Has the Google Glass Hype Passed?

It seems to me that the hype over Google Glass is done. Enough people started using them and many couldn’t see the apparent value. In fact, some are wondering if Google will continue to invest in it. They’ve gone radio silent on Google Glass from what I’ve seen. We’ll see if they’re planning to abandon the project or if they’re just reloading.

While the future of Google Glass seems unsure to me, I think the idea of always on, connected computing is still alive and well. Whether it’s eyeware, a watch or dome other wearable doesn’t matter to me. Always on, connected computing is a powerful concept.

I’m also interested in the telemedicine and second screen approaches that have been started using Google Glass in Healthcare. Both of these concepts will be an important part of the fabric of health care going forward.

I still remember the wow factor that occurred when I first used Google Glass. It still amazes me today. I just wish it were a little more functional and didn’t hurt my eyes when I used it for long periods.

What do you think of Google Glass and the category of always on computing?  Do you see something I’m missing?

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John Lynn

John Lynn

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com, a network of leading Healthcare IT resources. The flagship blog, Healthcare IT Today, contains over 13,000 articles with over half of the articles written by John. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 20 million times.

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  • Remember the movie the Jerk? The opti-grab made him millions…until everyone went cross-eyed.
    The eye pain has been an interesting side story to glass.

    There is not doubt it is cool technology, just not main stream technology.
    It has valid uses, jut not really wear it all day long use.

    Not to mention the idea that, “you better not be filming me”.

    I think smart watches will be similar. Not because they aren’t useful, but because it is yet another item to charge nightly.

    Yet, there are plenty of valid health monitoring applications for the watch with the right sensors…still, probably a small-ish market.

  • Oh wow I didn’t know there was eye pain associated with google glass. What is the most valuable asset John? I have considered buying a pair but the price tag was something I couldn’t justify.

    Thank you for sharing your article.

  • Paul,
    It’s been an issue for me. Other people haven’t had issues. Not sure why it is for me.

    The most valuable part of Google Glass to me has been the sex appeal. If you wear them somewhere, you get attention and people want to talk. That can be valuable.

  • John, I think fundamentally, GG is NOT a consumer product. I think it’s value in fields requiring real time data/information, while concurrently being hands free, is where its inherent value lies; healthcare, in-the-field engineering (like in the Oil/gas industry), materials management, etc. Ultimately, I believe GG will move forward as a valuable niche device for industry, and away from consumer markets.

  • Hi folks

    Glass isn’t a mainstream consumer product. But it’s a very compelling consumer product. We have about 25 hospitals using our technology on Glass at Pristine. The opportunities outside of healthcare are even greater.

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