What was I thinking? Spend $1500 on wearable technology that is not quite ready? The same desire that made me get the first Apple 1, the first PC, the first iPhone, Android (Gphone back then) and many other firsts. When you want to understand where technology is going, you can’t live it from afar you must immerse yourself.
There are 2 parts of the Glass experience: (1) How others react to you and (2) what you experience
How others react
This is funny, top questions
- Are you recording me now?
- Did you take my picture?
- How do they work?
- Can I try them on?
- How do I get a pair
- Can you see through my clothes?
From the questions, I could tell people are a bit confused. There has been some negative press. “Glassholes” wearing Glass into a bar and acting inappropriate. These are probably the same people who you would not want to be around anyway. I think this was a mistake by Google. The first set of people that got Glass were people that liked gadgets and had money to afford it. They should have made the selection more stringent; people who actually wanted to build something on the Glass.
My Glass Experience
After the first day, I had buyers remorse. After the second day I was on the fence. By day three, I was seeing all sorts of new applications that could be built on the Glass platform. Fun.
Today, I drive, email, record videos, take pictures, attend conferences and generally have fun with Glass. The battery life is short. I always travel with the charging cable.
Today is the day that Google is selling Glass to everyone (I was on an 18 month waiting list). It will be interesting to see how wider adoption will impact the platform, public acceptance and applications available.
As an experiment, the next person that asks me if I can see through their clothes with Glass, I am going to do my best to say “yes” with a straight face.