So just a short update on my Glass experience so far…..
After taking Glass out to a party (see previous post) I felt up to taking Glass in to work for the pre-holiday work days. Â I also took it down to a coffee shop for lunch and out to take some pictures. Â So here’s some impressions:
I’m learning where it feels weird to wear Glass and where it feels more natural (and more places will probably feel more natural as time goes on). Â Just walking around town outside, I really liked it and felt cool. Â This photo is Marina Park with a single sun-brightened bench.
Wearing it in restaurants was a little weird. Â Kind of like a “look at me” statement. Mind you, I’m a Leo and a public speaker who loves to be on stage, so don’t get wrong – I like being kind of “look at me” but the reaction Glass gets varies from “Cool!” to “Don’t look at me your moronic alien.” Â Of course, many people don’t notice at all or just don’t know what Glass is. Some people clearly believe it’s autonomous. I’ve had to explain to two people now that it’s just a computer and it does what I tell it to, just like my phone. Â It’s not recording everything I see all the time. Â Really.
In restaurants Glass felt OK in big noisy ones, and not as good in quieter places. Â Bathrooms – no. Â Even if it’s off – it makes people nervous. Â It’s no more dangerous than a phone clutched in my hand, but still….
Things I’ve learned —-
How to accept and place calls – really easy. Â The earpiece vibrates strangely when people talk to me and feels a little distracting. Katie (the household seventeen year old) Â said my voice is clearer through Glass than on the iPhone Speaker.
I did learn how to tether it to the iPhone. Â Still thinking maybe I should have gone to Android and a second phone. Â My iPhone is now data central for Glass, for the Pebble, and for the Fitbit (my three wearables) and I can’t sync more devices well – Â like my blue tooth speakers or wireless headset. Â Maybe I still need to learn to do it. Â It feels like having only one remote-control when you need two.
The setup for Wink was annoying me since I can’t manage to wink (I keep walking around practicing winking with my right eye, but I’m not doing it well enough to calibrate Glass yet and I look rather funny trying). Â Solution? Â Katie can wink. Â She put Glass on and calibrated Wink to her, so I still can’t use Wink, but Glass has stopped insisting that I try to set Wink up. Â This is a large relief.
After five days, I’m much more facile with moving around Glass, although I still do unexpected things once in a while like accidentally delete a picture or take one, or send something to the wrong person, although that doesn’t matter yet.Â I can’t get Glass to actually send anything. Â I have contacts set up, and Glass thinks it’s sending things but it’s not. Â Or at least no one I know is receiving anything. Â Almost surely a mis-configuration on my side.
The battery is getting better.
Things I want? Â For Glass to sync with my fitbit and tell me how many steps I’ve takes so far today. Â To be able to tell it to “stop” when it wants something you don’t want/can’t do like the Wink setup.
Well, off to spike the Â ham with cloves. Â Merry holidays to all!