December 9, 2013 Sections
Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION
When I've written about Google Glass in the past, it's all been rainbows and roses. Nothing went wrong, no competition and no user reviews. Anyone can create an awesome product, make a sweet video and have the whole world gushing.
Now Tokyo entrepreneur Takahito Iguchi has created Telepathy One. T1 has a built-in camera, micro-projecting screen and a sleek design. Iguchi and his colleagues showed off two prototypes of their device at a news conference in New York City. It's very similar to Google Glass, as the screen goes over your right eye. (I wonder if it works if it is switched to the left eye, or is the right eye technically better? I'm curious.)
The mission of Iguchi and his colleagues is to create a product that allows you to share intimate moments in real time and at the same time make you look like a geeky badass (I made up the last part). The prototype is strictly a prototype, as it doesn't have full functionality such as audio, photo and video. The Telepathy team will be meeting in the next few weeks to brainstorm and continue the advancement of their prototype. If Iguchi and his team can create an awesome user-friendly product and offer it for a more reasonable price than Google Glass, it will make for an interesting battle.
Google chairman Eric Schmidt made an interesting comment that got a lot of buzz last week: "Using Google Glass is weird."
I believe Google Glass will not be a mainstream product for quite some time -- the average person who has a smartphone will definitely not be a Google Glass user. I believe this because if you are walking around with this product on your head, you basically look like someone with a black sharpie wrote "I'm a giant nerd" on your forehead.
Personally, I wouldn't mind having "I'm a giant nerd" across my forehead because I am one. The only way Google Glass will become a mainstream product is if they can incorporate the technology into regular eyeglasses.
Google Glass is like a new golf grip: it will be uncomfortable in the beginning, but then once you get used to it your game will improve tremendously. Another issue brought up last week was some people reported using Google Glass for only 10 minutes led to severe headaches.
This was a concern I thought of when I first heard of the product. I said, "Damn, this is going to be uneasy and difficult on the eyes."
I'm very pleased another company has jumped into the funky futuristic technology market -- it will make Google work harder. Google will of course work out the kinks and make sure it doesn't release a crappy product. Then again, it did release Google Buzz.
Vine is coming to Android
Vine is becoming the talk of the technological town. It is a social network that allows you to share six-second videos or gifs. Since I'm still using the CrackBerry, I don't have Vine yet. However, my business partner, Christian Lunny, has it and he's the talk of the town on Vine. He's super creative at capturing the stop-motion videos that populate Vine. The app is currently exclusive to iOS, and Android users are upset. The founders of Vine have said the app will be coming to Android "soon."
The news broke when Vine announced the ability to embed Vine videos at 600x600 resolution.
(On a side note, Vine was an app that never really got to launch. Vine was a three-founder startup that was bought by Twitter the first day it launched. Pretty sweet deal, eh? Didn't even have to prove the app would be a hit and Twitter just flat out bought them. The details on the deal are not public, but it seems Twitter gave them some pretty decent cash and they now go to work on salary at Twitter.)
If you haven't downloaded the app yet, you definitely should -- it's super cool and will definitely make for some fun memories!
David Bell (@thedavidbell) is a young entrepreneur in Winnipeg. He specializes in emerging technology and online aspects of business, including web and social media consulting. Access his company online at iBXMediaGroup.ca. He is an active member of the YouTube community (http://www.TheDavidBell.com), with more than two million views and 5,000 subscribers. He was also a Dragons' Den contestant. Email: email@example.com
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 28, 2013 A15