Design Questions for Google Glasses

Source: FastcoDesign, Apr 2012

What Google has shown is promising, but their design challenges are clear:

1. GOOGLE NEEDS TO AVOID “THE SEGWAY PROBLEM”

To succeed, Google will need to sell us on either the stylishness, or the invisibility, of video glasses.

2. GOOGLE NEEDS TO NAVIGATE “THE ALWAYS ON PROBLEM”

3. GOOGLE NEEDS TO FIND A KILLER USE-CASE

With technologies such as augmented reality and Project Glass, the possibilites seem to outstrip the actual need. As I suggested before, these glasses aren’t yet doing anything our phones can’t. So why do they need to be glasses? … With Project Glass, I’m not sure that they have that use-case yet–that is, the perfect scenario where this just makes sense in people’s lives.

4. GOOGLE NEEDS TO ATTENUATE “THE TOO MUCH FEEDBACK PROBLEM”

Crowdsourcing can create great products, but when it comes to inventing something that no one has conceptualized before, we need bold visionaries, not naysaying Internet whiners. Not just anyone can design a user interface …  But at heart, they will need to present us with a most singular vision if they expect any of us to don a pair of glasses, not a mishmash of suggestions from the peanut gallery.

Wearing a computer has the potential to redefine the human experience even more than PCs or smartphones did. With Project Glass, Google has the task of designing the interface of our lives, and I can’t imagine a greater challenge ahead of them.

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