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Why I Applied for and Actually Paid for Google Glass

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$1,500 is a lot of money to pay for a device that can get you attacked in public, so why would I willingly subject myself to being labelled a “glasshole” by applying to the Glass Explorers Program?

While research suggests that using the latest high-tech devices can make people appear more authoritative and boost career prospects, I’m targeting this cutting-edge technology for my own personal interest and development.

“If only I started developing apps when the iPhone first came out,” I’ve found myself thinking countless times, lamenting my slowness to explore mobile phone development. Well, wearable technology is the new iPhone.

Having the chance to be at the forefront of this technology gives me the opportunity to learn about development for wearable technology long before the public starts buying the devices, giving me time to explore a nascent technology and user market before it goes mainstream. Yes it technically was sold publicly for less than a day, but in reality it’s never been widely accessible to the public.

The prospect of being able to develop apps for a technology on the verge of becoming the leading ubiquitous personal computer is simply too exciting to pass up.

So you’ll have to forgive me if you’re among those who believe technology is ruining The City or society in general, but to me this technology has so many positive applications from medical technology to social media that it’s almost silly for me not to at least kick the tires early on.

For the enraged bar patrons, I’m sure a little etiquette and respect for privacy will help me avoid offending others in public.

Fun note: the “Purchase Glass” button in the email they sent me didn’t work in FireFox, forcing me to use Google Chrome instead to open the email and click through to the purchasing page. Well played, Google.

New Toy: Google Chromecast

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A coworker friend recently convinced me to buy Chromecast since it’s only $30 on Staples’ website.

The technology seems really interesting to me, with a lot of potential future implications.

The way it currently works, it’s great for apps like Netflix and YouTube if you don’t already have a media center, Playstation or Xbox hooked up to your TV. Another nice benefit is it’s always plugged in and ready to go, as opposed to waiting for your Playstation, Roku or Xbox to boot up.

Some downsides? It’s HDMI so it generally looks really nice with apps like Netflix, but when ‘casting’ your Google Chrome browser to the TV, the resolution seems kind of poor (possibly depends on your laptop/desktop resolution — mine’s nothing fancy) and there’s a delay in reflecting your input like scrolling down a page.

Overall, I’m still trying to figure out if I like it or not. It’s definitely nice to use my Nexus 7 or iPad as a sort of Netflix remote control for my TV. That’s some pretty cool stuff. I also anticipate a lot more apps and features will be developed by Google over the years to come, so hopefully Chromcast’s uses will expand accordingly.

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