Google Glass is back in the news, and not in a good way. Google is shuttering the Explorer program, taking control of the project away from Google X, and deciding which direction to take Google Glass from here.
Perhaps you have the answer Google is seeking. Welcome to this week’s MakeUseOf Poll.
Verbal Privacy Nerds
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, “Do You Use A VPN? If So, Which Do You Use, & Why?”
Out of a total of 632 votes, 50.6% chose Yes, occasionally, 22.9% chose No, but I may do in the future, 20.3% chose Yes, always, 3% chose No, never, and 3.2% chose What is a VPN?
Overall, more than 70 percent of the readers who voted in the Poll use a VPN, either all the time or occasionally. And with a further 22 percent declaring that they may use a VPN in the future, it seems the vast majority of our readers are keen on this method of maintaining their privacy and preserving their anonymity.
Comment Of The Week
We received a lot of great comments, including those from Jan F., K.I. Matthews, and Fraser Smith. Comment Of The Week goes to The Geek Boss, who earns our admiration and affection for this comment:
This has been an awesome post/feedback – I find it very interesting to see the variety of VPN’s out there that I didn’t know existed. Some of which I had tried before – others I will try. Why?
I’m not saying that my online activities dictate that I should use a VPN, it’s just that I prefer what I do online to remain private, and/or any person spying/logging my activity is, in my view, ‘not on’.
Also, more than any other reason, I like to set which country I am in when making purchases online, that way I avoid taxes, and 90% of the time, it’s cheaper than buying from overseas. EG: A book from the UK will cost me $30 here, $14-16 online, or $9 if purchased over a VPN set in the UK, with free delivery to my country!
We chose this comment because it offers both a valid reason for using a VPN and a much wider point about online privacy. Even those who haven’t got anything to hide still don’t generally want any Tom, Dick, or Harry from knowing their business. A fact which governments around the world don’t seem to have properly grasped.
Google Glass Is Now A Farce
The future of Google Glass is very much in doubt. Google is stopping selling the wearable tech with which almost all of us are familiar, offering nothing but a vague suggestion that Google Glass will be back in another form. Somewhere, somehow, at some indistinct point in the future.
Google Glass offered so much but has so far delivered very little of its early promise. The question is whether Google would be better off shuttering the whole project or persevering with it under new leadership and with redefined ambitions. So, what would you do if it was up to you?
Please vote in the poll above, and then explain in the comments why you voted that way.
Tell us what you would do with Google Glass if you were a bigwig at Google with the power to make such decisions. Is the technology worth persevering with? Or does the future of wearable technology lie in different form factors? Would lowering the price to bring it into reach of mainstream consumers make all the difference? Or should any redesign be based on feedback from the early-adopters who paid $1,500 for the privilege of wearing Google Glass?
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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