June 9, 2014 So how does Google Glass work?

June 2014 newsletter

Natalie Khoo has been given the opportunity to test drive Google Glass

I am so proud to work with leading Australian user experience consultancy U1 Group. Thanks to them, I hone the latest knowledge in digital research, insight and strategy. This week, I’ve been given the opportunity to test drive a pair of Google Glasses, shipped hot from the US (not yet available in Australia).

Using the device, we’ve discovered that it has a long way to go. Forget the futuristic visions – Glass doesn’t live up to the hype, just yet. I decided to do some hands-on testing and wore them to soccer training. Here are some things worth noting:

  • The glasses were light and stable while running however a little shaky when sprinting full pelt – not recommended!
  • There is team awkwardness yelling out ‘ok glass take a picture’ mid-field. So I used the tapping function.
  • The functions like ‘take video’ are not instantaneous, so by the time I had activated the command, the moment was ‘missed’ (unless you were filming the entire session).
  • I was a bit distracted with them so I think this would negatively impact an athlete’s performance.
  • The footage is extremely nauseating to watch – not ideal for a family video.
  • The touchpad is difficult to use with your hair down, so ladies be warned!

I encourage you to read about our interaction with Glass in detail in this article by U1 Group: The UX of Google Glass.

But in even more exciting news… This Melbourne copywriter is off to BRAZIL! For the FIFA World Cup. I leave June 13 and will kicking back on Copacabana beach and enjoying footy fever in Maracana Stadium for 3 weeks. I will return July 3.

Of course, please feel free to email Stevie while I am away. Olé, olé, olé!

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