How to wear Google Glass like a pro

A tech consultant who's been wearing Google Glass daily for two weeks offers observations and tips to living with Glass.

Mobile tech consultant Lisa Oshima has been sporting Google Glass every day for about two weeks after being selected in the Google lottery, shelling out $1,500 and getting fitted at Google (where she discovered her ears weren't as symmetric as she thought).

Here is some of what she has experienced, observed, and learned.

Her wow moment: taking a picture with just her voice.

The three things she wants Google to change about Glass now: add Twitter, add Facebook, and extend the battery life.

The battery drains the fastest for her: when she takes a lot of video or does a lot of navigation, the battery doesn't last as long as her mobile phone battery.

How to feel less self-conscious wearing them: pop in the shades and turn them into sunglasses.

How to avoid taking accidental pictures of your lower body: when you take Glass off, lay them nose-pad down. If you do it the other way, the button is sensitive enough that it can sometimes snap a picture of your hip.

Lisa Oshima/Google+

She finds Glass most helpful: • When she's out and needs directions. • When she's at a social event where pictures or video might be taken. • Any time it saves her from digging into her handbag to check her phone.

Her question to Google: can we name our Glass units? Right now, if you're close enough, you can activate someone else's Glass with a voice command while you're activating yours. So instead of always saying the prompt, "OK Glass," you could address an individual unit, "OK Gladys"?

Her Glass etiquette: if she's meeting people for the first time, she hangs Glass around her neck so Glass is not the first thing people notice. She doesn't want to freak them out if they're worried about being recorded.

Her plea to society: "When you're having a conversation with someone, it's important to continue to have that conversation and not be distracted by either your phone or your Glass."

 

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