Over 10,000 people, who were selected as part of a previous program, are currently testing an early version of Google Glass and reporting back results. The initial testers are surprisingly not just technicians or normal technology users, but include homemakers, firefighters, police, teachers, emergency personnel, dentists, doctors, artists and others from many different occupations.
Described in one review by a user "...as having the Internet in your eye sockets", the device allows you to record video, take pictures and make phone calls (all hands free) with simple voice commands. Glass also allows you to connect to the internet by simply touching a button on the right side of the frames and scroll through the menus by swiping along the same side.
One feature that could prove beneficial for areas like the Lehigh Valley is the ability to take pictures and video basically on sight; depicted by a former news anchor as akin to having a photographer and camera crew there instantly. In a media market where there is no big city (population over a million) often much news is reported by locals, Glass gives amateurs the chance to do this professionally and in real-time.
For an area where there is a blend of paid and volunteer firefighters and emergency personnel, Google portrays one benefit of Glass as providing the ability to see building floor plans, road maps, and receive emergency broadcasts within seconds; think of it as a hands-free smartphone on your eyes. That same technology allows users where many are not from the area, to send baby pictures, graduation ceremonies and sports videos to other family members as they are happening with little or no delay.
There are drawbacks to the device; short battery life - as little as 90 minutes in some reported cases, the sound technology for its speakers works best when in a quiet room, and of course privacy concerns because of the ability to record with out anyone knowing or noticing. Considering all, the Valley would still be a great testing ground for this device.