First Day With Google Glasses – I need new habits

Brandon Allgood

First Day With Glass by Brandon Allgood

I wore Glass all day today.
It was light and didn’t bother me to do so.

Google Glass Battery

The battery truly lasted all day.
I didn’t however take long videos or hangout for very long.
I am also not very popular on G+ and most of my email goes to my business account so I didn’t mind the “ding” when I got an email or G+ comment.

Reactions to Google Glass

Most of my co-workers were excited about seeing Glass.
Some were a little uncomfortable about it.
Overall the reaction has been positive and people aren’t bothered by me wearing it in meetings and such.
I do live in Silicon Valley, so your experience may differ.

New habits with Google Glass

I found that my habits will nee to be modified.
For example I just need to tint my head back (which turns on the display) and I can see the time.
No more looking for a clock or pulling out my phone.

Email on Google Glass

I also don’t need to check my email on my phone or computer.
I found myself from time to time hearing the chime and then pulling my email up on my computer and not Glass.
I am over that now.

Pictures & Video with Google Glass

Low light video and pictures aren’t great but that shouldn’t come as a big surprise.
Maybe I should try shooting video with my hiking headlamp on.
It actually, to my surprise, works well in sunlight.

The Google Now feature is great.

It has already learned my commute and gives my the traffic before I leave in either direction.

The speech to text for email and text messaging works really well and is quite fast.
I assume it is using the standard Google speech-to-text service.

The microphone works well when talking on the phone.

The bone conducting speaker also work quite well.
There was no problem hearing things with background noise although people near you can also hear it.
No listening to the game in a meeting!

WIFI on Google Glass

There is a interesting feature that I don’t know has been discussed yet.
It is how you join a wifi network.
If you would like to connect to wifi that requires a password you need to use myglass.
You type in the wifi SSID and password and myglass presents you with a QR code that you scan in with Glass.
Because there is no keyboard interface I guess this is a reasonable way of doing it.

Speech-to-text would obviously be terrible, especially if you are using WEP.

Finally, there are two things that I would change.

First, you can’t frame the photo before it shoots.
When you say “ok glass, take a picture,” it just takes a picture without a delay.
The camera obviously has very different optics than your eye so I found myself taking about three photos to get the one I wanted.
Maybe through practice this will become more natural, but I would prefer at least a couple seconds to frame the shot.
The same goes with video, it just starts.

The second, which is a small thing.
If someone sends an email with bold text the Glass card in Glass shows the text with asterisks around what where the bold bits.
When you use the “Read Aloud” option it says “asterisk.” It should either say nothing or read these bit louder.
I think just ignoring them would be best but having it raise its voice would be funnier.
Anyway this makes it sound a bit awkward.

I plan to dive into development with the Mirror API soon, but I likely won’t get time for that until next week.

One more thing about my first day. +Jim McNelis just reminded me that with the shades on people don’t notice that you are wearing Glass!
I spoke with someone today for about 10 minutes before they noticed that I was wearing Glass.
It was pretty funny!

Source: Brandon Allgood on Google+

First Day With Glass I wore Glass all day today. It was light and didn’t bother me to do so. The battery…First Day With Glass I wore Glass all day today. It was light and didn’t bother me to do so. The battery truly lasted all day. I didn’t however take long videos or hangout for very long.