This year saw the first sales of Google Glass, the wearable internet, camera, smartphone-ish pair of glasses that don’t have corrective lenses. Indeed, Google Glass became a catalyst for the wearable tech trend and is the best mobile product of 2013 according to Digital Trends, because it’s changing the conversation about smartphones, social media, and how we integrate technology into our lives.
The product is neither cheap nor widespread, and as a smartphone, it’s a little underpowered. The camera is only five-megapixel, the internal storage caps out at 16GB and with light use, the battery will last about a day. $1,500 isn’t a lot to ask for a developer product, and early tech adopters are jumping at the opportunity to own, use or otherwise experience Google Glass.
Even though it’s a fairly simple product, compared to other smartphones, it’s never out of the news, notes Digital Trends contributor Jeffrey Van Camp. Many venues have decided that they don’t want Glass around, including movie theatres and cafes. Glass may also be implicitly banned in areas that don’t allow filming without permission, such as NHS hospitals in the UK.
Of course, Glass’ run-ins with the law, or with regular people concerned about it’s highly visible camera, haven’t dampened the tech geek enthusiasm.
“I cannot think of another single product that has continued to garner the kind of attention that Glass has outside of the iPhone or iPad,” writes Van Camp. And he’s right — the iphone revolutionized how people saw their phones. It wasn’t just a call and text device, it connected you to the world all at once, not just to a handful of people at a time.
Glass has done the same this year. Smartwatches are becoming a reality and wearable tech is becoming a whole new market tech companies are going to have to serve to keep up with demand. There’s no disconnect between Glass and social media, making us even more in touch with the world.
All that remains to see is will Glass become a product consumers are clamouring to purchase. Can the the early-adopter buzz carry through into 2014? Will the hashtag #ThroughGlass replace #Selfie next year as we all strive to keep up with the technological Joneses?
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