Europe to Wait a Long Time to Get Their Hands on Google Glass

| September 19, 2013 | 5 Replies


20120627_Google_I-O_Project_Glass_001_610x459Google Glass is getting ever closer to a wider release. However, that’s just talking about the US. In Europe, things are very different and the continent might have to wait a long time indeed to get their hands on the futuristic tech. The Wall Street Journal is running a piece about a meeting Google held in Brussels concerning Glass. Meeting with officials and lawmakers, Googlers gave people the chance to try out Glass for themselves.

The meeting was somewhat off the record, so the WSJ can talk about the experience but they’re not allowed to quote directly. All-in-all, the event sounds like it was Google’s chance to persuade Brussels that Glass was not a threat and certainly not something designed to be used badly. The Google reps stressed that browsing through Facebook or Google+ posts on the device wasn’t as easy as it sounds and that the device is very much intended to keep people away from their smartphones and more involved with the world around them. A concept that still sounds pretty refreshing even now.

While attitudes and laws are something Google will have to be mindful of in Europe, voice recognition is perhaps the biggest hurdle they’ll need to conquer. While the thousands of explorers in the States have no problem chatting away to their Glass, non-US accents will struggle to be recognized. As a Brit, I can safely say that Google Now gets things wrong a few times. However, my broad, Northen accent probably doesn’t help. With numerous different languages across the continent, Google certainly have their work cut out for them before Europeans will be saying “OK, Glass”.

If we’re honest, this is hardly surprising as different languages can really hold back projects like this. It’s hard enough to launch a video game worldwide these days, just imagine a sophisticated computer trying to recognize different languages and different accents.

We’d like to hear from our European readers on this one, are you looking forward to Glass, is it worth the wait?

Category: Android News, Google Glass News

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  • Bart Blommaerts

    No, it’s not worth the wait. native language support will only be a hurdle for the mainstream user. Early adopters usually are tech-savvy and fluent in English enough to use products only supporting english in their early years. Why should European developers be forced to wait until native language support for their language is included to start experimenting and developing for Glass?

    • Bart Sintenie

      Tech-savvy and fluent in English is not the problem for early adopters, but what is a problem imho is usefulness.

      At the moment you can get any Andriod device to send emails with the press of only two buttons (activate Google Now and press send) and telling it what I want the email to say and who I want to send it to.
      But that’s pretty much useless since it won’t recognize any names of the non-english people that you try to send it to. And ofcourse the whole email will be in english as well. Almost 100% useless for that. Same with navigation, you can only tell it to navigate to work or home because it won’t pick up on the names of your contacts (unless you can pronounce their name in (US) English).

      So I think you would have to wait until they finally turn up in your native language before you’ll get any real use out of it.

      • Bart Blommaerts

        Sure, I get that. But that’s from a Users perspective. But glass is still in development and current units are provided with that in mind. I don’t see why developers should have too wait.

        • Bart Sintenie

          Agree, but developers can already start developing for Glass right?
          I know of a couple of companies to the north of you that have theirs to test it on.

          Though that might be because their apps are global and they also have staff in the US.

          • Bart Blommaerts

            i suspect the latter. And i think it would be a shame that EU developers need to start with a handicap compared to US developers.