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Ariella
Ariella
4/8/2016 3:35:36 PM
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Re: How about wait a little longer until it's cheaper...?
@mhhf1ve it all depends on how Google spins the story. Clearly it was intended to be a consumer product. I'm not sure how accurate the Wikipedia take is https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Google_Glass, It indicates that the company did shift direction in filing a new patent at the end of 2015. Of course, Google could quote Edison in saying that it's not failure so much as finding the way to go. 

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mhhf1ve
mhhf1ve
4/8/2016 3:25:56 PM
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Re: How about wait a little longer until it's cheaper...?
> "The exception may be Google Glasses, which may have just been doomed no matter what. "

I thought the consumer version of Google Glass was dead, but there's still an enterprise version that's working and gaining some traction... so I'm not counting GG as a complete failure just yet.

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Ariella
Ariella
4/8/2016 10:09:28 AM
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Re: How about wait a little longer until it's cheaper...?
@afwriter you'll have to let us know how that goes.

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afwriter
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4/8/2016 10:01:45 AM
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Re: How about wait a little longer until it's cheaper...?
I absolutely love it. I use it for music, traffic, weather, and creating a shopping list right now. I am about to install a compatible thermostat and light switches so I am super excited about that!

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Ariella
Ariella
4/8/2016 8:53:16 AM
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Re: How about wait a little longer until it's cheaper...?
@elizabethv you might be thinking of this: http://creativity-online.com/work/expedia-st-jude-dream-adventures/46075

The "St. Jude Dream Adventures" campaign consisted of a temporary 360-degree installation at the hospital that "transported" the children to Cordoba and Talampaya Park in Argentina, Monkey Jungle in Florida and the Great Maya Reef in Mexico. In it, they experienced the locations' natural wonders -- from fossils to colorful sea-life to wily monkeys -- in real time. Expedia employees whose own lives had been affected by serious illneses were on location as personal tour guides to show the kids the sites.

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Ariella
Ariella
4/8/2016 8:48:54 AM
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Re: How about wait a little longer until it's cheaper...?
@afwriter How are you findng Echo? What do you use it for? I'm planning an article on voice activation tech, so I'm wondering what people are doing with it in the real world. 

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elizabethv
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4/8/2016 8:34:16 AM
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Re: How about wait a little longer until it's cheaper...?
I'm not sure if you watch the show, but interestingly enough, VR was seen on the Big Bang Theory last night. (Not really any spoilers ahead) Sheldon used VR to "get closer to nature." And I am pretty sure I've seen recently hospitals are using VR to get patients relaxed before going in to surgery. The benefits of VR definitely exist, the question is whether it will ever become affordable enough for the average consumer to ever take part in those benefits. 

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JohnBarnes
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4/8/2016 7:40:42 AM
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Re: How about wait a little longer until it's cheaper...?
I think what is more likely to be the determining factor in when/if VR ever becomes commercially important is something narrower and harder to achieve than just price: it's user benefit relative to price. And user benefit is  hard to achieve in the circumstances; it's not easy to create and deploy an environment that is potentially interesting in all directions all the time. More than a century of motion picture development of various kinds has been dedicated to exploiting the huge advantage that cameras see only what they are pointed at and microphones pick up only the signal you allow them to; movies, TV, and even interactive games achieved higher-than-natural levels of interest by creating things that were interesting from one narrow perceptual slice and presenting only that slice (thus unburdening the viewer from having to choose what's interesting. Go on a walk in the woods with any screen addict to see how little they want to make that choice).

 

This is starting over by negating all the advantages of recorded media for the last century. It's the kind of idea only an engineer could love: a nearly infinite amount of work to deliver content that doesn't exist yet to people who have no clear reason to want it.

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afwriter
afwriter
4/7/2016 11:06:48 PM
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Re: How about wait a little longer until it's cheaper...?
I agree for the most part.  I am the kind of guy who likes to be the first on the block to own new gadgets when they are one of a kind ie Amazon Echo or Leap Motion.  When multiple companies are rolling out similar tech it is always a good idea to sit back and wait just ask people who owned Beta Max players, HD DVD players, or anyone who bought a Palm Pilot or Blackberry after 2005.

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Ariella
Ariella
4/7/2016 5:39:46 PM
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Re: How about wait a little longer until it's cheaper...?
@mhhf1ve Timing is everything, and that certainly applies to the difference betwen the gadgets that take off and those that don't. The exception may be Google Glasses, which may have just been doomed no matter what. 

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