It’s been a while, friends. I remember when I started SelfScreens (a site broadly aimed at covering wearables) right around the announcement of Google Glass, trying to foresee the coming and impending wave of wearable technology. I probably did some of my best writing to this date when I launched that site because I was so passionate about the idea of wearable technology—and it still astounds me how much potential this upcoming market has. But not long after, I decided I needed to specialize. I needed to focus on one thing. And Glass is what excited me the most.
So I started Google Glass Fans about a year later, and we had an extremely successful first couple of months. Actually, we accumulated more than 40,000 page views in the first three months of this site’s existence, surpassing anything I accomplished on SelfScreens by leaps and bounds. I was excited to say the least, and I couldn’t wait to see where the site went. But then, over time, Glass just became more dull. Google hasn’t really said anything about the direction the platform is going since the introduction of Android Wear, and most of the community was—and still is to this day—left in the dark to some extent. (Add to all of this that I basically fell into a health crisis during the second half of this year, but that’s none of your business.)
“We’re Explorers,” we all said, as if we deserved to know the future of this $1,500 piece of technology we strap to our heads (or, for a lot of us, no longer strap to our heads because of the launch of the supported—and growing—Android Wear space). Glass still lingers in the background and sits on our shelves taunting us of a future of head-worn HUD devices to come, and we look at the device once a week and try it on, just wishing that it was something we could actually wear in public. Wearing Glass in San Francisco is even becoming a bit hard, and can’t you do basically anything in San Francisco without judgment?
But I have a hope. I hope somewhere laying deep, deep down that Glass is going to eventually flourish. And it’s not just because I started this website and I want to cash in on some Adsense dollars (although that would be nice considering I need to pay for school). I want Glass to succeed and see widespread adoption because I think it’s the next obvious step toward a truly interconnected reality that does away with the archaic concept of the “internet” and welcomes a (brave!) new world of information flowing more freely and abundantly than ever before. The technology that will come in the next couple of decades is exciting, and Google is clearly leading the charge in more ways than one.
[pullquote]I want Glass to succeed and see widespread adoption because I think it’s the next obvious step toward a truly interconnected reality that does away with the archaic concept of the “internet” and welcomes a (brave!) new world of information flowing more freely and abundantly than ever before.[/pullquote]
Today, I’m relaunching Google Glass Fans. That doesn’t mean we’re going to have full time staff just yet (there needs to be news to have staff), but it does mean that I’m going to be keeping up with this blog to some extent. Maybe a post a day. Maybe a few posts per week. But I want to rekindle this little project of mine and I want to help remind the community that Glass is still a very real experiment—and whether or not “Glass” in its current form succeeds, technology like it will soon take its place. But I’m hoping it does succeed, and I’m hoping that the Glass community will grow to the point that we won’t even call it the “Glass community” anymore (like the old “computer clubs” of old), but that we’ll just have regular, every-day community instead (with Glass on our heads).
Some fancy new things on the site:
- Better and less annoying ads
- Retina-ized assets
- Faster load times
- New logo, adopting a bolder form of Roboto that doesn’t look pixelated
- more stuff!
When Google releases the second iteration and it makes it to retail (if ever), I’ll definitely be hiring a team of writers* to keep this place alive and running with hoards of daily content. As an aside, I want to give a quick shout to my friend Spencer Kleyweg, who kept this site going for many months this year, even when Glass was considerably boring and not much was happening in the community. He kept clugging along covering app after app and producing guides and other content, and this site wouldn’t be anything at all without him. So much of the site’s images and graphics are also his, and I can’t thank him enough for those (it’s hard to find featured images for our blogs posts sometimes).
*if you’re interested in maybe being one of these writers or you have some other proposition for me, send me a Hangout on Google+