You Lost What?

By Jamie Epstein May 22, 2013

If you read any reputable technology-based blog or website like TechZone360, you simply can’t get away from hearing about Google Glass. Touted as a type of wearable technology that is actually a computer with a head-mounted display (HMD) and powered by search giant Google, the first phase of this next-generation offering has recently landed in the hands of early adopters for the steal of a price of $1,500.

Developed with the goal of allowing users to break free from the constraints brought on by being virtually tethered to their desktops, Google Glass puts any type of information your little heart desires directly in front of your eyes. That’s right, the solution encompasses a camera, display, touchpad, battery and microphone built into Star Trek-looking shades that can record videos, take pictures and even browse the Internet.  

In a recent article, Senior Editor Tony Rizzo reviewed the product, stating, “The most interesting thing – and you really do need to try Glass on to understand this (we did, and it’s true as far as we are concerned) – is that the lens actually sits above the eye. A user has to look up in order to see the display. The lens does not sit directly in front of one’s eye, so that a person wearing them will in fact still look you in the eye when talking to you or others. This means that both the user and whoever is at the other end of conversations will definitely know if Glass is getting in the way – and in fact it also means that the one wearing Glass is the one most likely to want to ensure he or she is not acting in any sort of boorish fashion.”

For something not only as cool but as expensive as Google Glass is, you would think someone who was lucky enough to afford it would pay extra careful attention to it. But, then you would be assuming, and you may know what that can make of you and me. This is shown through the example of Luke Wroblewski, a product designer, who is claiming to be the first person to have lost his very own Google Glass.

Image via VentureBeat

While he wasn’t actually wearing the cool wearable tech gadget, Wroblewski is claiming that it went missing during his travels through one of the biggest joys of life—airport security. He added in an e-mail that went public, “[It's] pretty nerve-racking. It’s an expensive and still-rare item – plus I’ve been using them to develop Glassware. So [it's] not good on a number of fronts.”

While it’s pretty amazing to me that someone could even afford to pluck down this amount of money that is equal to what I spend on rent each and every month on a fun toy, it is even more astounding that an individual could find themselves without it mere weeks after making the purchase. Besides being out this pretty significant chunk of change, what compounds the devastation of this loss is the fact that the product designer linked the offering to many of his personal accounts. Luckily for him though, Google Glass has an easy-to-use remote wiping capability.

Highlighted as being the first of presumably many more to follow that have either misplaced, lost or had their Google Glass stolen, Wroblewski is still crossing his fingers and holding his breath that the innovation could possibly find its way back to him. He concluded, “I’m getting the word out in case it helps me get them back.”

Edited by Rachel Ramsey

TechZone360 Web Editor

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