Wearing Google Glass made users feel like they didn’t have to connect with the actual humans around them. “I’m elsewhere – even though I appear to be staring right at you.” Frankly the people who wore Google Glass were afraid of the people around them. And Glass gave them a strange transparent hiding place. A self-centered context for suffering through normal moments of uncomfortable close proximity. Does it matter that everyone around you is more uncomfortable for it? At least with a hand-held phone there was no charade. The very presence of the device in hand, head down, was a clear flag alerting bystanders to the momentary disconnect. “At the moment, I’m not paying attention to you.” But in it’s utterly elitist privacy, Google Glass offered none of that body language.

INTERACTIVIST | Messages From the Future: The Fate of Google Glass by JOEL HLADECEK

This great piece, written by a real time traveler from the future, highlights the specific reasons that Google Glass failed. I must say, as a non-time-traveler myself, I saw most of this coming.

But really, the whole thing is a great read.

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