You’re starting to see something that Google may be fretting over, despite their already considerable power. Critics are going after their Google Glass with devastating comments that point to the word Google probably doesn’t want to be heard: failure. Mind you, some critics think it’s just a “fascinating” failure, meaning it could potentially be rescued if Google fixed many of the issues some users are reporting. Even I’ve read comments from people on Twitter who became Glass Explorers and who demonstrated how little testing some of the Google Glass features apparently had.
If it’s true that Google Glass is going to fail, what does it mean for wearable devices in the future? Are many of us just not crazy about wearing something that seems to take your private information and place it in care of a behemoth corporation? Also, with still questionable security on Google Glass, wearable devices may need another decade to develop to where we truly want them.
What Does the Public Truly Want in Wearable Devices?
One thing Google is learning is that the public is tiring of companies putting out tech tools with notable issues just for the sake of rushing the product to market. Why not take more time to fine-tune all of the technical mishaps before releasing it to the public? Google perhaps thought the entire package would be enough to make it become profitable, plus to appease those who were anxious to see the rumors of Google Glass become a reality.
The lesson now is that the public has seen enough of tech products rushed to market with far too many issues that don’t get fixed fast enough. Based on reviews, Google Glass has far too many issues to have them all fixed perfectly any time soon. They’d have to scrub the whole projects and start all over in order to address a number of them.
What’s worse is that the augmented reality many wanted before wasn’t even available during the testing. Only the camera on Google Glass seems to be fully functional without any technical issues. For photographers (and videographers), it may revolutionize the angles we can attain just on that one feature alone.
But for many, it may not be enough to buy. The public now wants something the company initially promised would be available and without having to deal with constant troubleshooting. Google Glass is a tool that becomes virtually useless if it doesn’t function in the moment, unlike other tech tools we consider more playthings.
Most of all, we may not be as crazy about wearable devices as pop culture wants to dictate. And sci-fi pop culture might be a huge factor in all the warning tales it’s given us.
Have Fictional Warning Tales About Technology Influenced Us?
The social impact of sociological sci-fi movies still get referenced quite often in social media and mainstream conversations. Everything from warnings about artificial intelligence to the intrusiveness of technology on our privacy, movies have covered it all. Those warning tales have also been taken to heart by many million of people around the world who probably fear us resembling a sci-fi movie. Let’s admit that when we use a piece of tech that resembles something from a sci-fi movie, it starts to feel more than a little surreal.
Having a wearable device that augments our reality may give too much of a feel of assimilating technology on a dangerous level. The movies have shown the circumstances of how technology can affect thoughts and create chaos on levels impossible to stop. Whether that means the public will shun all wearable devices is a matter of how close we want technology on our bodies.
When it starts to encroach in our eyesight and brains, it might be crossing the line for a good segment of the world today. With a little more distance (as in smart watches), it could be a different story. Even then, smart watches haven’t become huge sellers yet, and Apple’s iWatch is still in the testing phase or perhaps soon to release.
Apple may come out as the most sensible of all in the future as they compete with Google in a lot of tech areas. As Google probably jumps ahead of Apple in making tech inroads, Apple may have already set their future by waiting to release their products until they’re truly ready to be used perfectly.