Received Glass a bit ago, and I've been using it in public since. It's a great device, and it will only increase in greatness as more apps come out with various new uses. But I have a few comments about it. Hope it is interesting enough for someone to read.
anyway so far i only have these ideas for improvements(some might be hardware restrictive but I'm saying them anyway):
1. higher megapixel camera and a clearer HD camera.
This is just a give in, cameras can ALWAYS be better.
2. "Foldable" glasses (I'm assuming the designer $225 option does)
This is because if your ever out and need to take them off, the current frame doesn't fold so it is bulky and awkward. I'd like to be able to slide them into a front pocket.
3. More fluid use. Everytime you have to open up your cell phone to activate GPS or some other service like wifi, data, or bluetooth, it destroys the magic of the augmented technology feeling.
4. The bone conduction speaker on the device is not really worth any practical use in public. Its fine when your alone or in a really quiet place, but for that matter I'd rather use the dedicated ear bud and save that hardware space for more battery life or storage or something more useful, even if its just a lighter head set.
5. A major part of the promotion of this device was for GPS usage while driving. However, in real driving condition, such as in the morning sunlight or day time, the screen seems barely readable. This issue just seems like a deal breaker, but i'm sure Google is already addressing it somehow.
and now for some psychological issues....
Usually it is older people who do not comment about the device and I'm assuming it is because they either do not want to seem ignorant because they do not know what the device is, they are just respectful and mind their own business, or they simply think I have some kind of vision impairment and it is some kind of assisted sight device and they don't want to offend me. in other words they are trying to act like they don't notice.
when it comes to the younger crowd, I do get stares, and whispers along the lines of "hey look its that google glass", and thats just it, if someone is not really aware of "Google Glass" they dont really care that I am wearing some crazy device on my face.
I've found, that when wearing the device most of the issues lie in my own speculation about what others think about it and are saying behind my back. For my first few conversations wearing the device, I found myself smiling uncontrollably because I knew what they were thinking but it was like both of us were ignoring the obvious. LOL, but that fades. and things get easier and more natural.
the final point I want to make is that I truly believe that main obstacle google glass faces is not the practicality of the device, the concept is amazing and works in real life, more so once its tweaked to perfection. However, I thinking it is the FASHION obstacle that will be detrimental to the success of the device.
because when it comes to fashion, as all of us know as kids we would freeze to death in the snow before we wore our great aunts gaudy Christmas jacket gift in front of our friends. In fashion, usefulness and practicality do not matter as much as whats trending and desired by the masses.
to put it simply, the awkwardness you feel while wearing Google glass will never go away unless there is some promotion to get Lady GAGA or Skrillex to start wearing them out. People are cautious about wearing things on their face, they are already self conscious about their bare faces because they don't match Cosmo.
To me though, I feel like Flynn from Tron. and yes i wear my leather jacket when I go out with them on. It was either this or an actual Tron Light bike. they both had the same price tag.
anyway let me know your thoughts Explorers...