... and Winkfeed was born
While walking around Google with his “Glass Guide” discussing all the cool things it could do, not much compared to now, taking turns playing around with the device, He mentioned how nice it would be to have an RSS feed sent to Glass. I blurted out “Yeah! You could call it Winkfeed! Because, you know, it’s only over one eye, and maybe someday we’ll be able to provide some control with eye gestures!” The guide flipped out over the idea, we all loved the name, and Matt thought he could build it with the fledgling Mirror API.
A few minutes with google glass barely scratches the surface of its potential impact on your life.
Fast forward to September. Matt has built an early proof of concept for
, we’ve decided we want to see where we can take it, and we add the incredible designer Asher Simonds to our team to make everything look beautiful. Now Asher and I really need to get our hands on this amazing tech if we are going to try to make a business out of it, so I finally get an invite and purchase Glass.
I have a lot of mixed feelings about Glass. I’m not thrilled to hear stories from developers about how controlling Google is being when it comes to software development. It’s a walled garden that makes iOS app publishing look downright one-click. Developers working on Glass right now are actively discouraged from profiting in a direct way, but they are still expected to walk whatever line Google set.It is freakishly night-and-day compared to Android app publishing.
I thought I knew all about Glass, I thought I understood the impact it would have on my life. I’d only worn it for a few minutes but I thought that was enough. I was wrong. I understood the basics but until you wear glass for days or even weeks it’s difficult to fully grasp how substantial an impact it can have on your day-to-day life.
Different reactions to Glass in different parts of the country
I’m not going to go into too much detail about the social aspects of Glass. I think the previous
“Through Glass” columns
here have covered that well enough. I will say it varies drastically by state or region of the country. When in New York we were constantly stopped and asked about Glass. Normally we all love doing Glass demos, but in New York we were stopped so often and had to spend so long with people that it reached the point of annoyance. Interrupting somebody who is already speaking to another person is rude and people should stop doing it.
The San Francisco Bay Area of California is similar although not quite as bad, likely because Glass seems to be significantly more common out there. In Texas, where I live, things are very different. I like to say Texans are some of the few people who still maintain good manners. We hold doors open for each other, we say please and thank you, excuse me, yes ma'am and no sir. When I wear Glass around locally I get a few odd glances from time to time, and if I am having a conversation with somebody they will ask me about it. I’ve noticed if I break the ice pretty much everyone loves to talk about it. Otherwise nobody says anything and I have never been the recipient of long awkward stares. Most importantly nobody has ever run up to me to ask about Glass while I am in the middle of a conversation with another person.