Google’s world wide developer event, Google I/O kicked off on Wednesday morning at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. Our very own Ashley Allen covered most of the three hour keynote in summary earlier today.
This is our fifth year at Google I/O and it seems to get better and better. Google has really come from their major core functions, Google Apps, Chrome and Android, to an entirely new world fueled by the internet of things.
While we were all elated to hear about Google’s push into the car, the home and the wrist one thing was noticeably absent from Google I/O’s mainstage, and that was Google Glass.
Two years ago at Google I/O company co-founder Sergey Brin sky dived onto the Moscone center before ripping off his parachute and coming onto the stage, all the while wearing Google Glass. It made just about everyone in the audience salivate. Partially because the technology was so cool and partly because we were all hoping for a free pair during the conference. Google is notorious for giving away multiple products during I/O.
No one walked away with a brand new pair of Google Glass from San Francisco that year, but we were able to sign up as Explorers and be the first to plop down $1500 for a pair of Google Glass. And many of us did.
There’s been much debate about Google Glass and how it’s been perceived across the globe. Many people have been wondering when Google is going to pull the trigger and start selling Glass to the masses via normal retail channels.
Google has taken a beating on Glass from a lot of the press. People wearing Glass in public have been referred to as Glass Holes. Many restaurants and businesses have refused to allow patrons to wear glass in their establishments, relegating it to tables at board game shops, comic book stores and maybe the aisles of Best Buy. State legislatures have even gone as far as to propose legislation that would make it illegal to use Google Glass while driving.
Business Insider gives a few good reasons why Google Glass, once the darling of the Google I/O conference, has been left out of the main stage. We actually think it’s a combination of all of the reasons Business Insider suggests.
Back in December top New York venture Capitalist Fred Wilson compared Google Glass to the Apple Newton, a device well ahead of it’s time. Personally I tend to agree, and I’m actually hoping that as Android Wear and Google’s other efforts in the realm of the internet of things come together, Google Glass can be re-imagined as the hub of the smart life experience.