Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 27th Jun 2012 20:27 UTC
Google So yeah, Google totally just won the conference showdown by easily beating both Apple and Microsoft. Not only did Google announce Android 4.1 with some really cool new features, a cheap but non-crippled tablet, and a new Android device called the Nexus Q, but they also opened up pre-orders for Google Glass. So yeah.
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RE[4]: Seriously?
by Morgan on Thu 28th Jun 2012 10:41 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Seriously?"
Morgan
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Sorry, but I mostly agree with him regarding Project Glass. I was sorely disappointed at what, for now, is a head mounted webcam at twenty times the cost to build it. I realize it's in the early stages of development, but as I said below, you can pick up a Kinect and get tons of functionality above and beyond where Google is now.

Even if Google somehow managed to shrink the tech inside the Kinect down to eyeglasses scale this year, they would still be a few more years away from what we saw in the effects-laden demo video a few months ago.

I do find the other announcements they made to be intriguing; in particular the Nexus 7 tablet is very close to the "perfect tablet" for someone like me. It's basically a Nook Color but with enough horsepower to run the latest OS smoothly. Even the price is appealing, perhaps even a loss leader. The seven inch Galaxy Tab is bulky, plastic-y and slow compared to it, yet costs much more.

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RE[5]: Seriously?
by Nelson on Thu 28th Jun 2012 10:54 in reply to "RE[4]: Seriously?"
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2005-11-29

I want to reiterate, I'm not saying the Nexus 7 sucks. It actually looks like a great Tablet.

I'm speaking purely from the perspective of it being some game changing feat of engineering like this opinion piece would have you believe.

I don't think just because they announced a $199 tablet that they stole the show from Apple or MS. They just chose to lose money. Noble, I guess, but not revolutionary.

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RE[6]: Seriously?
by adkilla on Thu 28th Jun 2012 11:49 in reply to "RE[5]: Seriously?"
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2005-07-07

How do you know they chose to loose money? Time for a fact check?

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RE[5]: Seriously?
by Radio on Thu 28th Jun 2012 13:24 in reply to "RE[4]: Seriously?"
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2009-06-20

Sorry, but I mostly agree with him regarding Project Glass. I was sorely disappointed at what, for now, is a head mounted webcam at twenty times the cost to build it. I realize it's in the early stages of development, but as I said below, you can pick up a Kinect and get tons of functionality above and beyond where Google is now.

Even if Google somehow managed to shrink the tech inside the Kinect down to eyeglasses scale this year, they would still be a few more years away from what we saw in the effects-laden demo video a few months ago.

What does Glass have in common with Kinect? You lost me.

If you really think that Glass is just a glorified webcam, that would be fine if Google was selling it now: Ah! Another half-baked Google product!

But here, we have one of Google's co-founder trying to woo as many people in the audience as possible and offering to order it on a very limited basis - US I/O attendees only, meaning motivated developers close from their lab. They are not trying to scam some uneducated, misinformed, helpless people.

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RE[6]: Seriously?
by Morgan on Thu 28th Jun 2012 18:48 in reply to "RE[5]: Seriously?"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

I never said they are trying to scam anyone, I just think it's a bit early to release such a limited form of the hardware for such a lofty price.

The comparison to the Kinect was made to show the issue with where they are right now compared to what they are charging for it. I know that they want Glass to become what they envisioned in the concept video, and I want that too! But the "live demo" we saw the other day was no more spectacular than what people on Google+ do every day in Hangouts. The only difference was that the camera was head-mounted and wireless. That's a cool thing to be sure, but it's a very small first step and not worth the price of entry as far as I'm concerned, given I could build the same thing with spare parts on the workbench to my right. I would want to see something a little more advanced before buying into the project.

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RE[6]: Seriously?
by zima on Wed 4th Jul 2012 19:49 in reply to "RE[5]: Seriously?"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

If you really think that Glass is just a glorified webcam, that would be fine if Google was selling it now: Ah! Another half-baked Google product!

But here, we have one of Google's co-founder trying to woo as many people in the audience as possible and offering to order it on a very limited basis - US I/O attendees only, meaning motivated developers close from their lab. They are not trying to scam some uneducated, misinformed, helpless people.

Well it isn't demonstrated as anything more than a glorified webcam...

What it all looks like is, yes, trying very hard to woo devs, to make them emotionally invested in the product - and "oh please, maybe they'll figure out something remotely sensible to do with that (premature) thing"

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