The tiny computer and camera -- mounted to a lightweight frame that looks similar to a pair of eyeglasses, sans lenses -- is still in the testing phase and is available by invitation only. Content is viewed through a small angled mirror above the right eye.
"They've been out about a year. There were originally contests for people who could get them. It was mostly famous people that got them or developers," said Slezak, 42, who lives with his wife and 2-year-old daughter, Lily, in
Slezak's wife and other relatives teamed up to spring for the
"Whenever I opened up the gift, I was so shocked because I just figured it's so much money. They all went in on it," he said.
Slezak started using Glass immediately, prompting many inquisitive stares once he debuted the new technology around town.
"Probably 50 percent of people now that see me with it on, once I tell them about it, they know, they've heard of it at least," Slezak said. "I'd say 10 percent know what it is before I say anything. Another 40 percent have read about it, and the other 50 percent just outright don't believe you and say, 'I've got to see that. I've never heard of that.'"
While the futuristic eyewear may be a common sight in
The device, which connects via Bluetooth to Slezak's smartphone or to wireless Internet service where available, has a limited array of software available through the official
"I'm really looking forward to more and more features coming out for it," Slezak said. "I wish I, myself, was a programmer. I tinker with it and I have some great ideas for some apps for that, things that would actually work better on (Glass) than they would on a phone, but I just don't have the knowledge."
Even with limited software options, Slezak finds his new gadget is capable of offering many of the same conveniences of a smartphone in a less distracting package.
"I equate it to just having your cell phone out all day and looking at it, checking the news, checking scores," Slezak said. "You can do that with (Glass) without having to look away from the road or look away from where you're walking. To be able to just glance up like that, I think it's a good thing. I don't know where it's going to go, though. It's interesting."
Slezak said he's particularly interested in exercise-related apps for Glass. "Jogging, that's something I've done with it," he explained. "You can race yourself. You run and then the next time you run, it shows you where you were at last time."
He considers the device's built-in GPS one of its better features. "I can actually look where these are at on my phone," he noted. "So, if they ever got stolen or lost, it shows the precise location."
One of the biggest criticisms of Glass has stemmed from its camera. While convenient for the user, some are concerned it might infringe on the privacy of others since the device makes picture-taking so inconspicuous.
An online movement at stopthecyborgs.org, for example, distributes anti-Glass signage for businesses and raises the issues that "wearable devices socially normalise ubiquitous surveillance," and, if such technology becomes the norm, it would "create a society where we expect to be recorded."
Slezak said he has noticed the camera on his headset does make some people nervous at first.
"If I had designed them, I would have put a little flap or something so you can cover up the camera so people do feel more comfortable if you're in a bar or somewhere people just don't want to be filmed," he said.
While the public can now apply to join the waiting list for Google Glass Explorer invitations, the company hasn't yet released a consumer version for retail sale.
Despite stipulations in the user agreement prohibiting Explorers from selling, renting or leasing the device, an
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