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My Glass, My Self: A Reflection of Intimidation

 

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As a self-proclaimed geek, technology tends not to scare/intimidate/worry me.  I research prior to purchase, and once I buy the research intensifies (because tips and tricks are important) as does the hunt for accessories.  Wash, rinse, repeat.  But my routine needed to be altered when I received my invite to join the Google Glass Explorer program.  At first I was SUPER excited for the opportunity and found a way to afford the $1500 (not including accessories) price tag.  I was excited and I let that cloud my judgement and alter my regular tech requirement routine.  I didn’t finish my research prior to buying (the invite expired in 48hrs) but I did have questions and called the Glass helpline (they also extended my expiration date by 4 days).  While I did get some basic questions answered, I had no idea what I was in store for once I finally received my Glass.

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Google Glass: The Tech You Love To Hate(?)

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Tax Day (4.15.14) was the day to become a Glasshole part of Google’s Glass Explorer program.  For a mere $1500 any one was  able to purchase Glassware without an invite from The Goog.  The Explorer Bundle included a Glass headset, frames (optional), a mono earbud, your choice of sunglass frame, charger and a pouch.   Because most of us tech geeks already wear regular glasses, Google has made very basic hipster-like frames (offered for free yesterday,  regular retail cost *read: what I paid* $225), with a special cut out for the Glass head set.  Lenses for these frames can be ordered by searching through Google’s Preferred Provider Network of eyecare professionals.  These providers will custom fit your Glassware to your frames  enhancing your experience (Glass lenses are only available at a prescription up to +/-4).  There is also an option  (in NY or LA) to go to a Glass Boutique and have your Glassware fitted professionally which includes a short tutorial on all that things your new tech can do.

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Q-Warrior, Google Glass For The Military

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Google Glass is fast becoming the “thing” to talk about even beyond geek circles. As the Google wearable finds itself being covered more and more by the mainstream media people are increasingly becoming aware of smart wearable technology. Now BAE-Systems is developing its own Google Glass type wearable but this one is for the military. The Q-Warrior is much like Glass but with military function in mind. The Q-Warrior would allow soldiers on the ground to see real time video from in the air drones. If that wasn’t enough it will have the ability to track friend and enemy positions and even show 3D maps of the battlefield.

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Upper Crust Virgin Atlantic Passengers To Be Checked In Using Google Glass

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The DailyMail is reporting that Virgin Atlantic is running some trials using Google Glass. The idea is to know the customer before they even hand over their boarding pass. The host/hostess will already have all your details using Glass, name, destination and even dietary information. The trial begins at the Virgin Atlantic Upper Class lounge at London Heathrow.

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Speculating on Overlay Tech (OT)

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More and more we are bringing the machine out of the virtual world and overlaying it onto the real world. One of the more obvious examples of this is Google Glass and mapping. You can see the map before you as you drive which is much less invasive toward driving safety than looking down or over at your phone. Glass though, is only a very small step in bringing true OT (Overlay Tech) to the world at large.

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