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.
Google has stated many times that Glass will see a consumer launch, however they have yet to give us a solid date. This new information we have obtained may not give us a date, but it does give us the idea that Google may be setting out for a consumer launch sooner than we think.
As soon as Glass got out into the world, Takayama and her colleagues were surprised to see its manifold uses. Glass had been viewed mainly as a utility for the busy and on-the-go, a kind of on-face extension of the smartphone. But many uses were more casual: “The camera was often used for capturing moments that otherwise it would be hard to capture, like when toddler needs help to walk,” says Takayama. A whole new genre of pet video spawned–ones where the user had both hands free to play with and prompt their cat, dog, or hamster.
Google made an appeal to the common man with the Explorer Edition. They have me persuaded. How about you? FastCompany tells us about the lessons we’ve learned thus far.