Google Glass – what went wrong? Your innovative idea just ended up creeping everybody and getting all wearers called a “Glasshole.” Last week Google announced it would end the Explorers program, and stop sales of the $1500 Glass and take its wearable computer project back into the basement. .
Unattractive as it is intrusive, Google Glass is basically the fanny-pack of eyewear. Now that Google Glass has gone the way of the Apple eMate – let’s look at some other epic wearable tech flops:
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Back in 2000, Levi’s produced the world’s first commercial wearable electronics garment jacket – that looked like an extension of a slide rule pocket protector. The ICD+ jacket served as portal for all the tech essentials of the time; specialist pockets for MP3 players, cell phones cables, and a microphone and earphones built into the collar. Touch the collar and your phone flickers on. Tap your pocket and the CD player comes to life.
Now why you haven’t heard of it? It didn’t sell very way. The phone dangled out of the coat like the creature popping out of a belly in the movie Alien.
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Xybernaut introduced the Poma Wearable PC in 2002. The contraption cost $1500 and consisted of a 10.9-ounce Windows CE device an optical mouse and a color display mounted on a headband. What they didn’t foresee was users looked like Halloween costume wearing morons when using this wearable device. Need I say, it didn’t catch on…
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Before Google Glass, Bluetooth Headsets was an easy way for people in the year 2000 to denote a douchebag. It made users look like a cyborg in a very low budget sci-fi movie made in Italy.
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I guess the premise of the calculator watch was to have something around your wrist when you really needed to add and subtract numbers – and had all the aesthetic charm of a sign that says “I Have No Need To Get Laid.” The calculator watch was first introduced by a company called Pulsar in 1975. In the 1980s, Casio created the Databank calculator watch, which not only performed calculator functions, but also stored appointments, names, addresses, and phone numbers.
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Back when people who used the Internet were called Cyber-punks, the concept of cyberspace was to immerse your body into a virtual world. And these were the glasses to do it – with Large Head Mounted Displays (HMD) and smart motion sensors enabled the creation of a 3D artificial world. These babies made Google Glass look like high fashion.
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Fitbit is a fitness tracker that went through a massive recall because it gave wearers an “itchy skin rash.” Not a good thing when you want to track your fitness. More than 10,000 people reported skin irritation while wearing Fitbit Force – the exact same thing happens when you buy a counterfeit Rolex in Chinatown.