I gotta say, I was really disappointed in Google Glass. They released that damn future product video that shows a dude walking around, pulling up his schedule, setting reminders with his voice, info popping up as he needs it -- like a personal assistant with direct access to your field of vision.
Today they announced a $1500 webcam that sits on your temple. Features: Still pictures and video. Really?
Maybe it'll get better by the time they release, but damn, that's a lot of money to ask for in a device I could make myself out of spare parts.
Some really cool announcements, though. The intelligent search in Android kicks Siri's ass, hands down. Popping up train/bus schedules for your destination that it already figured out without you telling it
when you're standing on the platform waiting for the train
is just absurd. It's clear they're looking to focus on features that Apple isn't equipped to provide, and that's going to be a huge advantage for them -- at least for the time being.
Other bits are... well, cool, but doesn't really affect a lot of people. The Q is nice, but it's priced at double what the Apple TV costs you, and the Apple TV can do almost all the same stuff. For even less than that, you can get a Roku and have the same basic feature set, and a first-class Plex client for the hardcore media nerds. The tablet has a nice price, but at 7" I still feel like I might as well just use my phone. I know some folks like that form factor -- and Apple is rumored to be testing prototypes for it too -- but I just can't get into it.
It'll be interesting to see how all of these play out
. For my part... I'm not used to being jealous of Android. That's an interesting switch. I'm glad there's some innovative competition in the marketplace again