First Google Glass users share their experiences

April 19, 2013

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    We’re all pretty excited for Google Glass… but all this non-disclosure stuff is annoying! We want the details. What’s it like? Do people freak out when you’re wearing them? Are they comfortable? So many questions, and the only people with the answers haven’t been able to talk.

    As Glass becomes more available, that NDA that swears those in the program to secrecy relaxes. As more and more of those people involved can talk, the fervor surrounding Glass grows. Hearing more about it makes us that much more excited for it. Even if you’re like me, and not quite sold on wearable technology, it’s important to understand that nobody has said anything negative about Glass. By now, you’d think someone would have been a contrarian and been negative about it… but no.

    All of the users in the program have actually gone the other way. Not only do they find Glass pretty cool, they consider it the next step… a place we’ll all be going. That’s a lot of praise for new technology, and leads us to wonder what it will be like to wear them day-to-day.

    Brandon Allgood, an early adopter of Glass, recently took to his Google+ page to outline out his experience. The Chief Technology Officer for a company specializing in pharmaceuticals, Brandon is a pretty smart guy… but not a day-to-day app developer. He seems to be approaching Glass for the same angle many consumers would, and that’s one of use-case scenarios rather than the ‘cool’ factor.

    Using Glass for a few days has been a positive experience for him, and one he considers to change the way he goes about his daily activities. Though interacting with Glass is obviously different, and requires some habit transformation, Allgood doesn’t consider that an issue or hindrance. In fact, he seems to be enjoying it as a means of habit rather than trial.

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    We know Google Glass will rely heavily on contextual data, and Google Now is clearly the easy answer for getting you that data in the right way. Allgood reports the cards popping up is handy, rather than bothersome. The screen also doesn’t seem to have an “always on” affectation, meaning Glass is truly a companion device to your life, not an obnoxious information feeder as some were concerned it may be.

    Of course, Glass will do much more than simply pop-up some Google Now cards, but that function carries the bulk of the info that Glass gives you. Things like GMail or Google+ notifications seem to be available as well, perhaps mimicking the Chrome notification center… or vice versa. Perhaps Google is going to HOLO everything!

    Issues

    Google Glass is definitely not without issues, and really… how could it be? If nobody is really quite sure how to proceed efficiently with Glass, the technology will have issues. That’s all part of the growing pains any new technology has. Glass, however, has a unique set of them.

    Allgood notes a few interesting hurdles Glass will have to navigate. Things like bold text in an email not appearing properly, and the readback option not being as smart as it could. Even joining a WiFi network had to be done via a physical keyboard, which makes sense… but also shows how Glass isn’t a standalone device right now.

    The WiFi issue makes me think of that odd patent we saw regarding the projection keyboard a while back. Perhaps the team at Google X Labs knew it was a big issue, and are working on a solution. If Glass is ever going to be our only device, things like this will need to be addressed.

    Conclusion

    In daily use scenarios, it seems Glass is a lot less pervasive than many assumed. Users are reporting people are interested in the device, and rarely shy away from it for fear of being recorded. That is perhaps the more promising news, as the bad press Glass was getting is troubling.

    In an interview with eWeek, one thing Allgood said stood out from the rest. In noting his experience with Glass, he made a very telling statement. An objective guy, who gave both positive and negative points about Glass, called the technology “transformative”. Maybe more than anything else I’ve heard, that excites me the most.

     

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    • http://ootpapps.com/ Out of the Park Apps

      Hmm I came to get an idea of what it’s like, but I’m still at a loss… HOW did it change his daily activities?

      • Cao Meo

        I wish I had Google Glass, but I can easily imagine how I would use it:

        1. Navigation
        2. Notification
        3. Video recording and picture taking
        4. Music or radio listening
        5. making phone calls

        What a fun!

      • IHATEHIPSTERSSS

        More lag.

        • talonace

          Real Live lag…….LMAO!!!! I can see it now. Almost robotic!

    • http://twitter.com/site666info android underground

      But what about people who wouldn’t be seen dead with glasses on their heads because it makes you look like your parents? There’s a reason why laser vision correction is big business.

      Is Larry Page already working on Google Contact lenses? Or should I really start thinking out of the box and take it to the next level? I mean, Apple’s retina display would become the laughing stock of the tech blogs if Google manages to make the real thing!

      • thereasoner

        Sun glasses? almost everyone has a set and these can be fitted with tinted lens, perscription lens or no lens at all. I here what your saying though, i wouldn’t want a set of these and i never could bring myself to use a bluetooth headset either but there are many who would i’m sure.

        • Jon

          They do need more styles. I don’t have anything against wearing glasses but the current look and the sunglasses clip on… Yeah for sure not my thing.

    • http://google.com/+derekross Derek Ross

      Glass joins WiFi networks via QR codes. Not a big deal.

      • Jon

        Tbh most of the networks I connect to don’t have a qr code or require a password etc to login with. If it works like my phone then it will just remember all of that but first time around I would have to have some other device to enter to information.

        • http://google.com/+derekross Derek Ross

          Glass tethers to your phone through Bluetooth. You don’t have to use WiFi. If you are at home, work, hotel, whatever and you want to use WiFi, then you can easily create a QR code with the Glass app in 1 quick step and you’re set. It’s very easy and won’t be a big deal at all.

          • Jon

            Thanks for the follow up. I haven’t followed glass too closely and it was looking like there was an option of it being more of a standalone type thing. Now that you have clarified that it makes more sense. Hope it’s priced decent with different style options.

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