Today was my first “real world” test with Glass - navigating our aviation transportation system.
I was traveling from LaGuardia Airport in NYC back to Detroit, Michigan. When I got to security and the xray machine, i instinctively began taking off Glass and was getting ready to send it through the scanner along with my laptop. One of the TSA agents noticed and asked “Is that Glass?” I said yes, and then asked if I could wear it through the full body scanner. He said that it would not be a problem, so I did.
When I got through to the other side and began gathering my things, another agent noticed I wore them through, asked me what they were, and I began to explain it to them: “It’s called Google Glass - I can make and send calls, get texts, search Google…” Another TSA agent shouted out “It’s like a little computer on his head!” They asked me to send it through the xray by itself, and I gladly obliged. While they put it through, another agent asked me what it was and what it can do. I explained again, and her jaw literally dropped: “It can all that? Are you serious?? Damn….” It was as if she had she had seen alien technology. By the end of this 2 minute security encounter, I had the curiosity and interest of at least 5 TSA agents. Overall, it was a pretty remarkable reaction, and further proves just how different Glass is (not that we didn’t know that)
The story doesn’t end there. When I was waiting to at my gate before boarding, the pilots of my flight were standing next to me, and noticed me wearing Glass. They seemed hesitant to say anything, until I caught them looking. “Is that the Google Glass?” one of them asked nervously. Again, I confirmed that it was indeed Glass, and not some medical optical prosthetic (though that is technically what it is). They asked me questions for at least 20 minutes, including how I type things into Glass, and why I was still using my phone if I had Glass. I let them try it on, and they were pretty impressed, and joked about how their iPhones now seemed like stone tablets. Apparently, one of these pilots, whose name was Captain Weatherman, #iKidYouNot , said he had entered or had wanted to enter the #ifihadglass contest, but got lazy around writing the 240 character or so “essay”.
These experiences made for a very interesting travel day (despite later getting delayed on the tarmac at LGA for 2 hours), and got me wondering how pilots, and the aviation industry, could utilize Glass.
You and I, we’re shaping the future. That thought gets me excited, and now that I have Glass in hand, is going to get me out of bed with a renewed sense of energy every day.