Category Archives: Glass

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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.