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Getting the most out of Google Glass

You bought Glass, so now what? You’ve got $1500 of wearable headset time to get out there.

Get Setup

First get your phone setup and connected to Glass. Make sure you have tethering turned on so you can use Glass everywhere. If you have an Iphone make sure the MyGlass app is working. This will give you data and navigation everywhere.

Next practice using the screencast feature on The MyGlass app. This lets you show people how it works without having to take it off, get it setup on their heads. This comes in handy for times when you get asked for details.

Third go and get a few apps setup. I recommend Weather Alerts, Gmail, Twitter, Facebook and Google hangouts. Winkfeed which does RSS feeds is also pretty cool, but can be a overwhelming. SocialRadar is coming soon and you’ll want that too.

Your first adventure

Now put on Glass and go out and do something. I suggest a trip to the park, museum, a hike a bike ride or just a long walk.

Glass really shines as a kind of video journaling tool. Practice making short ten second videos that you will later be able to pull together to help recall and share the experience from your POV. You can share these moments as the happen on Facebook, Gplus or twitter or wait until it is over.

Get past that awkward dating stage

You might feel a bit awkward. Rather than taking off your Glass remind yourself you are a cyborg, living in the future. As I’ve walked around I’ve noticed that most people don’t even notice you have it on.

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The feeling of awkwardness will pass quickly (after a few times out).

Dealing with questions and gawkers

Once or twice a week you will get asked by random strangers overcome by curiosity, “What is that thing on your face, or is that Google Glass.” It is easy to get tripped up into thinking that someone wants a long explanation and a long social interaction is required of even expected. In my experience most people are satisfied with short and concise answers:

Q: Hey dude is that Google Glass
A: Yes
Q: what do you think of it?
A: It’s great.

Keep in mind that this stranger’s inquiry is like the “how are you doing?” part of a business conversation. They stranger doesn’t really want to hear about your problems. If the stranger wants more details they will ask. In my experience strangers are generally excited to see the new gadget, and acknowledgement that they saw it is all they are looking for. You will mostly make them uncomfortable by detaining them with your detailed product review. Be polite but minimalist in your interaction.

Google Glass Review

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I’m still waiting for my own pair of Google Glass. I managed to borrow a pair for a few minutes and here are my first impressions.


  • The Screen — The screen was smaller than I expected. Hold your right arm out with two fingers together pointing left. The screen is about two fingers high and from the tip of an index finger to the middle knuckle wide. I plan to prototype UI wireframe a with small sticky notes.
  • Overall Experience — it was less intrusive and awkward than I expected. It was a little hard to get the screen in the right place, but once I did it was very clear. The bone conducting speaker made the audio from Glass very clear even in a crowded room. I could see myself using this without feeling like a guy with a bluetooth headset.
  • Apps – I got to play with the Navigation, NY Times and picture taking apps. The navigation app was pretty cool and I think this will be killer. Photos and video are difficult to see what you are getting because the resolution on the display (640×320) isn’t high enough to show detail. You won’t be using Glass as an eReader yet.
  • User interface — the user interface is driven by voice commands and flipping forward and back touching the side of the device. The apps are based on a card / menu driven system, sort of like a hypertext PowerPoint. Voice recognition was fairly good, but the menu driven nature of things and limited display space will challenge designers.
  • Battery life — the Glass users I talked to suggested that battery life is a weakness of the current product generation. Continuous usage seems to be 1-3 hours before the device needs recharging. However the device isn’t on all the time, so this should be find for more casual users.

It is rumored that Glass will not be widely available to consumers until next year. I anticipate that Google will refine the device before shipping. I hope that they are able improve the screen and battery life before GA.

Bottom line: I will buy this as soon as I can. Even as a first generation technology it is very compelling.