With Google Glass starting to ship, those who spent $1,500 for the device are beginning to receive their new device. Many are posting their experience with Google Glass online. Take Brandon Allgood. The CTO of Numerate, Allgood wore Google Glass all day thanks to the battery, and said that the product is light and will change many of his habits. For the time of day, a clock is no longer necessary. All he needs to do is tilt his head back and the display on the Glass turns on with the time. The feature he seemed to like the best was Google Now
. With the application's cards filling the screen before his eyes, he was able to track the Giants' game all during the night. He complains a bit about the quality of pictures shot in low light. He also says that since pictures are taken the moment you say "ok glass, take a picture
," it does not frame a picture. He was very positive about the bone-conduction system that allows Glass wearers to hear and feel sounds through his bones.
Monica Wilkinson and her new Google Glass
Dan McLaughlin, who works at Agilent Technologies, also received his Google Glass and said that unlike a cellphone, the device becomes part of you. One feature that he is fond of is the one that displays received email messages within his peripheral vision, and shows the sender and reveals a few lines of the message. This way, he knows which emails need to be addressed immediately and which ones can wait. McLaughlin says that the only problem he is having is that his Google Glass is interfering with his prescription eyeglasses. Google has already said that it would eventually offer a prescription lens version
of the device. Another Google Glass user in San Francisco, Monica Wilkinson, is trying to arrange a get together on Saturday in San Francisco for Glass wearers in the area. It looks like Google has a winner here, folks, with a innovative new product that is already changing the way things get done.
One interesting piece of news involving Google Glass comes from eBay where one seller named Ed listed the product starting at $5,000 and watched it soar to over $95,000
before canceling the auction. Ed hadn't received his Google Glass yet but had the notice from Google that he was going to be receiving it. What he later found out was that Google was sending Glass buyers the ToS with the actual unit. The terms give Google the right to disconnect service if the buyer sold his pair to a third party, forcing Ed to 86 the auction.
One last note. It seems that Google Glass wearers now have a new nick name. Some have taken to calling them Glassholes
, but most likely by those who wish that they owned a pair and are jealous.
A Google Glass unit was bid up to $95,000 on eBay