I may be wrong, but I’m quite sure this is the first time I’ve posted about a Google product on my blog. I’m a big fan of Google and use daily many of their services like Gmail, YouTube, Maps, and more, but this may be the first time I’ve ever owned a piece of Google Hardware.
It was a glorious moment when I received a tweet from the Project Glass team notifying me I had been invited as one of the first Glass Explorers. Here’s a cool list of others put together by Andrej Karpathy : http://cs.stanford.edu/people/karpathy/glass/
The Twitter DM from @ProjectGlass explained that Google Glass must be picked up in person at one of Google’s locations. I setup my private appointment for a fitting and pick up at their Venice Beach, California location.
I made the trip to Venice Beach together with my friends Ben Turley and Kirk Ouimet. Of course it was extra effort to make the trip to Google for pickup but they did a good job of making us feel special with valet parking at VIP service.
We were escorted into a cool studio-like room where we met 1 on 1 with our Project Glass expert.
First, I got to choose my color of Glass. Charcoal, Tangerine, Shale, Cotton, or Sky. I was considering something more discrete like charcoal grey but I figured if I’m going to wear something as stand-out-unique as Glass then I definitely should go with Cotton white.
The whole experience was a lot of fun. The private appointment showed me what I could do with Glass and what to expect for the future. I was exciting going into the appointment but immediately Glass surpassed my expectations. I didn’t really understand the capabilities of Glass until I began to actually use it.
To take an action with Glass, you simply say “Okay Glass, record a video” ..or.. “Okay Glass, make a phone call > Ben Turley” ..and voila!
My favorite takeaway from the appointment was that “Glass is meant to be there when you need it, and out of the way when you don’t.”
Here are some pics from the well crafted Glass packaging :
Glass comes with two removable shades, clear and dark.
Glass comes with a wool/felt pouch to carry and protect your Glass when not in use.
“Designed by Google – Assembled in China – Fabric from Japan”
There are no speakers on Glass. They use bone conduction audio. Or in other words, rather than a speaker or a headphone in your ear, they vibrate the bones of your ear. Pretty awesome. You can plug your ears and still hear audio from Glass.
So far, I’ve used Glass to navigate directions, check the weather, watch videos on YouTube, share things on Twitter and Google+, get directions, send emails, make phone calls, take pictures, and record videos. So far, my favorites have for sure been taking picture and recording videos hands free. You can see most all my pics and videos that I’ve been posting : #throughglass
Here are a few of the first videos I recorded through Glass :
I think of all people I was most excited to show my new Glass to James Bindrup :
Most definitely Glass has enabled me to capture some very special moments with Dorothy Seven. Hooray for hands-free video recording : )
Here is Dorothy Seven driving her brand new whip :
I’ll be sure and post more of my videos through Glass to my YouTube channel here: