Google Glass is a very interesting piece of hardware. On the one hand, it is extremely innovative and will pave the way for more advanced wearable hardware in the future. On the other hand, Google has and will still face large amounts of scrutiny for these devices for the potential privacy infringements. ABI Research has released a study that Google Glass will first be embraced by enterprise, rather than customers as a whole. This is no big surprise, as with a device this revolutionary, consumers will always be slow to adapt to it. Markets do not like to change quickly, so this is not something unheard of. Most analysts expect Google Glass to find a home in the general customer base rather than in businesses, which seems a little idealistic. As is the problem with smartwatches, Google Glass will be too expensive when first released to appeal to the masses. That is not their fault… new technological innovations are almost always more expensive than what came before, at least at first.
ABI predicts that the wearable tech industry will grow drastically, with a predicted 90 million units of wearable tech (not specifically Google Glass) shipping this year. They feel that Glass has many possible applications in both the business world and in the private sector, but that the business world will be more willing to adapt to the advances presented by Glass over the general markets, which tend to take more time to adapt. Of course, Glass will face its fair share of problems in the workplace. Businesses will have to heavily edit their codes of conduct to compensate for the increased possibility of privacy infringements, and there will undoubtedly be legal situations that arise. nonetheless, ABI stands firm in their analysis that Google Glass will take off in the business world. The only way we will know for a fact will be as time goes on and we see it for ourselves. What do you think about this? How would you feel if your workplace authorized Google Glass usage during work hours? Let us know about that and any other thoughts you may have in the comments!