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Exploring Google Glass through eyes of early users

Google Glass contest winner Sarah Hill of Columbia, Mo., tries out the device in New York. "This is like having the Internet in your eye socket," she says. "But it's less intrusive than I thought it would be. I can totally see how this would still let you still be in the moment with the people around you."

Associated Press

Google Glass contest winner Sarah Hill of Columbia, Mo., tries out the device in New York. "This is like having the Internet in your eye socket," she says. "But it's less intrusive than I thought it would be. I can totally see how this would still let you still be in the moment with the people around you."

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The AP talked to three of the 10,000 people selected in a contest to try out an early version of Google Glass, the tech giant's gadget eyeglasses that work like a smartphone. "Although it looks like a prop from a science fiction movie," AP says, "the device is capturing imaginations beyond the realm of nerds."

The writer talked to three early adopters — a former TV broadcaster and current military veterans advocate, a hiking enthusiast and small business owner and a stay-at-home mom. The pros? The hands-free camera for stills and video. Also the ability to surf the Internet via Glass' screen, a tiny LCD that overs in front of the left eye. The cons? Short battery life, especially when recording video, and hard-to-hear sound.

Sometimes, pros and cons seemed to come one on top of the other. Sarah Hill, the former TV broadcaster, described the realization that she didn't have to end a phone call she'd made via Glass so she could use both hands to carry her bags through an airport:

"That's when it hit me that, 'Holy cow, I don't have to cut the call off,'" she recalled. "I could continue talking because I didn't have to hold a phone. So I carried on a conversation through the airport, and people were staring at me like, "What is that thing on your face?'"

Find more about Google Glass, including firsthand comments from the testers, in the article: "Exploring Google Glass through eyes of early users" (Aug. 27, Associated Press).

[Last modified: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 2:37pm]

    

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