If I Had Glass
The Verge has a post up that says the winners of the If I Had Glass campaign are largely Twitter users with big follower counts and links to a list of all winners. Sadly, my twitter account is not on that list. Back on February 20th, I saw the campaign launch and immediately tweeted this out:
#ifihadglass I would wear them on the subway too
— Fred Wilson (@fredwilson) February 20, 2013
I wasn't joking, although it was a reference to Sergey's subway ride. I will wear my glasses on the subway when I get them. If you want to invest in the services that are going to be built for these devices, then you need to own these devices.
Fortunately I know a few winners and I will get my hands on Glass early on. But if anyone at Google is reading this, I'd love to buy a pair of my own.
“A day in the life of an NYC VC” or some variation might have caught more attention – your cleverness of referencing the subway wasn’t apparent to me until you reminded me of Sergey wearing it on subway.
It doesn’t matter much cause the winners were picked randomly!
Oh — that’s stupid then … not really a contest, that’s just called a draw then. Alwell.
I thought it was a great tweet.Especially if it can cache the set of directions and keep telling you where to go when you’re out of cellular signal.I always have to “screen shot” my Google Maps directions on the NYC subway so I don’t lose my train change directions while underground…
They are still letting people know. I just got my notification last night.
Hmm. Fingers crossed!
If you haven’t been invited by now you will have to wait for another opportunity. https://plus.google.com/+pr…
HCI is really taking off. Interesting to see what applications get written for Glass. Close to 10% of the Y Combinator companies in last weeks batch were hardware for computer interaction.
i anticipate a street muggings spike.
And an equal amount of arrests as the people are caught on video? 🙂
Or just carry a device that blocks all wireless signals, and then steal the recording device / the evidence.. 🙂
For sure. iPhone will be old hat
if hats were fashionable….
as if it isn’t already……
I should teach a class on urban awareness. There is a huge difference between someone who has grown up in an sketchy urban area versus everyone else and that difference will often save your device, your wallet or sometimes even your life.Unfortunately the same lack of awareness that’s missing in the first place for those who need it is the same thing that makes them think that something like this isn’t necessary and keeps them being identified as a target.
getting mugged a few times as a kid, like my kids have experienced, teaches you something
Certainly something you never forget. Experience is the best teacher, even though the lessons sometimes suck.
Like the need for self defence or the need for better routing.
objects of desire can be so corrupting of innocence
Unfortunately, in most cases, innocence was already lost.
what do you think most people are missing?
Situational awareness, Positional/spatial awareness, picking out people who are dangerous versus people who are just weird, how to make yourself less of a target, etc.
I did this after a new post so it wouldn’t get attention.I would say there is a big difference when you are aware, trained and are carrying because the people identifying targets know they will end up full of holes.
Just being aware and trained is enough to prevent 80-90% of the situations that put you in danger. Carrying comes in handy in that remaining 10% but it’s doubtful that you’ll ever need to rely on the piece if you’re smart about situational awareness. Still, always nice to have it if you need it.
Had yet another flash mob in Chicago last night. 28 arrested. Robbing innocent people on the street….animals.
Indeed. Exploiting a hole in the system, I wonder when the city will patch it.
They will be banned at Buvette.
I am going to get thrown out of there at some point anyway.
the majority of private spaces may ban them
That was my personal ban. ;)Though you are right on private spaces, too.
assuming they can detect them. they’re already working on making a version for contacts. also, just like smartphones, there will be too many positive uses, and too many industries that promote it.
definitely locker rooms would
The technology backlash is growing. I love this stuff and can’t get enough but it is coming to fast for a lot of people, even many young people.This is a product i would love to see Apple do. Just so Samsung and Amazon can copy the UX.
It will be fun to watch Apple copy Google now
or watch apple simply ignore 😉
And become irrelevant. They are fast on their way to becoming the new Nokia and the new Microsoft. They replaced an imaginative disruptive force with a bean counter and the outcome is the proof why that was a bad idea. They need someone with vision to step up and run the design side of the house, almost a co-CEO in the sense that he needs that authority that rests with the CEO so he can shove cool things past the army of spreadsheets that I imagine Tim Cook has used to barricade the door to his office.
I think it is time to see what happens with the holugram and if Apple has to push it out too fast.
I think Apple might be gunning for an iWatch. So, it should be interesting to see your watch compete with your glasses over bits of data.
silly question – how do old school lens glass wearers incorporate google glass into their analog glasses? they never show that case – and there are a lot of us out there?
I assume they will make prescription versions
i see a warby parker partnership coming, now that you mention that. that would be awesome.
i assume the product will parse, identified by different colors, which do and do not do certain things.”I’m sorry sir, you may not where your Glass Red in this restaurant”.
Thanks for that statement. Instilling the ‘cool’ concept thru marketing would entice the prescription shops to offer array.
Ingenious to call it glass vs glasses. A pair of glasses takes on new meaning.
They’re partnering up to provide the frames so you can add in your own lenses.
I’m curious too. How would they deal with my lenses (highly thinned down)
I can’t wait to see where Ray Kurzweil fits into Glass. Personally, while Glass is obviously an unbelievably cool and forward thinking idea, I think the initial prototype will struggle to gain mass acceptance because people won’t feel entirely comfortable wearing them in public. Think blue-tooth head sets.However, if you can make them an almost seamless part of the human body (contact lenses), people won’t be able to exist without them.
They don’t look bad to me, I think a $1500 price tag would be a bigger obstacle than the fashion statement.
You’re right, they don’t look ‘that’ bad. But, they definitely don’t look good!
My guess is that they become the new cool. Or maybe I’m thinking from the perspective of a Southern Californian. You wouldn’t believe the things you could see here.
I’d get a pair into the hands and onto the heads of mike trout and buster posely. I remember writing MLB in college asking them to put cameras in the first base bag (funny how we still call it a bag!)
If Fred gets glass, I will borrow them from him and wear them the next day when I go into his office to update him….and close him on an investment in Voomly.Fred will finally truly be able to see things from an entrepreneur’s perspective.The AVC community will be able to see first hand what a successful pitch looks like.Pappy will see the smile he puts on the faces of everyone in the room.
Kickstarter? I’ll toss in a few to see this done.
I’m thinking live hangout so we can all attend. 😉
People dissing Sergey for wearing Glass on the subway are the same people who would have dissed him for taking the subway in the first place.The most exciting part of this is the API. http://www.youtube.com/watc…
I hope I get laughed at a lot with my next major project. Then I’ll know I’m on the right track.
I’m sure I’m laughed at plenty (for good reason…)
nice restful apis
yeah. think of the mashups…
I tried them, but was asked not to post pix taken of me wearing them.Doesn’t do all that much just yet, but doesn’t need to– so many practical applications spring to mind the moment they’re on your head.My killer app desire is for when i’m singing/playing guitar for people. i want to look at the audience while the lyrics and tablature scroll by, the app keeping the correct place by listening to where i am in the song.
It’s always better for everyone if you don’t have to reference lyrics while playing. Be in the moment–tough to do if you’re translating as you go.But if you do, check out OnSong for the iPad. Central Pa company, growing fast.http://www.onsongapp.com/
i’m not a deep composer type. But I’m very much a ham and i love to just have people shout out the name of a random tune and i slug my way through it. this app would help for this case.will check out onsong– I’m an iPad hater, but musical instruction and reference is a killer use case for it.
Ah…my bad. I’m such a damn purist I forgot that people actually have fun with music 🙂
love your vision here, this would be an awesome app.
thanks. i take that feedback from you seriously, KM.
totally useful for concert playing as well, no need to turn pages
For learning or an audience knows that you’re learning and will be more understanding I think it’d be fine.
that would be very very cool. Was the experience disorienting at all?
Anyone else notice the effect that technology (google et al.) is having on corporate profits. The postwar average is 6%, today it is 10%. That’s the e in p/e, which makes the p better for you and me.
the E is rising because aggressive inflationary monetary policy is shifting profits from small businesses to larger corporations. for the same reason, P/E ratio is rising as well. i expect these trends to continue.
Damn, I missed that contest. Well, I’m going to tweet #IfIhadiWatch to get in line for that one.
I do wonder whether Glass will just prime the space for other companies to become the leaders or Google’s first mover advantage will persist. I’m guessing the former. Google has never distinguished itself in execution outside of the search/ads arena, but their scale helps to socialize new technologies among the public and pave the way for other entrepreneurs who have better go-to-market strategies.
.Eyeglass frames are an important fashion statement. Really more important than the lenses they contain which are, after all, the actual reason one allegedly wears vision correcting glasses, no?Once the first apps are in use, then the fashion statement will rule.Invest in the frames as they are renewable.The glass will become the new locus of convergence. The bluetooth monitor writ small.JLM.
It would be interesting if one could clip them to an existing frame. Remember the clip-on sun glasses?I bet you some factory in China is probably manufacturing adapters for that, right now.
.Makes perfect sense given the magnitude of the installed base of frames.Pragmatic.JLM.
yup…until they come up with the implantable version 🙂 not far fetched.
Eyewear is a huge hurdle to overcome.When we designed the first 3D glasses at RLD we dealt with the same issues.How they fit. How they looked. How they were if you wore glasses. Comfort. Safety. Endless….At the end, Avatar happened and people just wanted to see the movie and forgot everything else.
It isn’t the eyewear, it is fixing the display to match perscription data. I don’t think I could focus on the display correctly due to both nearsightedness and astygmatism
You may be right but you are an exception based on my experience.
You’re on it! It will be interesting to see how long the clip on takes @wmoug:disqus
I just read that the first versions will not be for people who currently wear frames http://news.cnet.com/8301-1…
Go figure. 🙁
At the risk of digressing, didn’t the Army Seals have some version of these glasses a while back, even if the voice and video were on separate tracks?
.Navy SEALsArmy Special ForcesJLM.
Neither are Marines…(neither was I but had to say that in case there aren’t any on this thread-JLM knows what I am talking about)
Will remember where I first heard this.
Frames are expensive (often for no reason) (as a glasses wearer, I can say that)But you’re right, there definitely will be fashions of google glass. (I call red)
That Verge headline is totally misleading. It *seems* dominated by celebs and high follower counts If you only scroll down a little, because it goes in descending order of follower count. But the data is right at the top of the study, and the germane stat is this: 61% of people selected have less than 1000 followers. (Or, this: 7% of people have more than 10K followers.) Total is 4238 people.And Fred, I was one of the winners, so I would be happy to hand them off to you for a subway ride! (Evidence that winners were selected at random)(and if you go down the list and look at the rationales for glass, that is borne out.)
thanks Rachel. i can get my hands on a pair easily. what i am looking for is a pair of my own.
were the winners selected at *random* ??
so are you keeping them
It’s the beginning of meaningful AR.
Seems like common sense on Google’s part to get glass into your hands. For obvious reasons. Or even to repay you for the Android sales/use that is probably attributal to your promotion.
im totally stoked about glass – and wearables in general!fred, looking forward to reading what you think about glass when you try it.Have you tried any smart watches? like pebble or martian? ( i love my pebble )i also applied via twitter, but didnt get it – dang …maybe because i proposed to tear it down and build a hacklica for my kids 😉
i am waiting for my pebble
I tried them at a Google event a while back. They’re definitely interesting. The impact on commerce could be fairly significant.
Newt gets them.Please!
Fred, didn’t you get a pair of these this morning through your letterbox?http://www.guardian.co.uk/t…
I absolutely love the concept of Google Glass. I have several applications that I would like to try, I think if done right this has the potential to really give people new capabilities and ways to interact with the computer. Imagine if a bridge engineer could solve a system of equations based on blueprints stored in google drive + assisted visual identification of structural materials + information collected from road sensors that are available through a web service. Imagine if a calculus student could glance at a board and see a worked solution, more people would concentrate on the application of the math then the rote process to solve the equations. I think something like this has great promise to really make scientists and engineers many times more productive, which can only be a good thing. There are lots of good engineers, but the ones who have an intimate grasp of complex mathematics and the tricks to solve hard problems is much fewer. With access to cloud resources at a glance to use big systems like Ceres to solve equations based on data, I think this could really level up a lot of engineers and scientists.Of course this is just one idea, I have several in mind that are really only possible to do well with an interface like Google Glass. Terribly exciting times. Eventually I’m sure it will be able to remember everyone’s name based on a glance, this is a killer app for me. I’m terrible at names. I think lots of kewl stuff is going to happen with this new hardware.
I’m super lucky that Google picked me https://twitter.com/JoshuaS…. Not sure if it was because they liked my reason or if I was just randomly chosen. From what I’ve heard, I’m beginning to think it was random.Next time you’re in the Disqus office, feel free to try them out!
would you trust this man with your personal information?
I just saw this headline …..Google will brick Google Glasses if owners resell or loan them out http://tinyurl.com/bqmkc3hI hope you got a pair,
If only Gemma had had Glass;http://www.guardian.co.uk/c…