If you follow along with What’s Up With the Wilhelms on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram then you know that when we were in San Francisco last weekend we added a rather fancy and high-tech gadget to our lives. Matt was selected to join the Google Glass Explorer Program, and if you know Matt, you know this is not an opportunity he was about to pass up. This meant that we hopped on a plane and spent the weekend in San Francisco.
Never heard of Google Glass before? Let me give you a quick rundown! Google created a wearable computer that fits like a pair of glasses, therefore Google Glass. Pretty genius if I do say so myself. Google then choose a group of people to beta test this new piece of technology. Enter Matt. We had the option of picking up Glass in either New York City, Los Angeles, or San Francisco. While New York City is one of my favorite places in the world, California was the logical (and economical) choice. Since I had never been to San Francisco, and it’s on my 30 before 30 list, it was the perfect place.
When we get to the downtown location, we were greeted by some pretty hefty security before being escorted upstairs to meet our personal Google Glass tour guide. Matt signed his life away, I documented the whole thing as if it was the birth of a child. They gave us a quick run down on how to command Google Glass (OK Glass, take a picture. OK Glass, message my beautiful wife, er… he might actually have to say my name) and on the types of gestures to use (similar to a touch screen; swiping, pinching, etc.).
The whole experience of getting fitted for Google Glass and hearing all about how they work was pretty incredible. We had a spectacular view, sipped some seriously delicious mimosas, and giggled like crazy people (or at least I did). Everything seemed so surreal. As soon as we finished and hugged our lovely tour guide goodbye (is this normal? I am a hugger) the first order of business was the video chat with someone…obviously. We called my sister Bre and our friend Becca. They had both been on pins and needles all day, and my constant texting of pictures was just not enough. Becca was nice enough to screenshot the call for me! Matt was wearing Google Glass, allowing for Becca and Bre to see the gorgeous San Francisco skyline and my beautiful face too.
Matt loved every second of this amazing experience and found them to be incredibly helpful for the duration of our trip. He was taking video and snapping pictures left and right. Below is my favorite picture he took while wearing Glass. It is of me in Sausalito right on the water. You can see the San Francisco skyline behind me.
Had you heard of Google Glass before? What do you think of this amazing technology? I would love to hear!