questionsshould i buy the google glass?

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I'm still disappointed that they're not called Google Goggles.

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Please take this with a grain of salt: My prediction is google will give this away, or refund the 1500, or give google credit.
Based on a hunch and I would like to have timestamped my prediction, what better place? In 2 days no one will read my prediction.

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You'll be 1 of 8,000 users selected I think, so why not.

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By the way, apparently Google will be manufacturing the glasses in the US, interesting...

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Unless you have $1500 burning a huge hold in your pocket AND you can write off the cost as a development expense AND you really are a developer who is willing and able to write some code to make use of the hardware (and preferably some code that you can sell to somebody for real dinero) the answer is a resounding NO.

This will be early hardware: so it will be kludgy and not work well. There isn't much you can do with them right now anyway, so aside like looking like a very geeky D-bag, these won't do much for you.

Seriously, unless you can see some way that you can make money off the ecosystem, wait until they are released for real.

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@tippypaws: I think Google Goggles would make the product sound a little clunky and from a marketing standpoint less appealing.

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This first set that are "for sale" are intended for developers so that there will be some 3rd party support for the glasses when they come out for real. As has been pointed out, unless you ca develop for them and you have the cash on hand don't bother. wait for the retail version which will likely be cheaper and definitely be more functional.

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If it were me, I would be all over the opportunity. I am a bit jealous.

I am curious, will the Glass have free connectivity for this initial test? Unlimited Data? I am VERY intrigued by the concept.

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Does anybody else see these as a lawsuit waiting to happen? Now hear me out... states have already required hands-free cell phone use while driving. Texting while driving is certainly a no-no. So how long is it going to be before someone has an accident, then sues multi-billion dollar giant Google claiming "I was watching my Google Glasses and something popped up blocking my vision of the road". Or something similar at least. This world is sue-happier than a mutha...

They do look sweet though. :-)

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@morriea: Not sure. They are supposed to reach out with more information and from what I understand in order to purchase you have to actually go to some sort of a class in either New York or LA... luckily I am an airline employee so no big deal for me if I choose to move forward with it.

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One state is already doing legislation to ban their use while driving.

To the OP's question: if you are a developer, or if you are well to do and can throw away $1500, then yes. Otherwise no. The version that gets a commercial release will prob be improved over what you can purchase now. And there will be annual version after that if the product succeeds. How often do you want to pay for the newest thing?

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@firebirdude: Since this is similar to a HUD (Heads Up Display), which some cars already have, and is used by fighter pilots and the like, it becomes unintrusive and should not affect line of sight or concentration. I am fairly certain the Google Legal has examined the situation in depth.

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@f00l @wilfbrim @apocello42 in the interest of visibility, I am certainly not a developer. The draw for me (and I believe the reason for this specific release) is a deep interest in social networking and building an online presence coupled with being in a launch group for something that may or may not turn out to be the next big thing. I'm not the type of person that has to have the newest iPhone, or iPad (I have a 2 yo Android and an iPad2, along with a few Kindles...) but that said, I do love tech. I am going to keep my fingers crossed that the price ends up being lower. I think that $1500 may just be too much!

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I wonder if they will be crazy expensive on eBay?

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@caffeine_dude: My thoughts. I didn't want to sound like a money-grubbing jerk, but I'm 1000% positive at least 1/4 of the glasses will end up on eBay within a day. It's hard to turn down $1,400 turning into....$5,000+ within a week.

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@caffeine_dude: That was DH's first reaction. "Buy them and we'll flip 'em." He's a salesman.

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@firebirdude: I would give me left nut to be on the jury where some douche was trying to sue someone else, and flat out admitted he himself was the one who caused the problem by not paying attention. However, the following statement will make sure the lawyers never pick me.

Not only would said douche NOT get a single penny, I'd move he gets fined three times. One fine goes to the company for wasting their time, one fine goes to the court for wasting their time, and one fine goes to the jury for wasting their time.

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@mrsbeny: the product that goes into general release may well have sw and hw improvements over what you might get for the beta trial. If so, that could leave you will less-than-the-latest gadget or else having to spend another bundle of $ to be up to date after only a few months, for $1500. Would you then be sorry about either being no-so-new or buying the newer version? If not, and you can afford it, then go ahead.

As for the legal issue - either USA Today or CNN carried a story this morning about current proposed legislation to ban wearing such a device while driving in one state, I forget which. I suspect other states will jump in. If the device were designed only to assist a driver, with limited other use, that's probably fairly safe. If the device can be used or hacked to read the news, watch videos, follow twitter and fb, prob unsafe.

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@firebirdude: Your providing a service to the rich. I say rich because I have purchased several cars for less then $5000.

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No. Google is annoying with tracking on web sites. Imagine if they had real-time tracking data on Us personally. While I don't think anything less than legal action would make Google give up the personal info it is still prudent not to give others too much info.