Public Sales Of Google Glass To End Later This Month

Sam Sanders, NPR, Jan 16, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

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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