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Google Glass Can Revolutionize Washington DC Business

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Google Glass and  Social Driver, a District-based digital agency, is quite bullish on the Google Glass and its potential impacts. Next week, the agency – a member of the exclusive Glass Explorer program and Glass developer – is holding an open house to showcase game-changing uses of the Glass. From 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. Thursday March 6, CEO Thomas Sanchez will invite the public in to show how his firm has seen innovation through the device. Here are five of the uses he plans to demonstrate:

Translation

Diplomats from around the world congregate to work on international policy issues every day. The thing is, often they speak one or just a few languages. That means time and money spent to translate for the diplomat’s language barrier, which is frankly a burden. Sanchez, however, posits that diplomats wearing the Google Glass can have that spoken information translated for them in real time right before their eyes.

No More Whispering  

Political advisors are known for whispering to politicians during big meetings or hearings. It’s not only tacky, but it’s also inefficient. What if that information could be shared immediately without having to lean over and spew it into someone’s ear? With Google Glass, you can seamlessly share details with another user instead of quietly whispering it.

“You have my word on it”

That statement above is almost cringeworthy when someone says it. There are very few people trustworthy enough in the world that you actually believe them when they say, “You have my word.” Just saying it makes you feel as if they’re going to screw you over. Google Glass has the ability to video tape and agreement in real time if, perhaps, you don’t get the chance to sign off on it before shaking hands. Backtracking will now be impossible.

Online Access During Important Conversations

This one seems a bit iffy still, but we’ll take it. Lobbyists have a wealth of information they need while making their high-stakes arguments. Resources like Thomas.loc.gov and the Congressional directory, says Sanchez, can be invaluable during these heated debates. They can’t just have a laptop or iPad out while someone is talking to they, but they also need to be able to build a more relevant argument in real time. The Google Glass will give them the ability to do so, though it’s imaginable they will still be distracted and less attentive in doing so.

Immediate Impact

When you support a non-profit, faith is a big part of it. Many times, you’ll never see the effects of your contribution. Sanchez says with the Google Glass, though, “non-profit supporters will be able to visually see the impact of charities and donate—or ignore—immediate opportunities to help.” As you’re watching the aftermath of some natural disaster on a news broadcast, you could be able to pledge a donation to relief while doing so. As help is delivered, you could then get that visual update.

Those are just a few of the different ways Google Glass should innovate the way we work. If you’re interested in hearing more from Sanchez and Social Driver about these uses, make sure you attend the workshop Thursday morning at their D.C. office. You’ll be able play around with the Google Glass, too, if you haven’t before.

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Exploring The Capabilities Of Google Glass

By  Staff Writer from InTheCapital

As developers begin exploring the capabilities of Google Glass, it’s becoming apparent that this is completely uncharted territory. After all, Google hasn’t even released the device to the consumer market yet. Nevertheless, many developers – locally, think APX Labs, Silica Labs and Brivo Labs – are bullish on the Glass as the future of wearable technology. So, Google decided it’d be best to give them some advice to those pioneers, or Glass Explorers as they call them, who currently have access to the devices.

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Unless you’re well tapped into the tech community, it’s kind of a rarity to encounter someone wearing a Google Glass. Because of that, Google wrote on its Google Glass website, ” Our explorers have gotten a lot of attention when they wear Glass out and about.” Of course, this might have something to do with the prototype making its owner look like a Star Trek fanboy. But it also sparks a curiosity in passersby. Therefore, Google created this list of do’s and don’ts for how the initial wearers should use the device.

DO’S:

Explore the world around you. Glass puts you more in control of your technology and frees you to look up and engage with the world around you rather than look down and be distracted from it. Have a hangout with your friends, get walking directions to a fantastic new restaurant, or get an update on that delayed flight.

Take advantage of the Glass voice commands. Glass can free your hands up to do other things like golfing, cooking, or juggling flaming torches while balancing on a beach ball (but also see Don’ts #2). This is great for looking up how many ounces in a cup while you cook, or taking a one-of-a-kind photo from your unique perspective.

Ask for permission. Standing alone in the corner of a room staring at people while recording them through Glass is not going to win you any friends (see Don’ts #4). The Glass camera function is no different from a cell phone so behave as you would with your phone and ask permission before taking photos or videos of others.

Use screen lock. Glass screen lock works like your smartphone’s screen lock: it passcode-protects your device to help prevent others from using it. If you ever lose your device or have it stolen by a budding online resale entrepreneur, you can turn off Glassware and perform a remote wipe (e.g. factory reset) of the device, removing all your information from the device. All you need to do is go to your MyGlass page on your browser, or the MyGlass App on your phone.

 Be an active and vocal member of the Glass Explorer Community. The Explorer Program was created in order to have a place where our Explorers can give feedback, share content and communicate with the Glass team. It’s been hugely successful over the past year and this is due to our wonderful group of Explorers. They are constantly sharing their worlds with us and with each other, allowing us to hear and work on all the great feedback and stories our Explorers give us (and, wow, do they give us a lot!).

DON’TS:

Glass-out. Glass was built for short bursts of information and interactions that allow you to quickly get back to doing the other things you love. If you find yourself staring off into the prism for long periods of time you’re probably looking pretty weird to the people around you. So don’t read War and Peace on Glass. Things like that are better done on bigger screens.

Rock Glass while doing high-impact sports. Glass is a piece of technology, so use common sense. Water skiing, bull riding or cage fighting with Glass are probably not good ideas.

Wear it and expect to be ignored. Let’s face it, you’re gonna get some questions. Be patient and explain that Glass has a lot of the same features as a mobile phone (camera, maps, email, etc.). Also, develop your own etiquette. If you’re worried about someone interrupting that romantic dinner at a nice restaurant with a question about Glass, just take it off and put it around the back of your neck or in your bag.

Be creepy or rude (aka, a “Glasshole”). Respect others and if they have questions about Glass don’t get snappy. Be polite and explain what Glass does and remember, a quick demo can go a long way. In places where cell phone cameras aren’t allowed, the same rules will apply to Glass. If you’re asked to turn your phone off, turn Glass off as well. Breaking the rules or being rude will not get businesses excited about Glass and will ruin it for other Explorers