When Sales Whale’s owner Mel McGee rode on the back of her husband’s motorcycle from New York City to Cleveland, she wanted to capture some of the trip on video. That’s typically a tough task to accomplish while leaning into turns. But Mel was bringing home Google Glass, a wearable computer that’s prompted by voice commands. “Okay, Glass. Take a video,” is all it took to start recording her journey home.
Google Glass is much more than a camera, though. It’s a hands-free device that allows users to search, translate, get directions, and take photos and video on the fly, then quickly and easily share information via social media on the web. Google Glass uses cell phone bluetooth technology to access the internet anytime, anywhere.
Want to try Google Glass yourself? Mel is giving a presentation called Google Glass and the Future of Wearable Computing at Bizdom on Thursday, August 15th at 6:00 p.m. Attendees will have the chance to use Google Glass. The session is free and open to the public. To attend, please sign up here.
Mel McGee is a wearable computing expert and a web developer. She built her first wearable computer 12 years ago on the forefront of the technology. She still has her original wearable computer and will be demonstrating its use at the presentation. She was featured in Howard Reingold’s book Smart Mobs for her wearable computing expertise.
She is a winner of Google’s If I Had Glass contest in which entrants could send up to three Tweets to Google describing what they would do with Google Glass if they were to become Google Glass Explorers. Google then picked a limited number of entrants to be Google Glass Explorers – owners of Google Glass before Glass goes on sale to the public.
Mel also has access to the Google Mirror API, giving her access to create apps for Glass. She’ll develop Google Glass functionality into Sales Whale. Stay tuned!
There’s a lot to learn about Google Glass, but you can visit Glass’ What It Does page to learn more about the basics.
We hope to see you at the presentation on August 15th!