Meet the ambassadors for the future and their must-have accessory, Google Glass. They have been wearing Glass for several months for anywhere from three to 12 hours a day, each for different reasons.
Google handpicked Det, Lori, Maya and a few hundred others to try its futuristic eye wear before anyone else. It comes in a variety of frames and colors, all with a tiny cube over your right eye displaying apps and information, instantly simplifying everyday tasks like reading emails, making phone calls and taking pictures.
Lori has been wearing her Glass since June.
"I've really found it more on personal time out and about in a walkable city," Lori says. "It's very useful discovering things and even directions and even GPS, walkable GPS and photos and videos have been very helpful… It'll ping you on hey that's a historic building as you're walking by. You can learn a little bit more about your surroundings."
With Glass the world becomes your classroom. Maya, the associate director at NYU's Center for Innovation, Teaching and Learning is exploring the potential of glass in education.
"Over the last several months several students have come up to me and said can I try it, may I try it?" Maya says.
As students graduate into the workforce, devices like Google Glass are sure to follow. Det builds software to help retail, healthcare and manufacturing professionals get the most out of augmented reality.
"We actually have written applications for Google Glass," Det says. "We made the first game… we've integrated medical devices."
Google still has a few kinks to work out before Glass goes mainstream by the end of this year, namely audio issues and privacy concerns that led to this San Francisco bar fight.
When Glass launches, the everyday consumer may not be as enthusiastic about glass as our tech-minded panel.
"As a consumer device this is a heavy lift, we have our smartphones in our pockets but Glass is on your face," Det says. "It's part of your appearance and I think it's going to take a while for consumers to become accustomed to that."
But if you can get past the cyborg-aspect, the practicality may surprise you.
"I think my family and friends are already sold on it," Det says. "Having worn mine my kids want their own, but not at $1,500."
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