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Scoble: Expectations for Google Glass too high for 2014

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Scoble: Expectations for Google Glass too high for 2014
Tech forecaster Robert Scoble was one of the early adopters to Google Glass. In fact, just before receiving the connected specs, he made a jump from iOS to Android. Now that he has worn Google Glass for a few months, he predicts that the device will not be a huge hit immediately. Writing on his Google+ page, Scoble warns that Google has to bring the price of Google Glass down to $300 to generate demand for the product. But that is not all.

Besides better pricing, Scoble says that Google needs to work on improvements to its API and battery life. The current cell lasts just 45 minutes when using video. He also adds that the design needs to be revised and a proper app store must be built. Lack of apps is a concern of his. Scoble believes that it will take until 2016 for all of this to happen, and for demand to heat up. He sees expectations as being too high for next year

Calling Google "brilliant," Scoble points out that those who were early buyers of the device have become PR agents for the Mountain View tech titan. When he wears Glass in public, people come up to him wanting to try them on, even when he is in the bathroom. By his own count, Scoble says that he has shared his Google Glass with 500 to 1000 people.

The "scariest" part of the device, he says, is the eye sensor because it probably can tell exactly what you're looking at. In the future, Google might be able to tell what brands you're looking at when shopping. That information could be worth a fortune to manufacturers and retailers.

Overall, Scoble still loves his Google Glass, but feels they won't be a "big deal" until 2020.

source: +Scobleizer

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posted on 31 Dec 2013, 22:52 2

1. Mxyzptlk (limited) (Posts: 2846; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


"The "scariest" part of the device, he says, is the eye sensor because it probably can tell exactly what you're looking at. In the future, Google might be able to tell what brands you're looking at when shopping. That information could be worth a fortune to manufacturers and retailers."

All the more reason for the FCC and the FTC to finally do the right thing and block Google Glass from ever getting released.

posted on 31 Dec 2013, 22:54 13

2. Shatter (Posts: 1766; Member since: 29 May 2013)


If it was Apple Glass you would be begging them to release it.

posted on 31 Dec 2013, 23:08 1

4. LordCaedus (Posts: 48; Member since: 01 Nov 2013)


Don't you mean iGlass? I think it has great potential.

posted on 01 Jan 2014, 02:03 1

9. ihavenoname (Posts: 961; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


iGlasses. Don't people already have those?

posted on 01 Jan 2014, 05:50

15. joey_sfb (Posts: 1973; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Mxyzptlk is very pro-active in 2014. Save some ammo, don't die of exhaustion too early in the hunger game.

posted on 01 Jan 2014, 09:17 2

18. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5637; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


I think it would be the right thing to see one Apple product BAN by the FTC.

posted on 01 Jan 2014, 00:14 1

5. networkdood (Posts: 5512; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


Mxy, give it up...if anything people should be wary of Microsoft and APPLE and the NSA...

posted on 01 Jan 2014, 02:05 2

10. ihavenoname (Posts: 961; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)


Well, I'd say that if you have smartphone, you can't have 100% privacy.

posted on 01 Jan 2014, 09:14 1

16. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5637; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Scariest part Apple reads your finger prints every time you use the iPhone finger sensor courtesy of NSA

posted on 31 Dec 2013, 22:57

3. HASHTAG (unregistered)


He has a good point. I'm not even looking at the Glass mainly due to it's price point. Lower the price then my eyes would be all over it. I know it's almost new to the market, but the initial price is just way too high.

posted on 01 Jan 2014, 00:17

6. networkdood (Posts: 5512; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


The problem with analysts and forecasters is are they trust worthy - many a time they are just people with their own agenda, following suit with a companies agenda to go for or against a tech product to sway the masses. People should really not look too much into what they have to say and just decide for themselves...of course, when you shop for this stuff, the salesman always tells you that everyone else is buying it, or that it is popular/best selling product, or that it is new and being the first one to get it makes you 'the man'.....lol

posted on 01 Jan 2014, 00:48 2

7. androiphone20 (Posts: 1118; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


at least by 2020 people wearing glass wouldn't have to be called glassholes anymore

posted on 01 Jan 2014, 01:37

8. HASHTAG (unregistered)


Never been called that before..

posted on 01 Jan 2014, 03:17 2

12. androiphone20 (Posts: 1118; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


It won'tbe long...http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2013/12/glasshole/

posted on 01 Jan 2014, 11:15 1

19. HASHTAG (unregistered)


Interesting read!

posted on 01 Jan 2014, 11:39

20. androiphone20 (Posts: 1118; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


it's the best I came across that truly highlights what glass is capable of :)

posted on 01 Jan 2014, 02:43

11. techloverNYC (Posts: 254; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)


Well its Google, we held a certain level of expectations for them

posted on 01 Jan 2014, 04:54

13. Sebring5 (Posts: 3; Member since: 02 Apr 2012)


I had a pair and returned it. About the only use I could find was as a Bluetooth headset. This is definitely not the future. Augmented reality glasses are the future. Check out the Meta Superglasses site. I cannot post a link because I have less than 30 posts. If this is where Google is headed, they are not even close at this point. The augmented reality glasses mirror your phone as well as your laptop. 15x the display area of Google glass. Create and print your ideas with gestures. 500+ apps and counting. Full pocket computer.

posted on 01 Jan 2014, 05:07

14. androiphone20 (Posts: 1118; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


I wouldn't be too quick to judge this device if I were you, what gives? check out the link on post #12

posted on 01 Jan 2014, 09:16

17. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5637; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Why can't these dumb analyst wait for official price tag instead of speculating it will be too high.

posted on 01 Jan 2014, 19:33

21. COZMAN (Posts: 99; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)


If they get the price right on this they will rule the market. This and the watch are going to change everything.

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