The day has finally come. I received my invite to join the Explorers program, and purchased the technogadget I’ve been drooling over for the last 6 months: Google Glass.
Upon finishing the transaction, I was given the choice to go to New York, LA, or San Francisco to pick it up.. OR to just have it shipped. Although originally I was planning on spending a night in NYC to pick them up, I decided that I couldn’t wait another week and just had them shipped. Amazingly, I had my glass 8 hours later.
Unboxing was a very fun experience… packaging seemed like it was straight out of Apple’s book (unboxing video coming soon).
After a few days of playing around and getting familiar with Glass, I can honestly say “THIS IS AWESOME!” Before I was exposed to Glass, I had a worry that Glass wouldn’t be something I’d be interested in having on my face all day. Now, after several days of nonstop use, I can say with certainty that it is tough to NOT have it on. Surprisingly, the word that comes to mind to describe Google Glass is: unobtrusive. The apps don’t bombard you with notifications or information. At first, I didn’t like the fact that it wouldn’t notify me if someone commented on my Facebook post, but I quickly realized that this is perfect. Everything is there with a simple tap or head nod, but only the really important stuff “pops.”
Glass took some getting used to. I think I have a head start in getting acclimated, because I just got prescription lens glasses about 6 months ago. Getting used to wearing regular glasses took me almost a week. Adding Google Glass to sit on top of my glasses only took a few hours to feel natural. I’m very excited to get prescription lenses for Glass.
About 5 minutes after connecting them to my WiFi, the XE11 update downloaded and installed, so this is the only version I’ve been exposed to so far. I really like the Google Now features. A few times I’ve been surprised/impressed so far:
- Swiping over to see a reminder of a local college football game today was very cool.
- Earlier in the day I searched for directions on my iPhone’s Google Maps app. I didn’t end up taking the trip, but I noticed a few hours later the directions were showing up as a “card” on Glass, all ready to go with the touch of a button.
- Talking my phone through taking a picture, writing a caption, and then sharing it on Facebook all with both hands free.
- The responses from Google are really good… similar to the Google Search app on the iPhone. The responses are formed as sentences, if possible: “There are four cups in a quart” or “Harrison Ford is 71 years old.”
- The camera is quite amazing:
All in all, I’m very impressed. This weekend I plan on diving into some Glass Development. Stay tuned!