Google Glass prospects dim as developers abandon the dorktastic device

“Many developers and early Google Glass users are losing interest in the much-hyped, $1,500 test version of the product: a camera, processor and stamp-sized computer screen mounted to the edge of eyeglass frames. Google Inc itself has pushed back the Glass roll out to the mass market,” Alexei Oreskovic, Sarah McBride and Malathi Nayak report for Reuters. “While Glass may find some specialized, even lucrative, uses in the workplace, its prospects of becoming a consumer hit in the near future are slim, many developers say.”

“Of 16 Glass app makers contacted by Reuters, nine said that they had stopped work on their projects or abandoned them, mostly because of the lack of customers or limitations of the device. Three more have switched to developing for business, leaving behind consumer projects,” Oreskovic, McBride and Nayak report. “Several key Google employees instrumental to developing Glass have left the company in the last six months, including lead developer Babak Parviz, electrical engineering chief Adrian Wong, and Ossama Alami, director of developer relations.”

“And a Glass funding consortium created by Google Ventures and two of Silicon Valley’s biggest venture capitalists, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Andreessen Horowitz, quietly deleted its website, routing users to the main Glass site,” Oreskovic, McBride and Nayak report. “Google dubbed the first set of several thousand Glass users as “Explorers.” But as the Explorers hit the streets, they drew stares and jokes. Some people viewed the device, capable of surreptitious video recording, as an obnoxious privacy intrusion, deriding the once-proud Explorers as ‘Glassholes.’ ‘It looks super nerdy,’ said Shevetank Shah, a Washington, DC-based consultant, whose Google Glass now gathers dust in a drawer. ‘I’m a card carrying nerd, but this was one card too many.'”

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MacDailyNews Take: Chalk up yet another stillbirth for Our Lady of Perpetual Beta.

But hey, according to the brilliant minds at Fortune, this is exactly sort of “success” that earns you “Businessperson of the Year,” so, if that sort of pap floats your boat, keep doing what you’re doing Sergey and Larry (while Tim Cook’s Apple, the world’ most valuable company by far, rakes in the vast majority of the world’s smartphone profits, takes over the mobile payments industry, leads in mobile processor design, grabs personal computing marketshare, revolutionizes the enterprise, dominates tablet usage, prepares to launch Apple Watch, etc., etc., etc.)

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      1. I’m maniacal about doing R&D. But large scale public alpha testing of potential products for the sake of hyping the stock is ridiculous. How many similar projects are piled up an Apple, never to see the light of day, and that’s the way it should be?

        Google: Hype yourself on actual, successful accomplishments that the public wants, that last in the marketplace? Can you do that please? As opposed to this Here Today, Gone Tomorrow rubbish?

    1. I can’t wait to see people wearing them ironically. Google Glass will be the new hipster accessory when everyone in the world is wearing an Apple Watch.

    2. My guess is that the average Glasshole was a hipster attention whore. Once the novelty, and thus the attention, wore off, they were left with only the Glass itself, which isn’t really that useful.


  1. Sorry but I can’t celebrate this. I worry that the Google mad scientists will go underground, manufacturing inconspicuous low-cost versions of this spy technology, persisting in their belief that it can somehow serve their ad-driven business model. I shudder to think how.

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