Adventures Through the Google Glass

On July 17, I had the opportunity to try out my newsroom's Google Glass for the night. It's quite the conversation piece.

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  1. #Glass'n up the joint, being a robot #latergram
    #Glass'n up the joint, being a robot #latergram
  2. Being something of a hater, the first time I saw myself with this Google Glass on, I couldn't help but think, "Wow, I look like such a jerk." And I'm not alone, a lot of people associate Glass with unapologetic "douchebaggery"

    That said, when I got the chance to borrow the Glass for Wednesday's Media Mega Mixer in NYC, I jumped at the chance. I had yet to really try it in the wild. I also knew it would be a good conversation starter, which I can always use at a large networking event. 

    Being one of those people who can barely walk and chew gum at the same time, I quickly found that I couldn't adequately operate the Glass while on the move. It isn't easy to focus in on the little screen just above the right eye and watch where you're going behind it. I suppose that takes some practice.
  3. The best (and worst) part about wearing a Glass is that it unmistakably stands out. On the walk and cab ride from Thunderdome's office in Lower Manhattan to the event in SoHo, I got a lot of pointing and funny looks. Most people are only vaguely aware, if at all, that Glass exists and likely haven't had opportunity to see many out on the street. And it looks weird:
  4. Inside the event, I was surrounded by journalists (and a sprinkling of PR folks). The Glass was a good conversation-starter, as many people I didn't already know came up to me and asked either "What is that thing?" or "Is that a Google Glass?" 

    Most journalists wanted to know what I thought of its use an operation so far. I was honest with them: It has a steep learning curve and very light on out-of-the-box features - but it has a lot of potential for our business. 
  5. Right now, you can take photos or record video, tweet, share on Google+ and access a few apps via voice command or using the trackpad that's located on the right side of the eyepiece. 

    Though it has the potential to become an amazing, life-changing tool, right now the Glass is a very raw product. If you don't have an Android smartphone for it to play with (as I do not), your functions are somewhat limited. It also has marked limitations as to how it can connect to the Internet - only on open Wi-Fi networks or synched with an Android phone (it supposedly can sync with my iPhone's hotspot, but that requires a passcode, which the Glass can't roll with). I had a tough time clearly seeing what was displayed in the Glass window most of the time, so I didn't know if my photos or videos were in focus until I saw them on the computer later on. 

     It has extremely limited support on Google's site. Their philosophy seems to be: You figure it out. And honestly, that's fine by me - let the Explorers nail down the bugs. 

    Being new to the whole experience, I was fiddling with it quite a bit throughout the night.
  6. I gave demos as to the stuff I knew how to do: Shooting photos and videos, giving commands and using the trackpad to control what I couldn't with my voice due to the noise in the room.  
  7. I was unreasonably excited when I figured out how to sync to the event space's Wifi and tweet a photo I took with the Glass. A remarkable achievement in my book. 
  8. A lot of people asked to try on the Glass. Because it 1. Isn't mine and 2. Costs $1500, I was careful to only lend it out to people I trusted, and only after the crowds died down. 
  9. Like my coworker Mike Corones. 
  10. And my former TBD compatriot Dan Victor, who is clearly delighted.
  11. Everyone got a mini-lesson. 
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