Google (GOOG) partners with top Silicon Valley VC firms Andreessen Horowitz and Kleiner Perkins...

Google (GOOG) partners with top Silicon Valley VC firms Andreessen Horowitz and Kleiner Perkins to launch the Glass Collective, a program providing seed funding to startups developing hardware/software meant to work with Google Glass. "The thesis of Glass is profoundly transformational — to integrate connectivity and information directly into your field of vision and into your normal daily life," writes VC/Netscape co-founder Marc Andreessen, who compares Glass' potential impact to the web browser. The effort comes a month after Google showed off its first Glass apps.

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  • Herr Hansa
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    If people decide to adopt it, then Google Glass could be a massive information game changer. However, it could also be the next Segway. In our information age, we are perilously close to saturation, almost to the point of being overwhelmed. We may see some technological backlash, which is common in technology trend cycles.


    While I like the concept and the technology, I question whether it is too invasive. Google Glass could easily cause people to become more guarded in public, especially if they know that what they do can become very public, very quickly.
    10 Apr 2013, 07:07 PM Reply Like
  • IncomeYield
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    Is this a direct jab at Apple?
    10 Apr 2013, 07:10 PM Reply Like
  • Herr Hansa
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    Wearable computers are not new, though we may see more of them in the future. Apple does not have anything that competes directly with this. If Apple decides to make a competing device, then they would compete with Google in the wearable computer market. Connectivity would be the biggest issue, though the telecom companies could provide that (for a continuing monthly fee on contract).
    10 Apr 2013, 07:15 PM Reply Like
  • ajobst
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    My understanding is that Glass piggybacks off of your smartphone (via Bluetooth?). Is this incorrect?
    10 Apr 2013, 08:27 PM Reply Like
  • Herr Hansa
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    There may be more than one connection option in the final version, though it is assumed all of them will at least have WiFi. The Explorer Edition can tether through Bluetooth to an Android smartphone. Some of the competing projects for heads-up displays that you can wear are just Bluetooth connections.
    10 Apr 2013, 08:48 PM Reply Like
  • rsjeff
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    Dick Tracey two-way wristwatch/cellphone/TV monitor......
    11 Apr 2013, 01:55 AM Reply Like
  • rrosey2
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    This glass-in-two devices is confusing.


    The main beauty of Apple is the uncanny simplicity of their combination into a lovely device.


    If you have to wear glasses and carry a phone, and if you don't misplace one or the other, you'll return to an iPhone.
    12 Apr 2013, 07:40 PM Reply Like
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