VC Fred Wilson: Google Glass is like Apple’s Newton

Union Square Ventures' Fred Wilson speaking at LeWeb 2013.

Union sq. Ventures’ Fred Wilson talking at LeWeb 2013.

PARIS — Google Glass is like the Apple Newton, the influential however famously untimely mobile organizer, according to the high-profile investor Fred Wilson from Union square Ventures.

Talking on the LeWeb conference right here on Tuesday, Wilson mentioned he believes the know-how in the end will capture on, but doubtless constructed extra unobtrusively into regular glasses. For now, he indicated, it can be too primitive and awkward.

Apple’s Newton used to be a business failure, famous for its handwriting reputation screw ups. Nevertheless it turned out to pave the best way for a cellular technology, first the private digital assistants (PDAs) popularized via Palm after which the modern Smartphone era. It even laid the groundwork for as of lattes immensely a success ARM processor family from ARM Holdings.

Polling the tech convention’s target audience, Wilson judged that about 10 to 15 % of individuals were able to put on Google Glass walking around on the street. That was once greater than he expected — but still an attractive small minority, especially at a tech convention.

Google Glass continues to be in its very early stage, with simplest the Explorer variation available for $1,500 in the United States. It’s raised the possibility of a new category of non-public apps and multiplied the chances of wearable computing; nevertheless it has additionally caused privacy-invasion considerations.