Google Glass will soon be mine. It didn’t take me long to jump on it. I had figured out the funding for the $1500 price tag a while ago so the only thing left was pulling the trigger on the purchase.
The purchase process was super simple. Choose a color, choose a pickup time and place (they are doing pickups in Mountain View, Los Angeles, and New York City), pay your fee. That’s it.
On the color, I went with gray. Erm, “shale.” Must use the hipster lingo here. After seeing some coverage with people wearing these things, I felt like the blue and orange stand out too much, and if there’s one thing I’m more sure of it’s that the challenges for the device will be social. So I wanted something more neutral and subtle so I could deemphasize the tech in everyday interaction.
The pickup date is set for next Friday in New York City. It’s a personal appointment that lasts an hour, and they use it to introduce you to the device and basically get you started on the right foot. I also get to bring someone along, so I will have one of my students with me since she’s interning in New York City anyhow and is interested in the product.
In the meantime, I’ve joined a few digital communities and compiled some lists of folks who will be Glass Explorers like me.
- Pennsylvania Society of Glass Enthusiasts: On Google+, a list of all the Glass Explorers in PA.
- Glass and Journalism Educators community: On Google+, a group of digital media profs who will be using Glass.
- Glass-Journalism: A Twitter list of people chosen for the #ifihadglass project who had journalism-centered pitches.
Feel free to follow these and join in. That’s one of the great things about being an early adopter here. We have social tools to help each other out and answer questions. I’ve been in contact with educators, PR professionals, app developers, etc., and it’s amazing what we all bring to the experience.