You must have heard of it already. The Google Glass is a futuristic-looking piece of hardware, and I’ve certainly never seen anything like it. With incredibly mobile and convenient access, it certainly has the potential to revolutionize the mobile tech industry – but to what extent?
To start off, this piece of glass can do some cool things – video recording, great photography, GPS maps, and of course access to the Google search engine. Google Now will supposedly keep track of your habits and offer you suggestions such as detours when there is traffic driving to work or local events occuring. These features are nice, but nothing truly innovative or proprietary to the device. You’re paying for the glass on your face, which is still worth paying for if you think you’ll be into the concept. As far as software, I’m not seeing anything a smartphone wasn’t capable of doing 5 years ago.
In its limited testing period for select consumers, Google is charging roughly $1000 for one of these bad boys. As far as price points go, that is certainly high. A deluxe television, or even both next-gen gaming consoles would cost less. No clear figures have been released on how stable this thing is or how much the price will drop upon release, but these numbers are certainly something to think about. You’re paying 800 bucks more than an iPhone just so you don’t have to pull it out of your pocket. I predict that the gimmick will be nice, but may get old quickly. There’s also concern of a driving hazard and general inconvenience on the user. These issues are still up in the air. I’d say if you’re going to buy one, wait a month or two and see how the market reacts or if Google will fix any bugs in their system. With something as innovative as this, there’s bound to be problems.
Manual student Izaak Prats has recently launched a Go Fund Me Project to purchase a Google Glass. Donate a certain amount of money and you’ll be granted a access to the device to try for a certain time period. Learn more in our RedEye coverage here.