Sit somewhere relaxing and take a deep breath.
Open your mind, massage the temples a little.
Now, imagine the mass hysteria—the all-out public pandemonium—that would ensue if Tim Cook said Apple’s Next Big Thing was “a year-ish away.”
iMore show #338: Pre-post-PC
Rene Ritchie at iMore invited me to square off about Google Glass, default iOS apps, Chromebook Pixel, multitasking, my old G5 iMac, and more. If you’re wondering why I sip my beer so much, I’m trying to take a drink for every stupid ‘um’.
Which is it, Ryan Mac and Forbes? Is Zuckerberg the most excited for Google Glass, or is he just possibly the most excited?
Jessi, who wasn’t as impressed with the Google Glass demo as I thought she’d be.
Harry McCracken calls the Google Glass video for what it is—hot air—and highlights a number of companies that have made similar videos over the last 70 years and never delivered. He also links this Nokia video that shows off the same thing two years ago.
Who knows. Maybe Nokia’s just been playing its cards close to its chest all this time.
I said it last October when Microsoft released a similar vaporware spec pitch for Minority Report 2, and I’ll say it again:
Anyone can create a sci-fi promo video with futuristic interfaces and an uplifting soundtrack. Few can actually turn sci-fi into reality.
Google has taken a page from Microsoft’s book and started producing ads for products that don’t exist.
To be clear: augmented reality glasses sound really interesting. But I want to see how the glasses actually work, not a special effects pitch for Minority Report 2. This video is drumming up excitement over what is effectively vaporware. There is no guarantee that Google Glass will look or work anything like this—or that it will come to market at all, for that matter.
I have a couple of thoughts after watching this twice. I want to play with a pair, but:
- I already feel weird using Siri (and its strict vocabulary requirements) in public, but at least in that situation I look like I’m talking to someone, anyone
- I’m not a fan (yet?) of how Google Glass icons and menus appear dead-center over what I’m looking at and where I’m going. Seems like that’s just begging for a collision, and not the “fancy meeting you here!” kind
It’s vaporware, for now; not an actual product announcement, but a confirmation that the Google[x] skunkworks project is indeed real. Google’s idea is that the glasses can overly icons, alerts, directions, and other indicators over your field of vision.