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CNET Update: Exploring expert guidance through Glass

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CNET Update: Exploring expert guidance through Glass

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Google Glass is more than just a wearable camera -- it's a way to receive real-time coaching with video chats. CNET's Bridget Carey dons Glass and gets a lesson in archery while in a Google+ Hangout.

-I'm Bridget Carey, and this is a special Glass Explorer edition of CNET Update. As a Google Glass explorer, I'll be testing out different uses for this wearable computer. With a camera above the eye, the glass becomes an easy way to record hands-free video. And it's a cool way to capture sports from an athlete's perspective. But what can you do with Glass that you can do already with the Go Pro? Well, you could video chat on a Google+ Hangout. So, I wondered, could I hang out with a coach virtually to get tips in real time? I channeled my inner Katniss Everdeen and took Glass to Pro Line Archery Lanes in New York. I reached out to CoachUp.com to find a coach, and they connected me with MJ Rogers, an archery coach in South Dakota, who has worked with Olympic and Paralympic athletes. I'm a beginner at archery, so I hope coach Rogers could give me tips from the Glass' point of view. Well, it took a little bit of playing around, but I finally have coach MJ on my Google Glass here in Hangout. All right. So, what can I show you here? Once we connected, I could see coach Rogers talking to me from his webcam, but I had a hard time hearing him. That's because the Glass speaker touches your head and rests behind your ear. It's a little echo in here, and your volume is so low, and I can't just volume mine here. So, I'm gonna have to really pay attention to hear you. So, with people talking around me, the audio from this speaker wasn't loud enough. Okay. I can hear you if I really focus. Google Glass project director Steve Lee tells me that audio is something the Glass team is working to improve. But while at the range, archers around me stopped talking, so I could hear. With the camera right above my eye, you don't exactly see what I'm seeing, but coach Rogers said this is still a helpful perspective to judge how I'm holding the bow. -Yeah. It actually is a very interesting perspective because I then can see what you're looking at as far as the sight picture. -I'll just pull back? -Yes. -Well, at least it got on the paper this time. -Although it still would help to have a coach be there in person-- -Keep going back. -What you can't see, where your feet off. The fact that the foundation needs to be straight, that your body needs to be straight, that you're not-- yeah, bending over. You're trying to get someone to learn archery or any other sport, it's missing. You have to be able to see all of that. It bails another camera off to the side, that the person could see your placement, where it's going, and see your position, then it would work 100 percent. -We'll continue to bring you Glass experiences as we spend more time with it. If you have ideas on what else I should try with Glass, send an e-mail to update@cnet.com or find me on Twitter. I'm Bridget Carey, thanks for watching.
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