Sunday 28 December 2014

Exclusive: First images of Dublin through Google Glass- Video Review

Published 04/07/2014 | 15:48

See Dublin #ThroughGlass as we take Google Glass for a test drive

When I was offered the opportunity to be the first person in Ireland to officially 'have a go' (as they say) of Google Glass, the day couldn't come quick enough.

For years I've been curious about Google Glass as a YouTuber and now, as a journalist. Would it make my life easier? Would I be able to get amazing video and do hidden-camera stuff?

Yesterday I arrived at work to three sets of Glass in different colours. To my delight, one matched my blazer - and we set off.

We headed to the top of Liberty Hall to get some video from the highest point in Dublin. I hadn't known what to expect with the glasses but they weren't intrusive. In fact, after some time, I almost forgot they were on my face.

However, they are still glasses, which as a non-glasses wearer I had to be reminded of when I went to look out over the side of the building! Those who wear glasses normally may adjust much quicker to Glass, and can even get prescription frames so they can wear their Glass instead of their regular glasses.

I was worried about safety as I've been mugged in Dublin for much less - iPhones have been snapped out of my hand by boys on bicycles and even Nokia phones fell prey to pickpockets over the years.

However, nobody really seemed to notice. I don't know if that was because people weren't expecting to see Google Glass in Ireland or if they really are more subtle than I expected.

One man at the Luas stop did turn to me and say "are dey deadly?" and asked me to explain what they did, which I found a daunting task.

I couldn't imagine having to explain Glass to my non-tech savvy friends, to be honest.

"They're glasses, but with a camera and video and Google search and maps."

Then comes the dreaded question: "why?"

I have no idea why, if I really think about it. It does a lot of what your phone already does except it's on your face. It's definitely easier, definitely more distracting and slightly unnecessary - but pretty cool.

Even if you don't use the wireless features like Field Trip, Directions, Google Search etc. it's a piece of serious tech. And I love tech.

By the end of the trial I was dying to buy a pair and didn't want to give them back. Today, with a bit of distance and a stern self-talking to, I realise that the investment would probably not be a wise one - I am small, hypothetically easy to push over and I have a tendency to break things. Plus, I'm broke.

So for now, I won't be investing in a pair, solely because of cost. I'll use safety concerns as an excuse if anyone asks. But, truth be told, if they became available to average consumers tomorrow I would find it very difficult to sit on my credit card.

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