Glass in the News

Since January 15th, 2015 the Google Glass team has closed its doors for renovations. The device is now off the consumer market. It has exited stage left and is back in the green room where it is being reconsidered for its next release into the limelight.

What does this mean for the future of Glass? This means that a team is beginning to make deep considerations about how to re-approach the design of this wearable technology. In other words, Google Glass isn’t dead, it is being revised for future release.

Google Glass has been removed from the consumer market. Many critics cite Google Glass as being too clunky and invasive of a device to wear around in public. Although the technology may be ahead of its time, in various circumstances, scientists have rejoiced at the ability to work with such a forefront technology.

Google Glass has been removed from the consumer market. Many critics cite Google Glass as being too clunky and invasive of a device to wear around in public. Although the technology may be ahead of its time, in various circumstances, researchers have rejoiced at the ability to work with such a forefront technology.

What does this mean for the project?

 

1. Google Glass Explorers Edition is now a technological artifact of our society. It represents an idea with much promise and hope for the future. It also represents what has not worked in technological innovation….the design, release, and usability were all aspects that Google did not quite get right. However, there are many features that do have great potential! Especially for the scientist in the field who already uses a variety of odd instruments and doesn’t much care what the trees or animals think of his/her style, Glass’s physical appearance is just fine. Utilization and exploration of the device will continue. The heart of the Experience Nature project has not changed. We will continue to explore technology use within education and for connecting people to valuable outdoor experiences.

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2. Because Google Glass has returned to the drawing board, it provides the opportunity to call attention to the technological tools and functions that are most valuable to the scientific and nature-promoting community. By speaking now about what is important and valuable for outreach and experience sharing, we can work to catch the attention of developers and raise awareness about the value of supporting this niche. Right now anyone can learn about the design and development of Google Glass on Google’s website.