Google has announced they are halting the sales of Google Glass, the highly experimental, highly controversial eye-gear that looks like something straight out of Star Trek. (See “The Game” from Season 5 of Star Trek: The Next Generation.) Synonymous with “Wearable Tech” Glass promised a future seen only in video games: personal heads-up displays (or HUDs) for its users—sorry, wearers. Since its introduction in 2012, Glass won attention for its groundbreaking technology and application; but since then, popularity for the technology turned. Restaurant and movie theatre bans and certain infamous endorsements did little to raise its popularity; and with this recent announcement, tech experts are speculating as to why Glass did not take off:
The cost. Let’s see, I can either buy a new computer, or get a pair of Glass.
The aesthetic. Seriously, I look like I feel. Awkward, but empowered.
Privacy. When wearing Glass, I’m sharing my experience with the world…and that doesn’t need your consent.
I have an idea why: Glass isn’t all that. Continue reading