For one day only regular minions who were not chosen to be Google Glass Explorers during the first round of beta testing, can get their hands on those high-tech spectacles. Did I mention they cost $1500 plus tax and are only available only in the US? I predict next year, they'll be around $750, and the year after that below $400. Also, expect Samsung to come out with something similar soon, but there are plenty of legitimate reasons not to buy "a not ready for prime time" Glass right now:
- It costs $1,500 to be a BETA tester.
-Battery life is absolutely awful right now.
- Apps are very hit or miss.
-Tapping the side of ones head and uttering commands in public are also not considered "normal" in social settings.
-This device has already been banned in a few establishments in Washington state.
Interesting enough, in February, a woman was reportedly attacked in San Francisco for wearing Google Glass in a bar. Tech writer Sarah Slocum was showing a friend how to use the glasses-mounted computer at the popular San Francisco bar Molotov's. Slocum was reportedly recording scenes from the bar when she was approached by two women and a man who started an altercation and pulled the glasses from her face. Slocum said she recovered the glasses, but her purse and phone were stolen. Slocum reportedly has video of her assailant on her Google Glass and has turned it over to police.
Immediately a few angry patrons told Slocum that she and her tech friends were "destroying the city." I still do not condone the criminality that went on here and I hope the thieves are caught and prosecuted. I just think she could have been more situationally aware.
Let's talk about someone who goes into a bar in the Lower Haight, on a block with low-income city housing projects. She leaves her purse unattended inside the bar and goes out onto the sidewalk, then is surprised when she returns inside that her purse is no longer there.
She might as well have been wearing a big old "rob me" sign, going into public places wearing those and flashing them. But was this really about Google Glass? Maybe this was about people realizing that she may work for Google or some other tech company that shuttles people to work and drives up rental prices. Literally thousands (I am not exaggerating) of people who have lived here for decades are losing their homes because of this 2nd "tech boom" which has caused rents to go up 60% in the past 18 months. The average rent in San Francisco for a STUDIO apartment is $2,900/month, which makes her behavior incredibly stupid.
Nothing like a $1,500 piece of headgear to scream you've got money. Google might want to buy their own planet in the very near future.
Google Glass: This era's pricey version of the Bluetooth earpiece. Not only expensive, but I can't see paying $1500 so everyone around me can be physically uncomfortable with my presence. Like the Segway destined to be loved by Mall Cops everywhere.