The World Through Google Glass

This video captures my five week journey through Madrid, Barcelona (the only city not in this video), Paris, London, Berlin, Dubai, Goa and Mumbai that sought to capture people’s first reactions and experiences with Google Glass. After being invited to the Google Glass Explorer program, I knew the novelty of Glass would soon diminish and thus, wanted to give the rest of the world a glimpse into the future of wearable technology. It has been a passion of mine to understand how cultures react and adopt to new technologies. This project, SOPHIA THROUGH GLASS, encapsulates that. I want to thank everyone that I met along the way for opening my eyes to new perspectives on technology and the future. This journey taught me that using Glass is just one of the many lenses through which I can see the world. Every single person I met along the way contributed to this learning experience and I am forever thankful. I also want to thank my mom for her continuous edits, my step-father for being my inspiration to live my life to the fullest, my family and friends for believing in me, my talented friend Savannah for doing an incredible job editing the video and last but definitely not least to the 3% Conference who were the most supportive sponsors I could have ever asked for. AFTERWORD: My assumption about the novelty of Glass was correct: as April 24, 2014, anyone can now buy Glass. The negative stories in the press may not have been what Google was hoping for, but I still believe in the future of ocular technology. I believe that we will look back in 10 years at this video, and at Glass, and think to ourselves, how could we wear those things?! In the meantime, we must remember that this is only the beginning.

Harnessing Chaos Constructively:  Glass Through Indian Eyes

“Are those Google Goggles?” a man called out to me, five minutes after walking out of my hotel in Mumbai.

It took me a moment to register that he’d correctly identified Glass and then I confirmed, “Yes! Except they’re called Google Glass.” Giddy, his eyes lit up.  He had just been at a presentation on the future of augmented reality two days ago where he was introduced to Glass.

Guatam Kirtane works at a public policy think tank, Observer Research Foundation Mumbai. He told me that India can use technology like Glass for navigation help, in augmented realty, machine assembly and applied DIY–all projects needing guided instruction.  With Glass instruction could be tailored to individual learners.

Applying Glass to real problems is the theme repeated over and over in India.  I was wildly impressed with how much India knew about Glass, how excited they were by it and how they saw beyond its initial flash (Spain) and intrusiveness (Central Europe) to find its soul in problem solving.  Need an app for it?  India will build it.

In the crowded streets of Mumbai people of all ages approached me about Glass, asking when it would be released in India, what its cost was—and when the price would drop… The energy there was intoxicating and the chaos almost overwhelming: thousands upon thousands of people, cars, rickshaws, animals all contesting for an inch to move about.  Yet there are few accidents here and this is a good reminder for Glass.  Chaos seems disorderly, as if it dissipates energy.  But chaos is also energy producing and exciting.  It just needs to be harnessed well and this is the right milieu for Glass to develop its potential.  In Berlin the streets are orderly.  Forget crossing while the signal is red; you’d get a death stare for even contemplating it.  But in Mumbai, all bets are off as the reward goes to the most ingenious. In a way, the chaos reminds people here that there are problems to be solved… while too much order can produce less incentive to be creative.

From Mumbai, I headed south to Goa, the old Portuguese colony and now a top beach vacation destination for Indian and international tourists. People welcomed Glass in Goa.  Imagine the look on the face of my taxi driver as I clambered in to the car with Glass astride my nose.  In his best but broken English he asked for me to photograph him with Glass!

My objective in Goa was to get a DJ to wear my Glass on stage at the Sunburn Music Festival.   I thought I’d have my work cut out for me, but I proved myself wrong. All it took was a few curious security guards to introduce me to people who coordinated the entire event.  I sweetened their interest by letting them try Glass and I was in—to stage access that is.  It was my job to find a DJ who would wear Glass on stage.

Day two and luck strikes!  DJ Shaan agreed to wear Glass on stage.  He wanted his own Glass (as did all the DJs ultimately) but I had the only pair at the festival.  So, wala!  DJ Shan wears my titanium (video here). My real goal at this point was to get the festival’s lead act, Axwell, to wear Glass.  After some demos and conversation, he said he would only wear his own Glass on stage (someone— send him an invite!)

So what did I learn in India?  I learned that Glass (or any innovative wearable technology) has enormous potential here and India has a lot to offer Glass.  One reason why Glass could be a hit is simply that Indians love to take photos with their phones.  Photos of their surroundings, of family, of tourists, of anything and everything. They have no problem approaching you to ask to take your photo and particularly intriguing was asking to take the photo of a tourist with Glass.  They showed none of the reluctance about Glass over privacy issues. This makes sense in a land where human density is so high that personal privacy is not presumed.  But Indians also did not ask—and unlike their European counterparts—about government vigilance.

The main other potential for Glass in India lies in its marriage to software.  India is a land full of software engineers and their excitement was palpable over adapting Glass through apps to problems in their lives needing to be solved and opportunities to be opened.

This desire, however, and it’s a big however, hits smack into India’s lack of technological infrastructure.  The Internet was slow in Mumbai, then scarce and slower in Goa. Even Whatsapp failed locally! I could barely handle day-to-day matters with a mobile hot spot let alone enjoy Google maps on my specs.  Speaking of Google maps, Google Glass might be the solution to a place with no official addresses…

To find a place in Goa (and it’s not unique; Costa Rica, Nicaragua and other countries are the same), you have to reference a landmark such as a shop, gas station or even long defunct theater.  With Glass people could navigate more easily to those landmarks, with images associated with the “addresses” popping up on the display.

In sum, the key here is price.  iPhones are scarce and Androids are everywhere because of their low cost.  Glass and other wearable technologies will go big here, not just because of demographics but because people here want to adapt them to their needs.  It’s the constructive energy behind the apparent chaos.  You just have to go beneath the surface to see, and feel, it.

Glass in Berlin Means Privacy First

Berlin is a tech-friendly place but Glass may actually cause you more disrepute than stardom.  You have to be aware and learn this city’s (and country’s) carefully cultivated privacy rules and boundaries, as I did in a most interesting way during my stay.

With a wave from the famous bouncer’s hands, Sved Marquardt admitted me into Berghain, Europe’s top electronica club and one of the first places I’d visit in Berlin.  After hours in line, two new Turkish friends arranged my black jacket around my head and neck, enhancing a mysterious, hardcore allure. As we approached, my heart began to pound and goose bumps rose on my skin–not from the cold but from the pent-up anticipation. I bit my lip to hold back any expression and looked Sved directly in the eye imagining Glass memorializing his two lip rings, face tattoos and nose piercing.

Where was Glass?  Hidden inside its case in my bag after being explicitly told in line that if I approached Sved wearing Glass, I’d be banished.  Berghain has a strict ‘no photo’ policy and for good reason because this club specializes in protected spaces for unbridled human activity.  I don’t need to elaborate; it’s a wild place, a space for permissiveness once you are granted access.  Like in Germany more generally, the club is also a place of rules.  Rules enforced maniacally to protect people from intrusions and extrusions.  Wearing Glass would shatter those rules.  While Glass represents an over abundance of sharing and constant connection to many in many places, it’s intrusive at Berghain, a particular place for opacity, privacy and freedoms prohibited outside.

If I had used Glass inside Berghain, it would have not only been disrespectful to the club, its owners and everyone inside but to the potential of Glass. Glass is an incredible technology, however, when used in inappropriate settings or to merely provoke press (like this guy), it becomes obnoxious and not used for what it was built for: the betterment of the human race.  With technology, we must learn to respect other people’s boundaries so that in turn, they can respect the technology.

With hard lessons from this city’s (and country’s) past, Berliners actively manage the boundary between privacy and the public gaze. Berghain is one location where this all becomes more (in)visible. Thus, Glass which symbolizes the ingress of personal scrutiny into private places with the potential for all there to be made public easily and simply, is not instantly appealing to this cautious cohort.

“Why is privacy so important here?” I asked one man. “It is because as a country, we know what it feels like to not have privacy. We know the pain of not having privacy, therefore, we will do whatever to keep it.”

As my time in Europe concludes, I find it fitting that my journey opened with exuberance for Glass in Spain where the titanium perched on my nose inspired friendly inquiries and “cool” receptions.  But as I traveled through the heart of Europe and away from the periphery the journey itself became darker and more nuanced.  Glass is just one of many lenses through which I need to see the world and myself.  Good advice as next up is Asia.

HUGE thanks the 3% Conference for making this possible 🙂

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Londoners Rarely Give Glass a Glance

Are they wary, weary or just not wowed? 

Much as in New York, it is hard to shock Londoners, with their globe-in-your-face diversity, punks in pink and piercings on the Tube. It’s safe to say that Londoners have acclimated to “shocking” appearances.

“Maybe you’re just not going to the right places,” someone critiqued helpfully.  “I tried Harrods but the shoppers ignored Glass,” I responded. “Only the employees wanted demos there.” Following a friend’s advice, the next day I headed to Shoreditch, an area in East London blossoming with street art, cafes and fashion.

Walking in and out of pop up shops, I casually engaged with store owners and customers, who admired and complimented Glass but no reaction amounted to the same wow-factor experienced in Spain.  Such a change from continental Europe…

“There’s a rumor going around that there is a girl at the party with Glass. You must be her,” someone told me at Silicon Christmas, a holiday tech party.  Funny, I thought, because I was beginning to think no one gave a sh*t. There was never any shock, any awe.  Were the people whispering the rumor conveying interest in Glass or just being wary?  Another social event would clarify…

I’m hanging out in my former boss’s friend’s living room with four of her friends. As soon as they notice me wearing Glass, one person asks sharply, “Are you recording us?” “No,” I said. But even so, Glass shattered the party’s vibe, abruptly curving the conversation toward privacy.  Glass intrudes here in London, but I still did not understand why.

Did you know that there are an estimated 5 million security cameras in Britain, one for every 11 people and 500K of them in inner London alone? (1) The British live with more surveillance per capita than any other people in the world.  London is so saturated with cameras and roadblocks in its effort to thwart terrorist attacks that its security inner zone is called the “Ring of Steel,” an approach imitated by Manhattan. (2)

Cameras, cameras, cameras everywhere and capturing every movement.  No wonder Londoners are weary and wary of yet another layer of surveillance!  This time it’s seemingly masterminded by the U.S. (and the National Security Agency in particular) but “democratized” by gaggles of Google Glass foot soldiers streaming data live from inside and outside “private” spaces.  Vigilance?  Vigilantes?  “Where does a person today have any respite from Big Brother?” I can imagine the thoughts of Londoners they as glance away from Glass.

I wrote my undergraduate thesis on Big Data and Privacy, so I feel that I am sensitive to Londoners’ distaste for Glass.  This blog, however, is: Sophia Through Glass, and for good reason, it is not the reverse.  I must say that until now, I’ve been looking through Glass at the world more than truly perceiving what others see about Glass.  As I return the gaze to myself, I hear the voices here in London:  “Is that recording?”  “No, it’s not,” I say.  But I’m still recording it all in my mind, and that’s a key take-away from London.


Glass Greets Paris: Parlez français?

If you’ve ever been to France, you know that language matters here…a lot.  Keeping the global invasion of English at bay is a passion, so how would Glass fair in Paris?

In Paris, much as in Spain, Glass’s arrival sparked curiosity.  Walking down a street someone’s eyes would meet mine and if our eyes locked, the pedestrian would, ever so politely, ask, «Excusez-moi» and point to Glass.  I’d stop and show, demonstrate its abilities but, of course, giving commands in English, they’d ask « Parlez français? »  Well, not quite.  It will translate French, though, and instantaneously!  Ah, bon, but $1,500USD and it does not speak French!

Glass has a lot of competition for Parisian pocketbooks, I realized quickly, but how would the techies here feel?  My friend Sebastien invited me to the Remix Job Fair, an incredibly well organized Parisian startup job fair, overflowing with hundreds of job seekers happily talking to dozens of companies.   Once inside, the whispers and glances crescendoed but no one approached.  We needed to crack the curiosity code.

Fortunately the opportunity arose quickly when Sebastien introduced Glass (and me) to prominent Parisian tech blogger Korben.  I demoed Glass and the whisperers collected around us, unleashing pent up desire to ask and try.  Soon I was encircled, person after person inquiring about Glass, wanting a photo with Glass.  And, of course, they asked question: « Parle français? »  Well, not quite.

Instant celebrity got Glass a broadcast interview with Florent Paret. He wore my Glass as I coached him through a few simple commands. “When will Glass be released in France? And when it is released will (it) Parlez français?”   Wish I knew.  “I’m just here to get people’s reactions,” I’d say.  “I’m on a journey with Glass, not marketing it.”

Outside this event and when not on the street, my Parisian contacts had either seen Glass before or known someone with Glass. A friend studying at Istituto Marangoni had done a recent class project on enhancing Glass fashion appeal by partnering with Luxottica.  She congratulated me on my choice of charcoal Glass.  Classy and not too flashy…

In sum, Glass provoked less passion in Paris than in Spain, less overt desire to acquire, but still a high quotient of curiosity.  To break into this city Glass will need to become multilingual and it may also need to hurdle local frugality. Parisians use a phone until it no longer works, as I learned with Sebastian, who also told me about a new no-contract phone company that provides cell service for only 20 euro a month.  You want to compete against that Glass?  You’d better parlez français!

Glass on Tour in Barcelona: The New Show in Town

Arriving in Barcelona, one of Glass’s first tasks was, inadvertently, taking on Apple.  It all started out very mundane— I met with friends who needed to exchange a charger at the chic new Apple store on Passeig de Gràcia, a major Barcelona avenue where you strut to be seen.  We strolled in, Glass seemingly innocuously perched on my face. Quickly, however, just wandering down an aisle heads turned like a synchronized wave: Was it really true?  Was this the Gafas de Google? Waiting in line to pay, two employees sporting their blue shirts braved the question everyone else wanted to ask.  “Yes,” I said.  “This is Glass.”  “Can we try?”  “Of course,” I responded thinking to myself, “This is why I’m here!”  The show was on.  And Barcelona loves shows.  Tourists come here for the spectacular art of Picasso and Miró, the architecture of Gaudí and more.  When I arrived, Glass grabbed everyone’s attention starting, ironically, at Apple.

With its shocking shows of art and architecture, Barcelona attracts tourists from around the world. Not only does Glass symbolize modernity in this modernity-embracing city, it takes pictures and everyone here wanted to see and be seen in a picture with Glass.  Outside Gaudí’s famous basilica, La Sagrada Familia, snap! I join the legions of gawkers and shutterbugs admiring this shockingly monstrous yet stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site. Gaudy? Maybe, but not Glass. In Barcelona, Glass is exactly the right alchemy of chic and showy.  Everyone whispered as I walked its broad avenues and paused at its famous tourist spots, snapping their heads back to make sure they’d not seen an illusion. And they wanted photos—of themselves with Glass.

In Madrid I’d ask people who tried Glass what they wanted to use it for.  In Barcelona they didn’t want Glass for something else.  They wanted Glass for itself.  A friend from San Francisco emailed me quoting people in Silicon Valley who say that “Glass will be a fluke because nobody wants their sh*t on their face” but as seen here in Barcelona, everybody wants Glass on their face.


Thankful for the 3% Conference who have made these experiences possible!

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Google Glass: Qué Guay!

I love your glasses— you look so modern!” declared the Spanish woman in her mid-30s as she admired Glass and stroked my hair trying to get a better look at the “lens.”

Really? In the United States, many people say that I look weird and not in a good way” I responded, initially taken aback by her admiration.

No way! You look like you’re from the future and your glasses are VERY cool.”*

Rewind 24 hours as I took my seat on the plane from Zurich to Madrid. My mind was racing and heart thumping for I had promised myself that once I landed in Madrid, the game was on – I’d wear Glass every step except if sensing some danger.  This silent plane ride would be my last innocuous moment before parading the future in public.  Or so I thought…

A man in his late 30s sat down in the seat next to me whilst sending a message via Whatsapp on his iPhone 3GS. Ever the techie, I could not resist smiling and, in Spanish, jokingly told him how I used a 3GS for a few weeks this summer and couldn’t believe how slow it was! He laughed, introduced himself as Enrique and said he’s “too old” to keep up with all this technology and asked me what phone I had. I took out Glass…

Qué Guay! (Translation: How cool!) Those are glasses made by Google, right?

Yes, they are Google Glass.”

Wow! I’ve only seen those glasses on TV. How cool! What do they do? Will you show me?”

And in this very moment I knew, my journey had begun. As luck would have it, the previous week, the Prince of Asturias was in Silicon Valley trying Glass but I think I might have been the first plebeian to walk the streets sporting Glass in Spain!

My first night in Madrid, I stayed with family friends whose teenage children (Iker, 14 and Andrea, 16), knew I’d be bringing Glass and were hyped to try it.  I gave them a brief demo and then handed Glass to Iker. His eyes sparkled as the charcoal ends glided past his ears and the titanium settled onto his nose. “OK Glass, Take a Picture!” A second later, a photo appeared in the corner of his eye, but it was his smile that lit up the entire room. “Wow, it’s the future!”

The next day, I wore Glass, on the train and subway, as I walked through the streets of Madrid and then to buy a ticket to enter into El Museo de La Reina Sofia—Madrid’s museum of modern art.  To my surprise, not a single person approached me; a few people did stare at me but no one came up to me the way that they did in New York. If I asked someone a question, people looked at Glass oddly but never said anything.

Confused and a bit disgruntled, I met up with Enrique, to walk through Puerta del Sol, when he whispered that everyone was looking at me.  I still didn’t see; my lens was not yet fully adjusted to Spanish culture; he told me to walk more slowly and listen more closely. Our pace turned into a leisurely stroll and slowly but surely, I began to notice people turn their heads, whisper to whomever they were walking with, “Viste las gafas?” or “Mira! Son las gafas de Google!” (Translation: did you see those glasses? or Look! Those are the glasses made by Google). “Gafas”, in Spanish means “glasses” not Glass, as the direct translation for “glass” in Spanish is “vidrio.”  That’s when I knew I had been looking through Glass but not yet seeing Spaniards’ perspective: I’d been listening for the wrong words as the Spaniards called them “Las Gafas de Google” not “Google Glass.”

To access the local world you need the right words—and lens.  Thanks to Enrique I learned that it is not culturally appropriate in Madrid to approach someone in the street.  Rather, you ask questions only during a conversation.  He said that upon noting someone staring at my Glass in the street or inside of a store/restaurant/bar, I should merely point to Glass and ask “Conoce?” (Translation: Do you know?).  This trick worked.  It helped me invite people to try what they knew was the future but get past their apprehensions.  “Is it for sale?”  “What can it do?  What else can it do?”  “Qué Guay!”  “Tan de estilo!”  Glass immediately raised the bar for being cool, stylish. Back home in New York I recalled the opposite, as people jokingly called Glass Explorers, “Glass-holes.”

I’ve learned that Glass can and seems to actually cut a modern appeal within a society known to look more to the past than the future.  On the technical front, when I’ve done demos using the MyGlass App on my Nexus to show curious onlookers what the user was seeing, they witnessed how Glass had a hard time understanding many of their accents.  “OK Glass, Take a Picture!” often didn’t work and so I taught them to say commands more harshly. “OK Glass, Translate” is really popular.  Even if the translation is not completely accurate, people are astonished.  “Qué Guay!”

So what do people in Madrid wish from Glass?  After each demo, I’d get permission to record their Glass-inspired desires. Younger Spainards like Iker want apps like Whatsapp, Snapchat and YouTube. The more senior Glass testers dream of ways Glass can help their careers, in psychology, medicine and sports.**

Thus, my initial assumptions were correct: people in Madrid have only seen Google Glass in the media and no one had experienced it in real life. Come back in a couple of days to see what Glass reveals in Barcelona!

* All words in italics were conversations in Spanish.
** Email if you like more information on this.

Big thanks to The 3% Conference!

How to Livestream Through Glass

While Glass Explorers are able to record video, take pictures and Google Hangout with friends, the device does not (yet) have an app that allows users to livestream, in this case known as Ustream, their surroundings. For the past day, I have been trying to hack a way to use my Google Glass to Ustream my experiences abroad.

Currently, there is little online documentation on how to to get Ustream up and running on Glass but I knew it was possible  because Vice journalist, Tim Pool, has done it.

After much research, I am sad to say that I am not able to get Ustream up and running without hacking Glass settings, which various users have documented that doing this ruins the sound functionality of your Glass. I feel that losing this functionality would deeply impact people’s first experience with Glass and so I am not going to hack the settings but will give you all the documentation to do so if you wish:

For anyone who has never done any Android Development on a Mac:

  • Go to this site and go through each step to set up your Mac with the Android SDK and Android Debug Bridge (ADB) to allow it to load any non-native apps to sync with your Glass.

 Glass Setup:

  1. Connect Glass to your computer
  2. In Glass turn on Debug Mode
    a. Scroll and select the settings card.
    b. Scroll and select the “Device Info” card.
    c. Scroll over one to “Turn on debug” and tap on it.
  3.  Open Terminal
    $ cd Desktop/
    $ cd Android/
    $ adb devices
  4.  The serial number of your Glass should now appear. If the number does not appear, refer back this link to get your SDK and ADB correctly setup.
  5. Download Ustream APK at this link onto your computer
  6. Go into Terminal and install the Ustream APK onto Glass:
    $ adb install ~/Downloads/tv.ustream.ustream.v2.5.2.apk
  7.  Tap on Glass to load the “Ok Glass” screen
  8.  In terminal type:
    $ adb shell am start tv.ustream.ustream/.Launcher
  9.  Ustream should now load onto Glass

In order to get Ustream working, you need to hack a blue-tooth wireless keyboard (i.e. BluePutDroid) on Glass to input your credentials. Go to this page and scroll to the “Connecting a Keyboard” section for instructions on how to do this.
*Warning: this WILL mess up the sound on Glass*

I am sad that I will not be able to Ustream experiences from my Glass camera but will use my Android to Ustream while wearing Glass. Here is the link to my channel. Stay tuned for these updates 🙂

Is it Recording? | Glass in NYC

Walking down Fifth Avenue on a weekend afternoon is a tourist’s dream and a New Yorkers past-time. Walking down Fifth Avenue wearing Glass caused a woman to do a head turn in the middle of her Snapchat selfie, a mover with a thick accent to follow me for two blocks asking me to buy my Glass (for only $50!) and a plethora of “did you just see that girl wearing Glass?!” comments.

It was a cold evening in late March when was eating a pork bun at my favorite hangout, Booker & Dax, when the first person I ever saw wearing Glass walked in. His Glass was bright orange but it didn’t need to be; everyone noticed, everyone’s head swirled. Depending on who you asked, he automatically became the coolest or weirdest person in the bar. A few months later, Gary Shteyngart wrote an article in the New Yorker, voicing his initial experiences with Glass in New York City. In both cases, I wondered with amusement what it was like to possess this intriguing technology.

Fast-forward to November 6 when my Glass arrived at 9:32AM. A few hours and a dozen poorly taken photos later, I headed solo to Terminal 5 to see James Blake in concert. It was packed as I weaseled my way in closer to the stage. Unable to practice voice commands, I was a slave to the trackpad, struggling to capture a video that could encapsulate James’s talents, as I danced (practically handsfree) to his deep beats and harmonic voice. The girl to my right stared in amazement at Glass, so I briefly let her try it on before heading to meet up with my friends at a magazine-launch party in Meatpacking. As soon the bouncers saw that I was wearing Glass, we walked right in.

By no means does seeing me (or anyone) wear Glass muster up the same sentiment felt back in March when the first Glass Explorers strutted around New York and San Francisco. While the exclusivity of Glass has fled America, it still resides in Europe and Asia (as well as Africa, Australia and of course Antarctica).

I have now demoed Glass to 38 people, got an Nexus 4 for my Glass to “always be connected” and use the MyGlass app to screencast what I am seeing on Glass to others because I got tired of asking: “Is it recording?!”

My favorite new feature to demo is the Word Lens app better known as the “OK Glass, Translate” this function. I captured my friend Matt’s first reaction to using the app when when the words “Hola, como estás?” quickly transformed in Glass to “Hello, how are you?”, the technology is so mind-blowing I attempted to sensor out his explicative(s) in the video below. I am beyond thrilled to see how people abroad react to using this app to translate a street sign .

Now that you’ve read about my experiences in New York, watch the short  video compilation of everything described appearing in no particular order. P.S. This is my first time making a video, so I can assure you that they will get better!

Special thanks to The 3% Conference for making this all possible!

The Idea & Itinerary

Last Wednesday, November 11, I decided that I wanted to live in New York, resulting in me leaving my job in San Francisco, putting an end to my monthly commutes between the two cities and stepping into a whole new realm of uncertainty.

With only a month gap between the time that I would leave for my already planned trip to Dubai and India, I sat on my bed, anxiously wondering what I was going to do for the next few weeks, besides teach myself to build apps on Google Glass. In a moment of distraction, I checked out December flights to London and discovered that they were about $800 USD— the amount of money that I could make by renting out my apartment on AirBnB for one week…

And the idea sparked:

I’ve been passionate about influencing the future of wearable technology since I was 13, after reading Feed by M.T. Anderson. When Glass was released in March 2013, I knew I had to be involved in this future. Thirty thousand people have now been invited to join Google’s Glass Explorer program, myself included. The exclusivity of having Glass will not last that much longer. While people in New York and San Francisco are getting used to sporadically spotting a Glass Explorer on the street, most people in Europe and Asia have only ever seen Glass in the media. Thus, now is the perfect time to travel around the world to record how people, from a wide range of cultures, interact and experience Glass for the first time, as I form ideas about how to build for this platform.

The Itinerary

Just now, at 19:47, I bought my plane ticket to Madrid. I land on December 4th and intend to be there for three days before heading to Barcelona, Paris, London and Berlin. From Berlin, I will fly back to New York to re-pack my backpack and on December 21st, I will fly to Dubai. I will be in Dubai and Abu Dhabi for two days before taking a plane to Mumbai, India. Then I will travel to Goa, where I will spend New Years, before returning to New York on January 3rd. On the 5th, I am flying out to CES in Las Vegas.

I am looking forward to seeing everyone’s experiences through Glass and allowing people across different cultures to experience Glass!