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Ask Slashdot: Should I Get Google Glass?

timothy posted about 9 months ago | from the well-are-you-a-stone-thrower? dept.

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lunatick writes "I put in my application for Google Glass as a joke. I never figured I would be selected. Well in less than one week I got my invite to buy Google Glass. My main hold back is the $1500 price tag for a device that just seems to be a camera and navigation aid. Does anyone in the /. community have Google Glass and can they give some advice to the rest of us considering it?"

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No (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46297009)

Period

Re:No (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46297149)

Not yet... maybe when glass comes with X-ray vision.

Re:No (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46297329)

+1. Glass is for voyeurs, pedophiles and creepy stalkers.

Are you a creepy guy who wants to video tape ppl? (0, Troll)

GoodNewsJimDotCom (2244874) | about 9 months ago | (#46297023)

If you're a creepy guy who wants to record every stranger you pass on the street, then Google Glass is for you!

Re:Are you a creepy guy who wants to video tape pp (2)

lunatick (32698) | about 9 months ago | (#46297039)

No, I really have no use for the camera part. I perfer s SLR. My question is more what apps are out there?

Re:Are you a creepy guy who wants to video tape pp (5, Insightful)

OzPeter (195038) | about 9 months ago | (#46297133)

No, I really have no use for the camera part. I perfer s SLR. My question is more what apps are out there?

You don't spend $1500 on a device without having a use case. And if you can't even google a list of google glass apps, then I doubt you can even formulate a use case.

In which case just send me the $1500 and we'll be both happy - you will have divested yourself of $1500 for no reason at all (which you were already going to do) and I have a use case for $1500 more of camera equipment.

Re:Are you a creepy guy who wants to video tape pp (1)

mythosaz (572040) | about 9 months ago | (#46297331)

Your or my $1500 might not be the same.

Since he doesn't have a use case for the device - or doesn't know that there might be a neat use case that he's not aware of (hence the ask /.) - it's a question of "Is $1500 too much for lunatik to spend on a toy."

Re:Are you a creepy guy who wants to video tape pp (1)

OzPeter (195038) | about 9 months ago | (#46297419)

it's a question of "Is $1500 too much for lunatik to spend on a toy."

And we can answer that how?

Re:Are you a creepy guy who wants to video tape pp (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46297429)

Yeah, if you went to college, you probably spent a lot more than $1500 on a "device" (a piece of paper in this example) without having a use case. Most students switch majors three times before they graduate--that's an indication of not having a use case. Check out Master degrees. Most of those are in areas different than the Bachelor degrees. Most people waste a lot more than $1500 on things not having a use case.

Re:Are you a creepy guy who wants to video tape pp (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46297251)

Why wasn't that question in the submission then?

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=google+glass+apps

Next!

Re:Are you a creepy guy who wants to video tape pp (5, Informative)

vidnet (580068) | about 9 months ago | (#46297279)

You shouldn't try to find $1500 worth of value in the current product. If there was, they'd be selling it to everyone.

Take a look at a list of apps [glass-apps.org] and see if this is a technology you'd find fascinating, and decide based on whether you have the time and resources to invest into exploring it.

Glass today is basically like Internet access in 1994. Slow, expensive, flawed and of no practical value -- but interesting and fun for those with the time and interest to tinker with it.

Re:Are you a creepy guy who wants to video tape pp (4, Insightful)

noh8rz10 (2716597) | about 9 months ago | (#46297549)

people think when they're evaluating technology that they're choosing between buying it today and not buying it. In fact, you're choosing to buy it today or buy it at some point in the future. would you rather spend $1500 today to buy an innovative device with limited use, or would you prefer to spend $1500 in 3 years to buy the same device except it has many uses?

there's no right answer, it will vary from person to person.

Re:Are you a creepy guy who wants to video tape pp (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46297575)

The one cool application of the video recording was to grab a conductor's-eye-view of a symphony performance during a concert. I can't think of another video device right now that a classical performer would agree to wear. Again, very limited usefulness for most people.

Re:Are you a creepy guy who wants to video tape pp (1)

HuguesT (84078) | about 9 months ago | (#46297625)

Us old guys have been on the Internet wayyy before 1994, more like 1984. Lots of value *even then*. For instance in 1991 I would have had no means of communicating with my wife-to-be without the Internet.

Re:Are you a creepy guy who wants to video tape pp (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46297123)

record every stranger you pass on the street

And where would he get the portable battery capable of powering a camera for an entire day?

How many thousands of dollars do you think he's willing to spend on data charges to upload this constant surveillance data?

It's 1000x easier to record people with a phone! (5, Insightful)

backslashdot (95548) | about 9 months ago | (#46297325)

You can record people 1000x easier and less conspicuously with a smartphone in your hand or pocket than with Google Glass. Yes SMARTPHONE IN YOUR HAND too. You can hold it in your hand and point it to people without being totally obvious about it. You can act like you are just holding your phone, or texting, or listening to music, or even being on the phone. You don't need to look at the thing you are recording. You may have some image stabilization issues if you have unsteady hands -- but for the most part you can get good video. Of course the easiest way is to have the phone in your shirt pocket peeping out.

With Google Glass, you literally have to stare in the people's direction or general area like a stalker -- it becomes SUPER obvious.

Re:Are you a creepy guy who wants to video tape pp (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46297355)

Thanks for telling us that you are someone to avoid.

Google Glass offers an incredible option for some/most people.
Replace all your gadgets with just one. If you already wear glasses, you can replace all your gadgets with none (since you already wear the gadget).
The possibility to have a lot more "information at your fingertips", so to speak.
Boredom will be a thing of the past.
And, when you're asleep, nothing will bother you (unless you wear your glasses to bed)--it's better than being deaf.

Many people only see the down side and there is a down side. Already dysfunctional people (that's all people) will have the temptation to become more dysfunctional. Playing D&D/GTA/etc. on your Google Glass could get you in trouble if you can't keep the difference between the "games" and real life.

Re:Are you a creepy guy who wants to video tape pp (4, Funny)

interkin3tic (1469267) | about 9 months ago | (#46297371)

Slashdot: news for nerds who dislike new technology.

Re:Are you a creepy guy who wants to video tape pp (2)

BasilBrush (643681) | about 9 months ago | (#46297471)

It's equally stupid to like technology just because it's new.

I suspect like most people who've heard about it he dislikes the idea of Google Glass on it's own terms. Not just because it's new.

Re:Are you a creepy guy who wants to video tape pp (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46297421)

My opinion of GG:

1: I don't want to get punched in the face because people get tired of being recorded.

2: I don't want to hit the restroom, forgetting to take the glasses off, and be hit by a felony, improper photography charge.

3: I don't care about seeing ads when I look around.

4: I have enough electronic gizmos to watch out for. I don't need another attractive target for a mugger [1] to single me out for.

5: I work with IT stuff all day. Similar to #4, I just want as little as possible.

6: I don't want another nice attack surface for a blackhat to attack or mess with.

7: GG is like Nitendo's Virtual Boy in a lot of respects... except VB was cooler.

8: What does Google do with the GPS and telemetry data? I don't really need another tracking device on my person.

[1]: When people stopped carrying cash and went to credit cards, it reduced mugging by an extreme factor. Now that every meth-head knows that an iPhone will net them a couple hundred dollars, even if it doesn't work (just the screen alone will sell for a C-note), a decent switchblade and a dark alley makes for a nice base of operations.

You'll regret being an early adopter. (5, Insightful)

Gavin Scott (15916) | about 9 months ago | (#46297025)

Pretty soon there will be a $399 version that's 10x better than the first generation.

If you can get $1,500 worth of fun showing it off to people in the first year then sure.

G.

Re:You'll regret being an early adopter. (5, Funny)

slapout (93640) | about 9 months ago | (#46297131)

Let people wear them for $15/hour. After 100 hours you'll have the money back.

Re:You'll regret being an early adopter. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46297479)

Hah... I was going to make a smart-alek remark about eBay as a way to get the money back. But this sounds like it would probably work even better.

Just get a Cue-Cat (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46297239)

A Cue-Cat will be much cheaper and can probably still be found on eBay. You can then innovative with it to improve the Cue-Cat and thus contribute to the community.

Fuck glassholes (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46297031)

Do you want to be a glasshole? Answer that and you know what you should do.

Why? (-1, Troll)

JockTroll (996521) | about 9 months ago | (#46297033)

Why do you need Google Glass? Are you interested in taking clandestine videos of people, perhaps children, without their consent, while looking like the creep you are? Why aren't you seeking medical or help? Who authorized you to keep on living?

$1500 (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46297045)

You could buy a GoPro and the best unlocked smartphone money can buy and still end up saving cash over something that looks like a kid's spy toy.

Don't forget the cost of your medical bills (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46297051)

It costs money to fix a broken nose. Don't forget to factor that in.

Re:Don't forget the cost of your medical bills (1)

Gavin Scott (15916) | about 9 months ago | (#46297083)

Yeah, but just think of the ad revenue from putting the resulting video up on YouTube for us all to laugh at.

POW! Ha ha, that never gets old.

G.

Re:Don't forget the cost of your medical bills (1)

master_kaos (1027308) | about 9 months ago | (#46297111)

maybe he lives in Canada

Re:Don't forget the cost of your medical bills (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46297195)

So then he's already paid for it through his exorbitant tax bill.

Re:Don't forget the cost of your medical bills (1)

ClickOnThis (137803) | about 9 months ago | (#46297629)

maybe he lives in Canada

In that case, people wouldn't punch him on the nose. They'd apologize for being in his camera's FOV.

not worth $1500 (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46297053)

Especially since it's not even a finished product.

No (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46297055)

No. It's dumb.

battery issue: less than 4 hours (2)

peter303 (12292) | about 9 months ago | (#46297061)

When I was trying one in demo that was doing lots of video shooting, it didnt even last two hours.

I hear lots of wearables have this issue. You want something to go all day.

The upcoming version could be better.

Re:battery issue: less than 4 hours (4, Insightful)

AK Marc (707885) | about 9 months ago | (#46297191)

That's because, despite what the idiots on Slashdot assert, the point isn't video. It's having a convenient screen always in view. The camera is more for environmental awareness than recording people/events. It is *not* an augmented reality device because the side-screen can't overlay information on the visual field of the wearer.

When you think of it as a convenient remote display, and nothing more, then it becomes much less "interesting".

The only app I'd want is a drunk driving app. An app that detects eyelid dilation, eye movements per minute, and eye movement speed could set off warnings when a driver is unsafe (too tired, too drunk). And that doesn't even use the external-facing camera.

Ask yourself... (-1, Troll)

cream wobbly (1102689) | about 9 months ago | (#46297063)

Are you a knobhead?

Depends, but probably not. (4, Insightful)

jythie (914043) | about 9 months ago | (#46297089)

Kinda like the 'if you have to ask, you can not afford it', if you balk at $1,500, it probably is not for you. Google Glass right now is an expensive toy for people who either can afford to chunk the cash into entertainment or derive enough social benefit from owning one to justify the cost.

Granted there are also some tinkerers out there that are playing with them, but I suspect they are kinda like the 3d printer market, present but fairly niche. For the most part, either you make enough that the cost is nothing to you, or you decide the social status from your peer group is worth the outlay.

derive enough social benefi (0, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46297293)

There is no real social benefit - just more advertsing. Google is just an advertising company that has a search engine and other products to get people to see and click on ads and to collect marketing data.

Google Glass will enable them to get such incredible data that will just mint money for them. AND it's a way to put advertising in front of people's eyeballs when they are away from their computers or other devices.

Goddamn brilliant!

Re: derive enough social benefi (1)

swillden (191260) | about 9 months ago | (#46297553)

Google Glass will enable them to get such incredible data that will just mint money for them

How? You don't believe the garbage about them always recording and sending everything to Google do you?

AND it's a way to put advertising in front of people's eyeballs when they are away from their computers or other devices.

Google is not doing advertising on Glass, nor even allowing other developers to display ads on Glass (though I'm sure people will find a way to work around that).

Re:Depends, but probably not. (1)

trybywrench (584843) | about 9 months ago | (#46297307)

I would add that developers who are interested in writing against Google Glass may consider the $1,500 price tag an investment in getting a lead on development.

Re:Depends, but probably not. (2)

ItsJustAPseudonym (1259172) | about 9 months ago | (#46297603)

...I suspect they are kinda like the 3d printer market, present but fairly niche.

Darn good suggestion. I'd rather have a 3D printer.

great marketing trick (1, Insightful)

schneidafunk (795759) | about 9 months ago | (#46297091)

You need an invite to BUY a product. This trick has worked in so many different products and services, for example facebook or 'limited edition' coin collections on late night T.V. There's probably some other very good examples, but those were the first two that came to mind.

Re:great marketing trick (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46297577)

Timeshares are probably where the invite trick started.

Will you improve it? (5, Insightful)

nicholasjay (921044) | about 9 months ago | (#46297093)

The main idea behind getting Google Glass now is to help improve it. Develop apps for it that enhance the experience. If you're not going to do that, I'd consider the money poorly spent.

Re: Will you improve it? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46297297)

Improving the Cue-Cat experience would represent a more significant contribution. There are tons of people already working up clever use cases for Glass. Think outside the box. Literally, since there are already enough unboxing videos for Glass on YouTube.

Finally, an actual response (4, Interesting)

Zero__Kelvin (151819) | about 9 months ago | (#46297469)

I can't say I was surprised. I knew it was going to happen. The poster clearly stated: "Does anyone in the /. community have Google Glass and can they give some advice to the rest of us considering it?"

queue all the slashdotters who cannot read and have a bias sans experience. Kudos for eschewing the low hanging Oh Noooh! It's Google and it's new and it's different! I'm a gonna punch you in da noze if you wear it! crowd and offering an actual response with some possible value. I get that you probably don't own Glass yourself either, but at least you provided some feedback that actually has some value in it.

I also don't have Glass, but would certainly try it out if I has the $1500.00 In the end it comes down to what the OPs budget is, and how badly they want a new toy. If you are looking to live on the bleeding edge go for it. If you are expecting real utility from Glass for your $1500.00, wait for it to mature. The cost will come down drastically as the capabilities likewise improve.

Re:Finally, an actual response (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46297501)

Cue, not queue.

Re:Finally, an actual response (-1, Troll)

Zero__Kelvin (151819) | about 9 months ago | (#46297587)

You got a problem with my post, or you just want to post ridiculous drivel? Get in line .... (Sounds like a queue to me)

Re:Finally, an actual response (0)

BasilBrush (643681) | about 9 months ago | (#46297607)

People here are predisposed to like new technology, and tend to be pro anything connected to Android. The overwhelming flood of negativity even amongst this crowd should clue you in to the fact that Google Glass isn't going to take off.

The reason it's STILL on invite only, "development unit" distribution, is that if sold as normal product, through normal channels, it would tank as surely as The Segway, the Kin, and the various "smart" watches.

It's a trap! (2)

Kierthos (225954) | about 9 months ago | (#46297097)

I can't see shelling out $1500 for the privilege of what amounts to beta-testing Google Glass. Honestly, Google should be paying the testers, not the other way around. It's not like they're low on cash.

Re:It's a trap! (1)

Altus (1034) | about 9 months ago | (#46297359)

They didn't get rich by writing checks.

Probably Not (3, Informative)

HannethCom (585323) | about 9 months ago | (#46297105)

I have a friend that has Google Glass. I have tried it and found it to be very underwhelming. Right now it is really just a very expensive toy and in its current form I do not see it ever being really all that useful.

If you do get it, you should probably have an Android 4.0.3+ phone, so you can do SMS and GPS with it.

No... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46297119)

No. Don't be a glass-hole

No (3, Funny)

scotts13 (1371443) | about 9 months ago | (#46297121)

Another no. At least, not until most of your neighbors are cyborgs.

Why not (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46297127)

It is an amazing piece of technology, even if you never use it it will eventually be a collectors item so you can either sell it off or keep it if you like it enough.

Joke? (4, Funny)

tsqr (808554) | about 9 months ago | (#46297129)

I put in my application for Google Glass as a joke.

I don't think you understand what a "joke" is. Unless, that is, the information you supplied on the application is funny in some way.

You want some advice? Here's some advice: buy it, and wear it into a biker bar. Before you go to the bar, leave a note for your next of kin, asking them to post the recorded video on Youtube. That way, we can all share in the joke.

Re:Joke? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46297305)

I put in my application for Google Glass as a joke.

I don't think you understand what a "joke" is.

He must write for Fallon...

Re:Joke? (2)

SensitiveMale (155605) | about 9 months ago | (#46297319)

I put in my application for Google Glass as a joke.

I don't think you understand what a "joke" is. Unless, that is, the information you supplied on the application is funny in some way.

I don't think you understand what "doing something for a joke" is. Actually I think you do, but you're being deliberately obtuse so you could follow up with that idiotic following sentence.

Re:Joke? (1)

tsqr (808554) | about 9 months ago | (#46297523)

Actually I think you do, but you're being deliberately obtuse so you could follow up with that idiotic following sentence.

Ah, I love the smell of ad hominem in the morning. It's such a wonderful reflection of the poster's state of mind.

Of course I understand what "doing something for a joke" is, and this is not an example. This is more along the lines of "doing something to see what happens".

Re:Joke? (4, Informative)

Lumpy (12016) | about 9 months ago | (#46297485)

Already did that with a friend, nothing happened except for a few people that were curious about it and he let them try it on, most thought it was cool and wondered if they could use it for GPS on the motorcycle while they ride.

Bikers are actually decent people and not complete scumbags like you seem to believe they are.

Stop watching "sons of anarchy" it's not reality.

You buy, I'll fly (0)

Zero__Kelvin (151819) | about 9 months ago | (#46297557)

I'll make you a deal. If you buy the hardware for me, I'll wear it into a biker bar right before your very eyes. You know what they are going to say? Wow dude. Those are some funky glasses! Where'd you get 'em?

(The one Biker who knows what Glass is couldn't make it out if his mother's basement because he's too hammered)

I would wait for the next version.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46297137)

It looks much more comfortable [blogspot.com]

Developing for it? Sure. Wearing it about? No. (1)

RevWaldo (1186281) | about 9 months ago | (#46297139)

n/m

.

Not a simple question, or maybe it is... (5, Insightful)

torchdragon (816357) | about 9 months ago | (#46297151)

I'm an early adopter because of my employer. We do mobile development and have been pushing to be a leader in Glass development. I've had a lot of hands on time with the device and its is a really cool piece of tech but there's a bunch of gotchas for it.

1. Its limited. There's little it can do right now that isn't handled better on your smartphone.
2. Battery usage is pretty abysmal. If you're looking to get a solid 8-10 hours of casual usage, you won't make it.
3. Its expensive. $1500 is a lot for what it can do.

Those things are severe downsides as a non-developer. However, if you're interested in learning how to develop on the device and juicing up your resume with wearable design / implementation experience, then for someone like me (a mobile developer), the $1500 is an investment that you get to play around with on your off hours.

So if you want to be a leading edge developer and you can back up your interest with cash, go for it. If you're looking for a good investment on a solid end user experience you will be disappointed, just wait for the consumer version to hit the market.

Re: Not a simple question, or maybe it is... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46297391)

There are a lot of more interesting ways for a leading edge developer to invest $1500 than giving it to Google.

Re:Not a simple question, or maybe it is... (1)

mrchaotica (681592) | about 9 months ago | (#46297507)

Is your company hiring?

I tried it out the other day (5, Insightful)

mrchaotica (681592) | about 9 months ago | (#46297167)

Google held a "glass event" in my city the other day and I had a chance to try it out.

I found it awkward to use: the gesture interface is clunky, voice commands are obtrusive to people nearby, and it takes way too much attention and focus to use the screen. I found it harder to use Glass while walking around than it is to use an Android smartphone while walking around.

Also, the apps they had available to demo -- which I can only assume are some of the best existing on the platform right now, because why would you demo anything other than the best? -- were not particularly useful. The closest that came to being cool was a program that used the camera to take pictures of signs in foreign languages and then display them translated to English. I could see that being useful if you travel in foreign countries extensively, but even then the experience was clunky -- you had to pick which language you thought the sign was in and aim the camera directly at the middle of the sign for it to work. And even then the translation wasn't "stable:" there was one German word displayed along an arch instead of a straight line where the translation kept shifting between completely different words as the viewing angle changed slightly.

If you want to develop apps for Google Glass, it might be worth getting. But if you just want to use it, it's not ready yet. Personally, I think it's actually a regression in functionality compared to what people like Steve Mann and Thad Starner had a decade ago, because it lacks both a reasonable input interface (e.g. a twiddler [handykey.com] ) and software that actually does something that a smartphone can't.

Re:I tried it out the other day (1)

Lumpy (12016) | about 9 months ago | (#46297503)

"the gesture interface is clunky, voice commands are obtrusive to people nearby, and it takes way too much attention and focus to use the screen. "

this is the same words I heard from the co-worker I convinced to switch from an iPhone to an Android phone recently. Sounds more like someone not used to a User interface than anything else.

Re:I tried it out the other day (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46297569)

Whereas, you sound like someone who is providing excuses for giving bad advice...

The truth hurts, I guess.

Are you a Google fanboy? (1)

fsck-beta (3539217) | about 9 months ago | (#46297173)

If you aren't, spend the $1500 anywhere else.

Re:Are you a Google fanboy? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46297593)

Best answer so far!
Unfortunately there are even more Google fanboys than Apple fanboys, or at least they are more vocal, so there is no shortage of people who will dish out that amount of dough.

not unless its made out of gold (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46297175)

Everyone that applies gets in now. Its supposed to be released later this year for ~ $600, from what i've seen in many places. Personally I think this looks much better then glass: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/laforge-icis-prescription-smart-glasses, and you won't stick out like a sore thumb for using it.

Sure (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46297181)

I bet you could get $2,000 for it.

in same situation (2)

fermion (181285) | about 9 months ago | (#46297185)

My theory is that in this point they are pretty much willing to give a pair to anyone who has $1500 to blow. In my case it will closer to $2000 because I want the prescription frames.

The fact that everyone seems to be getting an invite indicates that I theory I have held since the first Google Android phone came out might be true. Google does not know how to make an affordable piece of consumer technology. Google does not know how to market a piece of consumer technology except through marketing process like this where they try to make the device seem very scarce and available only to a select group. Google has not built up the trust with the public to make anyone who buys something like this feel anything other than an extreme early adopting Guinea pig.

I might buy it if I get external funding. However the horror stories of lack of customer support for the first Google phone, and those who paid for other Google services, make me realize that I am giving two grand for a product, not for help from any company backing it. It is also the reason why I tend not to use MS products. If something is only supported by third parties, and not by the manufacturer, it make me worry about quality.

Re:in same situation (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46297453)

horror stories of lack of customer support for the first Google phone

I had a Nexus One that was given out at GDC when they launched it - it was an awesome phone for me, not sure what problems people had with customer support, but I found the experience excellent. The only thing I might regret is how deeply integrated google has become into my whole online experience, but I have no complaints about the tech.

My wife has one. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46297197)

My wife has one, I would only get one under a specific set of circumstances.

a) you know specifically what you want to use this for and are pretty sure it can do it.

or

b) you have $1500 in play money to blow just for the experience. Because yeah, they are pretty nifty and I think this is where tech is headed.

Also, only if you don't wear prescription glasses or are OK with their (IMO) ugly ones and shelling out for and waiting for your prescription to fill. They fit over some glasses. Not mine and I'm nearsighted enough that I can't read the screen.

As to using them, there is a pretty limited set of functions they can do now. There's just not that much software. I think it will get there eventually, but it's not there now. Personally I wouldn't have enough of a use of them to bother. Even if there were something you want to wear them for, the battery life at the moment cuts the usefulness way down to short stretches at a time.

Also, be warned that if you break them you're SOL. They aren't covered against accidental breakage. There are no repair facilities, no spare parts and you're not even allowed to sell your broken hulk to someone who might try to use it (to maybe mod it into a helmet or some project like that).

Why are you getting it? (4, Insightful)

hoyle (89469) | about 9 months ago | (#46297219)

The cost is not worth it, not for a device that you'll be using for yourself.

I have one that I got for research purposes, and I love it. However, I would not have paid my own money for it. It does not provide $1500 of utility at the moment.

Now, if you are looking to get into wearable computing application development, that's a different story and I'd say get one. Try to get your company to pay for it, though.

Watch the black mirror (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46297255)

Watch "The Black Mirror" and then decide- http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2089050/

If you want to get a beating buy it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46297257)

It isn't cool to have Google Glasses. People don't take kindly to some nerd recording them. You may get a beating.

Forget Google Glass, buy something else (1)

ArcadeMan (2766669) | about 9 months ago | (#46297271)

With 1500$ you can get a desktop CNC machine or a 3D printer. If you shop around, maybe both.

Re:Forget Google Glass, buy something else (1)

Lumpy (12016) | about 9 months ago | (#46297521)

My 3d printer was $300. $1500 is for the uber deluxe pro model.

Here are five alternatives to Google Glass (3, Informative)

i_want_you_to_throw_ (559379) | about 9 months ago | (#46297313)

The $1500.00 price tag set me back as well. I don't love being a first adopter that much! There are five alternatives to Google Glass [laptopmag.com] here if you want to consider something more reasonable.

Quoth Dennis Leary: "I'm a glasshole" (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46297315)

Go on goy, join the botnet, be a walking surveillance camera for your masters.

I'll take yours! (1)

MobyDisk (75490) | about 9 months ago | (#46297335)

I've been wanting something like this since I was a kid. Even if for no reason other than to feel totally cool. (Yes, everyone else will think I'm a dork for wearing it, but that's the story of my life. I wear by 8-bit tie proudly!)

Re:I'll take yours! (1)

mrchaotica (681592) | about 9 months ago | (#46297591)

If you want one, sign up for it. You'll get an invite within a couple of weeks because lots of people are interested, but they're not $1500 interested when it comes down to it.

Depends, really. (1)

hsmith (818216) | about 9 months ago | (#46297341)

We bought two pair for our company to play with. I have one and my business partner has another.

The only real use we have had for them is taking videos and pictures of our kids. Don't get me wrong, they are FANTASTIC for that.

But both of us really can't find the use for them, other than a cool method of capturing video. Not $1500 worthy, wait for the commercial version.

For 1500 Bucks... (3, Interesting)

CanHasDIY (1672858) | about 9 months ago | (#46297363)

For $1,500 you could buy an Oculus Rifts, small form factor PC, battery rig, and a couple of EyeToys, and have a real augmented reality display, with money left over.

And, you know, look like a complete idiot, instead of an 80% idiot.

90% of smartphone access can be done by wearables (2)

peter303 (12292) | about 9 months ago | (#46297381)

Most of the time you want to see one line of information or one picture: info like time, weather, message, newsheadline. You dont want to fumble with pulling out a smartphone to see these all time. Google Glass will display 10 lines of 40+ characters on their 360 scanline display. Thats far more than I'd usually want to read for most uses.

The problem with early wearables are they are over designed to do too much like a smartphone or desktop. That makes them expensive, difficult to use, and short battery life. I am learning toward a watch as my wearable message machine.

Congratulations (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46297385)

You're a glasshole. If you don't want/cant affort them, don't fucking apply, there are enough people who would really like them, but didn't get a chance, you beeing one reason.

Fourth amendment implications of Google Glass (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46297399)

Strangely no one seems to be asking one question about Glass that I think should be obvious: what effect does the potential adoption of such devices have upon societal privacy norms (whatever's left of them, anyway) these days?

To keep this short, here's a talk [youtube.com] from DEFCON 19 that goes over the question in more detail. The general idea is that if everyone starts wearing Glass, the accepted definition of "reasonable expectation of privacy" shifts, and not in the direction most of us, I think, would want. And you can be rest assured that judges will lean heavily on what they perceive to be society's current definition of "reasonable" in writing opinions. Furthermore, this seems to be pretty much a one-way process: once it becomes acceptable to walk around with video-enabled Glass, there's no going back.

Just something worth thinking about when you contemplate whether or not to shell out the money for the device.

--CF

No. (1)

Dak_Peoples (591544) | about 9 months ago | (#46297403)

Buddy of mine was selected, and his company bought it for 'testing purposes as well like most here. Anyways, he brought it out one day and was showing it off to a bunch of us nerds getting beers at the local watering hole. Honestly, I got bored with it after 2 minutes of fumbling around with it. Its clumsy and did not bring me "value". In stead of looking down at your phone, getting the same information, now you can stare straight ahead at someone across the table and appear engaging in a conversation but instead with your "Glass "as you would engage with your phone. Its the new modern day version of the fanny pack in my opinion. But to answer OP, should you get Glass? No. Go invest your 1500 wisely elsewhere. (score: 0)

Wait about 3 years. (1)

mark-t (151149) | about 9 months ago | (#46297459)

[nt]

yes! absolutely! yes! go for it! (1)

shadowrat (1069614) | about 9 months ago | (#46297467)

One of my coworkers has one. Honestly, i think it sucks. The resolution is abysmal, and I found the screen impossible to focus on. It promises to provide super fast access to vital information, but in the use case of looking up a stock quote or reading a text message or using a map, i found it far easier to just look at my phone.

to even make out the screen. i had to adjust it constantly. it would always slip on my face so everytime i needed to look at the screen that meant more fiddling with my hands. for something that's supposed to be hands free, it sure did occupy my hands a lot. Then the crummy resolution results in a hard to see result.

if you think you are going to get useful navigation information while you bike or drive, like google implies, thing again. if you think you are going to suddenly exhibit superhuman cognitive abilities as the whole of the web flashes before your eyes and your friends marvel at your ability to recognize everyone and everything, think again. if you think you will look like you are paying attention while secretly watching something in glass, you won't you look like a catatonic idiot.

However, it's not like it holds no promise. this kind of thing is probably the future. And i want a cool wearable hud in the future so i'd honestly like you to buy this piece of crap now and help fix it.

Are you a developer? (1)

EvilSS (557649) | about 9 months ago | (#46297497)

And are you looking to make apps for it? If not, then wait. It's early days for this type of tech and you will probably kick yourself in 12-18 months for blowing that $1500 on glass. You can still be an early adopter and probably get a better device at a better price by waiting a short while. Heck, even if you are dead set on getting Google Glass, everyone expects the commercial version to be released this year (possibly within the next few months) at a much lower price. Why by now? It would be like buying last year's [insert favorite smartphone here] when you know the new one is just around the corner.

Depends on... (2, Funny)

binarybum (468664) | about 9 months ago | (#46297533)

Do you already have a moustache? If yes, you are probably creepy enough to wear google glass - consider it if you have funds left over after buying a nice pair of tight leather pants.

Do you have a good ap for them? (1)

DeTech (2589785) | about 9 months ago | (#46297601)

Do you have a good ap for them? Otherwise, No.

Offer spam (2)

Animats (122034) | about 9 months ago | (#46297605)

"You have been selected to receive our exclusive offer! For only $1500...!"

It's a commercial product. Soon (maybe already) anyone with the money will be able to buy one. Probably for less money.

If you want a Google Glass invite code, there are plenty of them on eBay, all with 0 bids. $8.99 or best offer is the going rate for Buy It Now.

My experience with glass (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 9 months ago | (#46297609)

I had one and returned it here are my thoughts.

Glass is a new way of thinking about interacting with technology. I think eventually most people will not be able to resist a tighter integration with the Internet in their personal lives. Like Bluetooth earbuds, wearable computers will seem less weird over time.

Since glass is a leading edge product, how it will be best used is not quite clear yet. This means that unless you are interested in developing that frontier, it is just an expensive camera for your face.

On the other hand if you are wanting to create new ways for people to interact, then glass is a fascinating research platform.

I returned mine because I decided that the amount of research development I was doing was very small and therefore any hobby projects could be done on a smart phone, keeping the abilities of glass in the back of my mind.

In your case you submitted the application as a joke so it sounds unlikely that you will do anything with glass to take advantage of its potential. If you just want a fun device to use, not to develop with, then you, like myself, are probably better served by waiting for the more widely available consumer version in the future

There are other options that are cheaper (-1, Flamebait)

Misagon (1135) | about 9 months ago | (#46297611)

Instead of paying $1500 for Google Glass, why not make your own!
You'll need an old pair of sunglasses, a piece of cardboard, sticky tape and a felt-tip pen.

Remove the glasses from the glass frame, write "Punch Here!" on the cardboard and tape it to the upper part of the frame above the eyes. Ta da!

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