The message I received from Google Glass in late March got me all giddy about the prospect of trying Glass before the rest of the world. I couldn’t wait to visit Google’s headquarters, meet the creators of the device and return home to annoy my coworkers, friends and family with my newfangled face computer.

But being an early adopter of Glass isn’t my destiny. About a month after being notified that I’d been accepted into the Glass Explorers program, my husband and I got the wonderful news that we’re expecting a little one in December. Between the $1500 price tag and paying for the travel and lodging required to pick it up, there is no way for me to get Glass without taking a big bite out of our baby fund. google glass is too damn high

Missing out on the opportunity to test brand new technology is a bummer—but really, the price is just too damn high for the average Jill. I suspect Google’s audience for beta testing Glass isn’t wide enough to include mid-level digital marketing editors.

The introduction of a potentially game-changing piece of technology like Glass illustrates the kind of digital divide that could slow the progress of consumer electronics in general. After all, if the only people who find new applications for cutting-edge technology are beta testers who can afford its high price, a whole host of demographics are left without the chance to discover new uses for a device. And that could lead to problems for a company down the road, stuck trying to sell a device to an audience who has no immediate need or inherent use for it.

You can’t start the revolution from the country club

A 2008 blog post from tech entrepreneur and blogger Anil Dash detailed how the development and advancement of the Internet depends on maintaining a simple, decentralized and inclusive environment. The same is true of technology: Silicon Valley’s tech triumphs don’t—and can’t—happen in a vacuum. They rely on the participation of the marketplace and the consumer, from conception to marketing.

While Apple has created devices specifically for its cultivated tribe, its products’ appeal always includes their design and ease of use. The price points for their products are what keep them relatively exclusive, but customers still buy Apple products because they’re high-quality and user-intuitive. Apple products like the iPod, iPad and MacBook are sleek, deceptively simple devices that allow users to focus on function rather than mechanics.

High-tech for the rest of us

But no brand can expand a market by remaining too exclusive, and other companies have jumped at the chance to pick up the customers Apple shuts out with their prices. Amazon’s wildly popular $189-and-under Kindle family of tablets and e-readers, Intel’s answer to MacBook with its slim and slick Ultrabooks, and Google’s mobile OS Android have all brought lightweight, mobile computing to the masses. It’s also allowed for more innovation and variety for consumers at all price points.

While Google is moving into new territory with Glass, the world won’t wait for the tech giant to work out the kinks on expensive beta devices. Apple’s already planning to enter the wearable tech space with their debut of iWatch later this year, and other brands like Samsung and Microsoft are testing the waters with wearable devices as well. Google predicts that Glass will be ready for consumers next year—but without a significant drop in price and a quick improvement of battery life and overall function, Google could be looking at the next Newton.

It would have been awesome to chronicle my munchkin’s first months with Google Glass, to explore new ways of communicating with friends, family and colleagues, and to integrate a new piece of technology into my job and everyday life. But priorities and circumstances change, regardless of how enticing a new device can be. Google would do well to follow the trail they’ve blazed with Android and use Glass to introduce a new audience to affordable new technology. Otherwise, Glass could end up being an obscure toy for the rich—and nothing more.

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