Love is a wonderful thing. At least it is when it’s mutual, deserved, and both given and received in equal measure. None of which is really true when we as humans express our love for a particular gadget or service, or the company responsible. Still, you can’t help how you feel.
The Return Of Google Glass
To answer this week’s question please scroll down the page until you see the Poll staring back at you. But first, we need to look at the results from last week, when we asked, “If You Were Google, What Would You Do With Google Glass?”
Out of a total of 208 votes, 28.4% chose Rework it based on user feedback, 26% chose Lower the price considerably, 21.6% chose Abandon the project altogether, 11.5% chose Focus on perfecting Android Wear, 9.6% chose Go back to the drawing board, and 2.9% chose What is Google Glass?
Based on these results, it’s clear that if Google is determined to persevere with Google Glass, it needs to both make some significant design changes and lower the price of the hardware by quite a margin. Otherwise, average consumers (especially MakeUseOf readers) simply won’t be interested.
A significant minority think Google should give up on Glass altogether, which may well be a possibility at this stage. I personally don’t expect Google Glass to reappear for quite some time, and even then it’s likely to be in a very different form than we have seen previously. What form that will be is anyone’s guess.
Comment Of The Week
We received some great comments, including those from Deere, Eric, and Xoandre. Comment Of The Week goes to Hildy J, who earns our admiration and affection for this comment:
First, it needs to be less clunky. I’d consider linking a Glass display and earbuds, via a wire, to a box with a CPU, battery, WiFi, Bluetooth, and 4G. Potentially that could be your phone with appropriate hardware/software.
Second, focus a camera model primarily on vertical markets (e.g. equipment maintenance, surgery) with purpose built software.
Third, I’d strip the camera from the consumer model since the masses seem to have a problem with random nerds taking their picture (but not with the constant and pervasive government and private industry surveillance). This would be sold as a portable HUD linked to Navigation, Street View, and Earth, as well as general screen for alerts, texts, email, and browsing.
We chose this comment because it offers Google some solid feedback on what could be done to improve Google Glass. It’s common sense advice too, particularly with regard to the camera on the consumer version, which, as Hildy J rightly points out, was the cause of much controversy.
All You Need Is Love
Microsoft boss Satya Nadella recently expressed his desire for people to love Microsoft and the products it puts out. He was talking with particular regard for Windows 10, Microsoft’s latest operating system which is due to be released before the end of 2015.
This raises some interesting questions. Is love a suitable emotion to have towards a technology company or should unmitigated adoration be reserved for living beings? If it is OK to love a technology company as so many fanboys and fangirls do, which company is most deserving?
We realized the best way of finding out the answers to these questions and more is to conduct a Poll. So we have done just that…
Please vote in the Poll above, and then explain in the comments section below why you voted that way.
If you voted for a particular company, thereby publicly declaring your love for that company, explain why they have a place in your heart. If you voted for love being an unsuitable emotion to assign to a technology company explain your reasons for thinking so. Essentially, whichever way you voted, please be sure to add some context to the simple tick you applied to the Poll.
The best Comment Of The Week will win our everlasting admiration and affection. Well, at least until we meet back here again this time next week.
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