Common Conversations #throughglass

by Stephen Fluin 2015.12.31

Me in Glass

I wear Google Glass, and I have for the last two and half years.

I still run into people almost every day that have never seen Google Glass in the real world, but most people have at least heard of it on some level. Sometimes they know about "Apple Glasses", sometimes it's just Glass and they ask, "Who makes that?".ear Google Glass, and I have for the last two and half years.

I still wear Glass today for two main reasons.

1. Lower Barriers to Communication

2. Ever-ready camera

Lower Barriers to Communication

Take your phone out of your pocket. Now unlock it. Now open your messaging application Now select the contact you want to message. Now write your message and click send.

"ok glass, send a message to Bill Williams, I'm parking now, I'll see you in 5"

I've timed how long it takes people to perform this full interaction, and it's around 14 seconds before they can even start typing a message in the best of times. 14 seconds doesn't seem like a lot, but as humans we send a lot of messages.

Think about all of the people you talk to in a given day. Even more, think about the people you should be talking to. You had lunch with a friend, did you thank them for it, and try to setup the next time? Maybe you had a cool idea you wanted to share with a colleague. Most of these possible positive interactions are lost because the size difference between the thought and the execution are too great.

With Glass, I try to capture every idea, and I try to stay in touch with those closest to me. Because Glass has an amazing form factor and almost no friction when it comes to these types of engagement, I often send messages while driving (without taking my eyes off the road), or even when I'm just walking around.

Ever-ready Camera

Human memory is faulty, or at least I know mine is. I can hold onto hundreds or probably thousands of great memories that have happened to me over a lifetime, but what we forget is that there are MILLIONS of amazing and interesting things that happen to us.

You never regret having too many pictures. Life is short and all-too often moments are gone before we wish they were. Pictures let us form a bridge with the past that when done right also serves to connect us to our future. I do the things I do not because they are fun today, but because they are part of who I see myself as for the rest of my life.

What do you do with Christmas and Birthday cards you receive? You probably hold onto them for a week or two, and then throw them away. I do the same thing, but I take a picture first. This means that as I'm looking back at my timeline of memories, or when Google or Facebook surfaces "this day last year", I get an instant and meaningful connection to those moments.