Google Glass is tantalizing us with its cheerfully futuristic promo video. Google Glass is a tiny screen that you wear on a glasses frame. It can provide directions, take pictures, take video, let your friends see through your glass, perform google searches, and did I mention that all of this is voice automated? Google Glass is getting very close to the boundary between device and augmented reality.
To promote Google Glass, Google is doing a viral marketing campaign: they are selling 8,000 Google Glasses to anyone who can convince them that they are worthy in 50 words or less. Thousands of people have tweeted in the hopes of being one of the first buyers (yes, if Google selects you as a Google Glass purchaser, you still have to pony up $1500 plus tax). Anyone can make their pitch for the Google Glass golden ticket on Twitter or Google+ with the hashtag #ifIhadglass.
Turns out more than a few people want Google Glass. There were many "I would record my day" responses, and a few people who seemed to think Google Glass immediately gives them super powers. Honestly, sifting through some of the responses made me think that if you have an innovative way to use Google Glass (and $1500 to spare) you would have a real shot. Here are some of our favorite pitches:
#ifihadglass I'd find new locations to photograph while eating lunch without putting down my utensils!— Noelani Irvin (@LYMPhoto) February 20, 2013
#ifihadglass I would be a pioneer in the realm of real-time sharing and artist collaboration! Whoopy!— Steve (@CatDrawingGuy) February 20, 2013
From Google+ (where the pitches tended to be more serious than twitter):
#ifihadglass I would document and socially map the rapidly evolving nature of my neighborhood. From pop-up art events, to natural phenomenon (Hurricanes Irene and Sandy, Superstorm Nemo, etc.), to local development, to social dinners, and beyond. I would like to 'glass the streets' of Long Island City, Queens.
#ifihadglassI hope finally be able to differ horse from cow.— Sammeltweet_________ (@DieSteph) February 20, 2013
#ifihadglassAs an iron worker and commercial fisherman, I always have moments at sunrise when I think "if people could see what I'm seeing— justin johnson (@justinmb777) February 20, 2013
#ifihadglass I'd probably unwittingly record footage of me entering my PIN at an ATM— Calvin Linesax (@HyperGlavin) February 20, 2013
#ifihadglass I would make it easy for teachers to select and project visual aids continuously.— Keenan (@readhero) February 20, 2013
#ifihadglass I'd play Angry Birds in real life using real birds and real anger.— u4iX [Frank] (@u4iXXX) February 20, 2013
What would you do with Google Glass? And do you even want it? Let us know in the comments.