Google Glass Will Be Worth Buying at Launch: 10 Reasons Why

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2013-08-01 Print this article Print

Google Glass might not even be available yet, but already the technology has been making headlines. As of late, Google Glass, the wearable eyewear that promises everything from navigation information to picture-taking, has been in the news on topics, ranging from developers working on applications to a U.K. ban on using it in vehicles on the road over fears that it could distract drivers. The technology is even reportedly being used as a movie-making tool in Hollywood. That Google Glass is this popular already speaks to its uniqueness and potential value to the average customer as much as it does to Google's unrelenting promotion of the device. Glass is only in testing, but many people who have tried it out are surprised by just how usable it is. Although it isn't perfect and there are some drawbacks that need to be addressed, it seems sure that Google will continue to improve Glass' functionality and utility.  The better it gets before launch, the more so-called "Explorers" will want to sign up and buy the eyewear. eWEEK examines why people are likely to buy the technology when it's released in production.

  • Google Glass Will Be Worth Buying at Launch: 10 Reasons Why

    By Don Reisinger
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  • Wearable Technology Really Is the Future

    If there's any trend that's emerging rapidly in IT, it's wearable technology. Companies around the globe are investing heavily in wearable technology, and for consumers who love gadgets, it's better to get in on the trend early, rather than wait it out. That's why Google Glass, which will help lead the wearable-tech revolution, deserves to be on top of the shopping list.
    1-Wearable Technology Really Is the Future
  • The Mapping Functionality Is Awfully Nice

    Looking to find your way around town? One of the nice things about Glass is that it has full support for Google Maps. So, whether it's getting directions exploring a new neighborhood, Glass delivers. It's especially nice for a product that's designed to go mobile.
    2-The Mapping Functionality Is Awfully Nice
  • It Provides a New Perspective on Life

    One of the interesting things about Glass is that it can legitimately provide a new perspective on life. In other words, really interesting pictures and videos can be taken, hands-free, from the eyes. And when certain items like Maps arrows can be tossed onto streets, it changes your perspective. And in this case, different is nice.
    3-It Provides a New Perspective on Life
  • It'll Only Get Better

    As noted, the nice thing about Google Glass is that it's only in testing at the moment. And once Google hears back about its eyewear from the "Explorers," the company is planning to improve the device where needed. That's a good thing. And it means that when it actually launches, it'll be even better than it is right now.
    4-It'll Only Get Better
  • The Apps Could Be Incredible

    Google has asked for developers to start creating programs designed for Glass. And if Android is any indication, there appears to be a good chance that the apps could do some incredible things. Google Glass' built-in apps are a good start, but the third-party programs could make the eyewear so much better.
    5-The Apps Could Be Incredible
  • No One Else Is All That Close to Matching It

    If a consumer is after some wearable technology, what choice does he or she really have other than to buy Google Glass? After all, the other wearable technology in the wild includes bracelets to monitor walking distance, and some sleep aids. Nothing out there right now compares with Google Glass.
    6-No One Else Is All That Close to Matching It
  • The Design Isn't So Bad

    When looking at Google Glass, the eyewear quickly becomes a more-appealing product. It might not be the most beautiful product in the wild, but it looks nice on a face and comes off as very stylish. That's an important piece of the puzzle.
    7-The Design Isn't So Bad
  • There's a "Cool" Geekiness to It

    OK, so there's little debating that Google Glass is geeky. But let's be honest: Being geeky nowadays is viewed favorably in pop culture. And since there's an element of "coolness" to it, the device is all the more appealing. Think of Google Glass as a cool-geeky product.
    8-There's a
  • The Real-Time Information Is Crucial

    Regardless of where a person is, Google Glass will provide them with all kinds of insight into their locations. Sometimes, that real-time information will help them identify a particular area or landmark, while in other cases, it'll deliver useful data. Either way, the Google Glass real-time information support is critical to its success.
    9-The Real-Time Information Is Crucial
  • It's Essentially a Smartphone—on Your Face

    The fact that Google Glass does just about everything a person wants is extremely important in evaluating its broader appeal to consumers. Those customers are buying products, like smartphones, that can do it all because they want a one-stop shop for their productivity needs. In the case of Google Glass, it offers that all-in-one experience, similar to smartphones, directly to a person's eyes. It's a great idea with a great premise.
    10-It's Essentially a Smartphone—on Your Face
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at

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