Story by Sarah LeBlanc
Photo Courtesy Chris Snider
In a society where technological advancements are hard-pressed to meet the increasing demands of consumers, one breakthrough device strives to introduce a new trend of solely voice-activated interactions.
Google Glass, a wearable device that introduces a screen in the peripheral vision of the user, brings multitasking to a new level.
Purchased by the magazine department of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Google Glass provides students insight into a revolutionary new product.
With the capability to take pictures, tweet, email and even record video, Google Glass stores information that can be emailed wirelessly to any mobile device.
Google Glass’ release date is much anticipated, with an estimated cost of $600.
Students in the J-term course Social Media Strategies were able to put Google Glass to the test and see if it lived up to the hype.
Assistant Professor of Practice in Multi-Media Chris Snider got the opportunity by applying to be a Google Glass explorer.
After receiving the email that he was selected, he used the product as a learning experience for students in his J-term class.
Snider said the device received mixed reviews from the class.
Linley Sanders, a sophomore magazine journalism and international relations double major, remains skeptical based on the glitches she encountered while using the product.
“I thought I would be a little more impressed with it,” Sanders said.
Sumit Sen, a senior advertising and law, politics and society double major, also experimented with Google Glass over J-term.
“It’s not for everyone,” Sen said.
However unconvinced Sanders was of Google Glass’ ability to understand commands, Sanders acknowledges that the device has the capacity to be the next big product on the market.
“I think it has a lot of potential to be the next big thing,” Sanders said. “Everyone’s talking about this new technology of the future, and Drake actually has it.”
With the ability to connect people instantly with the sound of the user’s voice, Google Glass is convenient.
These “wearables,” as Sen referred to them, allow for “easier access to use different social media platforms.”
A benefit for Sen was the Google Glass’ uniqueness factor.
“I’ve never used a device like that before,” Sen said.
In terms of technological advancements, Sen said, “It says a lot about where we come from.”
Activated by the command, “OK, Glass … ” Google Glass has many of the abilities of a smartphone without the weight in your pocket.
With the world not only at your fingertips but also in the line of vision, Google Glass creates a wealth of information with two words.
Along with trying out the product and reviewing its performance with their classmates, Snider wanted the students to think about the device’s possible impact for the future.
With a goal of discovering “for what group of people this would be a valuable tool,” Snider was curious as to whether any specific demographic would envision the product as being the most helpful.
Sanders expressed uncertainty at the power Google Glass could potentially have over individuals, especially in its early stages.
“It’s kind of scary because of how much capability it has,” Sanders said.