Monday, February 24, 2014

Day 1

Today has been a great day. After I got to the office I found out that I was going to be the first of a few testers of Google Glass for the Library and Instructional Technology. Of course, geek that I am, I jumped feet first into the project. After less than 24 hours I am all set up. So far I have been able to successfully navigate the Google Glass. Glass is motion, touch, and verbally activated. It took about an hour to learn most of its navigations. I also, downloaded the Google Glass app from the play store on my phone. With the app I could pair Glass with my phone. This is done by following the on screen instructions of the app and having Bluetooth turned on. Now with the basic navigation functions learned and i have the device paired to my phone I would like to explain the few things I was able to accomplish.  
Glass Welcome Menu. Top right 
corner of photo.

First, I was able to get the main menu. Glass loves its name. In order to interact with and see the main menu you say “Okay Glass”, this command is on the screen for you. It gave me a number of options:

Take a picture
 Record a video
Get directions to…
 Send a message to…
 Make a call to…
 Make a video call to…

Naturally, I started with number 1. I Googled: Minecraft. It gave me a number of results. For testing I selected Wikipedia.  Wikipedia gave me the description of the game.  I instructed Glass to read it aloud to me. It did!!! No mistakes. I was thrilled.  

Next, I went to take a picture. “Okay Glass” “Take a Picture”. Glass turned on the camera and I taped the right side of the device by my temple and a picture was taken.

Then, playing around with the device more I wanted to try and take a video. I said, “Okay Glass” “Record a video”. Glass turned on the recording function. I recorded only a test video for about 10 seconds in length. I will do more with this function in the next week or so and post the videos.

Finally, Now about 2 am. The day is coming to a close.  I have finished homework and just got done playing with some friends on League of Legends. As I am prepping for bed I get a text message. Fancy enough the pairing to Glass allowed me to see, read, or have the message read aloud to me. I tapped Glass, swiped my finger on the right side of the device and tapped again to select reply. It prompted me for a verbal statement. The voice to text program on the Glass with decent paced speech and annunciation does not miss a beat. Perfect! My text was done. It gave me about 2-3 seconds to swipe down on the device to cancel the text if I wanted to change or add information. If you do nothing, the text will send.  

All photos for day 1 were taken with Glass and its vignette mode.This mode was discovered during Cody's testing. 

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