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A ‘card carrying nerd’ explains why Google Glass is too dorky even for him

Published Nov 17th, 2014 12:00PM EST
Why Google Glass Failed

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To say that Google Glass has an image problem would be an understatement. Although Google will tell you that the device has an amazing future, many early adopters who shelled out $1,500 for the headset have grown very disillusioned with it and now don’t wear it anymore. In a long piece on Google Glass’s rise and fall, Reuters interviews one such person who explains why Glass’s awkward appearance has led him to stuff the device in his desk drawer.

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“It looks super nerdy,” Shevetank Shah, a Washington, DC-based consultant, tells Reuters. “I’m a card carrying nerd, but this was one card too many.”

We’ve seen a lot of people express their disillusion with Google Glass over the last year — Google fanboy Jeff Jarvis’s declaration that he “*hates*” Glass is still one of our favorites — so it’s not too surprising that Shah has turned sour on the computerized headset that he once thought was worth spending $1,500 to acquire.

Nonetheless, it does show us why Glass has been a massive failure in the consumer market, as you’d expect early adopters to be highly enthusiastic about the product instead of publicly trashing it. If even the hardcore tech enthusiasts who spent a lot of cash to buy Glass now think it was a waste of money, then the device doesn’t have any future in the consumer electronics market.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.