So the day has finally arrived. After much contemplations and thinking, I finally decided to go ahead and pick up Google Glass today. I arrived at the Google HQ in Mountain View about 15 minutes before my appointment at 3 PM. Finding the place was quite easy. I have been to the campus for quite a few times, even dined at their cafetaria for several occasions, so I know my way around the campus.
I was greeted by a Glass Guide, who will be my Glass informant for the day. I feel bad for this, but I totally forgot her name. She was really friendly and was able to get me up to speed with operating Glass in no time.
Before any of that, the first thing she offered me to do was to select the color of my Glass. I already picked Charcoal (Black) during my registration, but I could still try all of them in case I changed my mind. Just for fun, I tried the Tangerine (Orange).
|You can try all the colors before bringing home one.|
|Tangerine..it's actually not too bad..|
The basic idea is not to have the prism obstructing your view while looking straight. You want to only be able to look at the screen while looking up. Not sure why, but it took my Glass Guide a while to finally able to adjust the Glass so it fits well in my head. We even had to replace the nose buds to make it comfortable.
|My Glass Guide busy adjusting my Glass|
I played with the device for a bit more, and in the mean time, she decided to escalate my situation with her manager. Her manager then checked my Glass and noticed the same dead pixels. To my surprise, he told me it probably would be better if I just get another pair of Glass. So there were two things that impressed me regarding this. They were lenient about their dead pixels policy, and allowed me to get another pair. The second is that the they weren't trying to hide the fact that what we're getting is a prototype product.
So after asking her to get me white-listed for the Mirror API, and what the secret packages I/O Explorer received this past week (it's just a small gift of appreciation, she said), I'm off to my campus tour!
|Too bad I couldn't bring the badge home|
Alright, so the next section will be photo heavy. I figure pictures speak louder than words anyways. All of the images were taken with Glass.
|Carlos posing in front of the Android status with the tour guide|
|Google bikes. Someone found one of these during 'Burning Man'|
|Only in Google..|
|Giant Google Earth|
|Another shot of main campus|
|For context, Google/ Wiki 'Chade-Meng Tan'|
So with that, my adventure is finished for the day. Ok, actually that's not true. There are several interesting things that happened straight after I brought my Glass home, but more on that later :)
P.S. I apologize for any grammatical/ spelling errors in this post. Not much time between the time I finished this post and my flight tomorrow morning.