I had been sitting on this for a couple of days trying to collect my thoughts on Google’s real-life goggles, as reported by Nick Bilton. Unsurprisingly, my thoughts are mainly in line with John Gruber’s here:
My first thought was to laugh, but, hey, at this point, let’s give Google the benefit of the doubt and hope these things are actually useful and cool. We’re not going to be tapping on 3 to 5 inch pieces of glass for the entire future of mobile computing. Something’s got to come next. Maybe heads-up displays are next.
Maybe. Or maybe they’re a huge failure/joke, as Ryan Block predicted a few days ago.
My initial instinct is that they’ll fail because, well, they’re huge fucking dork glasses. And Google is not (yet) a hardware company. And it’s not 2025. But maybe that is too cynical. Maybe this is really cool.