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Give Glass a chance: Google has a vision of a wearable future

John Moltz | Feb. 26, 2013
Google wants you to know that Glass, the company's wearable computing technology, is here.

Google wants you to know that Glass, the company's wearable computing technology, is here.

Well, sort of here. For some people. And it may not work perfectly yet.

But welcome to the future and please enjoy this website, where you can see people using Glass to record videos, look up pictures of kitties, and video chat while flying an airplane.

You always wanted to do that, right? That's why I never fly with you. You remember when we had that argument.

OK, I have a lot of Glass jokes to go through, but, by published accounts, the device and the way it's integrated to supporting Google technologies are actually pretty cool. No more fumbling for a phone for GPS directions. No more fumbling for a phone to record a video or take a picture. No more awkward moments where your face just feels naked.

Of course, the current price is somewhat off-putting at $1500--not to mention having to jump through a bunch of flaming hoops like a trained poodle just to get a chance to get this early release version. But Google hopes to have Glass out to the general public for "less" than that before the end of the year.

For those of you who scoff at the idea of people wearing these goofy looking things on their heads I have two words: Bluetooth headsets. Yeah, nobody likes to hang out with that guy (who, by the way, is married to "holds her phone a foot in front of her face and talks into it on speaker" lady), but he does exist. Also, I'm pretty sure they wore Google Glasses on Deep Space 9, so we know it's going to happen.

But before such time as we are battling shape-shifting villains from the Gamma quadrant, it's going to take a while to figure out this whole "wearable computing" thing. It seems to be coming whether we like it or not. If the thought of wearing computers give you hives, just hope you die before we get to "insertable computing." That's next.

I joke--some say obsessively, probably in order to cover up a deep-seated insecurity and fear of intimacy--but I believe Google's fundamentally right: Technology is going to keep getting personal. I never got into Neal Stephenson's work because I couldn't relate to a future where people were so intimately connected with technology--yet we slowly seem to be headed in that direction.

If you believe the rumors of an "iWatch," Google and Apple are taking different approaches not only to what kind of wearable products to make, but also to product development. While Apple slaves away in the kitchen and only brings out a plate of delicious sausages when they're ready to be served with cold beer, Google wants you to help grind the animal lips and snouts. This isn't the idle accusation of an Apple fanboi, either. (I should know, I make a lot of idle Apple fanboi accusations.) No, Google itself admits this.

 

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