The Benefits of Google Glass, 5 Ways To Use Google Glass. Google (GOOG) has sent out a call to the world. For $1,500 and what it considers a compelling Tweet, you can be the first on your block to wear Google Glass — a computer you wear on your face that looks a bit like eyeglasses.
Glass lets users take “pictures or record video without using their hands, send the images to friends or post them online, see walking directions, search the Web by voice command and view language translations,” according to the New York Times
Glass accesses the Internet through Wi-Fi or Bluetooth linked to the wireless service on a user’s cellphone. And users activate Glass by speaking, touching the frame, or moving their heads, according to the Times.
If you want yours, you have until February 27. Applicants must write a Google Plus or Twitter post with the hashtag #ifihadglass of no more than 50 words “telling what they would do with the glasses,” writes the Times.
Google’s judges will pick the winners who can attend an event to pick up the glasses in New York, San Francisco or Los Angeles where Google will accept their $1,500 and fork over the Glass, according to the Times.
If you want to apply, you might watch this YouTube video — How It Feels (Through Glass) — for inspiration. Among other things, it shows a ballerina recording and streaming live video during a performance; a tourist in Thailand getting Google to translate into Thai the word “delicious” while eating noodles on a boat; and a family video chatting from far away with a grandmother on her birthday.
The Benefits of Google Glass, Do you want to apply but you’re still stuck for ideas? Here are five candidates:
- Entrepreneur. I’m CEO of an enterprise software company attending an investment conference. #ifihadglass I’d scan the room and ask Google to show me which people are venture capitalists who’ve invested in companies in my space. Before introducing myself, I’d ask Google to show me their LinkedIn profiles.
- Professor. I’m a professor about to start the first meeting of a class of 40 executives. #ifihadglass I would look at each person in the room, ask Glass to take their photos, tell Google to display information about their companies and their LinkedIn profiles. Then I’d link all of it to my grading sheet.
- Surgeon. I’m a heart surgeon at a teaching hospital. #ifihadglass I’d tell Glass to take a video of a particularly difficult aorta surgery, annotate it with graphics and verbal commentary, and post the result on the students’ social media sites to review before the next class session.
- Secret Service. I’m a secret service agent protecting the president during his visit to Jerusalem’s Western Wall. #ifihadglass I would scan the crowd and ask Google to search the faces to find the people with records in global terrorist and criminal databases. I’d tell Google to display those records and I’d take action.
- Stranded in the woods. While cross-country skiing deep in the woods, I fall and break my leg. I try to ski back, but can’t. #ifihadglass I’d tell Glass to video my location, record a voice message for help, call 911, and send the video and voice message to my social networks.