Getting Glass

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When we arrived for our Google Glass tutorial in Manhattan’s Chelsea Market, I was impressed to find that all of the Google staff were really young, eager, and understandably tech saavy. Our guide for the day was Risa, and she was incredibly knowledgeable and helpful in teaching us everything we needed to know about this exciting technology.

To learn more about how we obtained Glass, read #ProjectGlass and GW, How It All Started. 

Risa first fitted Glass onto Lindsay’s head and demonstrated the near total flexibility of the frame materials.  IMG_1998These frames were not like standard glasses frames and could be manipulated nearly 180 degrees backwards seemingly with no wear.  The glass screen is not a screen, but a glass cube fixed above the right eye. It connects through wifi and mobile tethering, and its platform is run through Google+.

The user engages the device by touching the small touch pad fixed to the right frame and saying “OK, Glass…” at which point the user is shown a list of things it can do.  IMG_2019Commands include: Send a message, make a call, make a video call, take a picture, record a video, get directions to, and, Google. Even with these few options, the possibilities seemed endless.

If anything, Glass is very intuitive. Within minutes, Lindsay was snapping photos, recording videos, posting updates to her Facebook page and making phone calls – all through voice activated Glass commands. With Glass, users no longer have to pull out their phone and type. It’s as simple as speaking a command or asking a question.IMG_2020

After the thorough demo, we chatted with other Glass Explorers about writing code, new projects, and of course, the headache associated with keeping yet another mobile device charged up.  But these conversations reinforced why Glass will be such an excellent learning opportunity for the GW community.

The MBAA and CFEE can’t wait for you to try them.

Special thanks to Google and our technician, Risa