Confessions of a Google Glass Explorer | The New Yorker


Gary Shteyngart: Confessions of a Google Glass Explorer : The New Yorker

Author Gary Shteyngart beta tests Google Glass…

On February 23, 2013, I entered a Twitter contest run by Google to pick the first batch of Glass Explorers with the following tweet: “#ifihadglass I could dream up new ideas for the TV adaptation of my novel Super Sad True Love Story.” This was not quite as technically precise and inventive as some geek named Noah Zerkin’s entry: “#ifihadglass I’d pair it with biofeedback sensors for self monitoring and uploading telemetry with pictures triggered by spikes in the data.” But, about a month later, @googleglass responded: “@Shteyngart You’re invited to join our #glassexplorers program. Woohoo!” The privilege would cost fifteen hundred dollars plus New York State tax. (The film and television studio that had bought the rights to my novel had agreed to pay for my Glass.) …

…My first encounter with Google Glass came on a Saturday in June, when I showed up at the Glass Explorers’ “Basecamp,” a sunny spread atop the Chelsea Market. My tech sherpa, a bright-eyed young woman, set me up with a mimosa as we perused the various shades of Glass frames, each named for a color that occurs in nature: cotton, shale, charcoal, sky, and tangerine. I went for shale, which happens to be the preference of Glass Explorers in San Francisco. (New Yorkers, naturally, go for bleak charcoal.) I was told that I was one of the first few hundred Explorers in the city, which made me feel like some third-rate Shackleton embarked on my own Nimrod Expedition into the neon ice. The lightweight titanium frames were fitted over my nose, a button was pressed near my right ear, and the small screen, or Optical Head Mounted Display, flickered to pink-ish life. I was told how to talk to my new friend, each command initiated with the somewhat resigned “O.K., Glass.”

via Gary Shteyngart: Confessions of a Google Glass Explorer : The New Yorker.

 

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