Google Should Kill Google Glass Before It's Too Late

Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL  ) is generating too many negative reviews from the first wave of Google Glass adopters, and its best course of action may be to nix the search giant's first foray into wearable computing before it becomes a more expensive and embarrassing flop.

It's not this weekend's Saturday Night Live parody. The comedy show also poked fun at Yum! Brands putting out Doritos-dusted tacos last year, and that single introduction was credited with dramatically boosting sales at Taco Bell.

It's not that the initial wave of critics are questioning if we really need glasses with computing functionality. When Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) introduced the iPad three years ago, it was also originally panned by skeptics wondering if we really needed tablets.

Wearable computing is the real deal. It's coming. However, the early successes have been the Pebble smart watch and Nike's (NYSE: NKE  ) FuelBand fitness-tracking bracelet. These are devices that are conveniently worn around the wrist, and it's where wearable computing will win its first battle.

In this video, longtime Fool contributor Rick Munarriz suggests that Google may be better off killing Google Glass before it attempts a retail rollout. 

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  • Report this Comment On May 08, 2013, at 9:38 AM, iggymod wrote:

    I think it is a mistake to dismiss this product out of hand. Google is the first to point out that this is a beta version and it lacks only refinement to be adopted by a large number of people.

    Functional targets for the retail version likely already include targets for secure access (voice recognition setup), higher screen resolution (difficult but not impossible), and longer battery life or allowances for opportunistic charging, which was a prior negative for all smart phones.

    Additionally, I just plain want a pair.

  • Report this Comment On May 08, 2013, at 9:51 AM, TMFBlacknGold wrote:

    My brother called me from his pair of Glass the other day and I couldn't hear a thing. Neither could he. That's about all I know about the product, but it sure wasn't a good introduction.

    --Maxxwell

  • Report this Comment On May 08, 2013, at 10:50 AM, bobyk3 wrote:

    Google glass is like Google Wave. Its very interesting, but then there is no use for it in daily life.

  • Report this Comment On May 08, 2013, at 3:33 PM, iggymod wrote:

    Facial recognition app.

  • Report this Comment On September 28, 2013, at 1:10 AM, Larkinjet wrote:

    What's the matter with you people?

    It is not about the quirks of the device,

    It is not about the price,

    You should be considering the over all concept.

    After these companies, Google, Microsoft and Facebook, have betrayed all us to the NSA you would willingly go along with this concept?

    Did we get an apology?

    Did they offer us increased privacy and restore our anonymity?

    They have remained silent. I for one, no longer trust them.

    It is not tech advancement that I am against, it is about intrusion and a device of personal control.

    Wake up!

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