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Google Glass isn't the device you must have this year

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If you’re not a doctor, a filmmaker, a cop or a professional athlete, is Google Glass worth having? Plenty of articles discuss how people in all these professions have utilized the wearable tech and how it benefits them, but how does it work for the average tech user? In short, it may not be worth it, unless you have a specific use in mind.

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We’ll run through some of the basic uses of Glass: Turn-by-turn navigation, ability to take photos and video quickly and hands-free, notifications pop up on screen and the ability to “Google” something by asking the question aloud.

While the appeal of Google Glass is in its ability to present normal tasks with a hands-free approach, there are some issues that really mess up how useful these tools can be.

However, one review from Darren Murph for BGR notes just how many issues can come from the failure of one function. Murph writes that he had more trouble than it was worth trying to speak and have the phone translate what he said to text. He speculated, “I’ll bet you that the majority of mainstream consumers will say: “You know what, typing on my phone is more private, less embarrassing, and more accurate. Screw Glass.” The video attached to this article notes that the reviewer had similar issues and sent embarrassing emails as a result of Glass’s errors.

Murph also adds that he couldn’t maintain a reliable Bluetooth connection and said a disconnect happened at least once a day.

If you're hoping to take photos while jumping off a mountain bike, or you plan on using it to take photos while bird watching, or basically anything that includes taking photos in a hands-free setting, Google Glass might be worth checking out. However, the camera sensor is behind the newest version of iPhone, so if you're into photography, its likely it won't be producing the results you want.

Keeping in mind, there was doubt about how people could find a use for tablets, and we did, in a big way, there’s no question that Google Glass and similar kind of wearables will be take over. They will be accepted and someday commonly used. However, that day is far off. Right now, a person vaguely interested in the tech has to shell out the money to be treated like an outcast. Never underestimate the power of social pressure. As Wired’s Mat Honan explained it, he found more reasons not to wear the device in public than reasons to wear it, based on the reactions of people around him (and the safety of the device.)

I would speculate that Glass would really be “worth it” in terms of use and money after the second or third official versions have come out, depending how quickly updates will come. Technically, the first version is the one that is part of the explorer program and the second version will be the one made available to consumers without an invite or ridiculous price tag. However, the device needs to become a common occurrence before it becomes accepted and people can find the best use for the device.

So, yes it’s cool. It has incredible potential. But at this moment, Google Glass isn’t a must-have device.


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