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Google Glass may or may not change the world. It’s really too early to tell. However, Google Glass is certainly an innovative new product with the capacity to change our idea of mobile devices. It’s very much still a work in progress, and yet the product already has an air of excitement attached to it.
In February 2013 the first Google Glass headsets were dispatched to developers who had paid the $1,500 asking price. Many of these people have since shot footage using Google Glass and uploaded the resulting videos to YouTube. What follows are 10 of the best Google Glass videos shot so far.
It’s easy to forget what the world looks like when you’re just a toddler. Thankfully Google Glass has the capacity to remind us oldies how it feels to look up at everything. This two-year-old soon gets bored of wearing the “cool glasses,” but not before providing us with a couple of minutes of intriguing viewing.
Layered music performances are very popular on YouTube, with one person recording several different playthroughs of a song before editing them altogether. However, this is the first to be recorded using Google Glass, with some fine viola playing as seen from the perspective of the geeky musician.
This video was shot mainly in order to test how well Google Glass stays attached to your face during physical activities. The parkour on display may not earn the participant a role in the next James Bond film, but it does at least show that Google Glass won’t fall off your face at the first sign of momentum.
Life is a rollercoaster, or say they say, and in this case it’s meant literally. I’ve only been on a few rollercoasters in my life, and it was an effort for me to keep my eyes open, let alone be aware of my surroundings enough to record the experience using Google Glass. It makes for a mesmerizing video though.
Keeping fit by jogging or running is something millions of people do every day, and yet most of us would never think to record our experience. Google Glass offers the perfect excuse to do just that. Not only does this clip show off the capabilities of Google Glass, it also shows off YouTube’s stabilization technology.
Cycling is another activity enjoyed by millions of people every day, whether for keeping fit or for traveling from A to B. This Google Glass video shows one person’s journey across the Brooklyn Bridge in New York. The Manhattan skyline is clearly visible in the background for most of the duration.
Many people (too many, perhaps) drive their cars on a daily basis, whether commuting to and from work, or venturing further afield. While dashboard cams are already well-established, Google Glass offers a unique driver’s perspective on the journey. In this particular case, in the roads above Berkeley, California.
Taking photographs on holiday is so passe. What you want to do is record the whole thing on Google Glass and edit it into a short video when you get home. One interesting observation is how the person wearing Google Glass will always appear on the periphery, and it’ll actually be the person they’re on holiday with that will be the star of the show.
Flying a kite while wearing Google Glass isn’t all that exciting. But attaching the Google Glass headset to one of the kites and then flying it makes the whole experience much more exciting. Unfortunately there’s a significant risk of damaging or even losing the Google Glass headset with such shenanigans.
Last but definitely not least is a bona fide marriage proposal as caught on a Google Glass headset being worn by the future groom. It’s a good thing she accepted the proposal, and it’s also a good thing she’s willing to marry such an obvious geek. Still, the happy couple will always have this recording of their significant moment.
There are reasons to believe Google Glass is the future, but I’m personally apprehensive about this augmented reality. Still, the more videos I see of Google Glass in action, the more I become convinced I’ll be buying a pair. One day. In the meantime I’ll settle for watching more Google Glass videos by searching #throughglass on YouTube.
What do you think of Google Glass at this point in time? Are you jealous of the Google Glass Explorers? Would you buy a Google Glass headset if it was to go on sale tomorrow? What price would you be willing to pay? What kind of footage do you think you’d shoot using Google Glass? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
Image Credit: Loic Le Meur