Last week we asked if you plan on buying Google Glass one day. Google Glass is a pretty controversial device, with strong voices on each side telling us how useless/useful it is. So how do these opinions reflect on you, our readers?
467 readers voted, and all in all, it does seem like Google Glass has a chance with you. 6% of the voters will buy Google Glass as soon as it’s available, 12% will buy it only if its price drops under $800, 17% will never ever buy it no matter what, 24% don’t plan on it but might change their minds, and 39% of the voters will buy Google Glass if the price drops under $300. A lucky 2% already own Google Glass.
All in all, over 80% of you are not against the Google Glass idea. In our book, that’s pretty impressive!
Comment Of The Week
One of the strongest arguments again Glass, aside from it being useless, is the issue of privacy. So it was refreshing to see a different opinion on the matter in this week’s best comment by Nathanael. Nathanael doesn’t seem worried about the privacy issue, and shared some practical things he will do with Glass, once he owns it. He wins a free MakeUseOf t-shirt!
There is no denying how useful Google Glass is and could be. As technology gets better and better and Google keeps snapping up companies left and right, I can totally see this product becoming mainstream. I cannot see anything wrong with the device. People are so absorbed in privacy these days, and I cannot wrap my head around why that is so. If you are not doing anything wrong, don’t be so afraid of being recorded! People seem to have that problem with Google Glass. Despite that, there are MANY pros to Glass. For example: Say you take a trip to Spain with your spouse. You want to go to a restaurant, but since you do not speak the language, you must find your own way. Don’t grab a map- just say “ok glass, take me to ‘restaurant name’”. Or, if you need an emergency call but you were in a car accident, just ask Glass to do it for you. I plan on getting Glass immediately after it is available, no matter how high the price tag since there is no denying the benefits to it. I can cope with people’s privacy demands as well- if I was recording and they did not want to be recorded, I would turn them off.
The only problem I can see is in education. There is a big probability of cheating with Glass, as you could take pictures of the material and scroll through them in class. As a teacher, I am concerned with that, and I would NOT allow Glass to exist in my classroom. As for others, so be it. They can have their own rules.
To sum it up, as I know this is getting long, I think Glass is a great device, and as tech advances so will Glass and other wearables. I currently own a Pebble smart watch and love it. I can only imagine how much better Google could do it, despite the cons people have found.
Chromebooks — Yes Or No?
We move on to another questionable Google product — the Chromebook. Ever since these Chrome-based laptops came out, we’ve been hearing a lot about how affordable they are, and how all they can do is run a browser. If you ask around, you’ll hear everything from complete rants to enthusiastic “best thing since sliced bread” speeches.
We asked you about Chromebooks last year, when they were still fresh, but a year is almost a lifetime when it comes to technology. So have you made up your mind yet? Are Chromebooks the future of laptops, or are they doomed to fade away?
Share your Chromebook thoughts with us, what makes them good or bad in your opinion? Why would you choose to buy one?