Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Google Glass economics update

From http://www.investopedia.com/terms/s/supplyshock.asp

On October 28, Google announced two initiatives involving its 8,000 Google Glass Explorers. One is an upcoming "swap" allowing existing owners to get upgraded hardware over the next several months. The other is an opportunity for existing Explorers to extend Explorer invitations to up to three friends (at the same price as before, $1,500, but with mail order delivery available, as an alternative to the exclusive pickup-by-appointment terms of the past.)

The press has covered the two programs in detail (for example, see Techcrunch), but my interest, as a student and teacher of microeconomics, is what this does to the Glass "after market". By the terms of Google's agreement with Explorers, resale is not allowed, but many Glass units have appeared on eBay since I've been watching, beginning well before I picked up my Explorer unit in mid-August. The listings are replete with warnings of potential bricking of the device along with an "as is" caveat, and from what can be observed without being a direct party to the transactions, have sold (at least auctions have closed) with prices between the high $3,000's up to $5,000.

So what will this "supply shock" do to the market? After all, the imminent quadrupling of the Glass installed base is quite a "supply shock" and as the graph and short note above indicate (courtesy of Investopedia, one of my students' favorite sources), we would expect, given an unchanged demand curve, for the "equilibrium" price to decrease.

 A quick look at eBay today makes it hard to tell so far, but the "invitations" are out there, at prices ranging from $100 to $1,000 or so. Twitter also includes a number of requests/offers for the invitations, as well.

One more fun thing about being a #GlassExplorer!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Demo Conference #ThroughGlass

A walk in the woods #ThroughGlass - JJ Audubon State Park, Kentucky
Wow - it's been two weeks since my last "Half Full" post. I've been busy, including some experiences with Glass away from home (see above) but just haven't had the chance to summarize here.

Now I am at high-tech conference Demo, in Santa Clara, CA, with - drum roll - lots of Google Glass discussion including from developers and one of the leading evangelists for Glass. So stay tuned!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Exploring fall colors #throughglass

I took on some near-home exploring this afternoon, walking the neighborhood. As October arrives and the colors start to change, it is a great time of year to do some photography.

I am still getting adjusted to the lack of a rangefinder and not knowing exactly where I'm pointing with my Glass lens. I am still ending up with too many shots that are "off line" or "bottom heavy" (see below). The example below (taken on last week's field trip to the World Center for Birds of Prey) ends up with the cage bar in front of the bird. It also exhibits another frustrating element to Glass photography, which is the difficulty of getting close-up shots.

Where's the bird? - far away and behind the bar!

On a more positive note, I found that my "Post to only me on Facebook" function that is one of the Glass "share" options for photos and videos is working now, as the screenshot below shows. I had tried it a few times previously to no avail, but starting yesterday, it just seemed to work. (And it' easy to change to broad sharing.)
Shared from Glass to Facebook