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Ask Slashdot: Should I Get Google Glass? 421

lunatick writes "I put in my application for Google Glass as a joke. I never figured I would be selected. Well in less than one week I got my invite to buy Google Glass. My main hold back is the $1500 price tag for a device that just seems to be a camera and navigation aid. Does anyone in the /. community have Google Glass and can they give some advice to the rest of us considering it?"
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Ask Slashdot: Should I Get Google Glass?

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  • Probably Not (Score:4, Informative)

    by HannethCom ( 585323 ) on Thursday February 20, 2014 @02:55PM (#46297105)
    I have a friend that has Google Glass. I have tried it and found it to be very underwhelming. Right now it is really just a very expensive toy and in its current form I do not see it ever being really all that useful.

    If you do get it, you should probably have an Android 4.0.3+ phone, so you can do SMS and GPS with it.
  • by vidnet ( 580068 ) on Thursday February 20, 2014 @03:09PM (#46297279) Homepage

    You shouldn't try to find $1500 worth of value in the current product. If there was, they'd be selling it to everyone.

    Take a look at a list of apps [glass-apps.org] and see if this is a technology you'd find fascinating, and decide based on whether you have the time and resources to invest into exploring it.

    Glass today is basically like Internet access in 1994. Slow, expensive, flawed and of no practical value -- but interesting and fun for those with the time and interest to tinker with it.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday February 20, 2014 @03:10PM (#46297293)

    There is no real social benefit - just more advertsing. Google is just an advertising company that has a search engine and other products to get people to see and click on ads and to collect marketing data.

    Google Glass will enable them to get such incredible data that will just mint money for them. AND it's a way to put advertising in front of people's eyeballs when they are away from their computers or other devices.

    Goddamn brilliant!

  • by i_want_you_to_throw_ ( 559379 ) on Thursday February 20, 2014 @03:11PM (#46297313) Journal
    The $1500.00 price tag set me back as well. I don't love being a first adopter that much! There are five alternatives to Google Glass [laptopmag.com] here if you want to consider something more reasonable.
  • Re:Joke? (Score:5, Informative)

    by Lumpy ( 12016 ) on Thursday February 20, 2014 @03:22PM (#46297485) Homepage

    Already did that with a friend, nothing happened except for a few people that were curious about it and he let them try it on, most thought it was cool and wondered if they could use it for GPS on the motorcycle while they ride.

    Bikers are actually decent people and not complete scumbags like you seem to believe they are.

    Stop watching "sons of anarchy" it's not reality.

  • by BasilBrush ( 643681 ) on Thursday February 20, 2014 @03:34PM (#46297641)

    It might be a pathetic grammar post, but he's not wrong. The word you were looking for is cue.

  • No. (Score:5, Informative)

    by mcspoo ( 933106 ) on Thursday February 20, 2014 @03:43PM (#46297759) Homepage

    Unless you're rich and $1500 is a piddling amount of moola...

    I also got an invite to order Google Glass and politely declined. $1500 is too much for a product that isn't fully realized. Yet, Google Glass holds interest to me because it holds a possibility of improving the lives of deaf folks like me... REAL TIME CAPTIONING, right in front of our eyes. That would completely change LIVES. (Yes, I recognize that similar technology on Youtube produces lamentable results.) What disappoints me is that Google doesn't seem to recognize it, or deems it an inadequate market to follow. You really think it wouldn't be cool to more or less create a version of the Babelfish from Hitchhiker's Guide? Or recognize that if you erased communication difficulties, you'd be one step closer to a civilized world where we can exchange ideas WITHOUT throwing poo?

    Glass uses bone conduction for sound (which wouldn't work for a person with truly profound nerve deafness, like myself), and has stated that they do not recommend the Glass for deaf users. While it's not the same as "get to the back of the bus", it's still disappointing to be marginalized in such a way. But I'll remain hopeful that one day, Google recognizes what they could do for folks like me, and enable us to communicate with "norms" without ya'all looking like fools :)

  • Re:No (Score:3, Informative)

    by Razgorov Prikazka ( 1699498 ) on Thursday February 20, 2014 @03:53PM (#46297907)
    No is the short and straightforward answer.
    The longer more thought through answer should be: No-no-no-no-no-no-no-Hell-no!

    There are way to many camera's as it is today, no need for privately owned ones as well.
    There should be a little red 'recording' light on there. So you can go about as you are when not filming me, or get a sub-retinal version for free if you start filming me without consent.
    I feel no need for others to film me with a wireless webcam straped to their faces!
    So the answer should be NO. Period.
  • by hey! ( 33014 ) on Thursday February 20, 2014 @03:59PM (#46297965) Homepage Journal

    Pretty soon there will be a $399 version that's 10x better than the first generation.

    True, but if you're an app developer that's actually a sensible reason to drop the dough now and get familiar with the platform so you're ready when it becomes viable for pragmatist adopters. In my experience $500/seat is an important threshold when selling to pragmatist adopters.

    The fact that the guy is even asking this question shows that he's got the money, but it's enough dough that he has to consider the purchase carefully. If there were an existing application that justified the purchase as a user he'd probably know about it, so I'd guess that the only practical reason to buy the thing would be to develop a new application. If you had an idea for a new app or even had confidence you could come up with such an idea, now would be a good time to get a jump on the competition.

    If the guy isn't a serious developer, then what he ought to do is compare the novelty value of owning a Google Glass with other amusing ways he could spend $1500. That would pay for round trip airfare to Hawaii; a half dozen prime seat at Broadway shows; or a rather memorable night in a Nevada brothel.

  • by lunatick ( 32698 ) on Thursday February 20, 2014 @05:08PM (#46298681) Homepage

    Thank you to the /. community for their input. Based on the replies my first instinct was correct. Forget about it!
    I work as a FF/Medic and I know there are apps being developed for that area but I have no ability to create apps for it beyond an idea. I was hoping you could put notes on it as a heads up display that may help in patient care or in rescue.

    From the list of apps that some provided me I find the apps all useless.

    I appreciated all the input and hope others find it useful as well.

    Thank you

  • by thisisfrancis ( 3545589 ) on Thursday February 20, 2014 @06:07PM (#46299337)
    - It's not disclosed prominently, but you have 30 days from date of delivery or pickup to return Glass for a refund (assuming in full working order with everything, etc- don't drop and step on it!).

    - If you can, pick it up at a Glass showroom. They're very helpful in adjusting the nose pads and display for you, answering any questions, and getting you started. The private Explorers online community has a lot of enthusiastic users ready to discuss their experiences and ideas.

    - Warning- if you're an iPhone user, you're a second class citizen in the Glass ecosystem. You'll need a data plan compatible with Personal Hotspot (i.e. NOT compatible with grandfathered unlimited plans from AT&T). Apple restrictions on access to system apps and services mean, for example, no iMessage/SMS notifications to or sending from Glass. Every time you ask for route directions, you'll have to pull out your phone and open the MyGlass companion iOS app.

    - Will this be the next Walkman/iPhone? I doubt it. Will it find use in niche vertical applications, like medicine, environmental exploration, etc? Sure. If you're a developer and would like to explore those possibilities or just like to tinker with a new gadget, give it a try.

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