Today was really the first time I was constantly stopped by folks because I was wearing Glass. The past two weeks at work since I have gotten them have been a few folks asking what they were but today at the Space City Con (a local Sci-Fi convention) Glass got the recognition I expected.
Are Those Google Glass….I have never seen them in the wild before, very cool
Since I am on #teamsky Glass is noticeable on my face, but maybe the folks at work just aren’t impressed with Glass after all it isn’t rocket science and there hasn’t been the work attention I anticipated. At the convention I knew it would get noticed, but at the same time I was wondering if folks would just think it was a prop/cosplay item and not say anything.
From the artist tables, to the jewelry vendors, to cosplayers and celebrities alike they either knew what Glass was but usually not what it could do or just asked what I was wearing either way they wanted to know more. Thanks to screencast I was able to show them a little bit of how it worked since cell service was kind of spotty for me to hotspot with my phone and the hotel wifi had one of those webpage sign ins. But just explaining what it could do and showing the voice commands amazed them all. When I was talking to Sylvester McCoy about his tour yesterday he asked if I was recording, I told him no and we chatted for a few minutes including me demoing Glass for him though since folks usually pay him for his picture I didn’t feel right taking his picture during the demo.
This is so cool I need to bring you on stage with me because this is more interesting than anything I have to say – J. G. Hertzler
The biggest reaction was probably John Hertzler in the Autograph room. I was cruising through trying to spot Jewel Staite given my coat is pretty brown and he stopped me and asked it was Glass I was wearing. We talked for probably 20 minutes and pulled over Adrienne Wilkinson from her autograph table to show her. He wanted me to come to his next panel to show everyone but my son was getting bored with all these folks stopping his dad to talk about his “Google Goggles” so I declined.
When I went to Comicpalooza in May I only had my phone and had to keep it in my hand the whole time to make sure I was somewhat ready to take a picture if something or someone cool was walking by. With Glass it was as simple as the quick single tap of the button and the picture was taken or the long press and a ten second clip was recorded, but the whole time I was still pretty much in the moment at the con not experiencing the convention through a phone screen or camera view finder.
Glass isn’t perfect, it is a beta piece of hardware and there were some limitations and short comings at the convention. The lack of a digital zoom meant getting late to the Walter Koenig panel put me in the back and too far for Glass to really take a good shot of him. I guess it would be nice if you could use the trackpad on the side to swipe forward to zoom and back to zoom out. So let’s get to work on that for XE9 since I am assuming XE8 is just about to start going OTA.
The other short coming is the fact that Glass is attached to your head, so either you are tall enough to see over crowds or you use your smartphone/camera to get the over the crowd shot. Nothing to fix here and this only really happened today during the Star Trek Wedding ceremony at the newly unveiled restored Next Generation bridge set piece. Unless Glass can somehow do a delayed off the head picture I don’t see this one being resolved in a software update and that is understandable.
Overall the convention was loads of fun and I enjoyed talking to folks about Glass. I really felt like I stayed more in the moments at the convention because I was experiencing the con thru glass instead of on a smartphone screen. After almost 6 hours at the convention with lots of pictures and demos I still had ~30% charge left which was a testament to the battery management and the fact Glass is mostly in sleep mode until you need it then gets the job asked and goes back to sleep.