We have all heard endlessly about Google Glass. On today’s show, we get the prognosis from two women who have tried it. Is Glass -- singular -- a window into a Cyborgian future made real? Or a gizmo without purpose that’ll join the dust-heap of bad tech ideas? With Betsy Moyer and Bianca Bosker. Plus, a taste of future living micro-scale, with Katrina Stoll Szabo, Alan Hess, Takako Tajima, Michael Maltzan, Todd Gish, and Liz Falletta.
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Google Glass is in its alpha, as in first, phase of testing and Google cleverly created interest by inviting people to compete to try out Glass, and then charged $1500 for the privilege. Among those who won the opportunity was KCRW’s very own digital content director, Betsy Moyer.
She has been testing the product, and recently exited our basement to face the world wearing her glass, videotaping and recording as she walked.
Betsy Moyer, Director of Digital Content Strategy
In case you’ve been out of the tech news loop recently, Google Glass – singular -- looks and sounds like some sci-fi spectacles. But it doesn’t aid your eyesight. Rather, Glass gives and takes information. It is a wraparound frame that dangles a mini-screen near your right eye, and can deliver instant web notifications, or, with a tap or a voice-command, it can take photos and video.
On the show, Bianca Bosker and Betsy Moyer discuss everything from the aesthetics (they both chose a "shale"-colored frame, though Betsy would have liked hot pink) and the feel of the screen that suspended just above ones right eye (it can cause a bit of eyestrain at first). They also address the big issues: the point of the device and privacy.
On show right now in LA are two fascinating exhibits: "How Small is Too Small" and "By Right By Design." They are in one space – WUHO – at 6518 Hollywood Boulevard, and they explore the future of shrinking dwelling space in LA (shown, a 10 x 30 square feet micro unit constructed in WUHO's space, for How Small is Too Small). We’ll be talking more about that on an upcoming DnA, and this show contains a taster from that discussion, on the future of living small, with Katrina Stoll Szabo, Alan Hess, Takako Tajima, Michael Maltzan, Todd Gish, and Liz Falletta.
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