I've changed my mind about Project Glass. I thought it was proof that Brin's vast wealth had driven him mad, and that Google was doing a high speed version of Microsoft's trajectory.
Now I realize that there is a market.
No, not the models who must, by now, be demanding triple rates to appear in Google's career-ending ads.
No, not even Google's geeks, who must be frantically looking for new employment.
No, the market is old people. Geezers. People like me; or maybe me + 5-10 years.
We don't mind that Google Glass looks stupid -- we're ugly and we know it.
We don't mind that Google Glass makes us look like Borg -- we're already good with artificial hips, knees, lenses, bones, ears and more. Nature is overrated and wears out too soon.
We don't mind wearing glasses, we need them anyway.
We don't mind having something identifying people for us, recording where we've been and what we've done, selling us things we don't need, and warning us of suspicious strangers and oncoming traffic. We are either going to die or get demented, and the way medicine is going the latter is more likely. We need a bionic brain; an ever present AI keeping us roughly on track and advertising cut-rate colonoscopy.
Google Glass is going to be very big. It just won't be very sexy.