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Tuesday Poll: Still Interested in Google Glass?

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In May of last year, just when Google Glass was getting its first big push through the Explorer program, we asked DL readers if Google Glass was a product that they were interested in. The results came back pretty mixed, with only about a third of the votes going towards “Yes, I’m very interested.” Another quarter said “No, I couldn’t care less,” while the other 40% were waiting to see if developers could do anything cool with it.

Here we are a year later, the Explorer program is now open to anyone with an enormous amount of disposable income to blow through, and Glass seems to be everywhere. Athletes are showing it off on the regular, celebrities have worn it, fashion houses have featured pairs in shows, new bars are banning Glass by the day, and designer lenses are now a reality. But with all of that happening, we still aren’t seeing Glass in its retail form yet.

So we are curious, again, if you are still interested in Google Glass? Has a year made a difference? Are you seeing enough from developers? Are there enough new use-cases to warrant a pair? Are the constant updates from Google making this product more appealing? Let us know in the comments.

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  • beez1717

    I’d be interested if it weren’t for the fact that it costs $1500…

  • Shawn John

    Not for 15 large, maybe $150

  • archercc

    The concept, yes. Their implementation, no.

    I want to see it for less of an everyday reason and more of specific applications. Motorcycle/bicycle helmets, performance/ski goggles, diving equipment, driving, etc.

    Places where taking my eyes off of something would be really bad, give me telemetry and navigation information in the corner of my eye.

  • Daistaar

    Seems that wearables aren’t moving toward glasses. Makes sense for Google to focus more on a watch or even a nice shoe insert than glasses. Glass has great professional prowess, but not for the everyday consumer.

  • Roubaix

    Still, I ask can you switch it over to your left eye? I am left eye dominant and I think having in front of my right eye would make it look blurry or out of focus. See some complications with that.

  • TheScientists

    I would use them just for GPS Nav alone, if nothing else. But that price needs to hit $200 before I would bite.

  • bigdav1178

    Need another poll option: Still waiting for the price to come down to something normal people can afford.

  • jhjr24

    I wear contacts because I hate glasses. Plus the cost of Glass is too high. Annnndd I want a nice watch. Wink wink Moto 360.

  • NexusMan

    I’m not as excited as I was when I saw that 1st concept video Google produced (that excitement has been transferred to the Moto 360), and have no plans to buy Glass in its current incarnation, however, I still am interested in seeing what a final consumer version has to offer.

  • Steve

    Not at $1500. Not at $1000. Not even at $500. When it goes sub-$500, and thus the ability to be mainstream and get useful features, yes.

  • Clancy3434

    I’d buy a pair in a heartbeat if they weren’t $1500 bucks.

  • JMonkeYJ

    I’m mostly waiting on an improved form-factor. I’m still very interested in the concept.

  • yummy

    Dumb idea, horrible execution. Jetpacks or stfu

  • _Flip_

    Build these into my Electric brand black shades and I’ll get a pair. Does that fall under,
    “Still waiting to see if developers can do anything with it.”?

  • Buckoman

    I love it. I want it.

    But I can’t justify $1500.

  • flosserelli

    I’d buy Google Glass before I bought a smartwatch, but I wouldn’t pay more than $300 for either one.

  • subiedude85

    Moto 360 first and if the price ever comes down on glass i’ll pick one up.

  • wh1te_mag1c

    I would love to use Google Glass as a less dorky (and intense) version of GoPro. For example, I would wear it while bicycling in some very scenic park.

    But as for using Glass for anything important, I don’t think that’s going to happen.

  • cbeng

    I feel like this technology has a lot more potential right now in an enterprise setting rather than mainstream consumers. I could see workers in transportation/logistics/security getting a lot of value out of this sort of thing, but I’m not interested in an embarrassingly dorky, short battery life, less practical than a phone gadget next to my brain right now. They will have to implement some pretty revolutionary software/features to make this a compelling product

  • Arty McBert

    Google Glass is the equivalent of Smart Car:
    -They both look goofy and ridiculous
    -No one will take you seriously if you own one
    -Having one will get you beaten up or have your car tipped
    -The world is better off without them

    • calculatorwatch

      I’ve been comparing it to the Segway. Like campus police and mailmen, there will be people with legitimate uses for Glass. There will also be rich people who get them just to look like a douche. But the majority of people will always just see them and laugh.

    • aQuickBit

      Honestly I’ve had quite the opposite experience. Maybe it depends on where you live or how cynical you are. At college this past year I actually became known as “Glass Guy”. People wanted to take pictures with me and with it on because they thought it was so cool. One girl thought it/I was so cool that she became my girlfriend because I was the the center of attention at a bar and even the bouncers had no problems with it. It actually was an icebreaker with the ladies. Hell two D1 NCAA football players tracked me down after two weeks and wanted to talk to me about them in between class. Shopping for groceries I’ve had 50+ year olds talk to me about how much Glass reminds them of George Jetson and it’s amazing to see their childhood become a reality. I’ve gotten several business cards from people that I’ve met and one company said that they could create an internship for me because of how tech-oriented and personable I am. I also met Derek Ross from Phandroid and Alexis Ohanian from Reddit with them. Maybe that is just my anecdotal experience and I’m lucky. Or maybe you just need to lighten up.

      • Daistaar

        LOL Awesomely funny! Thanks for that. Wait… You’re being serious… Ohhhhh…. (Walks away slowly…)

    • Sky

      i upvoted for the beating up and car tipping part.. seems legit ;)

  • K

    OT:

    Her face is so annoying

    • Lucky Armpit

      Really? She’s smokin’ hot. And two upvotes? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I guess.

      • michael arazan

        That’s the girl Sergi left his wife for

    • Sky

      ^ you gay bruh?

      • K

        Who said I was a guy bruh?

      • Grey Skies

        Why Sky, you looking to hook up with him?

    • Akmed Mohummed

      She has a fat round face. Looks a little like a camel.

  • dsass600

    I had glass for a month but ended up returning it. I couldn’t find any use for it in my life.

  • ddpacino

    Everything I wanted from that can be done with a watch on Android Wear now. Waiting to see what the final retail offering will be like as well, but for now? #MOTO360 is all I care about.

  • Allen

    I have a pair and I love glass when I’m going on a trip and use it often for casual pictures, directions, and searches. Day to day life? It sits on my night stand and gets plugged in if I’m going somewhere or a new update is launched

    • Who Cares

      Cool story. Thanks.

  • https://www.heartbleedbug.com/ Intellectua1

    Should’ve had a kinda option.

  • Jeremy Sheehan

    I had an opportunity to give this a try a work meeting. They had the guys that were the equivalent of “bleeding edge technologists”. They showed my group uses for things like Google Glass, Drones, Smart Watches and 3D printers. All of it very cool and pretty amazing in how it would work. The demo for Glass was using a picture of an object and a GPS location to give you an inventory number of what you’re looking at and its current operational state. The test drive of Glass was amusing, but I’m not sure that I found anything very useful for it. Perhaps if I had it for a while, I could see how it fits into life (kinda like my Pebble).

    For the people in the field at my company, I can see this being very useful. Myself? Not at the time.

    • RWW

      I was really interested, until I too got to try out a pair at my work. I hated the image being on my upper right instead of upper left eye (maybe because I’m left handed?). I felt eye strain almost instantly when using them. I also really wasn’t as impressed with the reflected image as I was expecting to be. It just didn’t do anything that blew me away. Even at $150, I’m not sure I’d be interested.

      Now the Oculus Rift on the other hand… sign me up! That sucker is awesome. (sorry, I tried them both for the first time on the same day)

  • needa

    i am interested, but it will be a long while before i buy one.

  • Colts5609

    At $1500, there are very few people (normal consumers) who can afford such a device, especially for something that doesn’t really serve a purpose. But if you have $1500, don’t mind being called a Glasshole, and don’t mind people complaining about how you are invading their privacy, then by all means.

    • ddpacino

      $1500 is NOT the retail price. Google has said that time and time again that the retail pricing will be a fraction of that, maybe a 1/5. It’s basically a pay-in VIP club for beta testing right now.

      • Pakmann2k

        At $300 still not interested. Just my opinion.

  • chris kilps

    and still waiting for the price to shoot way down

  • Alan Paone

    Developers still haven’t figured out how to do anything worthwhile with it, and neither have Google. Call me pessimistic but…

    • Jeremy Sheehan

      I’ve seen some pretty amazing uses for it in academic/business cases. Personal? Not so much.

      • aQuickBit

        I use LynxFit everyday just after waking up in the morning. I think that’s a really awesome personal use case.

        • frafri

          I agree. great for that. ALso in hospitals is very appealing to look at electronic medical records

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      • michael arazan

        I would want it just for driving and have a hands free HUD for google maps. Would also help a lot of people with physical disabilities.

    • ddpacino

      Certain professions will love this, and some have made taken advantage of it. Finding usage for regular people in everyday life may be a bit harder, though some with kids do love it because they can capture timeless moments handsfree.

      • michael arazan

        Perfect for first time drivers who have absolutely no idea where they are going either, and safer than trying to watch a phone with maps.

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    • John Davids

      The professional applications of Glass are limitless. Google has already done a really great job of showcasing real-world applications.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPbZy2wrTGk
      https://www.youtube.com/user/googleglass/videos

      • Lucky Armpit

        That’s awesome, I moved from Rocky Mount NC last November. Had no idea anyone from there had Glass.

      • Bill Jones

        “The professional applications of Glass are limitless.”

        Yes, just like the Segway.

        • John Davids

          Except Segway didn’t / doesn’t have a multibillion, multinational advertising company behind it.

  • King of Nynex

    Google Glass seems to be much more of a security/corporate device. I don’t really see the appeal at the consumer level.