Fake Google Glasses That Don’t Actually Do Anything
Fashion trends and electronics compulsion are powerful motivators! Google Glass no longer evokes nearly the same level of techno-rapture as it did in March 2013, when it was announced. That’s not entirely Google’s fault. Glass is still in beta as a product, and wearable tech hasn’t gotten past alpha as a consumer product. Edward Snowden’s disclosures about the NSA, which began in June 2013, were not helpful either.
Enthusiasts might have dismissed surveillance concerns if that had been all. Instead, news of additional incursions on privacy, at a domestic and international level, continued. They haven’t ended now, as of mid-January 2014. Rather, the news articles have slowed, but the surveillance and data harvesting continues despite public outcry and an increasing loss of faith in government. That loss of trust is the worst of all.
Silver lining in the Cloud
The Dutch teenagers who made these “fashion accessories” used 3-D printers. That might be the real story: One of the first successful applications of 3-D printing for which there was genuine consumer demand! And it didn’t involve illegally manufactured firearms in any way, whatsoever 🙂
Yay! The silver-lined cloud isn’t the Google Cloud, but Google is involved in many other ventures. I hope we’ll see more affordable 3-D printed products, regardless of the longer-term adoption of Google Glass.