I read the news today, oh boy…
After seeing Sergey Brin on the floor at CES this year, literally anything is possible! I’ve read some things about a Glass contact lens but I’m not sure that’s the next step for Google… yet.
In my mind, an improved Google Glass device would include a modular prism suitable for the left AND right eye. Possibly a prism above both eyes to allow for a wider field of view.I’d also tweak the voice dictation a little more. The microphone is surprisingly great in most environments, even noisy ones, but there’s always room for improvement. For those times, I’d love to see a basic keyboard option in the MyGlass app – maybe even some sort of air keyboard.
A huge improvement for Glass would be the ability to fold them up. As the device is now, there’s no other way to store it other than putting Glass on your head, carrying around a large microfiber bag with little protection or a larger, reinforced case. This becomes a particular challenge when using the sunglasses accessory or the prescription lenses. Not only is the user trying to protect the integrity of the device but also the safety of the accessory.
In the same vein, weatherproofing Glass is also needed. Where I realize making the device waterproof may not be viable, weatherproofing it would be a welcome middle ground. I live in Florida where it’s mostly warm and quite humid year round. As part of the Glass Explorer program, I’ve had a grand total of six devices and all three of the XE series. Half of those replacements were due to software issues but the other half were hardware related, being mainly the foil on the side of Glass’s prism; either it bubbled or simply flaked off. Without the foil in place, seeing the projection display is very difficult, and in extreme cases, impossible.
Being a Google Glass Explorer helped me share a little of my world with the rest of the planet. I’m not a developer. I’m not a celebrity with a large platform. I’m one person, who lives in one town, in one country on planet Earth.What I think Glass helped me do the most was challenge people to think beyond the tech and examine how a device like this could help others in their community, family, social circles and more. Perhaps I inspired someone to get more involved locally through volunteerism or abroad via voluntourism? Maybe something I posted encouraged someone to just pay attention? Regardless of the hows, the whys and whats are the win.
When Google invited me to be a Glass Explorer (via Twitter of all things), I had no idea what to expect. Not being a developer, I was very excited and a little shocked to even be a consideration. And hats off to the Google Glass Guides and Glass Team! They never once made me feel insignificant or lesser because of this. With every phone call, every visit to a basecamp, every email; I have always felt like a valuable member of the original Glass Explorer team. Any time I had equipment issues, a replacement arrived on my doorstep virtually overnight. If this kind of high quality customer experience continues through to the next generation of Glass, any hiccups that may happen will certainly be eclipsed,
My goal with Glass from the beginning was a project I called #Glass4good, now #Wearables4good. Through Glass I would share what I normally do in and around my community (volunteering, working as part of Florida’s film and tv industry, covering events, etc) with the hope of inspiring others to do the same in their communities. Almost two years later I’m still regularly sharing (and hopefully) still inspiring others to get and stay involved, whether it’s #throughglass or otherwise.