Don’t mind Darin Carter if he seems a little distracted these days. He is one of the lucky few chosen to test Google Glass, a set of glasses through which he can he can record video from a first-person perspective, check email, monitor breaking news and read tweets.
Carter, 33, was among 145,000 people who applied to test the new technology. About 8,000 people were chosen.
Carter won the opportunity to buy into the first Glass release, and become what’s know as an “explorer,” by promising to blog about the experience for 365 days on Darin.cc.
Glass looks much like a pair of glasses except over the right eye is a dime-sized computer. The right arm of the glasses — the stem essentially — acts as the mouse. If Carter wants to scroll down a document that’s longer than tile showing on his screen, he swipes foward on the arm. If he wants to go backward, he swipes backward. Tapping the arm acts as a click. Swiping downward is like hitting the back button.
When an alert appeared telling him there was a plane down at a San Francisco airport, Carter swiped forward to get a CNN video of the crash.
He forked over $1,500 plus the cost to travel to New York to pick up the glasses.
For the tech junkie with 40,000 Twitter followers, it was a small price to pay, even just as a talking point.
“For the actual device, no it’s not worth $1,500. Is it worth saying I, Darin Carter was one of the first people to use to Google Glass, a technology that is probably going to revolutionize how we use technology? Not many people can say they beta tested Google Glass.”
Technology is Carter’s business. He is the chief technology officer at BMI Elite, an internet marketing and branding company based in Boca Raton. He hopes his experience with Google Glass will give him the information he needs to prepare his clients to operate in the Glass realm. Like with other mobile devices, Glass will likely require an entire reconfiguration of web sites.
“It’s definitely a device that’s out of the norm,” he said. “It’s not like, ‘Oh it’s the newest cell phone,’ and we’re used to how cell phones work. It’s something you have to figure out how to put in your day, how to put it into your lifestyle.”
Carter has been using his for about three hours a day. The experience is unlike any other technology he knows.
“It is a time saver in certain situations,” he said. “With Glass, you have these notifications that pop up pretty much in your eyesight and without having to go into my pocket or grab my cell phone, I can view a message.”
Sometimes, when he walks around with them on his head, people stare.
“Some people looked at me like I was crazy. ‘What is that on his face?’” they seemed to be thinking.
Others know immediately and want to try the glasses.
Carter said he has let a few friends and family members test drive them, but he’s also had to say no plenty of times.
“Everybody wants to try them on,” he said.