Google Glass is now being shipped and the first recipients have quickly begun unwrapping their prized new $1,500 possessions, setting them up and starting to use them in their daily lives, while excitedly posting their impressions on social media sites.
Several of the first Glass users, including Brandon Allgood, the chief technology officer of a data analytics company, and Dan McLaughlin, a software engineer, shared their experiences on their Google+ pages, detailing how the eyewear-mounted glasses work and perform.
"I wore Glass all day today," wrote Allgood in an April 17 post. "It was light and didn't bother me to do so. The battery truly lasted all day."
Allgood lauded the speech-to-text functions of Glass and also said that while most-co-workers were excited about seeing the device up close, "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. "
Allgood also wrote that he was impressed with the bone-conduction system that transmits sounds from the device through the wearer's bones. "There was no problem hearing things with background noise although people near you can also hear it," he wrote. "No listening to the game in a meeting!"
In a phone interview, Allgood told eWEEK that so far, after some 36 hours of using Glass, he already loves them.
"It's definitely one of those things that is going to be habit-changing," said Allgood. "People, when they first get new electronic devices, they carry them around a lot. My habits are already definitely starting to change. Normally, when I need to do something, I would run to my computer. But now I don't have to. I can do it on Glass. It's transformative."
What's most impressive so far, he said, is using the Google Now service through Google Glass. Google Now, which Google introduced in June 2012, presents information through a series of flip-through "cards" that are visible on the screen of Android mobile devices, providing a different piece of information on each card. The cards appear on Android mobile devices at the moment they are needed by users, such as the train schedule card appearing when they are heading to the local train station.
With Glass, Google Now information arrives on Allgood's device without him having to do anything, he said.
"It's right there visibly for you" on the eyewear-mounted screen, he said. "I get up in the morning and I turn on Glass and there's the traffic report for how I get to work. I never told Glass where I was going. It just knows that yesterday I went to this place and spent the day. Around quitting time, it assumed I was going back home."
Even the score of the San Francisco Giants game was being updated live on his Glass device throughout the night, he said.
McLaughlin, the software engineer, told eWEEK in a phone interview that he is similarly enthralled with his Glass device so far.