22 July 2014
Mediaworks HQ was given the opportunity to peek into the future this week, when the Google Glass Explorer Edition 2.0 headwear arrived in the office. The excitement across the entire team can be seen by the collection of selfies that was taken using this high-tech device.
While it is important to remember the device is still in its prototype phase, there are many aspects of the technology that — to excuse the pun — have certainly caught our eye. Here’s the first impressions I gained from Google Glass:
One thing you don’t need to worry about when it comes to Google Glass is the device being a chore to wear. In fact, you barely even know you have the headwear on after a couple of minutes.
Anyone who already wears glasses will notice hardly any difference at all. Well, except for the see-through digital display hovering in front of your right eye.
As Google Glass has a £1,000 price tag at the moment, the last thing you want is the headwear slipping off your nose and clattering to the floor. The search engine giant appears to know about this concern, as the technology stays firmly in place no matter if you’re sitting at a desk or walking around.
So, Google Glass is comfy to wear, but that will mean little if the device is difficult to use.
Fortunately, there are no bugbears for you to be concerned about. As soon as you put the headwear on, the screen comes to life.
Swiping between the various panes on your home screen is effortless: a simple swipe with one of your fingers along the right side of the technology will make the panes move accordingly.
Just be aware that while the movements may seem natural to you, people around you may at first be curious about why you seem to be stroking the side of your head every couple of moments.
If you have your hands full, your voice presents another option to delve into the tech behind Google Glass. Just say ‘OK glass’ to activate the voice command feature.
Next, clearly tell the headwear the application you want to open and your request will be clearly picked up and followed through. We found that Google Glass had no problem doing what we asked of it.
If your hands aren’t free and you’re in a place where you can’t speak, then you will find the third way of using Google Glass most convenient — motion control.
Just as easy as speaking or swiping your finger, you can lift your head towards the sky in order to make the screen move backwards one pane. Great for giving your neck a subtle workout too!
However, the best use of motion control could well be how your body can be used to take a photo. One wink of your right eye and whatever you are currently looking at will be captured as a high-quality photograph in an instant. You never need to worry about missing those once-in-a-lifetime moments again.
It is still very early days for Google Glass and we are confident that the technology will become much more advanced than we could imagine. However, for first impressions, Google Glass makes for an exciting and intriguing spectacle.
To get a more well-rounded opinion of Google Glass, I asked Content Marketing Researcher Dan Carmichael for his thoughts on the potentially game-changing technology.
I’ve been eager to try Google Glass since the moment I watched the proof of concept trailer. I’m a big advocate for technology that makes you feel like you’re in the future. Seriously, it’s 2014 and we STILL don’t have jetpacks, flying cars, holograms or three sea shells in public bathrooms.
Joking aside, Google Glass genuinely feels like that step we need towards the future. Visors and headpieces have been a staple of many sci-fi films and now, finally, we have one.
When I first donned the device, I was pleasantly surprised by how light and comfortable it was. I don’t wear glasses, but the fit of the ‘frame’ and the actual glass display was not obtrusive in any way. In fact, I’d go as far as to say that I wanted a little more from Glass in this regard.
The screen, which displays in front of your right eye, is quite small and goes into standby very quickly if you aren’t active. While I understand the need to not obscure your vision, I would have welcomed a larger display.
As for the actual functions of Google Glass, everything was responsive and well implemented. The act of browsing a webpage isn’t particularly elegant on the glass display; the Google search feature is better suited to answering simple questions you may have.
Society has just about got over the embarrassment of using voice controls in public; now, we’ll have to get over the ‘thousand-yard stare’ you develop as you look blankly into space while operating the headset. Despite this hurdle, I think Google Glass is taking us towards a cooler future.
Have you been lucky enough to try Google Glass? We’d love to hear what you think, so share your comments below — and don’t forget to share your #GoogleGlassSelfie on Twitter!
Still waiting to get your hands on the technology? Do you think everyone will be wearing Google Glass soon, or are your doubtful that they’ll take off?
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