At Google I/O, I participated in the Women TechMaker event. A few people were wearing Google Glass and had the opportunity to ask for feedback about their experience and try a pair. Here is what I captured.
There seems to be 2 types of devices floating around: the general public Glass (ordered at I/O 12) and the Googlers Glass, which is still prototype and not allowed to be shared photographed or filmed (even though they look identical to the general public one).
So, I met a nice enough lady, who ordered hers at I/O last year and let me try it on. The frame is very light and comfortable it is actually not at all like wearing glasses. You can easily forget that you are wearing it. The whole system is included in the frame (a thicker part at the back of the left branch). It also serves as a navigation bar. I heard before that you had to carry extra parts. This not true. All the information is stored in the cloud and pictures taken are automatically uploaded on your G+ profile (I assume this needs to be set initially). The pack that comes along with Glass doesn’t need to be carried with all the time.
There is just a tiny piece of thick square glass sitting on the top of your right eye. To activate it you actually need to look up (if you look straight in you actually don’t really see the glass. It is very small, comfortable and not invasive). To activate a feature you say, “OK Glass” and then “Take a picture” or “What time is it?” or “Search for…”
The only features I tried were: “Take a picture” and “What time is it?”
I think the picture didn’t work. Just like Siri, it probably needs to get used to your voice and accent (yet again, this device needs to work harder to capture the French- Australian twang) and then for the time: 9.22 lit up on the top corner of my eye. Pretty cool!
Every Glass owner I talked to said they they loved it but were still getting used to it!
There will be a developers sand box at I/O that should start laying framework for developing apps for Google Glass. That should make its utility expand big and fast!
On a side note, what I also noticed is that guys mostly go for the grey model, whereas chicks choose the colors (blue, orange etc…)
Funny, but I haven’t seen anyone confident enough to wear it outside of Google environments, i.e. in the street
Note from Larry Page in the I/O opening keynote:
Glass is a new area for Google and the team wants to make sure that the experience makes people happy. The areas where it will develop are unknown, for now it is communication, and pictures… ultimately, a lot of current experiences will move to Google Glass and take technology out of the way.
The production numbers for the public are not available.
If you haven’t read Steve Jobs’ biography by Walter Isaacson, I highly recommend the book to anyone wanting to understand the digital ear in which we live.. Whether you are an Apple fanatic or not,
I think everyone would agree that he was a one of a kind perfectionist and visionary. I am totally appreciative of the man, his business achievements and his impact on consumer technology. However lunatic or hero? I can’t quite decide. Please help me form an opinion…
For those who haven’t read the book, this speech (Stanford commencement speech 2005) is a good summary of his life & business philosophy… highly inspiring