MU students get hands-on experience with Google Glass

What if your glasses could take a video, snap a picture, post a tweet and essentially act as a wearable computer and smart phone? Sounds impossible right?

Early in November, Bruce Rasa, an MU alum, stopped by Gentry Hall on the MU campus to give an open house on his pair of Google Glass glasses that he won in Google’s Twitter contest #IfIhadGoogleGlass.

Rasa’s entry was about how he would show consumers “transparency in agriculture.”

Rasa has been focusing on showing farmers and others in the agriculture industry what they can bring to the farm with this advancement in technology. For example, they can record the whole process of raising crops and share it live with others. Crop scouts can also use Google Glass as a hands-free reference.

At the open house, I had the opportunity to participate in Rasa’s interactive presentation of Google Glass’s capabilities.

You wear Google Glass like normal glasses, and they act as a computer and smart phone in a hands-free format. You communicate with the Internet using natural language voice commands. To activate the Google Glass you simply say, “OK Glass,” and then a small screen in the glasses shows a directory where you can ask it anything. The user simply makes statements such as: “OK Glass, e-mail ‘x,’ or OK Glass, call ‘y.’”

Rasa explained how users can do everything from taking a video to posting a tweet, the options are almost endless.

The camera on the glasses is the same quality camera we have on our smart phones today, Rasa said. Also, there are about 16 gigabytes of storage in the glasses, so you do not have to be connected to the Internet to store data. You can also control things on the glasses through your smart phone if needed.

Rasa won his glasses as part of a public trial sponsored by Google.  A select group of consumers were chosen to test run Google Glass. Rasa was one of approximately 8,000 people who won the product. According to Google, the new Google Glass will be released to the general public in early 2014. The device will cost consumers anywhere from $300 to $500, depending on different product options. The glasses will be available in prescription lenses and non-prescription lenses. Google even throws in interchangeable sunglass lenses, which Rasa also demonstrated.

Rasa explained Google Glass is not perfect, yet. They are working on better battery life, better design, applications and more.

Rasa will continue showing and telling others about his Google Glass to consumers, but really wants to focus on what it can do for our agriculture industry.

If you want more information on Google Glass just “Google it” or just follow this link

http://www.google.com/glass/start

You may not be able to put Google Glass on your Christmas wish list this year, but 2014 is right around the corner.

 

Erin Boedeker

About the Author Erin Boedeker

My name is Erin Boedeker, I am a Agricultural Education – Leadership major at the University of Missouri. My emphasis within my major is Communications and Science and Agricultural Journalism. I am originally from Elsberry, Mo. After receiving my degree, my hopes are to take my passion and knowledge for agriculture into the city. I hope to work with a public relations or marketing firm, and work with clients to help the public understand the positive aspects of production agriculture. I am excited to continue writing for Corner Post, to help build my portfolio, network and get a more hands-on experience with writing in general.