By Brad Henry
In the last article I described the process for becoming a Google Explorer. Learning to use Glass is simple, however, like anything new you first need to become familiar with the options and how to operate the tool. Think of this as learning to ride a bike for the first time. I am going to provide background information that would be similar to using the gears and brakes. After we gain an understand, you will easily understand future articles describing functionality and what to expect from wearable technologies.
After picking up Google Glass and becoming an Explorer, you are provided exclusive access to a private community that includes support and tools to configure and setup Glass.
My first reaction to using both the web and Android application is the web based application is easier. I have not isolated the reasons why, however, I did not have any issues when configuring Glass from the web interface.
To configure or apply changes, Glass must first be turned on. Configuration options are straightforward: Device Information; Wifi Networks, Device Locations; User Information; Contacts; Google+; Gmail; Now; The New York Times; Evernote; Facebook; CNN; Tumbler; Elle; Twitter; and my team’s development.
The wifi is simply adding a network, much like from other smart devices. There is an option on to configure this while viewing through Glass, however, it was much easier to configure the wifi online rather than trying to provide voice commands. We also ran into problems trying to configure the device for the OSU network. To circumvent the problem with the OSU network we tethered a mobile phone on the T-Mobile network and consumed vast amounts of data through the phone’s data plan.
I was given an alert from T-Mobile that my usage was excessive for that day, even with the unlimited family plan. I will be monitoring how the plan may be affected.
The beauty of location feature is that you can always track your Glasses. If someone would decide to steal your Glasses, they are easy to track, as well as Google will quickly respond by disabling the device; I wish the same were true for cellular and tablet devices.
Like learning to ride a bike we have just learned how to configure and use many of tools with Glass. In the next article we will explore using the phone, begin discussing using Glass, and discuss wearing Glass in public, including some video captured while about town.