When I first got my hands on Google Glass in June I felt like a kid that just got a Nintendo 64 for Christmas. That was the best Christmas I ever had by the way.
When people first set them on their face, a common question runs through their head — “what do I do now?” Fortunately for me I had a Glass Guide next to me, walking me through the steps of taking my first pictures and videos. It wasn’t until 2 days later that I put Glass to use in a way that I hadn’t originally thought of.
Piles And Piles Of Books And Electronics
It all started on a trip home to do some cleaning. You see, my father passed away in May from pancreatic cancer, leaving my handicapped mother to begin the cleaning process. Perhaps cleaning is an understatement — if my father’s love of family was measured in the number of science fiction novels he kept in the basement, he was a very loving father.
All kidding aside, he was one of the most intelligent, loving father’s I’ve met, and I miss him dearly. I’m glad I had 27 years with him, but our relationship isn’t the focus of this article (and I’m getting choked up typing this)!
Back to the point. We had a house to clean, and my mother hadn’t seen her basement in 15 years. That presented a rather large problem! Thankfully a solution presented itself.
You See What I See, Hands Free!
By hosting a Hangout with Google Glass I was able to show my mother for the first time in 15 years her basement, and she realized how much work needed to be done. Fortunately, the Glass device allowed me to keep my hands free so I could pick things up, show her, and clean as I went.
It’s not that I hadn’t thought about using video chat via Hangouts, Skype, or even FaceTime to attempt to show my mother the basement. I had! I just couldn’t devise a way to do it without me holding my laptop backwards and carrying it around.
Glass may have been an easy solution to this dilema, but I’ve been able to use it for much more than cleaning a book-filled basement.
Living Through Glass
We haven’t really had a proper family vacation since I was 15, and we haven’t had any family vacation for 9 years or so. It’s not that we don’t see each other, quite the opposite since we live about 20 minutes away. We just didn’t get mom out of the house much, save for holidays and other special occasions.
This past weekend I was able to change that.
I took a trip to North Carolina to meet some friends I’ve made during my time on Google+, and naturally I recorded the experience with Google Glass. Being Glass, it was recorded from my perspective. This gave my mother a perfect view of what I did, and allowed her to take the trip with me.
Some people have been hosting Hangouts or taking videos of places they’ve visited with Glass, allowing others to experience it vicariously through them. It’s this sort of exploration, this method of social sharing, that lets handicapped and non-handicapped alike experience a memory.
Glass has impacted my life and my family’s, and I’ve only had it for 2 weeks.
Keep exploring, keep creating, and most importantly, keep sharing.