Thanks to my friend Scott on Facebook who extended me the invitation to buy Google Glass.
It needs internet, so if I’m not at home or office I’m using my mifi. It works in conjunction with the MyGlass app on my Android phone. The battery life on my mifi could be better. The batter life on my phone could be better. And the battery life on Google Glass itself could be better. Plus that’s a lot of device juggling.
It’s also not the easiest to store. It doesn’t fold up like glasses in a nice compact case, and I worry about squishing it in my laptop bag.
The controls are awkward and non-intuitive although I learn them quickly enough I guess. I just found figuring out all the taps and swipes and head movements strange, I would do the wrong ones all the time; that’s more a limitation on my motor skills than the device itself.
The voice recognition works really really well. It takes photos quickly, if I’m wearing Google Glass I can get a photo done much more quickly than grabbing my phone and swiping to the camera app and shooting from that.
That this thing exists at all is amazing. This isn’t just an email wristwatch, it’s an amazing piece of technology and telling it where I want to go and in seconds having amazing turn by turn walking maps, asking it questions and having it give me the right answers, it’s an incredible advance.
And yet it’s not that functional compared the other devices I use on a daily basis. And it’s more expensive than they are, too. There are only a handful of apps for it as well.
Ultimately I’m impressed by the technology, I’m in awe even, but I don’t need it and I’m not sure how to really make use of it – so I think I’m going to return it.
I bet that in a couple of years I’ll be buying one again — that’s more advanced, with more software, and at a much lower price.
Have you tried one? Do you want to?
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