Google Glass joins local tourism industry

2013-12-27T23:03:00Z 2013-12-30T12:38:08Z Google Glass joins local tourism industryRob Earnshaw Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
December 27, 2013 11:03 pm  • 

HAMMOND | A wearable computer that’s been making waves in the tech industry has made its way to the South Shore Convention & Visitors Authority.

People unfamiliar with Google Glass might mistake SSCVA Chief Technology Officer Luke Weinman IV for some sort of cyborg when they see him wearing the head-mounted device.

But Weinman is actually part of the Google Glass Explorer program, which is underway before the product becomes available to the public.

Weinman said the Explorer application is based on what the person who wears Google Glass does.

“They want to know what you’re going to do with them and what you can possibly do with them,” he said.

Explorers include a Los Angeles record producer/DJ, professional tennis player Bethanie Mattek-Sands and a woman who has no use of her hands because of an accident.

Weinman told Google he planned to use them in the local tourism industry, and he was chosen. The SSCVA came up with the $1,500 required for the program and Weinman received the Glass earlier this month and gets to keep it.

“I want to work them in with what we do here,” Weinman said. “If we’re out and about and doing things and taking photos maybe we can do walking point-of-view tours with it through an exhibit or through one of our convention centers.”

The user can set up Google Glass so the video is being seen live or the user can record like a regular video camera and download it. It takes pictures with a 5-megapixel camera.

The Glass syncs up with the user’s Google account and all the Google products link to it. Weinman has the Glass synced to his SSCVA Google Apps account.

"I love them,” he said. “I try to wear them all the time. It makes my wife a little nervous when I wear them. My kids love them. I took them to their school and all the kids were around me. Everything I do is live. If you don’t want to share live, it will save and back it up.

Weinman said he plans to ditch his iPhone so he can use hands-free text messaging with an Android phone. He also said he’s able to swap tips and information on the Glass with fellow Explorers worldwide.

Weinman’s Google Glass came with an earbud and sunglasses. Prescription glasses will become available soon.

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