Hey everyone! My name’s Brian Gundersen, and I’m a Google Glass Explorer.
Why have I decided to keep a record of my life with Glass? Two reasons come to mind:
1. I’ve always wanted to keep track of what I did in my life. I’ve started and stopped written journals several times, but Glass offers something that those leather-bound books can’t — the ability to record and document. Immediately.
2. I wanted to invite you all to take this journey with me. Since almost everything will be from my perspective, you’ll get to see my life firsthand. Now there’s a sobering thought!
So here’s how this is going to play out. This post is going to keep growing, and I’ll add links at the top so you can easily navigate it.
Pretty simple, right? Well, here we go!
List Of Entries
June 29th, 2013 — Living in Maryland, I’m not exactly “close” to any of the three Glass pickup locations, so I decided to catch a train to New York. Alright, maybe that is kind of close considering how large the nation is, but I wasn’t about to risk my life driving through the streets of NY. That’s what cabs are for!
I arrived at Chelsea Market with an hour to kill before my Glass pickup appointment. If you can help it, you don’t want me waiting an hour anywhere. I like to explore!
I saw a huge “Google” sign on a building across the street. It was a giant, neon flame, and I was the unsuspecting, flammable moth.
Unfortunately the security guard inside was not interested in my curiosity, and after a few minutes of dancing around my questions, he showed me the door I entered through. Apparently it functions as an exit as well!
The 7th floor, referred to as “The Space” by Google employees, kept up with Google’s trendy archetype. Open. Lots of windows.
I was introduced to my Glass Guide, Mark, and we started going over everything about Glass. Thankfully for Mark I was a quick study. We moseyed over to an indoor balcony, and he walked me through taking my first picture (below) and video with Glass.
That little camera-like button on the top of the frame is awesome.
Unfortunately, it also is easily pressed when you set the frames upside-down on a surface. I wound up doing this a lot these past few months… maybe I’ll make an album of those photos.
With Glass in bag, I decided to walk back to Penn Station from the Market. I caught an early train back to Maryland, and noticed the guy in front of me wearing Glass. To date (August 14th) this is the only Glass Explorer I’ve seen! We’re a rare breed!
Glass Helps The Handicapped
June 30th, 2013 — Less that 24 hours after I got my hands on Glass, I started putting it to use in ways that I hadn’t originally thought of.
With the recent passing of our father, my brother Mark and I went to our handicapped mother’s house to start cleaning out her basement. I started filming some of the things we found, like an old Fli-Back paddle ball game and Megazord from Power Rangers.
Then it dawned on me. I could finally let my handicapped mother see the basement, through my eyes, via a Hangout. It was what inspired one of my more popular articles.
Time For Some Kickball
June 30th, 2013 — Yep, same day as the entry before, but I figure the subjects are different enough that it warrants a separation. Today I decided to take Glass out for a spin around the softball field.
I’m on a kickball team, Saved by the Balls. While it’s a poor parody of the 90’s show Saved By The Bell, it did garner a couple laughs from opposing teams. And of course, I let my teammates try out Glass for themselves. Hooray for candid Glass pictures!
Here’s a video of me running from home to first base. I ran as fast as I could, and was surprised at how still the camera was on my face. It felt like it was bouncing all over the place!
I was disappointed to learn that the umpire would not let me record while we played. I understand the potential room for lawsuits if injury were to occur, but since I’m the pitcher, you couldn’t really ask for a better view! Oh well. The Ump did call me “Google” whenever I got up to kick. I thought that was pretty funny.