be in the chorus of folks calling out for extremely heavy regulation (I would ban them from public places to be honest). Remember, your rights end where mine begin. I have the right to privacy and these things really step all over that right. It only takes 1 good lawyer to win that lawsuit
Tim Letscher1 year ago
+Robert Scoble Looking through the slide show of photos gave me a weird feeling which I'm recognizing as the future. The shot of the couple in the neon glasses was particularly creepy. 
So many positives to find in this when I approach it rationally but can't shake the visceral distaste I get when I think of a future where we're all wearing some form of these. Paranoid side of me credits George Orwell. 
Kelli Wirth1 year ago
Sign me up I will buy one today!!
No way to monetize the platform.  Why expend resources?
shawn murphy1 year ago
As someone that REALLY needs to get to the eye doctor for the first time in his life, I'm hoping a version that takes prescription lenses hits the market soon, so I don't have to admit to everyone that parts of my body are slowly degrading... ;-) It will just look like I'm being more geeky than usual.
Andrei Bujaki1 year ago
Sorry guys , but i think that you have a problem- you know what type of problem  , when say something " i can't live without " . As in the case of the so called smartphones with each step you become as Bill Peschel  said  a sort of zombies without brain .

Really i need a smartphone or google glasses to take pictures , or to know what i must do during one day  or to respond to emails ?

WOW Seriously when a gadget was transformed in an extension of your brain , or a replacement ? 

When its last time when you laughed without giving a like or a1+, when its last time when you enjoyed a long walk  in the forest or on a beach without  any kind brainwashing device ,sorry sharing device ,in your pocket - without a phone ringing or a beep maded by messenger ?

Guys take a hike in the mountains  , love your wifes and girlfriends , turn off all the garbages that surrounds you and have a life . 

Facebook or  Linkedin or Goggle  or the smartphones or Google Glass  are tools , tools that should be used  as needed , When needed .

I have 20 years in this industry IT&C and i do not understand why you are addicted to some  toys and technologies that are blueprinted  20 years ago and depicted in any Sci Fi movie maded in the last 30 years .

Its anybody created by cyborgs ? 
Does anyone has a parent  named T800 ?

Probably thats why we will have the faith of humanity depicted so many times in Matrix and Terminator and other movies  

Big brother and Skynet its created by our own stupidity 
 
Stephen Fenne1 year ago
+Robert Scoble In your gallery you've taken a picture of two strangers from behind, at night. I think the girl in the picture would be really upset if she saw a picture of her behind, at night time on the internet the day after. 

People could use these glasses for the wrong intentions, am I right?
People use everything as it was unintended.
Robert Scoble1 year ago
+Stephen Fenne you can already use a DSLR or a Smartphone to take the exact same photo. By the way, the girl there is +Hermione Way and she definitely doesn't mind being photographed.+2
+Lindsey LaMont Within a few decades EVERYONE will be wearing Google Glasses (or "Google Contacts") and all of human experience will be digitally recorded from cradle to grave.  It's a "Brave New World".  
Getting one, for sure.
Nanette Gregory1 year ago
Wow--you convinced me they are something I need to have!
Cade Roux1 year ago
Any chance of expanding these ruminations into a real review?

How did it change your life so much?  Besides the ability to quickly take pictures and video which you covered well and is very compelling, what functionality were you able to get that was so useful?  What features were you using without having to take out your phone that were beneficial and how easy was it to access those apps/features and navigate their interfaces effectively?  What were you doing while being more social that was useful to do without taking out your phone?  It seems to me there has to be a lot more to it than simply taking pictures and video directly to Google+ from an HD head cam to be worth $1500?  Or is that basically the majority of the value?

I have had a Pebble watch for a week.  I have gotten a lot more value out of it than I thought I would, because all my notifications vibrate on my wrist and I don't miss calls or texts and I can inspect notifications to see if they are actionable very quickly without using my phone.  Are these the kind of things you are doing with Glass?

It seems like the price point is a big part of this "review".  You think that $1500 is mainly a good value because people want to interact with you differently because you have Glass a lot sooner?  Won't that value diminish as months go by and more and more people have them?  Just because people are excited and curious now, doesn't mean a product is going to be successful.  What was it about what they saw that made them go wow?

I still have to decide to pay my $1500 as part of the Glass Explorers program, but there is still very little information to go on about what the experience is really like (besides taking photos and videos).  I'm concerned that they will simply end up in the gadget drawer like so many other things that haven't really proven very useful to carry on a daily basis.
+2
Ian Mitchell1 year ago
Hi Robert, thank you for sharing your experiences with the Glass. Very interesting. I know you have only had the Glass a short time but I am curious whether you have noticed any significant effects on your vision after using them intensively / for extended periods? Eye strain? Having to work at focusing close-in either while wearing them or after a long session? Narrowing of peripheral vision? (Probably the hardest to judge objectively)+1
Bruce Thomson1 year ago
Thanks for the great post. I think the price, even set at $1500, will still sell it unless a competitor undercuts it. Superb clarity of pictures. Thrilling technology - I can't wait to have it too, after the first thousand black eyes are just old history. = )+1
Calvin Bradshaw1 year ago
Interesting post Robert - thanks for sharing your experience.   
"1. I will never live a day of my life from now on without it (or a competitor). It's that significant. "
Wow - big call, and there is certainly a lot of divided opinion in the comments.
... but then i remember back in the late 80's when i worked for IBM and i was one of the first to have a 'mobile/cell' phone, and people laughed at me saying "there are plenty of phone boxes, why do you need one of those".  Enough said.
I will be getting a pair at any price.
+1
Robert Scoble1 year ago
Ian. No eye strain yet.
Robert Scoble1 year ago
Cade I think I need to do a video to answer you. +1
Cade Roux1 year ago
+Robert Scoble That would be wonderful.
So, you´re very enthusiastic. I notice you wear optical glasses as well. How well does Glass fit?
Do you clip it on your regular glasses?
Do you experience reflections?
Ben Tidman1 year ago
Sorry if this has already been mentioned, but don't you feel stupid talking out loud to it? When you're in public surely everyone hears you narrating to yourself?

I can't see Siri catching on for the same reason - especially here in the UK. I don't want to sit on a quiet train and suddenly have someone blurt out "OK GLASS, FIND PUBLIC TOILETS NEAR LONDON BRIDGE..." 
david jimenez1 year ago
talking out loud, facing walls talking to them, waving arms in the air and snapping....you´re using google glasses or you have to go to a psychiatrist hospital
Joel Pulliam1 year ago
I think you're too conservative on pricing. I can't believe the COGS is $200 at scale. I'd sell them for $49 (even if at a slight loss). I'd buy one for everyone in my family for that price. Imagine what Google could do if 10 million+ people had these?!
Robert Scoble1 year ago
, you can use it on without talking to it. You can also uh whisper to it. The glass works just fine with my existing glasses.
Keith Barrett1 year ago
I've been thinking Robert was a bit low and that they'd take off at $349.
Vaibhav Tulsyan1 year ago
Are they considering linking the Glass to your cellphone or a remote, so that you can use buttons to use some features that you use a lot, without uttering a single word.
For example, if you are in a personal interview with Barack Obama and you just can't give verbal commands to Glass at that time: what do you do in that situation?
Vaibhav Tulsyan1 year ago
Anyway, your review brought a smile to my face. I'm really optimistic about this - can't wait for it to come to India!
Don Spaulding1 year ago
How do you type on it?  If voice recognition misspells a word, how do you correct it?
Vaibhav Tulsyan1 year ago
^That's exactly why I'm asking if there's a pad interconnected with it - maybe via a Hot Spot or Bluetooth or something!
Dan Sutton1 year ago
It sounds pretty exciting: I haven't had a chance to see one yet. Of course, I'm looking forward to a time that it becomes a chip embedded in the optic nerve, and we all look back at that period of history in which we actually had to wear things to do the job -- how primitive!!
Tim Shepherd1 year ago
Like a couple of commenters here, I too have mixed feeling about this tech. While I think the tech itself is completely amazing, I just wonder about it will affect other social and relational concerns that we are now finding with our use of smartphones.

Posters here have already talked about a purely social interaction viewpoint that when I am talking to someone and they are looking at their phone, either consciously or subconsciously, I know that 100% of their attention is not on me, and I would say for most of us (I'm not a psychologist), our perception of the other person changes negatively (ie we consider them to be "rude")...regardless of how much the other person could insist that "I'm listening to you". 

Much has been said about the body language cues that humans pickup on when interacting, and while the Google Glass obviously doesn't hinder the body cues (because the person wearing the Glass is probably in front of you!), I would think there would always be the notion in your mind that you don't have 100% of their attention, unless you ask them to take the Glass off....in which case, does the Glass wearer then take offence to the request, and what might have been a normal, everyday interaction between strangers turns sour....

As for the instant photo thing, I can fully appreciate the Glass instantly snapping a pic verses the time taken to get the phone out, start the camera, etc, etc (having just "missed" any number of photo "ops"), but is this something we've been conditioned into maybe? It's almost like  "If I don't take a picture/video or this and upload it somewhere, this didn't happen". Why does it have to be recorded? If you paid attention to the ACTUAL EVENT instead of fumbling with the phone, you've already got it recorded in the best place possible - your brain! Don't get me wrong, put a digital camera in my hands and I'll fill a 4g card in no time! I'm as guilty of living through the lens as anyone, but I'm also starting to think more about what I'm missing by always looking at the viewfinder.

The instant photo and privacy implications are just MASSIVE and will have good and bad ripples everywhere. Everything from being a possible crime deterrent (bystanders being able to quickly take images of a serious crime like robbery or assault), through to the child porn merchant (who could be able to more easily than ever produce images from a playground or school function).

I think its right as a community to look at, and seriously discuss, both the light and dark sides of this sort of tech, not just accept the corporation's (ie Google) marketing speak the highlights the good and downplays the bad.

I might be coming across as a bit of a Luddite and a "negativity merchant", but I think as a community we are still grappling with privacy and social issues arising from smartphones and I've not seen any real discussion (online or otherwise) thing in the press about the effect that Glass would have on those things.
Robert Scoble1 year ago
I've always been into photography. Capturing moments with my kids is hugely valuable to me, and many others. I'll be at a concert on Friday and Napa, wine tasting, on Saturday. While I agree with you, somewhat, about just enjoying those kinds of events, there is value in sharing them with others who can't go too.+2
Joe Lancaster1 year ago
+Tim Shepherd to be fair, the brain is certainly not the best place to record something. That's one of its weakest points actually. For starters, you can't share with other people later (the main reason people take photos), and it records in fragments, unfaithfully and unreliably. ;)
Steve Thomas1 year ago
Just occurred to me: are we going to see another layer of web design issues, where pages need to be designed for Glass users? (As we've seen already with iPhones.)Or is that catered for already?
Evan Henley1 year ago
+Steve Thomas
 It seems to me like Google glass is optimized for short bursts of text, I.E. SMS, twitter, facebook/G+, etc. Right now, at least, if you're reading an article you wanna be on your phone. I don't see any kind of website design changing that, although a slow-scroll feature built into the device may work well. For full web browsing type functionality, the device will need to be modified to display a full screen.
Steve Thomas1 year ago
OK. Here's a scenario: you're in a library, browsing the shelves, and you look at a book spine, and use Glass to scan the spine label and then use that to retrieve the catalogue record for the book. You'll want to be able to read the result in Glass, so the catalogue design will need to optimise for that.
Gary Hayes1 year ago
As I have been saying since I used to commute for years around London in 1999 with a pair of early VCD video glasses with controllable opacity (JVC I recall) - we will look back on the two decades of smartphones as 'what you used to have to touch tiny little screens with your hands - how quaint'. This is a no brainer, and has been on the cards for decades, it is just now that Google and others with deep pockets can propel the inevitable. Some folk may remember the days when the only portable music was ghetto blasters, along came cassette and headphones, now we have almost invisible blue tooth (wireless) ear pieces...yes the first ones walking around talking to themselves were perceived as mad, but visual computing on the go is simply going the same route. Lets hope though we don't get hung up on the features - basically it will allow us to everything we do now over time, so lets just ride the wave, and not have to jump with joy everytime it does a similar thing that a smartphone or visual recorder already does :)
Thomas Wrobel1 year ago
Wonderfull write up.
Remember price isnt just the sum of components - how hard it is to put together is also a big factor. Anything that requires precision adds a fair whack to the design requirements . 
George Leon1 year ago
We at Microsoft think Google's Glass is just too dorky, even for the geekiest of geeks & the nerdiest of nerds. Therefore we are doing it the right way, as Microsoft always does: 

Introducing the Microsoft Head Accessorial Technology unit!

We at Microsoft are actually building the MS Head Accessorial Technology unit, AKA the MS HAT with everyone in mind, not just borg adoring nerds. It will come in several styles, Ball Cap (available in traditional baseball style, redneck trucker mesh style & a large flat bill wannabe gangster style, complete with stickers), the Justin Timberlake Fedora Style for hipster douchebags & of course the preppy Golf/Tennis Visor style.

From the bill of the H.A.T. a three dimensional holographic HUD will be projected downward at a slight angle & using our Kinect technology, you will be able to interact with the HAT HUD Live Tiles using gestures. If you happen upon an impromptu presentation, you will be able to place your MS HAT on the conference table & the holographic HUD becomes an HD projector. Utilizing our HAT HUD Mobile Powerpoint application, you are ready for any meeting, whether in the office, the golf course or while getting your krunk on in the club.

The MS HAT is fully integratable with Windows Phone 8, Windows 8 & Windows RT & it includes Bluetooth 4.0, two usb & SD Card slots, bone conduction speakers, WiFI, LTE & you can even pay for things at your favorite shops via NFC by simply banging your head against the register.

We at Microsoft agree that Glass is too dorky & that is why we are going to bring you a selection of wearable technology to match all styles.
Aaron Klesel1 year ago
fuck all of u saying to put the price over 200 just leave it its there choice now if they were able to add games now say all u want.
Vitaly Tomilin1 year ago
Reads like a sales pitch+1
Eloy Quirós1 year ago
very interesting :)
Hernan Lopez1 year ago
well is very interesting and wait for them in the store !!
LVCYPHER HAWK1 year ago
I guess mexican security forces could get a good use out of them
Aryam Zurc1 year ago
Me parecen increibles. ..Muuuy bien !!!!!!
I find incredible. Sooo good ..!!
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robert moran1 year ago
Transcribing voice to readable text in real time will be a god send for hard of hearing people like me. Once this is out, I'm getting it. Even at $1500, it's 1/3 the price of uninsured hearing aids. The other part of the tech is the face bone conduction will be used for amplify sound. If I were Siemens, I would very afraid of this device as they produce almost all of the obscenely overpriced tech for hearing aids.
Tim Carter1 year ago
You people are the fucking Borg!
Yan Luo1 year ago
+Justin Chan didnt know you can post such long posts on google+
Steffen Türoff1 year ago
I want one :)
Matt Thorn1 year ago
The word that leaps to mind is "Pollyannaism." There is of course no way to stop this, any more than we can stop gung-ho libertarians from 3D-printing guns, but if you honestly believe the privacy concerns are "no big deal," you are living in a bubble that will burst within weeks if not hours of these glasses hitting the market. Expect to see the Internet flooded with surreptitiously shot down-the-shirt photos of thousands of unsuspecting women, and much, much worse. At the very least, bullying videos will take on a new "first-person shooter" aspect. And someone has already commented on the potential uses for pedophiles. Did the Apple II and what it spawned really "make your life better"? If it's really technology that makes your life better, I feel sorry for you.
robert moran1 year ago
Good comment as tech has no morality and everything has a cost. The benefits of Glass, IMHO outweigh the costs and... Matt's comment is spot on.
Michael C. Main1 year ago
Just out of curiosity...any idea if people who wear glasses already can use Google Glass?+1
Robert Scoble1 year ago
+Michael C. Main yes. I already wore glasses and my Google Glass works just fine with my existing glasses.
Michael C. Main1 year ago
Awesome!  Thank you Robert!  btw I am a fellow Racker =3.
Robert Scoble1 year ago
+Matt Thorn sorry, that's absolutely wrong. You ever worn a Google Glass? Obviously not. If you had you would have realized it is physically impossible to get a "down-the-shirt-photo" of women. If you want to be a pedophile, believe me, you won't be using Google Glass. It attracts WAY too much attention. Those sorts of people want to stay in the background, hidden, and do things to avoid getting attraction. 

And, yes, technology DOES make my life better. When I started life I didn't have a way to talk with you like I do now. I didn't have a way to work with remote employees. I didn't have a way to video chat with my kids when I'm traveling. I didn't have a way to see all available flights. I didn't have a way to see if a restaurant had an open table without calling and waiting on hold. I didn't have a way to search Google for how to treat my kids when they have a weird symptom. And on and on and on. We won't even go into how technology regularly saves lives, whether it be the airbags in my car, to the various monitors that hospitals use.

I feel sorry for you if you think technology hasn't made your life better. Because not only are you 100% wrong, you are incredibly misinformed and that never serves anyone well.
+4
Richard Medic1 year ago
Any idea when Google Glass will support video live streaming? As someone who brings happenings online for a living, I can think of no cooler happening than a scheduled POV stream..
+Rip Rowan I've never had my Android phone change languages when I travel.
Raj Ender1 year ago
I like this product a lot and like others I also find it a delight of rich at present. so saaaaaaad :-(
Walter CasTor1 year ago
is totally enviable that you can access the GoogleGlass. While other podrimos we wait to try them. :(
Jason Warren1 year ago
I agree that the tech is fascinating but I still see some resistance ahead, especially in academia, and I wonder how long it will be before we see "No Google Glass" signs around college campuses and in lecture halls.  http://jasonwarren.info/archives/574
Imran Khan1 year ago
How does google accept reviews?
Diane Kistner1 year ago
Oh, man, I really screwed up. I got invited into the Google Glass Explorer program, and I got my link to purchase the glasses today. But I am on low fixed income and just can't participate. (In my excitement to say how I'd use Google Glasses, I missed the part about having to be able to pay so much for them.) Hopefully, somebody else will get my pair and Google won't be too mad at me for flaking out on them...
Robert Scoble1 year ago
+Diane Kistner that's a bummer to hear. Too bad there isn't a developer in your life who could help defray the cost.+2
John Campbell9 months ago
The daily application for this goes through my head every day. These will change everyone who is using them and leave everyone who isn't far behind. I want them for my son more than I and he is 2.
Bob O`Bob8 months ago
+Robert Scoble  I just got invited. I have 7 days before my invitation expires.
My most important question: has your prediction #1 actually held up? Has it really been part of every single day for you since?

I agree with you on price - in the long run - but the "explorer" opportunity appeals to me too.
David B6 months ago
Google Glass is simply fantastic! Hope the steep price gets reduced very soon making it more affordable for masses. Great tech.
Bob O`Bob6 months ago
I had mine for 30 days.  
Then sent it back. 

The hardware is very impressive and the promise of such a device is huge.  Their (low) commitment to software quality was what I found inadequate; unacceptable at the 'advance' price.  Not a single improvement was implemented in that 30 days, and I flat-out cannot believe I was the first user to report any of the software problems I encountered.

I will be watching closely for improvements, and for competition.
Robert, it's been one year today - can we get an update?
Robert, it's been one year today - can we get an update?+2
Robert Scoble2 months ago
Yup I am not nearly as optimistic today. Will blog.+4
Jesse Stay2 months ago
I would be more optimistic if Google had it in more people's hands. Right now there's no clear roadmap.
Jesse Stay2 months ago
Plus, since the last update my Glass is bricked and it's taking forever for the Glass team to get me my fix
Joshua Van Buskirk2 months ago
I'm unsure what you find so amazing about Glass. I find that they don't really do anything well. I can't even dial a phone number through them unless it's assigned to a contact. Even worse, I can only call the main number associated with a contact! It's absolutely ridiculous that Glass lacks such basic features while at the same time Google releases a wink to take a photo feature. It's my opinion that Google has no real product direction, and are clearly not focusing on getting the basics right. Glass as it stands now is nothing more than an experiment, and I'm unconvinced that it will ever be released to the mass market. +1
GLL SEOer2 months ago
Should use +Phuong David 
Carol Gomez1 month ago
Sadly I can't get awesome Google Glass in my country