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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  • There are a few steps to take care of ahead of in between the scheduling call and the Glass fitting itself.

    For starters, explorers are asked to set up Google+ accounts -- if they haven't already. (It might be shocking if someone in this program didn't already have one considering the test pool is made up of Google fanboys -- or at least tech nerds who are likely social media savvy and must have set up a Google+ account, even if it's not active anymore.)

    The Google+ account is considered vital to the Glass experience because users can share photos and videos recorded on Glass with their Circles and "the world."

    There isn't much else to do with Glass beyond sharing photos and videos yet, so users might as well comply.

  • Explorers are also asked to enable Bluetooth tethering on their mobile data plans for pairing the device with smartphones.

    (More on this later as there is a loophole of sorts for Android users, but not so for iPhone owners).

  • Finally, explorers also need to have consumer Gmail accounts. More so than with the Google+ account, this tip seems like a done deal at this point -- especially considering a Google account is integrated so much with the registration process for Google I/O, which is where Explorer Program sign-ups took place.

    But the keyword is "consumer." Google Apps customers are out of luck for now, but a Gmail account is free anyway.

    Nevertheless, this rule could initially present a number of problems for business use cases. In a way, it heralds the whole BYOD trend and concern if users want to use consumer apps and products (i.e. Gmail paired with Glass) for work and storing corporate information.

    Furthermore, many companies might not want something as light, mobile, and eye-catching (no pun intended) as Glass to be used for work-related purposes with sensitive data onboard in case the device is stolen.

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.
    • 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....
      • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • Privacy invasion.

    This is another platform to abuse user privacy and steal data.
    • 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.
      • 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.
        • 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.
          • 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!
  • what happens in a rain?

    is it water proof?
    • 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.

      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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
      • Well Played Sir

        I salute you
        Burger Meister
  • 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.