I’ve missed my opportunity to buy a Google Glass device – at least in beta form.
Google Glass announced last week that it would suspend its sale today (Jan. 19) of the wearable technology, which sold for $1,500 per device.
The forward-looking gadget was widely criticized and joked about for its clunkiness, its cost and the way it was released to the public. But all of that aside, I wish I had a taken the chance to experiment with it.
Some participants in the company’s Glass Explorer program showed how the eyewear’s headset and screen – worn like glasses – allowed them to capture scenes and images through voice commands. The hands-free device gave them the freedom to record what they were seeing without stopping to take notes or fumbling with a camera to grab the perfect shot.
The ability to observe, listen and take notes simultaneously is the talent of a good journalist. Such a recording device would likely enhance a reporter’s chances of not just telling a great story, but showing the impact.
I liked the idea that Google was allowing users to help the company develop the product through this early rollout. There were bound to be bugs. But then, I am unafraid of exploring new ground and possibly hitting a few roadblocks. It’s all in the spirit of innovation.
I missed my chance this time around. But I will be looking forward to the next generation of Google Glass when it comes out sometime next year.
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