Monday, May 12, 2014

Google Glass Half Full

Greetings from the University of Canberra Inspire Centre where the first "Canberra Glass Meetup" is being held. I was very disappointed with the first session of international speakers on the prototype "Google Glass" head mounted display. This second session started better, with Professor Mark Billinghurst, from University of Canterbury, NZ. It may be that I was just more comfortable with a familiar accent than a US one, but it seemed to me that Professor Billinghurst was providing credible, useful information on the use of wearable devices, than just hype. I am not particularly interested that someone in the USA is enthusiastic about using Google Glass. I want to know what they are using it for and how this compares with the alternatives.

What I have found most frustrating about this evening is that while watching low quality videos of people across the world enthusing about Google Glass, we have people here in Canberra, in this building who are expert in computer technology and have experience of using this technology: why are we not hearing from them.

If we are going to have beamed in presentations they have to have better production values.  An approach I have seen work well in the past is to have a pre-prepared video, followed by a live question and answer session. The advantage of this approach is the pre-recorded video can be carefully prepared and sent in advance, so it will not have transmission problems. The following live Q&A does not have to be so high quality and could even be a phone hook-up.

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