Google Glass ‘significant’, privacy concerns ‘just didn’t show up,’ says Robert Scoble

by: Mike StengerApril 29, 2013

Google Glass

Over the past two weeks, developers have been receiving their pair of Google Glass after nearly a year of wanting. One of the most vocal supporters of Glass has been Robert Scoble. Glancing at Robert’s Google+ profile, there is no shortage of posts with the hashtag #throughglass. After using Google Glass for two weeks, he posted a review sharing his thoughts.

Robert claims that Glass is significant, and even went so far to say “I will never live a day of my life from now on without it (or a competitor).” After giving several speeches, and letting hundreds of people try Google Glass, responses were pretty consistent. “Wow”, “amazing”, or “stunning” were several words that came to mind. As far as responding to your voice, accuracy is very good, and Robert says “It’s the first product that literally everyone could use with voice”.

The camera is not good in low-light situations, but you can snap photos or start recording video almost instantly. This is particularly good for special moments that last just a matter of seconds. With early adopters having to shell out $1500, one of the biggest questions has been how much will Google Glass cost once available to consumers. After polling several audiences, the $200 to $300 range seemed to be the sweet spot, with some saying they’d buy if it cost around $500.

Google Glass

In recent months, the next-generation eyewear has already been banned from various establishments, citing privacy concerns. According to Robert, those concerns “just didn’t show up”. There was only one experience where a person did not want to speak with him while wearing Google Glass. For some, a camera pointing at them is just a little nerve racking, even if not on.

However, the bulk of these experiences were gathered at technology conferences. Other situations involving less tech savvy friends, and individuals, would be a better gauge of average people’s reactions. Currently, the biggest hurdle that Google currently faces is the price point. That, and getting over the stigma of having a computer with a camera, attached to your face. To that point, even Google’s own Eric Schmidt admits that talking to Google Glass can be weird.

  • Amphibia

    Well, that’s settled then. Now I don’t have lose my sleep of creeps who would tape everything they see for no legitimate reason… /sarc off

  • APai

    the glass is a niche device, as are phablets veering towards a 6 inch screen. glass may very well be very popular, loads of people may buy a glass or smartwatch – but it will never hit the tens/hundreds of millions – that number the phones sell every year.

    • Bazzaq

      that is your opinion, touchscreens were once labelled niche devices, as were colour screens and cameras on phones, look at where it is now. Doubters are always proven wrong.

      • I remember those days when everyone (even me) was laughing about cameras in phones… now I couldn’t get one without.
        Imo Glass will change the world.

      • APai

        I never doubted that glass would not sell. but that it would not be the mainstream – which is why I mentioned phablets. phablets desite selling in the millions is clearly not like 30% of the market it’s more like 5-10% of the market. I never intended to sound like a naysayer to a new technology. so while what you are saying is something basic or fundamental shift in technology, i am saying is wearable technology is going to have a bit of a difficulty. how often do you wear sunglasses ? would you be comfortable wearing glasses all the time ? a cell phone is less intrusive as you can pocket it. the suspicion towards glasses have already started – people would assume the person wearing a glass could be a creep by recording everything around – and other related issues – like workplace espionage for example. so where will you tuck your “glasses” then ? there’s plenty of practical problems. so i’m not sounding off on a new technology, far from it – I’m saying it will have significant impediments in adoption than a simple upgrade in technology from qwerty to touchsreen. by the way I used large bricks with resistive screens and qwerty – sony ericsson p800/ 910 etc.


        Yeah until Apple changed everything with the iPhone.

      • APai