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Google Glass First Impressions

This is how I feel...without the whole being blind part!

Ok Glass, make a blog post...

Google's amazing new extension of the human body Google Glass is one of the first few advancements our world is making in turning Sci-Fi into reality.

Once you put it on, it feels just like a normal set of sunglasses, just without the lenses and a bit weighted on one side. At least for me, they fit perfectly fine and the only adjustments that you have to do are adjusting the lens where the data is projected on, and even that doesn't take too long.

The Future Begins

It does not come charged so I would definitely recommend charging it for at least an hour before trying it on. I have not been able to do a full battery test yet.

You almost have a sense of wonder plus confusion when you first see the HUD(Heads Up Display) show up on the screen. The first few moments are spent arranging the HUD so that the screen is fully visible and then the fun begins. Your next step should be to download the Google Glass App for your phone/tablet and pairing it and Bluetooth with your glass. You will need to setup the WiFi for the glass with the Glass App which should only take a few moments. If it is not connected to WiFi, all of the data for Glass will be going through your phone or tablet.

The start screen starts off with the time and how to access to voice interface:

When you do speak the magic words (which isn't the only way to control it) a menu pops up giving you a review of the current possibilities. Whenever you add a new location, its voice command (if applicable) will get added to this menu. You can use the sidebar of the glasses to navigate this menu along with the main menu.

The voice command's accuracy is VERY impressive. Unless you have a heavy accent or are just grunting at it, it will pick up the correct command and almost instantly go to the appropriate application. All of your actions and a history of your actions are available along the main 'wall' that you can flick through with the sidebar. This can get a bit cumbersome once you go through an hour or two of usage and requires you to flick through all of them until you get to the beginning. Another thing I did find annoying was that you need to be at that main menu with "ok glass" at the bottom for the voice commands to work.

Applications

You are able to control the applications available on Glass through the Glass app. You can add/remove and change information for each app through the phone. The amount of applications available are steadily growing.

So far, the most impressive applications available are:

  • Translation - Once you pick the correct language and look at what you want to translate, it automatically replaces the original text with the translated version. Provably one of, if not THE most impressive functionality. I personally think that functionality like this will continue to be the most important part of wearable tech like Glass.
  • Directions - "Ok Glass, get directions home..." Will automatically put directions on the HUD which will follow your movement just like if you were using your usual navigation application. You can switch between the moving view, and a stationary 'route-overview'. One of the more fun features is turning your head; it automatically spins the map to orient itself with the direction you are facing.
  • Video Chat - Having a hangout with your friends or co-workers will be totally different now. The HUD still shows you the usual Hangout UI and the other participants actually see what your Glass camera would show. This could be extremely useful for presentations where you’re not only showing a computer screen, or where you are showing people around a location or describing an exhibit or object.
  • General Internet Searching - Glass is able to respond to certain questions with a very nicely formatted answer on the screen. Just how Google can normally give you certain information directly at the top of your search results, glass formats these results on the HUD so that it is very easy to understand and see. Example.

Thorns and Roses

There still are a number of things that Google will need to work on to make this truly another part of us instead of an extension. As I use it more, I will update this list and down the road, possibly make another post dedicated to just application and functionality review.

  • Give us a way to clear all of the recent activity on the menu, or organize it by category. After heavy usage, the main menu can get very hard to navigate.
  • Allow us to activate the glass menu outside of the main menu. We should be able to use it without having to scroll back to the main menu every time.
Google Glass First Impressions
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