Simon Sunde

"Fail early and fail often."

Hands-on w/Google Glass

Google Glass – the controversial wearable that everyone sneer at, until they try it themselves. Then they’re suddenly awfully nice. Today I gained an understanding of why that is. Personally, I’ve been eager to try them ever since the first demoes were send out to developers.
However the odds wasn’t really in my favor, considering they’re only available in the US.

If I should try to describe the experience, when wearing Google Glass, I would compare it with having the screen of you mobile phone in the top corner of your eye. It performs hands-free tasks, like browsing the web or taking a picture and upload it to social media. Furthermore it’s powered by this instinctive software, that lets you know if your flight is being delayed, how the weather is going to be, an the route for the airport – all that, without even asking. It has no speaker, but communicates to the inner-ear through a bone conducting transducer, which personalizes the sound. So no one can hear what you might be watching or listening to (which is pretty cool).

Other specs (for the geeks):

    Titanium frame
    Adjustable notepads fits any face.
    Photos – 5MP
    Video – 720p
    Wi-fi – 802.11 b/g
    Bluetooth
    12 GB of usable memory, synced with Google cloud storage. 16 GB Flash total.
    Battery: one day of typical use.
    Display: equivalent of a 25 inch high definition screen from eight feet away.

On the software part, it’s all still very beta. That’s actually how i got to play with this $1500 bad boy. I was a participant in a prototype evaluation. A Communication & IT student (like myself), is developing an app he calls ‘Reader’ as a part of his Master Thesis: Augmenting the reading experience with Google Glass. Twitter: @jacob_funch

Watch the introduction video here: Reader for Google Glass

When I heard Jacob was looking for participants, I signed-up immediately. To help a fellow student. That’s important. Sure. But I would be lying, if I didn’t admit that I also did it to satisfy my ginormous tech-geeky side as well.
Below you’ll see a happy guy. I almost forgot to take them off, because it felt so right. So long Google Glass – until we meet again.

Captured happiness.

Captured happiness.