Google Glass has already lived and died in the tech press. And to some extent, as Google has closed the Explorer program, Glass is dead at the moment. It also feels like the once vocal group of users has gotten a bit quieter. That isn’t to say Glass users have all gone away, and in fact, I’m still actively wearing mine.
On one side we have what feels like a shrinking user community. And on the other side we have begun hearing rumors and reports about an enterprise version of Glass. So far there hasn’t been anything official from Google in the way of an announcement. But as these rumors and reports have been popping up, the tech press has again been discussing Glass.
And to that point, we are once again hearing about how the public perceived Glass as this privacy invading gadget, and about how everyone (aside from those actively wearing it), hated and feared Glass. Google Glass wasn’t a perfect product, but I also feel there was more to the story that was being told.
You have to remember that only the sensational headlines get the clicks. Anyone who follows along with the tech scene likely remembers the time when someone had Glass ripped from their head, or the time when someone got kicked out of a bar for wearing them, or the time when someone got a ticket for wearing them while driving.
There are more stories like those, but we have to remember those are the stories that are interesting and exciting. Those are the stories that make the headlines and attract the readers. And while this next bit will not magically re-open the Explorer program, or in anyway change what has already happened with Glass, I do have a bit to share. A bit that I probably should have shared earlier — I just never did because it is somewhat boring and routine.
I’ve had my Google Glass for over a year now. I actually ordered them, on invitation, about a month before invitations to buy Glass were no longer required. I tend to wear Glass everyday, but rarely do I wear them all day. Anyway, here is the part many will find unbelievable given the headlines we’ve all been feed — I’ve never had a bad experience wearing Glass.
This could, at least partially, be due to where I live — in Tarpon Springs, Florida. While I love it here, I cannot help but describe it as a small and somewhat touristy town. But regardless, I’ve never had a bad experience wearing Glass. People have asked plenty of questions, and people have been genuinely curious about Glass. Some have liked it, and some have disliked it. But none have been hostile to me because of it.
And remember that bit about how Glass has already lived and died in the tech press — that is the tech press. I’ve talked to plenty of people that have never heard of Glass, and also to plenty of people that have heard of it but just never seen it in real life. And I’d be willing to bet there were (and still are) plenty of Explorers like myself. Those who wear Glass on a regular basis and have never been beaten up, kicked out, or ticketed. Those who just go about their daily lives looking somewhat like a cyborg.
All of this to say what, I’m honestly not sure, other than to say you cannot believe everything you read.