Here’s the thing about Google: the founders have a pretty radical sci-fi ideal of what the future is, and I’ve had the impression since Eric Schmidt left the CEO position that they are accelerating even more towards that goal.
Google Now and Google Glass are both heading towards that direction. Now is all about finding patterns in your life and presenting you with relevant info when a pattern is repeated. But what good is that if your phone is in your pocket? That’s where Glass comes in.
Do people want that? I think once they see it in action and once Glass looks a lot less goofy, they might. People tend not to know what they want until you put it in front of them.
I think the bigger question is whether or not people feel comfortable handing over their entire lives to a company that makes money selling ads. I don’t. I’d rather see a company take money from its users, make a profit, and work in the interest of their users instead of trying to walk right up to the creepy line but not cross it.
2010: Acquired iPhone 4. I start taking infinitely more photos than I used to with my old 2004 Canon point and shoot, partly because I want to play with various camera apps, but mostly because I always have a camera on me now, and I wouldn’t necessarily carry a camera with me every day going to college.
2011: Went to Google I/O with only the iPhone as a camera. Photos I took were good but I wanted better. I bought the Sony NEX-3 to do just that.
2012: The Retina Display iPad is released. All of the photos I took on my old Canon point and shoot camera are somewhere in between 1024x768 and 2048x1536, so they are scaled and appear very pixellated. A week or two later, I went to Tokyo and Yokohama. Lots and lots of photos were taken on both the iPhone and the NEX. iPhone shots were mostly things I wanted to share then and there, NEX shots were mostly memories I wanted to preserve for archival. The NEX shots look splendid on the Retina Display.