As you all undoubtedly already know, Google Glass is finally here. Well… sort of. The consumer version of Glass isn’t slated to arrive in your grubby little consumery hands until next year sometime. A developer’s preview edition is what’s already being worn by thousands of eager geeks. For the pleasure of being a first adopter, you get the opportunity to pay Google $1500.
And it’s probably the product’s exclusivity that’s spurred all these (lame) articles about how this alpha product doesn’t live up to the expectations of the consumer market. Until Google releases Glass to the public, stop flooding my Twitter feed with this nonsense. I would like to ask that this crap doesn’t get written in the first place, but we all know that that won’t happen, as any article about Glass is linkbait (cue my hypocritical chuckle).
Currently, if you’re one of those lucky 8,000 people Google chose to receive Glass, you also get a buggy product with frequent system updates and extremely low battery life. You get to walk, eat, drive, and breathe looking like something awkward out of a William Gibson novel. Oh yes, and you most decidedly get an alpha product. You do not get a product ready for release. You do not get a product that’s been fully market tested. You do not get a product that’s guaranteed to even work. If you live in Silicon Valley, New York City, or Los Angeles, your friends will inevitably envy you. But if you live anywhere else, you’ll get a lot of weird looks. That’s what you get for your $1500.
When something is marketed as a developer’s product for early adopters and Google doesn’t even bother slapping their trademark “beta” label on it, you should know exactly what you’re getting; you’re getting what you paid for. And a year from now, after the company has worked out these alpha kinks and they put it in stores, we all hope you’ll be getting what you pay for then, too.
When the iPod was launched in 2001, IDC said Apple wouldn’t do well in the consumer electronics market. It was considered to be one of the Top Five Worst Tech Holiday Gifts that season. Not convinced yet? When the Sony Walkman first came out in 1979, not only was the press not impressed, but Sony only sold 3,000 units that first month. And neither one of those were alpha products just released to developers.
Show me the possibilities of what could be with Glass; don’t tell me what it isn’t right now.
I know what it isn’t: ready.
I want to know what it will be a year from now.