Google Glass; Final Impressions

Final impressions? Yes, you read it right, final.


It’s final because I’ve decided to return Glass.


Why? Well, that’s the first question Google asked me when I requested my return.


I could have mentioned that always tilting my head up to activate the Glass, or speaking to myself in a strange teacher-like way…”Okay Glass…take a picture”, or the fact that I was always staring to the upper right… rarely making eye contact during conversations.


Instead I focused on the things that I figured they might be willing to change.


  1. It’s heavy. Sure, perhaps I’m delicate. My ear hurt after wearing Glass for anything more than 15 minutes. I couldn’t imagine wearing it as I hoped, to help with data capture and analysis in my job.
  2. It’s hot. No kidding here… this puppy gets very hot as you use it. So hot I had to take it off… and a few times hot enough that it turned itself off! I’d like to say this was with “heavy use”, but I’d hardly call 15 minutes while trying Word Lens heavy use. God forbid I was using it while traveling. I’d barely have a moment to read a few signs before the Glass retired for the day.
  3. It’s uncomfortable. I’m guessing those who wear glasses daily wouldn’t have this problem. Having perfect vision might be a downfall for Glass. I’m not used to wearing much more than sunglasses, and none of my sunglasses have those nose bud things. I don’t know how people do it. I could not wear glasses all day, every day. Blessed are those of you who do. You’re mightier than I.
  4. It’s huge. Glass doesn’t fold up. So when it’s hot, or becomes too heavy, and you take it off… well, you’re out of luck. Those huge frames can’t tuck into a pocket or purse. True, you do get a large case for it, but it’s huge. Adding it to my travel bags would be a big deal. I use a 20″ carry-on for everything up to a two-week trip. Space is a luxury and Glass asked for too much.
  5. It’s awkward. I have long hair, and maybe it wasn’t designed for people with long hair. Putting it on, flipping your head up, taking them off… all were quite the chore with long hair. You’d think a pony tail might help. Wrong. A pony tail added more grief. The Glass would pull on hair and there was less hair to buffer from the super-hot unit. Pony Tail = Bad Idea.
  6. No battery life. The battery life is too short for anything you’d really like to do with it. To be fair… the battery seemed to last as long as the unit stayed cool. So you had to take Glass off to keep yourself from being burned… just in time to charge your newly depleted unit. Purposeful? Ha! Yea sure. Undocumented feature is my guess. Either way, the battery life is too short for my intended uses. And unless your use is less than an hour, you’d be in the same boat.

Little issues were less than a problem, more of a nuisance. Videos were kept to ten seconds. Not a big deal really, and it certainly negates others from worrying about you capturing their uber candid conversations. Then there’s all the talking to it. It’s very distracting. You could touch it, well tap it actually. But that’s equally  strange. When you hit a glitch… OMG you become an insane person tilting, screaming and tapping away! If only someone filmed me my first several times using it. Let’s just say I wouldn’t want that on YouTube.


Finally, that wink-to-take-pictures feature… love it, hate it. Makes it so very easy to take pictures. Better than tapping, better than chatting. Just wink. Awesome. Except I took about a million pictures while taking Khan for a walk. Thank God he is so darn cute, otherwise what on earth do I use those pictures for? Deleting them? Well, that’s a head-tilting-tapping-like-crazy moment. Fun. Not.


What I believe the real culprit is in my inability to devour the Glass: my “Stay In The Moment” life motto. The Glass kept me from the moment. It took me out of the here and now. I kept focusing on what the future will look like, via Glass. We see it every day, people around each other staring into their phones or tablets. When my husband and I started dating that’s all he would do. Heck, every picture I ever saw of him was his eyes hooked into that screen. I asked him during date three to “put it down and focus on our moment”. He did, and still does. I love him for that strength. We all need to look into our moments and ask ourselves if we’re fully present.


Glass? Cool idea, poorly executed… for now. I am looking forward to more wearable technology. I want my technology better integrated into my life. I’d like it to be less intrusive. I’m waiting… Apple, Samsung, Google… wow me. Please.


Until then, Glass will be taking a trip back to California.


If you have specific questions, ask in the comments or shoot it to me via the Contact Me form.

1 comment

  1. Thanks for the write up. Can’t tell you how many times I have put one in my online shopping cart to only hear much of the same. I too will wait and see…likely for the direct to brain implant my kids will want someday.

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