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Glass is DeadGoogle Glass is dead.

As in Monty Python and the Holy Grail “I’m not dead yet” kind of dead.

As you may have heard, the primary incarnation of Google Glass, the “Explorer” program, was ended last week.  The program is moving to a different division, with different management (more details here).

I’m finally ready to make my opinion officially known about Google Glass.

It failed.

Very successfully.

And somewhere the Apple Newton will have a friend in tech heaven to hang out with.


Ok, some history.  The Newton was the first handheld computing device that was introduced into the mass market (by Apple).  Apple started working on it back in 1987 (this info is both from memory and Wikepedia.

It wasn’t really the first PDA (Personal Digital Assistant), but it caught the public’s eye.  A complete reimagination of how the user interacts with their computing device (and application).  Remember this was the late 80’s and early 90’s.  The Internet is at best in its infancy.  eCommerce and the dot com bubbles aren’t bubbling yet.  Even Windows ’95 isn’t out yet.

And Apple wanted to completely rebuild the concept of User Experience with this device.

And it failed, in terms of commercial sales.

But it succeeded in terms of giving the industry a chance to learn from the mistakes.  PDA’s evolved quickly, first adding integration with email and other data communicated through direct connection to the PC and then the internet.  Once the web took off, so did the PDA.  Then we added phone capabilities, and the industry never looked back.  We need to also mention that Moore’s Law had something to do with it (the speed at which computer hardware improves for the same cost).

Who made the most of the opportunity?  You could say the early champion was Palm (remember Palm Pilots?) followed by BlackBerry.  And now Google certainly has at least as much of a foothold in the space as Apple (and the momentum seems to be shifting to Google).

Which brings us to Google Glass.  I think that Google Glass had a similar experience.

First of all there’s the perception.  Google Glass has gone from being a really cool experience in terms of what it promised to almost an object of derision (the term “Glasshole,” started initially as a joke, has grown in popularity).  And the services that specifically take advantage of Glass’ unique user interface have been slow to surface.  But that finally started to change, albeit a bit late (click here).

Now, I want to be clear on a couple of things.  First is I’ve been a “Glass Explorer” with Google Glass since late 2013.  Simplex-IT held our first Lunchinar on Google Glass in the summer of 2013.  So we’ve been keeping an eye on the product for some time.

Second is that in the case of the Apple Newton, Apple was actually a latecomer in terms of learning from their own “mistakes.”  The Palm Pilot (around 96 or so) was the first wildly successful device that learned from both the lessons and mistakes that the Apple Newton experienced.  It really wasn’t until the iPhone (2007) that Apple came out with a true computing device (no, the iPod doesn’t count).  Of course it made up for lost time like a banshee.

So, what’s the final chapter for this story?  Well, obviously it hasn’t been written yet.  The market is starting to see a lot of “wearable computing devices” (a lot of them in the health/wellness vertical).  Google certainly isn’t the only organization developing eyewear devices.  I fully suspect we’ll see more devices in that category.

The question is can Google capitalize on their Glass investment before somebody else does?  The experience from Apple would say “no.”  And the fact that Google doesn’t have a lot of history making hardware themselves is also a bit of a strike against them.

But this is Google.  I wouldn’t count them out just yet.

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Simplex-IT’s Brandon King has been sporting an advanced prototype of Google Glass for the last several months and on September 18 he gave a preview of what this new technology is all about to a packed and intrigued audience. As a member of the exclusive Google Glass Explorer team, he has had direct input to Google as to how their new Glass head-worn computer is performing in the real world.

Now, in this recorded presentation, you too can get an up close, sneak peek at Google Glass. Click on the thumbnail below and Enjoy!

Simplex-IT's Brandon King Previews Google Glass

Simplex-IT’s Brandon King Previews Google Glass

Simplex-IT’s own Brandon King kept a near record audience captivated at Hattie’s Café in Hudson during his recent presentation on Google’s latest revolutionary prototype product, called simply “Glass.”

Having been chosen to be a member of the exclusive Google Glass Explorers, a national group of select field testers, Brandon has had the good fortune to be using an advanced prototype of this innovative product for the last several months. So to begin, he answered the big question everyone had, “Exactly what IS Google Glass?”

Google Glass

Brandon sporting his new Google Glass!

Google Glass is a wearable computer with an optical head-mounted video display, in which the user can interact with the Internet via finger taps and natural language voice commands. Among its many capabilities it allows the user to get turn-by-turn directions, take pictures and videos with its built-in camera, as well as surf the web, and more. As Brandon explained, because this is a prototype product its features are continually being updated and expanded. By the time it’s finally released (no official date has yet been announced) there’s a good chance it will be significantly different, but its current configuration gave everyone plenty to talk about!

Has YOUR curiosity been piqued? If so, keep watching these blog pages as we recorded the entire event and we’ll be posting it within a couple weeks for your viewing enjoyment. I’m confident you will find it as captivating as the audience in attendance did. We’ll let you know as soon as it’s available.

October’s Lunchinar is scheduled to give a preview of the new Windows 8.1 Update, scheduled to be made publicly available within a few days after our actual presentation. Again, watch this place for the official announcement and get your reservations in early!

“A Special Sneak Preview of Google Glass!”

Ok, what is Google Glass and why should you care? I’m glad you asked!

Google Glass

Brandon sporting his new Google Glass!

Developed by Google (duh!), which has also worked on other futuristic technologies such as driverless cars, Google Glass is a wearable computer with an optical head-mounted video display, in which the user can interact with the Internet via finger taps and natural language voice commands. In short, it’s an amazingly innovative and versatile device that will be coming to a store near you in the very near future. But Simplex-IT has an advanced sample NOW and we’ll be previewing it for you at our next free Lunchinar!

Simplex-IT’s own Brandon King was one of just a handful of individuals from across the country recently accepted into the Google Glass Explorer program and in late June he went to the Google offices in New York City to pick up his advance evaluation unit. Needless to say, he’s been the Talk-of-the Town ever since. Brandon has graciously agreed to present Google Glass at this exciting event – and YOU’RE INVITED!

Be the first on your block to see this breakthrough device at Simplex-IT’s next free Lunchinar!

As always, there will be plenty of time for questions.

Simplex-IT’s popular monthly Lunchinars are always free, open to all and focused on sharing information. And, as a bonus, we will be awarding a door prize of Microsoft Office 2013 and Windows 8 to two lucky attendees. Free food AND free software – how awesome is that?

Where:                Hattie’s Café, 164 N. Main Street, Hudson

When:                  September 18, 2013, from 11:30am-1:00pm

Seating is limited! To reserve yours, call 234.380.1277, email, call 234.380.1277 or go to . Come join the fun!­­­

Extra! Extra! Extra!

We will once again be webcasting this LIVE event using Microsoft Lync. It’s free and it’s easy. If you can’t make the lunchinar in person but would like to listen in from the comfort and convenience of your office, contact us at the above numbers and we’ll send the details on how you can connect.

Hey folks, Brandon here. Recently, Bob posted about me bringing Google Glass to Simplex-IT.

Two weeks ago I was in New York picking up Google Glass after being accepted into the Glass Explorer program. Essentially, I am beta testing the product. Looking for bugs, showing it off, trying new things, and maybe doing some development.

Consistently the number 1 question I get asked is “What is that!?” So I wanted to make it a bit easier and just make a video and show you all!

Here is the first video about Glass. I’ll go over some basics at first, and maybe I can do some more in depth videos in the near future.

If you have any questions about the device, let us know. Maybe some things you would like to see or have answered. Feedback is encouraged!


Brandon Joins the Borg as its most junior member

Brandon sporting his Google GlassesBob here.  Ok, this one is pretty cool.  And yes, I’m jealous.  In a geek jealousy sort of way.

Our own Brandon King was recently accepted into the Google Glass Explorer program (it’s pretty hard to get into).  He went out to the Google offices in New York last week, where he picked up his own Google Glass device.

So what is Google Glass?  It’s a computer that you wear around your head like a pair of glasses that include a head mounted display and that includes voice and finger-tap based input.  Bottom line, it’s pretty cool.

Brandon will be creating some blog entries in the near future demonstrating Google Glass.

We just wanted to gloat a little, because odds are, you don’t have this.

I wanted to publicly cry a little, because I don’t either.

And Brandon doesn’t share as much as he should<g>.

(Btw, this will be a topic at an upcoming Simplex-IT Lunchinar and be demonstrated at our picnic in August)