by Katie Paine — I don’t get it. There, I’ve admitted it: My visionary measurement brain can’t wrap itself around why Google Glass is important. Yes, I get the concept of contextual wearable computing. And I totally buy into Shel Israel and Robert Scobel’s predictions. But from my narrow measurement perspective I can’t actually figure out how it will change the world. Or at least not yet. In the four months since my new expensive orange toy arrived, I’ve only used it about a dozen times. Every day I wish that I had invested the $1500 on a new set of sails for my boat.
The reasons are both personal and professional:
- When I was first introduced to Glass one of its early adopters confessed to wearing it 16 hours a day. I was intrigued. But then I got mine, put it on and realized that after decades of only wearing glasses to drive, I couldn’t stand the feeling of something on my face for that long. Hell I can’t even handle bangs.
- It goes through its short battery life faster than I can figure out something to do with it. Every time I decide to actually wear it for awhile, it turns out that it doesn’t have enough power to last beyond a few Google searches. So I take it off, plug it back in, and forget about it for another week.
- It needs wi-fi like humans need oxygen. The thing is useless unless you have good wi-fi available. And that means that at most conferences it won’t work, or at best will be so slow that you give up on what you’re doing and use your phone.
- It is very limited in what it can actually do beyond snapping pictures and reading a recipe. There are still far too few apps to make it truly useful. While it’s great having your Twitter stream available 24/7 (okay, maybe not so great) that doesn’t make me any more efficient or happy or satisfied.
- It’s probably unmeasurable for the foreseeable future. When Glass reads me a New York Times article or an interesting blog post, I obviously am not seeing anything that can be monetized as yet. Yes, it will tell the New York Times what stories are interesting to me, because it knows which ones I click on, but they already know that.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not giving up on Glass just yet. But after the first quarter milestone, I’m having serious buyer’s remorse.