The Free Press, Mankato, MN


June 5, 2013

Google Glass test an eye-opening experience


Along with “OK Glass,” the see-through screen displayed the time of day. The display of “OK Glass” signaled that I could give it commands.

“OK, Glass, take a picture,” I instructed, and the device snapped a photo, which I could see immediately on my display screen.

With the touch pad, I could scroll the screen left or right using a finger. Scrolling to the left displayed various information, including weather. Scrolling to the right, I found the picture I had just taken.

After a few minutes, my eyes were beginning to strain — I felt a little bit overwhelmed by the new technology — so I took it off and handed it back to the staffers.

I rejoined Rowder as Pat helped her set up the smartphone app that works with Glass, check out the website where she can adjust Glass’ settings, and add Glass apps (or Glassware, as they are officially called). Rowder tried out all Glass’ functions, shooting video of us, searching images of actress Julia Roberts and sending her first Glass-written text message.

“Hi Mom I’m talking to you from Glass. What do you think!?” Rowder said aloud, including specifying the punctuation, which Glass transcribed, turned to text and sent to her mother.

After about half an hour spent setting up the device, Rowder was finally good to go. The Glass team walked us out and gave her as much information as they could before we said our goodbyes, like parents sending their daughter off to college for the first time.

Outside, Rowder popped on the sun visors that came with Glass, put on her helmet and hopped on her bike. For a moment she seemed in an odd daydream-like state as she tried to get the Glass to give her directions.

I told my colleagues about this weird condition that must surely happen to all Glass users as they scroll through their devices looking for information. We came up with a term for it: “Glass-eyed.”

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