The whole Tech-world is currently going mad about Google’s Project Glass. “It is the future of Google” titled Techcrunch. All the other big media sites from Engadget to The Next Web wrote about the awesome story of skydiving with the new glasses and how it was displayed at the I/O. Everyone was running wild about the glasses, its new technology, the future of Google and the huge potential all of this has.
But what are they talking about really?
Look at the picture above. What does it look like? A pair of broken glasses? Glasses without glasses? Hipster glasses without glasses? Or even a non-finished pair of glasses, making its carrier look like an idiot who thinks that he is ahead of his time wearing them?
Maybe all of the above, maybe not. Let’s be honest: Project Glass may be a really cool project that pushes boundaries and heralds the start of a new technology era. But at the same time, it reminds me of all that robot technology, which people hail and hype and you would think that there are currently robots running around worldwide, solving global warming and bringing peace to the world. Take a closer look and see, that today’s robots can hardly stand on their own feet, grab something or look around. They are nowhere near the promised and talked about state of evolution. I mean, 16000 computers to recognize cats? Seriously?
Of course, even these achievements are something spectacular and promising, and everything has to start somewhere. Just look at the bulky and huge mobile phones in the 90s, you could use a murder weapon. Nobody would have thought that in 20 years, you would again make bigger phones than those already around and call them tablets!
But presenting something that should be ahead of its time while in fact, it isn’t (Google glasses used for skydiving/biking? Ever heard of GoPro?) is just hypocritical and the attempt to hype something, although it is not show-worthy yet.
So, when stating that I am, in fact, a huge Google fan, I beg you, come back when this thing is shooting lasers, driving my car or washes me automatically. Otherwise, man-up and get some real glasses.