Are…are those..?

“Excuse me…” The man approached my corner table in Starbucks where I was working on some code for a website.  I look up to see a man towering near me, a huge grin on his face.

“I don’t mean to bother you, but are those Google..um Google Glass?” He stared at the Glass that sat on my face.

I smiled and explained the product, answering his questions.

“How do you like them?”

“What about the privacy issues?”

“Tell me about functionality.”

I offered to let him try them on, but he threw his hands up, “Oh no! No, I was just curious and hadn’t seen a pair in person.” He thanked me for taking time to explain and talk to him and made his way back to his seat on the other side of the cafe.

Starbucks.

Starbucks.

I will admit that I don’t get asked a lot about Glass.  I get strange looks, or even stares, but I live in a small southern town. People don’t know about them, haven’t even heard of them most of the time.  When I’m in a denser populated area, I tend to actually get asked about the product.  One of my friends told me how they are such a cool ice breaker, and will help me make connections.  I laughed and thought it was silly that a product could really gain you connections.  If I were to buy a top of the line Corvette, fresh from the factory, people would take notice while driving, but it wouldn’t possibly advance my career.  Right?

Stock photos for "new car" are hilarious, by the way.

Stock photos for “new car” are hilarious, by the way.

Apparently, they totally can help you make connections.  I had three different people approach my table within an hour and a half today.  One conversation lasted an hour.  Even with all the negative press out there about Glass, people are genuinely interested in how they’re performing.  One man was concerned about privacy, and even joked that he wondered if I had been filming him.  This is silly, in my perspective, because why would I want to sit in Starbucks for an hour and film random strangers drinking coffee? Why would that benefit me?  Also, you can do the same with your phone or even on a more secretive note, this spy pen which records video (for only $32).

The point is, Glass is so much more than a camera.  It does take amazing pictures, and yes you can do so covertly.  However it also translates, emails, makes phone calls, text message, gives directions, Googles, and delivers a myriad of other information instantly.  There are a ton of possibilities out there.

New Experiment.

I posted on twitter earlier that I had discovered something new with iOS7 Beta 4 and Glass.  In a nutshell, I found that toggling my personal hotspot on my iPhone for Glass (which would allow me to connect Glass to the internet) no longer worked the same.  Now, before we jump on board the “Beta’s have bugs” train, I never said it wasn’t working.  Instead of showing up as being connected to Wifi on Glass, it’s allowing me to tether data via bluetooth.  This should help some of the battery life concerns for Glass.

Now, enough for the mumbo-jumbo technical language for all those that aren’t tech geeks like myself. The new experiment.   Google sent out a few emails to select people today.  This is what it said,

No, I did not get one. I may get one, but as Sarah Price confirmed, it is just an experiment they are doing to see added interest with Glass.  Or something.  She didn’t even have all the details yet.  If I were to invite you, you’d still have to travel and pay for Glass, just as all explorers did.

Google Goggles

Only 2 of these actually exists.

Google Glass has been called many things, “Google Glasses”, “Google Goggles”, “Jeweler’s Eyewear”, “That Star Trek VISOR thing” to name a few.  No, I’m not joking, I have gotten those responses.  Just trying to simplify the description of it leads to the latter being used quite often.  Google Goggles is actually a thing though, and pretty cool (It’s an app, available on iTunes or Android).  The others don’t really apply to Glass…except for the Visor thing, it kinda reminds me of this episode.

If you recall, I ran in the Electric Run last Friday.  I was approached by several people throughout the race who asked questions about Google Glass.  I’ve only ran into a few other people who have asked me what it was or if it was, indeed, Google Glass.  I try to politely correct them when they refer to the unit as something other than what it is.  After explaining or demoing it, however, they usually get bright eyed in amazement if they’ve never heard of it before.

All I can suggest to those who are newly entering the Glass world is to ask questions or even ask to try them on.  Pretty much every Explorer I’ve spoken with has no qualms about letting others demo the product.  Ask questions. Try them on.  See for yourself.

The Cool Factor

Glass has been compared to many things, and there is still a ton of press generated about it daily.  Some think it’s cool or “the next big thing” while others compare it to the next Segway, a device that is neat but will never succeed.

Mashable recently wrote this new article, defending Google Glass with some very valid points.  On the same vein, the New Yorker published an article about daily life through Glass and it’s usually positive reception.  Some negative press involves privacy concerns or negative/suspicious reactions to Google Glass.

 

I’m not going to go into detail about any of the issues I mentioned above.  Positive or negative, whatever your viewpoint may be I urge people to remain open and level headed about Glass.

Electric Run

If you follow this blog, or remember back to this post, I enjoy running (especially with Glass).   The Electric Run is one of those “fun runs” I mentioned.  Basically, it’s a 5K run (not race–it’s not timed) which involves music, lights, and an “electric wonderland”. Taken from their website:

 You’ll run, walk, and dance through distinct lands with lights and music custom mixed to match the mood of the lighting elements.

I took my Glass with me to the Electric Run, which was held at the Charlotte Motor Speedway on Friday night.  The race started at 8:50, but with 20,000 people the race continued to release waves until after 10:00.  There were crazy costumes, amazing decorations and music, as well as a huge concert at the end.  Glow sticks were everywhere.

 

During the race, I was asked about Glass several times (which made me happy).  One person called them “Google Goggles” and two other people told me they were super jealous.  I did use my cell phone to snap some pics, but using Glass was a ton easier, and I took way more video on my Glass than my phone.  One question I got asked about Glass last night was how it performed taking pictures and videos in the dark.  So, in the following video I included both iPhone and Glass clips. The iPhone videos are labeled as such, so that users can compare.

 

Cooking #ThroughGlass

There are already a large amount of Apps available for Glass (see Glass-Apps.org).  Some are “Google Approved”, while others are made by a third party.  There are controversial ones, such as Tits and Glass (Banned by Google), as well as cool ones, such as the Tesla app which (If you have one of the drool worthy new Teslas) you can control features of the car through your Glass.  One app that may come in handy for the everyday Glass user, such as myself, is the cooking apps.  KitchMe and NavCook are two such apps that look promising and have great reviews.

 

NavCook (taken from a review by GlassAppz)

 

 

This would show up in the upper field of your vision while you’re cooking, even reading the directions to you, step-by-step.

Screen shot of the app, Nav Cook

I personally haven’t tried either of those apps yet, but I did cook with Glass recently.  I decided to make these mini fritattas.

Below show my steps of cooking #throughglass.  They actually came out wonderfully and hands free step-by-step pictures was a nice perk.

Tasks #ThroughGlass

I’m doing my best to show you what life is like through glass.  When I entered the #ifihadglass contest, I wrote that I don’t carve ice sculptures, jump out of airplanes, or do anything wild and adventurous (see this post for more information).  I am a relatively normal, geeky college student who works a few jobs.  That being said, I used Glass in the bathroom last night.  Before you click away, know that I would never go all Robert Scoble on you.

A Glass user that proved Glass withstood a shower (and a rainstorm).

If you don’t get why I just posted a hairy naked man in my blog, just do a quick search for “Robert Scoble Shower” and you’ll find a dozen articles about this particular shower-themed post (ABC News, VentureBeat, and The Verge to name a few). Actually, don’t google that, it’s too hard to explain to someone why you were googling a man in a shower wearing Glass.

That being said, I thought it’d be fun to use Glass when I gave my dog a bath last night.  In this video, all the images or clips were taken #thoughglass.

Just a Note:  Glass held up fine in the bathroom.  No water damage I can see, though I did get sprayed when he shook a few times.