Check Out This Google Glass Diary With Videos and Photos

Detailed perspective reveals 'wow' factors and disappointments

Since Google in February revealed its potentially revolutionary mobile product, Google Glass, everyone from tech players to media giants to marketers have been eagerly waiting to see what the device might mean to their communities. Adweek shared one of the first sneak peeks to what wearing Glass is like three months ago, but the user's account was limited due to only having a brief experience with the hard-to-access apparatus.

Matt Karolian

But in the last few weeks, Mountain View, Calif.-based Google has begun putting them regularly in the hands of folks lucky enough to be selected as beta testers. One of the rare program participants, Matt Karolian (pictured), social media strategist for ad agency Arnold Worldwide, offered us an extensive narrative on experiencing the world through the lens of Glass, which in addition to enhancing one's worldview entails of a plethora of voice-recognition utilities.

Below are excerpts from a diary kept during the Arnold exec's first week using Google Glass. Karolian, who had to travel from his Boston base to New York City to purchase the device, even supplied videos and photos taken with Glass in addition to his text-based perspective.

Start Me Up

After months of anticipation, I finally found myself stepping into a vast loft space in NYC to pick up my Google Glass. As I walked in, I noticed the walls were lined with the Glass in multiple color options, and trainers were ready to walk you through all the wonders of Glass.

My trainer spent quite a bit of time talking about the various different colors you could pick up, offering to let me try on all of them. Likely, this lengthy choice process is relative to the ticket price. With the cost of Glass coming in just shy of $1,700, they want you to be very pleased with your selection. In the end, I picked what I thought to be the least conspicuous color: charcoal.

The next station is where the real training begins. The trainer starts you off slow, teaching you how to move through the interface, connect to WiFi networks and [connect] the Glass to your cell phone. Once you get the basics down, they bring you up to a platform overlooking the meat packing district. There, above the NYC streets, your real photo and video adventure begins—all shared out through Google+, Facebook and Twitter.

In Real Life

Stepping out of the Google Glass training facility and onto the streets of New York is weird. You feel awkward, people trying to catch glances out of the corner of their eyes, and well, you are very aware that you have a piece of technology strapped to your face.

Immediately after orientation, my girlfriend and I took Glass to The Standard Hotel's outside bar and tried to use them as casually as possible, if that’s even possible, while also learning the ins and outs of how to use [the product]. Our server, visibly confused by the device, took our order in stride without mentioning much—but she did seem to come back to our table less than others. I don’t blame her—we looked as weird as she probably felt.

We did have a few "celebrity moments" when other bar patrons came up to us, curious and excited to see the Glass in real life. After drinks, we headed for the High Line and strolled around. It was a beautiful day, and what struck me most is the ease of snapping pictures while still enjoying the scenery.

Windshield Time

Driving with Google Glass is not something you think you would recommend, but allowing you to see both the road and the screen at the same time, it also did not seem as dangerous as you'd imagine. Even though I drove through several tunnels on my mostly traffic-free journey into Boston, Glass never lost connectivity and I didn’t feel any need to fiddle with it. Overall, Glass was much less distracting than using a cell phone or switching radio stations.

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