Public Sales Of Google Glass To End Later This Month

Sam Sanders, NPR, Jan 16, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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We can learn all kinds of lessons from the Google Glass public trial, which is now coming to an end. This article does a good job at articulating some of those lessons (and I have no doubt there are technical lessons behind the scenes as well). Google Glass (perhaps unexpectedly) created privacy issues (I know it sounds obvious in retrospect but I don`t recall any sort of widespread concern when the product launched). Also, it showed how important it is to (try to) frame the public discourse about a new product. And it illustrated the value of price point and users. "The thinking was that they'd generate a community of developers to develop applications for Glass,' he said. But the high price point of Glass kept the market too small."

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