Last Thursday, I got to try Google Glass! I was so excited (as you can tell from the picture) to try Google's latest device because it's not yet released to the public, but there's been so much buzz about it.
Google Glass is a device that you wear over your eyes with a small glass square that displays a screen and uses augmented reality to overlay information on what you see in front of you. It's voice/touch controlled, and you can ask it to do things like texting someone, getting directions or taking a picture.
A member of the Mashable team was lucky enough to get a pair of Google Glass early, and because we're all pretty geeky, we gathered to try it out.
The experience was way different than I expected. The chunk of glass is pretty thick, and you have to tilt the glasses at just the right angle to view the little screen. To activate the glasses, you touch the side panel and say, "ok Glass," which I thought was a little awkward. Then, a menu appears with options like "text someone," which you then have to say, and it takes you to another screen. If you tell it to take a picture, it takes a pic of what you see through the glass lens.
So I really didn't get to spend too much time using them. Obviously everyone in the office (who knew they were there) wanted to try them, and we were trying to not just completely zap the battery. It was kind of awkward how you had to look through them in the exactly the right angle, and I didn't like how you had to say "ok, Glass." It was really cool, though to be able to get directions, and to take a video of what you're looking at.
I'm not sure how many people will actually want to use these in real life though. It seems very intrusive and you really couldn't do too much different than on a smartphone. I could see people like doctors using the google hangout function to do remote surgeries or something, but it's harder to imagine in every day life. Although saying this, I feel like it's something old people say about technology! It'll be really interesting when these are released for real and all of the different apps are released.
Regardless if these are an everyday fashion accessory, or they're only used on special occasions, they're super futuristic and really cool! Apparently we're about a year away from them being sold to consumers. Who's excited??