Google Glass


TimeOut NewYork’s compilation of images of fire escapes omits The Bronx. (what else is new?). 

Here are two fire escapes they missed. The top photo was taken with Google Glass on WIlliamsbridge Road and Morris Park Avenue in the East Bronx. The bright fire-engine red color of these standard-issue fire escapes sets them apart.

The bottom photo was also taken with Google Glass on Vyse Avenue and E 180th Street in West Farms. Note the Greek Key detailing at the railing. That is, if you can tear your eyes away from the beautiful brick work and exquisite stone masonry.

Google searches predict 3 Spring Fashion Trends

Google released its Fashion Trends for Spring 2015 this week.  The report is a collection of all apparel-related Google searches over the past year distinguished between trends that are hot and not.  Interestingly enough the data yielded 3 fashion trends to watch for this Spring.

Tulle skirts


Jogger pants


Midi skirts


Google Glass Could Be $3-Billion-a-Year Business, Says Analyst

Google Glass should be worth $3.27 billion to Google in 2017, says one financial analyst who has been wearing the device and showing it to investors.

Even with zero profit margin, Google should be able to make money from Glass via additional searches, better targeting from increased data collection and revenue share from app sales.

By 2017, Google Glass should have an installed base of 64,500, and new units should sell for $349, estimated Robert S. Peck of SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, in a research note.

And the face-mounted computer display should bring in $3.27 billion in non-hardware revenue that year, or 3.7 percent of an estimated $86.4 billion 2017 total revenue, Peck said.

That will be primarily from search ads on Glass that fulfill prompts like “Okay, Glass: Google ‘pizza nearby.’” Peck said his calculations included estimates that Glass users should search twice more per day than their current activity, and Glass ads should be more effective and more expensive.

Much of that actually sounds rather modest - unless Glass is a total and utter failure - given that some 10,000 testers have already paid $1,500 per device. (Whether they continue to wear it every day is a different story.)

Though Glass may seem wacky and dopey now, Peck thinks it’s transformative. “If there is one point investors should take away from Glass, it is that the technology is unique because it enables a person to perform actions while keeping their head up and continuing their first-person perspective,” he wrote.

The New York Times reported in February that Google hopes Glass will account for three percent of revenue by 2015.

With New Smartwatch, Samsung Is Finally a First-Mover

The wearable computing war kicked off in earnest this week, and it was Samsung that fired the one of the first volleys.*

On Wednesday, the company unveiled its new, Android-powered, $299 Galaxy Gear smartwatch at the IFA consumer tech show in Berlin, becoming one of the first major consumer electronics manufacturer to bring such a device to market. That’s a major coup for the Korean company, and one that gives it a lead on rivals like Apple, Google and Microsoft.

Historically, Samsung has been a fast-follower of others into new markets. But in this case, it’s a first-mover, fielding one of the first consumer entries in a nascent wearables market. It’s got the jump on Google, whose Glass headset still hasn’t seen wide consumer release, and Apple, which is working on some sort of wearable device intended to be worn on the wrist.

But first-to-market doesn’t guarantee a lasting lead, and it remains to be seen how the Galaxy Gear will fare as that market draws more entries. Is its relatively limited functionality enough to win mainstream appeal? Or will it serve mostly to whet consumer appetites for potentially better-conceived wearable technology devices made by its rivals?

These are key questions. Because while there’s plenty of promise in the wearables market, it’s going to take a truly compelling product to tap into it. And, as Apple CEO Tim Cook observed at our D11 conference earlier this year, designing such a product is no easy task.

“There are lots of gadgets, wearables, in this space now,” Cook said, referring to Google Glass and the Pebble smartwatch. “…But there’s nothing that’s going to convince a kid who has never worn glasses or a band or a watch or whatever to wear one. Or at least I haven’t seen it. So I think there’s lots of things to solve in this space, but it’s an area where it’s ripe for exploration.”

*Yes, Sony debuted a smartwatch last year.