IT Blogwatch: BYOD and shiny toys

Is Google Glass extremely boring or simply DEAD?

Brin: Glasses so thick he can see in the future.

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IT Blogwatch: BYOD and shiny toys

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Google Glass. A subject on the minds (and not on the faces) of many bloggers this weekend. Why is Glass no longer as exciting as it used to be? What's causing the ho-hum, glassy-eyed stares? Is the problem related to price, stigma, limited functionality, that guy in the shower?

No problem, ask a blogger anything -- you'll be sure to get an answer.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers squint and look a little harder.

Filling in for our humble blogwatcher Richi Jennings, is a humbler Stephen Glasskeys.

You won't find flowers in Simon Miraudo's attic:

The great Google Glass experiment has seemingly failed, with even Google co-founder Sergey Brin relegating the ugly child of his tech family to the metaphorical attic.  MORE

And Shaun Nichols finds nothing but duds:

Google has been courting developers to play a crucial writing software for Glass headsets. If developers are indeed fleeing, that's bad news for a product that hasn't even really made it onto the market yet.  MORE

Cheery Sean Hollister looks for an upside:

Still, a launch is a launch, and Google says it's still happening sooner or later. "We are as committed as ever to a consumer launch. That is going to take time and we are not going to launch...until it's absolutely ready."  MORE

But Zack Whittaker sent his Glass packing:

I'll admit this. The last time I picked up my Google Glass (I bought one, color me naive) was this past weekend, in fact, [while] moving.  MORE

Looking elsewhere, Chris Matyszczyk likes what he sees:

Quite a few people were excited when a competitor to Google's high-tech specs emerged in February.

People liked it. The company raised $1.1 million to take its creation to production.

As time went by, a tiny drawback emerged. The glasses were called Icis.  MORE

Steel yourself for this one -- courtesy David Steele:

Why the negativity associated with Glass? It appears to be [behavioral].

I believe the problem is that Glass is years ahead of its time. Just as back in 1999, the BlackBerry smartdevices were laughed at by most people, then ten years later everybody has a smartphone, so I am sure it will be with Glass.  MORE

Alexei Oreskovic, Sarah McBride and Malathi Nayak believe timing is everything:

After two years of popping up at high-profile events sporting Google Glass...Sergey Brin sauntered bare-faced into a Silicon Valley red-carpet event on Sunday.

But Brin's timing is not propitious, coming as many developers and early Glass users are losing interest in the much-hyped, $1,500 test version of the product.

Of 16 Glass app makers contacted...nine said that they had stopped work on their projects or abandoned them, mostly because of the lack of customers or limitations of the device.  MORE

Meanwhile, Matt Weinberger falls from grace:

I like to think the Facebook exec team is using their Oculus Rift kits to experience Google Glass' fall from grace in glorious 3D.  MORE


You have been reading IT Blogwatch by Richi Jennings and Stephen Glasskeys, who curate the best bloggy bits, finest forums, and weirdest websites so you don't have to. Catch the key commentary from around the Web every morning. Hatemail may be directed to @RiCHi or Opinions expressed may not represent those of Computerworld. Ask your doctor before reading. Your mileage may vary. E&OE.

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