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The 404: The 404 Show Google Glass demo
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The 404: The 404 Show Google Glass demo

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Bridget Carey joins The 404 Show to give an in-studio demo of Google Glass.

-And today, for the first time on any Podcast ever, it's Bridget Carey and Google Glass on her face. -On my face. -What's the-- -Technology on my face. You can control it through different ways. As you figured already, you could do-- -Right. -it by voice-- -Yeah. -or you can-- there's a side panel here. -Oh. Look at that. -This is a touch-- This is a touch panel. -Oh. -It's like a Fun Dip stick. -I can tap it to turn on the screen. -Oh. Look at that. -And from-- -You can see the screen turn on. -And now, you can see a little light. So, that's how you know I'm looking at something. -Right. -Holy moly. -It's-- if you don't see anything, there's just a clear panel and-- but you'll know I'm busy. I can flip through photos I've taken. -Oh, my-- -Yeah. -It's crazy that I-- you can see it. I mean-- -You can see the mirror image. -And you could probably see it in the camera, too. It's moving around like that. -Yeah. And if I go to the other direction-- -Oh. -Think of it as a bunch of cards in front of you. Just like-- -Yeah. -you're cycling through. So, if I go in another direction, I get weather. If I set it up on Google Now, I would get things that I-- that it knows I'm doing, like maybe following my local sports team. -Yeah. -Or other information. -I'm sorry. But when people are using this-- -I don't have a phone with me. -both of their eyes look up. -Yeah. -You've seen that? -Uh-huh. -So, your eyes look up like you're thinking about something. -It's-- -It actually looks kinda silly, probably, that I'm always kinda rolling my eyes back-- -It is. -to look up into it. -It does look silly. -It's like you're thinking really hard. -Okay, Glass. -Yeah. It's just crazy. -Take a picture. -So, the voice activation seems to work pretty well even if other people are talking around you, like if you're in a crowd or something. Have you tested that out in public, yet? -Yes. And I think you can set it off. -Okay, Glass. Take a photo. -Oh, my. Yeah. -There's a bit of a learning curve here. -Oh. There's a third way-- there's a third way to turn it on and off. -Dammit, Glass. -I'm also noticing you-- you're a woman. I'm noticing that. And I'm noticing that you have long hair, and I'm noticing it's getting in the way. -I could keep pulling it back, right? -It's getting in the way. -I wanna have that long, flowy, awesome futuristic look. And yet, I'm like, "All right. Gotta clip it." -Yeah. -You know. -I was talking to Scott Stein yesterday. He wears glasses, he couldn't fit them on top of his glasses. -No. This is-- this is something where I-- they'll eventually have a way for people with glasses to wear it. But-- -Am I the only one that's just like slap my forehead over this? -This is-- this is the experiment. The reason it is so expensive and hard to get is 'cause they're just trying to give it to developers to make apps for it. -Right. Yeah. -I understand that. -That's where it's gonna be fun. -So now, what is adjustable on there? So, you have a band that comes around. -This is very flexible. -Wow. Look at that. -Oh. -It's titanium. -Whoa. -I don't feel like I'm gonna break it. -Yeah. -Although, I should probably stop doing that. -We'll make sure of that. -The one thing you wanna do when you're wearing it is you wanna make sure that this little screen is above your eye. I'm looking at you. I can't see anything. Yeah, I know that in my-- -It's in your peripheral. -Yeah. It's-- there's something fuzzy. But I feel like I can talk to you. -You can. -And I was looking in front of my face, and I look up. -Right. -To interact with it and I look back down. -So, the only really way to get the screen to pop up-- 'cause right now, you're looking at me, we're having a real conversation. -The screen's off. -Uh-huh. -I can-- -The only way it-- -I can tilt my head. And now, it's on. -Ah. It's a head tilt. -Oh, man. 3D. -Or I can tap it. -The other thing I wanted to ask you about is if you've tested out the audio, 'cause that was the one big key features that it uses-- -Yeah. -binaural audio, right? So, it's-- -I bet you-- -like bone conduction technology. -If I play a video that you can hear this. -Yeah. -It's supposed to be-- -But you hear it-- you don't hear it through your ears. You technically hear it through the skull. -It's the bone conduction. -Yeah. -That's what they said. And yet I think you can hear the chimes. You can hear the chimes. -Yeah. -You know. -Yeah. I could hear it when you took a photo. -So, it's not exactly silent to the world around you. -So, if you've worn this out in public, yet, people giving you weird looks? -People immediately came up to us and were like "Is that Google goggles?" -Yeah. Yeah. -Like, "Oh. Can I take a picture of you with it?" -Yeah. -And I think what you find are people who are excited 'cause there's-- they're like techies who know. And other people who kinda like, "I think I've seen this in the news before." -Right. -Yeah. -And you get stares. One thing that was interesting, I was talking to someone on Google who had it for two months. And I said, "What have you changed in two months of using this?" Whereas I'm just getting giddy playing with everything. She's like, "It's small things." For example, she still took out her phone to check the time, and all her co-workers were like, "What you do, man?" -Just look up. -"Just tilt your head up-- -Yeah. -and there it is." And she's like, "Wow. Those small little things that we're used to doing." -And I think it's something that we need to reiterate, that this is basically more or less a prototype-- -Absolutely. -in the sense that it's really not for everyone right now. It's a lot of money, right? How much is it? -This was $1,500. That's not counting tax. -Yeah. -So, it's really just for developers who are interested in developing for this Google Glass platform. -I was just trying to see if it fits well while running. -Right. -It doesn't move. I imagine there might even be fitness uses for this in terms of seeing my like distance or like-- -Yeah. -either it's an accelerometer. -You know what I want it for? I want someone to make like a golf app for it. -Uh-huh. -I wanna be able to wear it while I play golf and see the flag and the distance, and-- -Yeah. -tell me how far away the hole is. -I always think of that with a lot of different sports, actually. -Yeah. -It would be cool for like a pool environment. -Yeah. -See where you could like see exactly what trajectory you have to hit the ball at-- -Yeah. -or just to get-- -That's straight up cheating, I think. -That would be cool. -Yeah. -It's also smart enough to right now give you directions. So, how much better is it as a driver to just kinda glance up, than to go, "Wait. Where's my phone?" -Right. -And you're like-- or-- yeah. -I don't know. That sounds dangerous, too, though. -Yeah. -All right. Well, have fun with it. Come back, let us know what you think when you've really dug deep. -It would be interesting to be an explorer. -Yeah. -So to say. -For sure.

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