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

April 29, 2013
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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.

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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.

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