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Blog: Google Glass may enjoy demand from more than just regular users
Joseph Tsai, DIGITIMES, Taipei
Friday 29 March 2013

As Google has been aggressively conducting public tests for its Glass recently, I can't help but wonder what kind of business opportunities this piece of elegant work can bring. In addition to the IT market, demand from TV show and anime fans may be a good consumption group that Google can consider targeting.

From Google's introduction clips, it seems that the Glass is already able to support functions including photo capturing, video recording, road navigation and text messaging, as well as displaying the time, flight information and data that can be found over the Internet.

With all these functions, wearing the Glass is like carrying a smartphone on your head, and it will not be a surprise if Google decides to add app support to the device.

As an anime and TV show fan, it has always been a dream to be able to carry a product "from the future". In Dragon Ball Z, a well-known anime masterpiece, there is a device called the Scouter that looks like a monocle and is able to detect people's "power level." Glass's industrial design has a good resemblance to such a device and is likely to attract fans into purchasing one.

On top of that, if Google ever allows Glass to support apps, it will be a guarantee that some companies (most likely Japan-based) will design apps to allow the device to feature similar capabilities as the Scouter to satisfy these fans, while earning cash.

Since there are a lot TV shows and anime that have devices that look like Glass, the business opportunities will not only go to Google, but also related app developers.

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