As many of you know I’ve been a Google Explorer since December 2013. My original focus was to see how Google Glass could work within the cultural sector.
For months I used projects I was working on to share Glass – to instigate dialogue and consider how people would use Glass should they own a pair. As time went on my focus shifted from the cultural sector in general to, more specifically, accessibility. It became apparent the more I experienced the use of Glass with others just how many of those experiences that Glass provided generated examples of how this new technology could impact on people’s lives for the better.
It was during MuseumNext that my research came full circle back to Glass in museums. There was a lot of discussion on innovation and technology at MuseumNext, but I challenged the discussion by suggesting that the word innovation is being used to loosely and freely, is what many Museums doing innovate? Is an App still ‘innovative work’ just because it’s….an App? This initiated another discussion from a few follow up posts which lead to me mentioning that I’ve had Glass for a while now, making it very public and offering it for research or experimentation to the Museum sector however at that point NO museum had taken me up on the offer.
From that initial discussion a few museums contacted me, one of which was Joseph Padfield from the National Gallery. Joseph was interested in Glass and its possibilities within the National Gallery from the museum aspect but also conservation. We decided on a visit the National Gallery and we would run a two-day research project to see if Glass really did have potential there.
Initially we arranged for a brief ‘consultation’. I came in, demonstrated Google Glass and let a few of the staff members have a go, albeit briefly. We covered in this initial meeting;
- What Google Glass looks like
- How it works (physically)
- How to operate it
- Some of examples of accessibility that it could be used with.
How to go outside with this strange looking glass, on top of my prescription glasses? How to answer people’s questions? How to do it? Can I really chat with people wearing this? How to go outside with this Glass?
Of course, I could have been thinking about health implications of the device, or the actual safety of going outside with a $1500 gadget but my main worry was this one.
January 6th, 2014Tech
“It’s an emotional luxury product,” Stuart Miles of gadget site Pocket Lint “One that you do not need but once you have it you will find ways to use it.”
Surprisingly, this quote is not about Glass but was said at the launch of iPads back in 2010. Now (2014) there are hundreds of example of iPads changing lives for students and those with disabilities.
Since posting that I’ve a pair of Glass, I’ve been asked a lot of questions and somehow been involved with several debates. Hopefully, I can address some of the replies here: Read the rest of this entry »Tags: #GoogleExplorer, Google Glass, UK