Is Google Trying To Create The New iPhone?

As I checked out The Verge’s review of Google Glass, a single thought kept flashing through my mind:Holy shit! This is the new iPhone.’

Google began working on the technology as a way to create a new paradigm in personal computing — wearable hardware that would travel on top of a person’s head like prescription eye glasses, straddled between their ears.

It’s a fascinating idea.

And it reminds me of the the first time I saw Apple’s iPhone. ‘Why would anyone want this?’ is a theme that is reminiscent of initial impressions I got after first viewing either device.

But, several years later, the iPhone is subsidized at a fraction of its actual cost and EVERYONE has one (or a copy-cat version running Google’s Android OS, or worse RIM).

Glass has the same possibilities.

It’s (seemingly) light. It’s unobtrusive. And it solves the texting problem that causes so many to run into one another, and stop signs, on the sidewalk.

Human beings have developed a new problem since the advent of the iPhone and the following mobile revolution: no one is paying attention to anything they’re actually doing. Everyone seems to be looking down at something or through something. Those perfect moments watching your favorite band play or your kid’s recital are either being captured via the lens of a device that sits between you and the actual experience, or being interrupted by constant notifications. Pings from the outside world, breaking into what used to be whole, personal moments.

In addition, you might not have to wait long to get your hands on one of these goofy (yet elegant) post-fashion pieces

From, CBS News:

Google originally targeted 2014 for a consumer release when it revealed Project Glass last year, but the time frame has seemingly sped up in recent months, what with developer hackathons in San Francisco and New York and this week’s announcement that people looking to put Glass to creative use could go through an application process to preorder the augmented reality specs for $1,500.

Apple is frequently credited with shifting the way we think about technology, and augmenting third-party software.This is especially true in banking where nearly every executive wants to evangelize her bank’s app, and how the smartphone software allows financial services companies to interact with customers.

What do you think?


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