A new hire can speak volumes, especially when the position is the head of Google Glass. Ivy Ross, a marketing executive with an impressive and varied resume outside the tech world, is the new (and first) head of Glass. Ross, formerly of Art.com, Gap and Disney, will likely be charged with both shifting current perceptions of Glass as well as getting the devices on the faces of those who aren’t in the tech community. It reminds me of Apple hiring Angela Ahrendts from Burberry to lead their retail division, though Ahrendts didn’t have the task of persuading the consumer that the future will be worn and not carried.
The new hire follows the news that Adrian Wong, the Lead Electrical Engineer at Glass, has left for Oculus VR to help them on their quest for virtual reality supremacy. Wong, besides being a highly talented engineer who led the rapid prototyping of Glass amongst other critical roles in its development, also owns a number of valuable patents connected to glass-style devices. How this helps Oculus remains to be seen but it is certainly a huge pickup and a sign that the wearable technology industry is continuing to develop and evolve.
Amongst the questionable fitness gadgets, obscure performance pieces and organic food trucks of Kickstarter you can find some incredible products that very well could be longterm successes. One of these would be the Nomad 883, an affordable CNC Mill designed for both home and workshop use. It is a machine to cut and engrave anything from wood to wax to copper, perfect for the development of prototypes, moulds etc. Traditionally these machines are normally large, slow, difficult to operate and very expensive, which is why the Nomad is such an interesting product. Not only is it the size of a 3D printer but it is allegedly as easy to use too. This is an extraordinary step in the development of 3D printers, CNC Mills and other ‘maker’ devices that are actually consumer friendly. I cannot wait to see what people will do with them.
There was probably no greater internet cesspool of hilarity, obscenity, illiteracy and occasional moments of sincere unadulterated emotion than the comment section on YouTube before Google changed it. Some said good riddance while others were saddened to see the troll-ravaged trenches go the way of the dodo(and Google Wave) and disappear into our collective memory.
Thankfully, we still have Yahoo Answers.