It was around midnight when I received a notification that I had been selected to become a “Glass Explorer”. Needless to say, I didn’t get much sleep that night…
I feel that we are on the cusp of the next tech revolution — wearable tech is going to change our lives. However, combining ease of use with discreteness has been difficult for most developers. Becoming an early adopter of a device that could begin the latest tech wave seems like a no-brainer, but that’s not the reason I’ve decided to succumb to the rather exorbitant price tag on Glass.
I dreamed of becoming an Explorer for the sake of exploration. Lame? Yes, but hear me out!
Google Glass Lets Me Watch My Life
When people ask me, “What is Glass?” I usually say that it’s a GoPro with the power of a smart phone (and because there are currently few apps developed, that’s exactly what it feels like). It goes deeper than just filming my friends tubing on the Chesapeake Bay though.
By using Glass I can start to capture my life. I want to be able to look back 10 years from now and say, “Brian, you idiot. You shouldn’t have tried to go off that water ski jump blindfolded.”
I recently took a trip to North Carolina to meet friends I’ve made on Google+ face-to-face. Of course, I brought Glass with me so they could see my new toy. I also brought Glass so I could document my trip while having some fun!
Google Glass, And The Average Joe
I’ve seen Hangouts and have read news articles about how Glass may change the world. It could be used to aid surgeries or having a plumber show you how to unclog your sink. That doesn’t entice me though, because I’m not a surgeon or a plumber!
So why would your typical person want to shell out $500 for a device like this?
While I’d like to consider myself at least slightly above the norm as far as humans go, before Glass I took 1-5 photos on a trip. Whipping out my phone and snagging a picture or video was just not one of my interests, there was always someone else taking care of that! After Glass though, things changed. Dramatically.
In the span of 7 days, I managed to take over 300 videos and pictures. The best part is, those videos show what I did, how I did it.
It’s been a fun ride with Glass these past 2 weeks, and the memories I’ve made will stay with me for a long time. I recorded most of them after all!