Google Glass is a very exciting piece of technology. You can tell by our extremely exhaustive Google Glass review that we’re as excited about it as anyone. However, it appears not everyone will be lining up in droves to buy the smart glasses Google has produced. A new survey of 1,000 people conducted by BiTE Interactive suggests only 1 in 10 people would consider wearing Google Glass regularly.
Of those who said they wouldn’t wear them, 45% said it was due to the device’s looks and because they seem too irritating to leave on — they’re not quite as charming as some would hope (though the shades attachment makes it look a bit more bearable if you’re that type of person). Also, 38% of those who wouldn’t wear them say that the price isn’t a factor, with BiTE noting that even a considerably cheaper price point than what the $1,500 the Explorer Editions are currently going for wouldn’t entice them to buy them.
It’s worthy to note that most people aren’t being resistant because they don’t think they technology is cool — it just isn’t right for them. For those who want to wear them, 44% said they’re mostly interested in taking photos. About 37% of those wanting Glass are looking to get a lot out of video. 39% said phone calls are an important factor, as well.
BiTE’s Vice President of Operations Joseph Farrell says the biggest hurdle for most people is the fear of social rejection. Some might be hesitant to buy them because they don’t want people to assume they’re recording video every time the Glasses are on their head, or perhaps they fear getting turned away at a bar or a club.
It’s a fair point to make, but the world won’t get used to stuff like Google Glass unless a few people are brave enough to break it in. Let’s hope that’ll happen by the time the devices are publicly available early next year. Will you be among those trying to break Google Glass in or will you hold off to see how, exactly, they fit in modern society? Vote and leave a comment!
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