Google Glass is set to hit the market by the end of the year and the hype around it is huge. It’s probably inevitable that wearable is the next direction for tech products now that the smartphone market is reaching saturation and clearly that has an impact for Ireland’s Top Accessories Blog, Frillseeker. *Adjusts serious hat*
So when I read that Coco Rocha, model and Irish dancer extraordinaire, had given the glasses a spin for PC Mag, that got me interested. Rocha’s a quirky character and clearly no slouch in the brains department.
the main problem with most examples of “wearable tech” is that the emphasis is overwhelmingly put on the tech rather than it being truly wearable
Her take on the glasses is the take I think a lot of us will have. In an op-ed piece for the magazine’s website she said, “I felt the most uncomfortable when I had to announce commands verbally. This is also my problem with Siri and other voice-activated technology; who wants to be the crazy person speaking to a computer?”
Eh, yeah. Howyeh Coco. I can’t stand Siri, and have never encountered anyone using it unless they’re debasing Siri into making mickey jokes, or similar.
But Coco’s most insightful critique on the glasses was this. “I think the main problem with most examples of “wearable tech” is that the emphasis is overwhelmingly put on the tech rather than it being truly wearable.”
And this is the rub: if we’re so interested in beautiful things, gorgeous design and must-have items in the rest of our apparel, then our wearable tech just has to step up and match that benchmark.
Right now, Google Glass just doesn’t come close.