Exploring Google Glass: A fitting appointment, step-by-step (slideshow)

Exploring Google Glass: A fitting appointment, step-by-step (slideshow)

Summary: Google is pulling out all the stops for welcoming more than 2,000 eager beavers into the Glass Explorer Program. Here's a close-up look at the fitting process.

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  • Along with the aforementioned nose pads, there are two other important accessories in the box. One is the vital microUSB power cord, which has a nifty two-tone pattern.

    At first glance, it looks like a simple black and white cord. But as the Glass team member pointed out, the plug was designed so that users wouldn't have to even think for one nanosecond about how the adapter connects to the cord -- just match the colors.

    There is an important note about the power cord. Yes, it sports a standard microUSB interface -- but it doesn't charge the same way.

    The simple story here is that you can use an older microUSB adapter you might have lying around from another device to charge Glass, but it will charge slower.

    But the Glass team advised never using the adapter that came with Glass for a smartphone as it might fry the smartphone's battery altogether.

  • When that's all said and done (at least the box opening), it's time to pair Glass with your Google account as well as a smartphone.

    Setting up Glass with a Google account is the easiest part of the process. In fact, it's really one of the things that Google does best. Just look at how easy it is to log into a Chrome browser anywhere or auto-populate a brand new smartphone with all of your data and email just using a Gmail account.

    The same concept applies on Glass.

    But a problem comes about if you are an iPhone user.

    I happened to have bought a new iPhone 5just ahead of the Glass appointment, but I brought along a Samsung Galaxy SIII to challenge the difference.

    The Glass team seemed overly enthusiastic that Glass should work with an iOS device, but they admitted that there are some gaps in usability.

    The biggest one is the tethering connection. Android devices don't actually require Bluetooth tethering to work with Glass. Wi-Fi will suffice thanks to the MyGlass native app (available for free in Google Play). Through this app, users can manage Glass as well as duplicate whatever is being shown on the Glass display on the Android device's screen.

    But there isn't an app for iPhone users, so they need Bluetooth tethering on their data plans, which comes at an extra cost on a monthly phone bill.

  • Once the initial set-up process was done, there wasn't much else left for the appointment besides asking questions and getting a mini-tour of the surrounding buildings at the Googleplex.

    For many users, the feature that will be tried out first is the camera.

    My first snapshot with Glass is above, and given that I basically gave the photo equivalent of the guillotine to the giant Android statute, it's obvious that using the camera takes some practice.

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Topics: Mobility, Android, Google, Hardware, Smartphones

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  • Google must think we are all idiots.

    Because you have to be to fork over $1500.00 for the privilege of wearing geeky looking glasses that don't really do much for you and lock you into Google services. Wrapping the whole thing into a high-end concierge service marks this an a elitist ploy to relieve the rich of their riches. Even though the glasses are made in the USA, the profits go to FOXCONN, which is a Chinese company (yes the same company that exploits its chinese workers so the rest of us can by apple products at inflated prices). So I am seeing very little upside to this product.
    sdrexler
    • Profits to Foxconn?

      Nope, you are incorrect there. Foxconn gets paid per unit manufactured. Profits/losses are enjoyed by Google only - for the glasses themselves (based on what each unit cost compared to the final selling price to the consumer.. Profits (if any) for Foxconn. If you are saying that Foxconn will be making more (selling the finished product to Google), that is what they are in business for. Also, manufacturing companies have always exploited their workers until laws where enacted to stop that exploitation. The problem is that the countries where they are most exploited take their time in enacting laws to regulate laws to prevent exploitation because of fear that manufacturing costs will go up and the business will quickly go elsewhere. No matter what product you buy, workers are being exploited. And let's not only pick on Foxconn, any manufacturer in China should be looked at as well....
      Charles_B
      • Foxconn

        They only pay a small amount of money to an assembly company. For something simple to put together, you're probably looking at maybe a couple of bucks per unit for assembly.
        RichDavis1
    • I suspect there is a cost associated with it

      to make sure the users are serious. Obviously the final cost will be much lower. These are not yet high volume products, so I wouldn't start bringing up worker exploitation at this time. Of course if this was from MS you'd be all supportive of it. Time will tell if this is useful for the masses.
      drwong
    • Apple and Google are foreign

      The profits of Google, Apple, and all American tech giants are held offshore to avoid taxation, and the shares of these corporations are held by mutual funds that invest foreign money. Don't think Corporate America gives a damn about America. Patriotism is a ploy to persuade the worker to be exploited yet still feel loyalty to his master.
      k_norak
  • Privacy invasion.

    This is another platform to abuse user privacy and steal data.
    OwlllllNet
    • It is only a privacy invasion

      if it is actually used that way. I don't understand this argument - there is etiquette with cell phones, and surely one will evolve for wearable tech as well.
      Mac_PC_FenceSitter
      • Yes and No.

        Yes, there is etiquette with cell phones, but one of the things with that is if you whip out your cell phone, it's obvious, and people will know if you adhere to etiquette, or not.

        If someone takes a cell phone out and starts aiming it at your hands while you're paying with a Credit Card at checkout, you'll know what that person's up to, and he'll be caught red handed.

        With these, and just a wink, how would you know? People may be less inclined to adhere to etiquette if they think they can't be caught.
        William Farrel
        • Spy cams are nothing new

          Four years ago I ordered a nice pen cam with 16 gigs of memory that records audio/video with ease and it is just one such device on the market. The constant ranting about Google Glass invading privacy equates to a gang of Microsoft aligned thugs beating a very dead horse. But by all means, beat away. It only makes you and the associated MS paid bloggers look ridiculously lame.

          Someone at Microsoft should Google a better scare tactic to try and trip-up the launch of the product (when that happens). TIP: Don't use Bing for that, it is known to server up 5X more malware infected web sites than Google.
          DancesWithTrolls
        • Google glass could not be more obvious to a bystander.

          It's by no means meant to be covert. Google has never done anything bad to my privacy since I started using Gmail in 2005 and has many humanitarian facets as opposed to Microsoft, which does not have any.

          If you want to attack Google on privacy invasion, post how they personally betrayed your personal privacy as proof. Don't just accuse them and walk away.
          Joe.Smetona
          • Sorry, but your head is so far up your....

            Well, you get it. Google has FEASTED on your information as it is the only way it makes money. Microsoft sells you software, Google coaxes you with "free" services in exchange for being able to read your GMail. I've read your posts here and normally I would say 'you can't be this ignorant', but my past reading indicates otherwise.

            Also, Bing "Microsoft employee philanthropy" and compare to Google's loser!
            omdguy
  • what happens in a rain?

    is it water proof?
    ForeverSPb
    • Yes it is water proof

      look at the picture this disgusting picture of Scoble http://www.zdnet.com/google-glass-obnoxious-and-invasive-at-any-price-7000014716/
      Ram U
  • Bluetooth? Plan?

    Bluetooth technology is local and doesn't have anything to do with a cellular carrier. So n one would need to pay an additional cellular fee to pair an iPhone to another Bluetooth device. My Nike+ Fuelband pairs fine with my iPhone and AT&T doesn't even know I own one. What did you mean?
    fred gehelmiholtzenstein
    • well it does have its own dataplan as an option I think.

      n/t
      Ram U
  • springing for a $1,500 pair of shades

    There it is folks.

    Someone paid $510 for Signed Polar Bear Poop on eBay, so P. T. Barnum was right; there's a sucker born every minute.

    You can look like a geeky idiot, be the object of scorn for invading others' privacy, and have to remove your Google Glass at many public gatherings, all for only $1500. As a side benefit, Google gets to track your entire life. Want to know what it's like? Watch the scene in "Minority Report" where you walk down the street, sensors scan your retina, and pin-point targeted ads appear everywhere you look.

    Or you can get a spy cam pen or glasses for a fraction of that cost, if you just have to record other people.
    bb_apptix
    • Don't be too quick to judge....

      unless you've never lined up to buy the first of anything-especially geek gear. Nothing different that fools standing in line for days waiting to buy a cellphone (Ipod comes to mind) just to be the first in their sphere of friends......nothing new here. Haha, love to hear and read how people say: your privacy is being invaded, just like in "name of movie". Google only tracks your life with as much data you give it. You don't think MS, Yahoo or any other portal doesn't do the same? Facebook anyone? Don't want to be tracked? Stay off the internet, don't open an email account on Google............and and when you walk down the street, cover your eyes so your retinas can't be scanned.
      Charles_B
    • If the guy only paid $510 it was a deal

      "Someone paid $510 for Signed Polar Bear Poop on eBay, so P. T. Barnum was right; there's a sucker born every minute."

      I am sure that teaching that Polar Bear to sign his Poop was a much greater expense than the e-Bay purchase.
      DancesWithTrolls
      • Well Played Sir

        I salute you
        Panwo1@...
  • Nice dress

    But take off those glasses when you're talking to me... unless you want me to keep my BlackBerry Z10 video cam on the whole time we visit... while I'm texting at the same time.
    bb_apptix