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The Google Glassholes Phenomenon


Is there anything buzzier right now that Google Glass?  It appears to be the next big-thing-that-will-rock-your-world according to most of the Technorati websites.  I mean, how can it not be?  This wearable technology device (ie. glasses) can connect with my smartphone via Wifi or BT and then magically do things like

  • Voice search
  • Initiate turn-by-turn driving, walking, or cycling directions
  • Capture and share photos and videos through Google Plus
  • Start a Google Hangout
  • Accept phone calls
  • Send texts
  • Deliver search results, including the weather
  • Hook into third-party apps

Wow, that’s AWESOME!!  Or is it?  Personally, I think SNL hit it right on the head with this video:

ANd that’s not all, several other blogs around Silicon Valley seem to be making some similar observations about what are now called “Google Glassholes” walking around town.   Firstly, apparently these early adopters and beta testers are all white males.  Why is that?  This blog really captures this phenomenon:


Then Valleywag has a great report about the Valley’s manic, schizophrenic reactions to the new technology.


And finally, this snarky blog gets downright mean about it.  http://jesuschristsiliconvalley.tumblr.com/post/48596551224/nice-piece-of-glass

What do you think?  Would you want to wear these?

2 responses to “The Google Glassholes Phenomenon”

  1. I want to try these, but can’t see a drop of practicality in google glass. The main people I see being onboard with google glass is the same people who take a picture of their starbucks frappucino every day before complaining about gas prices and the cost of their organic food (see what I did there?). Well written and happy to come across your blog!

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Liat Ben-Zur is a highly accomplished business builder and transformation leader with over 25 years of experience in product innovation, mobile and IoT disruption, and consumer and B2B growth. Her leadership roles at Microsoft, Royal Philips, and Qualcomm have driven digital transformations, launched numerous connected AI and IoT products, and built inclusive company cultures. A believer in user-centric technology, Liat has been recognized with multiple awards for her contributions to the industry. Liat holds an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management and a BSEE from UC Davis, and is involved in various boards and advisory roles, helping leaders around the world use AI to reshape their industries.


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