December 17th, 2013 at 12:07PM I receive an email from Google. “Congratulations! You have been chosen to purchase Google Glass!” Franticly I whip out my credit card and continue to purchase the $1500 experimental headwear with no second thought. I could have not entered the 16 digit code fast enough, I was so excited to get a pair of the revolutionary Google Glass’!
9:00AM the next morning a UPS van pulls into my driveway carrying a box the size of a large dictionary. Excitement caused me to jump up and down while pacing around my kitchen until the driver reached my door. He handed me the package with a smile, and I smiled back. Only my smile must’ve looked as wide as the Joker’s. I signed off for the package and rushed down stairs to put the Glass’ shipping box on my desk. Then with all the self-control I had in my being I walked away and proceeded to go to class.
All day I was thinking about what joys would lie behind the small half inch screen. Researching on my phone all of the neat things Glass could do, as well as how to install custom applications other developers had been working on. Then finally I came home and ran back to my desk. Opened the brown shipping box to find an elegant white box, similar to an iPhone box. The top slid off, just as an iPhone box would. It reminded me so much of something Apple would’ve designed I think Steve would have sued if he was still with us today ( RIP Mr. Jobs).
Inside the Apple copy infringement box lied the object I had been waiting a mere 19 hours for, thank God for Google’s high shipping expectations; I don’t think I could have waited any longer. The box included Glass, active wear shades, a charging cable and adapter, a carrying case, and a single USB ear-bud.
Something that I think should’ve been thought of sooner, the charging cable. It is black and white, while one side being white, and the other side being black. This makes it easier to differentiate which way the USB faces while being plugged in.
I had to first charge the device, since it had came dead. It took about 2 and a half hours for Glass to fully charge, quite long for such a little battery. Then I pressed the power button which is located on the inside of the device, quite a strange place for a power button since the device is to be worn on your head. This makes it awkward when trying to turn off the device while wearing it. However, no big deal just a small design hiccup. The moment I had been waiting months for finally occurred, the Glass logo appeared in the center of the screen. Loading… loading… updating… then finally it prompted me to connect Glass to my smartphone via Bluetooth.
I have an iPhone 5S, which you may already know if you follow my blog. The device does not have all the features it would have access to if you have an android smartphone, this must be to encourage us to buy Android; what a clever marketing trick. I connected Glass to my phone and started to activate some of the basic apps, such as search, weather, and social networking.
I quickly learned that the applications that came preloaded onto Glass get boring after a while. That is when I started downloading developers applications such as a battery level notifier, helicopter game, recipe lookup, and a Wolfgram Compute Engine application. I found the Wolfgram Compute Engine to be more intelligent than the actual Google search feature, so I ended up using that instead of Google ironically.
Glass is great for taking pictures and videos if you want to capture something that YOU see. It is really cool how Glass can capture EXACTLY what you see, not just something from a camera’s perspective. The only downside to this is the battery life dies extremely fast while you’re taking pictures, or recording an HD video. I recommend you only use this feature if you absolutely need to, or you know you are able to charge your device soon.
Glass was not what I expected, I feel like it is a complete waste of money to spend $1500 on a device which can do a fraction of which my smartphone can do. The concept behind Glass is very interesting, however the functionality for natural human interaction is just not there, yet. Glass is a neat toy to experiment with, but I would not call it the future of portable computers. Sorry Google, Steve’s iPhone is still #1 in my book.
- POV Pictures
- Anything you want to know is right in front of you
- Faster to update my Twitter
- Battery life (3 hours moderate use)
- Limited applications
- Make’s you look awkward in public