Google Glass : the douche factor -
Google has never been a design/innovation company, that revolution our lives through interface design or new product. Instead, they’ve taken over the world by a better execution. An execution un match in the industry. not a single company (apple included) can even think to be close to google on that department.
They tried with google wave and many other products to innovate but failed to bring innovation to the market. All success beside Google earth have been bought (youtube, android, gmail,gmap …) and not invented at google.
With Google Glass, google is now trying to invent a new technology to make our life easier. To introduce a new object in our life. It’s bold and finally show that google have a vision of the future, instead of “only” execute better.
As a geek/nerd, take my money google, I want it now!
As a Product guy, I think it will be failure. Big Time.
I see numerous major problems with this vision of the wearable computer that I used to work on it 10 years ago.
■ The douche factor
To cut to the chase, having a google glass make you look like a douche.
here some pictures with a regular guy and even a model :
Same kind of guy that wear a bluetooth headset and talk to them-self in the street. This is a niche market (hopefully!) and not mainstream.
History repeat itself : the segway, the bibop … all failure due to the douche factor.
Though, it’s a technical problem that maybe could be resolve by a better technology, in incorporating the screen inside the actual lens like in the “rafale” plane. UI is in the lens not an outside weird block …As my dad was working on it I had the privilege of testing it and it could be a solution.
■ Glasses reduce your vision range
When you wear glasses, your vision range is reduce quite significantly. With a regular glasses, the range is reduce to a drunk person vision. People wearing glasses go great length to do not wear them by doing surgery or wearing contact lenses.
if you wear glasses like I do, you know what I mean. But regular people that do not wear glasses will not accept that. With Google glass a the upper right corner is now obstructed by “this screen”.
In the 80, there was a little trend to wear glasses even you didn’t need them, but it was a fad created by the top gun movie … not really mainstream.
■ No mainstream killer usage case yet
Recording a video in POV is great … if you are a surfer, climber or any other sports actually but in the daily life (street,office with noise) it seems to me that it could be useful only a few times per month … and yet you have to wear it all the time.
Furthermore in real situation, in a street with noise I bet that the google voice recognizer will fail to understand any command.
It’s maybe too early to call on that one because developers will try to find that holy grail …
At the end of the day why should I wear 24/7 a heavy glasses just for few usages ?
■ Privacy issue
Google succeed since 10 years to hide (not letting them know) to their users that goggle is earning money by analyzing their activities and selling that to the highest bidder. Indeed most regular people do not know that and think it’s just free. Google dodge the bullet on the phone by using the Android brand and again people do not know it’s in fact google.
Here with google glass, they go for a google branding. To me, they should brand it without the google name. A recording device of all your life made by a company selling ads ? I don’t think it will fly with the general population …
Also, with google glass you can record people without letting them know that you actually record them … and share that on Facebook or g+. I can imagine some awkward usage in the sex department.
So to wrap this up, I think it will be a great goodies for nerd/geek and “sport” enthusiast (me included) but not mainstream device … but it could restart the wearable computer concept in our industry with stuff more in phase with today technology like a watch, a smart “hearing aid” or other smart rings …
How I feel, when I finally fix a CoreImage bug in my apps.
here my point of view on all the crazy and different rumors of the day about Apple.
■ Cheap iPhone, iWatch and iPhone Max :
Apple culture is all about trying to make the best product possible and not make the cheapeast product, just to be cheap. Other companies are better than Apple for that.
Take a look at the history of iPod. When Apple started, it was $399. Now you can get an iPod shuffle for $49. Rather than cheapening, Apple build new products with a separate experience. For years, people wanted a cheaper Mac … and Apple worked on that for a long time and came up with the iPad at $399. So Apple always try to reinvent itself with great new products and along the way reduce the price.
So in my view, and based on this past, I think that Apple will go for a two handed iphone, with a bigger screen like the galaxy note in order to have a lineup ….But more importantly the iWatch or this rumored wearable device could become the cheap iPhone! (with SIRI you do not need a screen)
As a developer I would prefer to see Apple goes for licensing but well … a new product among a real line up like a big iPhone will be a good news because it will organically grow market share.
■ iCar :
Not before the iToilet.
■ Apple TV
Apple can innovate and revolution this market that sleep since 10 years. Furthermore Apple have the commercial capability to make it happen. So yeah I think it will come. Furthermore it will definitely position Apple in the game market.
Jailbreaking and Thief -
[evasi0n] hack, the iOS 6 and iPhone 5 jailbreak, has been live for a couple of days now.
here my take on this :
Zephyr, Intelliscreen and Auxo are absolutely brilliant for power users. No question. Indeed with a down to up gesture I can quit an app without pushing the home button I can see more stuff in the lock screen and I can quit all my apps with a simple button.
It remember when I first started on OSX, and I was spending an awful number of time to find tweaks like defaultfolderX or others extension in order to make the OS work as I wanted.
But make no mistake, it’s not the jailbreak which is great … it’s those tweaks (app).
Indeed jailbreak bring with those great tweaks some apps that are bad for iOS. Installous and other IAP cracker are back in force.
As a developer busting my ass off everyday for my users it’s really sad to see some customers use it. Well they do not keep it for long, because in the worst case after two days I kicked them out.
But there is numerous developers that rely “only” on the app price in order to pay for their work and costs. In that case, you just stealing money from someone that work hard and probably earn less than you do.
So whose fault it is ?
■ Users ? nah … I understand that they want to have stuff for free, it’s sanctionable but I understand. Indeed you really need lot of self-control and ethic when it’s just there in front of you. However it’s sanctionable … In my games I reset them to level 1. (ouch)
■ the Evasion team, that spend lot of effort into this crack ?
Yes and No : Officially they are against cracked apps … which is kind of funny because it’s exactly what they do :) …. Also when you provide a tool to millions of users that enable them to crack apps, it’s even funnier … Think about it, it’s like you build a gun and be against the main usage of it … it’s like openheimer was refuting the idea that his nuclear bomb was not mainly use to kill people.At least have he had the decency to accept it.
Because if there was like they say against cracked apps they will not enable the user to have it’s own repository in Cidya (cracked apps) and will spend as much effort into jailbreaking than blocking those cracker apps.
So in reality, their are OK with cracked apps.
Also do not think that they do that for the gist of it or for the user either … there is lot of money involve. I know for a fact that the evasion team have deal with redsnow and cydia … So they are making money of it. A lot of money.
Again their position is laughable cause instead of hiding this stuff they should simply come forward and explain that for developing this crack, there is a cost involved (food,rent …). I will be fine with honesty but they do not do it because it will shatter their main argument against piracy.
■ Apple ?
Apple is always protecting developers and especially indie developer like me but despite all Apple effort, it failed to prevent apps stealing most of the time.
But more importantly, It gives to the Evasion team an excuse to hide themselves behind those great tweaks (auxo, zephyr …) and let the evasion team a “honorable” way out.
While in the meantime, there is an easy solution :
Just accept Tweaks in the appstore. After all, the App Store already accept apps that “replace” OS apps (maps,browser…). Make them follow some rules and Everybody wins. Power users will use those OS tweaks and be happy with it while general users will not even be aware of it. If Apple want to limit the usage of those tweaks, just get them out of the ranking … and findable only by search. Only a small percentage of iOS user will use those so the OS will be consistent for 95% of users.
That way, jailbreaking will be more contained and more importantly honest people will not jailbreak and it will clearly corner jailbreaker without their “we are the good guy” shield and again limit the jailbreak to people that really cannot buy apps. Therefor the jailbreaking will be only know for what it is : Stealing apps.
So yes, Apple is indirectly responsible too. So please, Tim, change the AppStore guideline and accept tweaks.
Game Console Market -
Sony says that the PlayStation Meeting 2013 will allow us to “see the future” and an attached video teaser
Game Console are playing their right to exist with the next PS4 and Xbox iteration.if they continue what they are doing right now, I do not see why most people will buy a gaming console while their iPad or iPhone can more or less do the same…. gaming console are victim of the “good enough” paradigm.
To me they really have to go for the niche market of hardcore gamer while proposing a new way to play (added sensors and better immersion) in order to attract some casual.
if they don’t, we will see unfolding before our eyes the dismiss of the game console :/ that I am into since the atari 2600.
RIM is RIP -
■ First literally : RIM just rebrand itself as BlackBerry. (somehow, I told you so :))
■ Secondly, Blackberry is Dead for carriers : Indeed when you know that the smartphone market is rigged and more based on how much money you give to carriers than technical features, I am really wondering what do they expect with a feature like this :
Free phone call ? really ? who though of that ? Sure, It’s awesome for the user but first you need to be able to SALE it! Indeed good luck to sale your Z10 to carriers that make all their income by making you pay for phone call! To be clear it’s not because the leaders are doing it (iOS,android) that you should do it too.
No carriers/Sale store means no market share.
No market share means no app.
No apps means no users.
No users means no blackberry.
Well, unless they succeed to have the mindshare of the people (like the iPhone), carriers will not push or even sale their phone! Look how hard it is for Apple that do not play the carrier game (FaceTime blocked and vendors never “advice” you an iPhone).
■ Thirdly, it’s technically dead. Why on earth do we need another operating system and platform for ? All the cool and innovative features of the BB10 could have been implemented on top of android. Indeed it’s not like they have Word/Excel or plenty of apps that people cannot live without (ref Windows).
Sure the QNX kernel is neat, c++/QT are trully awesome, gesture are really nice, keyboard seems truly innovative but all the compettive advantages that they are promoting on their website could have been done on android while being compatible with a tons of apps. (FYI BB10 include android emulator but it’s barely usable cause it’s very slow )
To wrap this up, I really think they miss a phenomenal opportunity by not choosing android. They know how to make good phone and good software which is not the case of a majority of android manufacturers. So they would have taken a good position in this market by pouring all they know how into user features and disruptive technology instead of recreating the wheel.
10 iOS device sold per second -
Phenomenal quarter as usual for Apple, which make all previous rumors completely moot … well, Hater are gonna to hate as usual but numbers are there and they are phenomenal for any company in the world.
100 iOS device have been sold while you was reading those stupid lines.
France Internet Tax -
Hollande, which described various measures his government was taking to address what the French see as tax avoidance by Internet companies like Google, Amazon and Facebook.
wait ?! hold on! There is something not taxed in France ??? That’s news to me.
I hope that Google fight hard on that one!
I visited the Apple campus. But that’s all I’m allowed to say. -
But I can show you that ;)
Thanks to Olivier and Quentin !
Facebook finally found a business plan -
Facebook finally introduced it’s social search based on natural language and big data result. it’s no surprise. Here the bay area, you had to be deaf and blind (combined) to do not be aware of that project, so it’s good to finally be able to see the final result.
Thanks to Graph Search, people will certainly use Facebook in entirely new ways: to search dates, recruit for jobs, find friends to go out, and look for good restaurants and other businesses. Most importantly, it expands Facebook’s core mission to the discovery paradigm.
It’s a big deal FOR Facebook.
Indeed, FaceBook was looking for a valid business plan since a decade (try and error) and ads based on user search will certainly solve their problem!
But as a user or at least for me, it’s a bit underwhelming. I was expecting an alternative to google search … well it’s not.
Indeed to me, there is two main problems with Graph Search :
■ Limited scope : Only facebook things are in the social graph so most of my question will remain un-answer by facebook. A search that cannot answer everything will rarely find a way into my daily way of life. Though I guess, that it’s just a consequence of the incredible difficulty to build such infrastructure and that it will come later on.
■ Sharing fear : By blurring the line between linkedin (professional) and facebook (friends) for example, I suspect that people will network more but share less. Indeed, now people will clearly realize that all what they share can be searchable by someone else. Taking in account, facebook inability to communicate around it’s privacy, I do believe it’s gonna to be a problem. People may find it creepy.
I guess that those two problems were toss away in favor of monetization.