Will Google's Project Glass see wide adoption when it launches?Evan Selleck - Contributing Editor
Google loves the future just as much as I do. The major difference is that they have a means of making it actually happen. I can only use it, which actually works for me. In any event, we’ve got Google showcasing what they think the future will look like, at least in one part, with their unveiling of Project Glass. You’ve seen the video by now, I’m sure, but if not, you can see it right here.
Good. So, there you have it. There’s no doubt that the video you just watched, or have seen already, is pretty cool. But, while it’s cool, it also shows why some people aren’t going to use it, at the same time showing off the same features that people will undoubtedly fall in love with.
For example, talking to your glasses. Now, I’m all for hands-free usage, but only to a certain point. I’m not someone who uses a Bluetooth headset out in the wild. I just don’t do it. I don’t do it because I know that I give people strange looks when I hear them talking “to themselves” while they’re using a Bluetooth headset. Yep, I do it, and I know that people would do it to me if I were using one while out and about. It happens. Because, despite the fact that Bluetooth headsets have been around for a really long time, people still think you’re strange when you’re walking down the street, talking without having a phone pressed to your ear.
Having glasses on your face won’t make it any easier for people to realize you’re talking to someone, though. Even if Google pushes marketing for Project Glass pretty heavily, it still won’t be widely adopted. At least, I don’t think it will be. I can only imagine that the Google Goggles will have a pretty impressive Beta tag attached to it right after launch, and even though I can make a case for early adopting most things, I don’t think I’d be one to quickly jump on these particular gadgets.
Not for the general population, that is. I’m going to be all over these when they finally make their way into the real world. I can’t even tell you how badly I want to use them, especially after watching that conceptual video. Even if that’s the key word, ‘conceptual.’ Yes, I know that the finalized product probably won’t work as well as the video shows, but if it’s anywhere close, it will be amazing to use.
That’s right, it just has to be close. The idea that I can just put on a pair of “glasses” to do everything I want, like send a text message or map my route, is awesome. I honestly wish it were coming out right now, so I could just walk around outside and freak people out. “He doesn’t have a phone! There’s no Bluetooth headset! Who is he talking to!?”
Yep, that would be fantastic.
But, will it be adopted by everyone? No, probably not. But, will that be the ultimate goal of Google’s right out of the gate? Probably not. Sure, they’d like people to buy it, but they are probably more than aware that it will take some time to pick up. If it ever does. It would truly be sad to see Google’s Project Glass get released and then disappear without making an impact.
Hey, maybe you could sync all your information from an Android-powered tablet from home, and then just walk out of the door and have everything you need for the day. How awesome would that be?
Are you excited for Google’s Project Glass? Let me know!