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Can I see Google Glass in my future?

- Last modified: April 15, 2014 at 4:06 PM

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All that my current glasses do is help me see. Actually, that is pretty awesome.
All that my current glasses do is help me see. Actually, that is pretty awesome.

I’m a tech geek. No doubt about it.

I remember the first time as a child that I used a computer (they were a new thing, then). I felt as if I had the magic of the universe at my fingertips.

Today, if my iPhone is more than 5 feet away from me at any given time, I start to hyperventilate.

And so it goes without saying: I want to buy a Google Glass.

They went on sale this week. Anyone in the general public can buy a pair. So why haven’t I clicked the order button?

I have 1,500 reasons, and they’re all dollars.

Dropping that kind of money on something that is obviously still in the beta testing phase is just a little beyond my level of comfort.

I’ve spent that much on full computers, to be sure. But, with a high-end computer, you know what you’re getting and you know you’re getting the best.

This $1,500 gives you the opportunity to be a “Google Glass Explorer.” In other words, YOU pay THEM to be a product tester, but you get a real fancy name and bragging rights.

I’m still not sure, however, despite reading dozens of blogs and advertisements, what I’d be getting if I bought the Google Glass.

There’s been a great deal of talk of the Google Glass as being the wearable technology of the future. Google has been promoting the possibilities while pundits have been warning of the dangers.

Yeah, I get angry when I see people talking on the phone and driving. I think I’d pop my cork if I saw someone driving while using Google Glasses.

But I still haven’t seen the light on why I should shell out that kind of dough even if I may have a roughly $1,500 tax refund coming my way.

To me, it seems like a wearable camera with a search engine.

I did notice on the Google Glass website that it can do things such as translate street signs into foreign languages.

OK, that’s pretty cool.

But, if I’m in a foreign country, I doubt I’ll have Internet access. My beloved iPhone was useless when I was in Mexico two weeks ago.

There have been a couple of times when I wish I had Google Glass.

I’m fostering a litter of kittens, and I may have shelled out $1,500 to get a cute close-up of them trying to lick my nose – try that with an iPhone camera.

The temptation is strong, and I’m still eyeing the Google tab that I have open but minimized on my desktop.

Hey, I’m blogging about it for work. Maybe it would be a tax write-off?

Oh, yes, the wheels are turning, trying to justify the purchase.

But every time that tab starts to look tempting, I think back to 1992, when I was working a retail job to put myself through college.

Entering customer information into our data base was a laborious, sometimes Sisyphean task. I often wondered if just handwriting the information on index cards and filing them wouldn’t be easier and if computer technology would EVER advance enough that they would be the time savers that we were promised they would be.

Obviously, they have. I haven’t physically filed anything in years, and I can’t remember the last time I saw a Rolodex.

I’m sure in 22 years, devices such as Google Glass will be ubiquitous or even obsolete as our implantable computers take care of all of our mundane tasks such as messaging our spouse that we’ll be late for dinner.

But today, I don’t know if it will be fulfilling a need for me.

Of course, six years ago I said that about my iPhone.

 

 

Stacy Wescoe

Stacy Wescoe

Writer and online editor Stacy Wescoe covers technology and trends plus keeps you up to date on what coworkers and competitors are talking about around the water cooler and on social media. Reach her at stacyw@lvb.com or 610-807-9619, ext. 104. Follow her on Twitter at @morestacy and on Facebook and circle her on Google+.

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