Google Glass Users Taking to the Web to Share Glass Experiences

By Todd R. Weiss  |  Posted 2013-04-18 Print this article Print

"It's quite different than what we're used to using," said McLaughlin. "The funny thing I've been finding with it is that after using it for a short time, it starts to become a part of you, while a cell phone doesn't do that. It's a much more intimate form of information coming to you. It definitely takes a little getting used to. As a user, I notice it becoming much more of an extension of me."

One feature McLaughlin likes already is that emails pop up on the screen within his peripheral vision, letting him know who the messages are from and displaying the first couple of sentences so he can see if they are something he has to address quickly. "This morning I got a couple of emails and here it just flashes up briefly, and then I get a sense of it and I can say OK, I can check on it later," he said. "That was amazing. I really enjoyed that."

Both Allgood and McLaughlin also described some features about Glass that still need more work.

Presently, there are only a very limited number of apps that are available to use with Glass, said Allgood, including Google+, Gmail and the mobile social media platform Path. Also available are the built-in photo and video features, he said, but a wider range of available apps are needed to expand the possibilities for Glass users, he said.

Another limitation, according to Allgood, is that Glass doesn't offer all its capabilities to Apple iPhone users who want to sync their Glass device to their phones. The included MyGlass app only works presently with Android phones, which means that iPhone users can't yet use their phone's GPS and Short Message Service (SMS) features with Glass.

As an iPhone user, Allgood said he's still debating whether he'll wait for an iOS version of the MyGlass app or buy a cheap Android phone to use with Glass.

McLaughlin wrote in his Google+ post that the biggest problem he's having with Glass so far is that they interfere somewhat with his prescription eyeglasses, which he must wear. "While small wireframe glasses (I have a pair) do work fairly well with glass, they're not perfect," he wrote. "And I can't swap in and out a pair of computer frames easily. So I'm struggling with this presently.

"Option one is to remove Glass from its frame (not hard) and attach to my Glasses. Option two is to wait for the Glass prescription version. Version three is to use contacts, with computer glasses swapped in when I'm working. So this is a rather big issue for me I'm still working through; I'll detail my findings going forward," McLaughlin continued in his post.

Meanwhile, not everyone who bought a Google Glass device, however, planned on using it for themselves, according to a report from At least one Google Glass buyer has already tried to sell a pair on eBay but came up against Google's rules that forbid the sale or loan of the devices, reported The auction for Glass had soared to $95,300 before the alleged seller realized that Google's terms of service didn't permit such a transaction, the story stated.


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