Catching a glimpse of someone in Google Glass is a bit like spotting a tourist on a Segway. You’ve always wanted to try their gadget, but you wouldn’t be caught dead casually rocking it in public because quite frankly, you’d feel (and look) ridiculous.
Wearable tech has come a long, long way in the past few years, but is mainstream society ready and willing to keep pace? Depends on the gadget. It’s a far easier feat to get a smartwatch on a consumer’s wrist than it is to get a computer on their face.
In recent weeks Google has faced mounting criticism surrounding their devotion, or lack thereof, to the groundbreaking and much talked about product, Google Glass. In an effort to suppress lingering doubts, the company released a list debunking the top 10 Google Glass myths. Myth 3 on that list: Glass Explorers are technology-worshipping geeks.
According to Google, Glass consumers come from all walks of life. In reality, however, those consumers are likely still potential explorers—interested, but not exactly jumping at the chance to be a labeled a tech geek. The challenge to revolutionizing the way we interact with technology, and each other, will be getting head-mounted computers to look as cool as their capabilities. Fortunately, a March 24 deal with sunglasses giant Luxottica could bring Google one step closer to making non-geeky wearable tech a reality.
Will you wear Google Glass? If not now, perhaps you’ll change your mind when the wearable tech looks more like any other pair of Ray Ban or Oakley glasses. In the meantime, of course, there’s always the Moto 360…
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