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Google Glass wearer looks to future

Wearable computer adds new dimension to daily life
Wednesday, June 12, 2013

16834 1941Google has become synonymous with online search since its inception in 1998, and the company stays at the forefront of technology by capitalizing on its expertise. Its newest venture, the Google Glass device, is a wearable computer with a head-mounted display, and approximately 2,000 devices have been produced and are being tested by select developers. One such early adopter is Jeff Thomas, web systems analyst at Missouri State University.

Thomas attended the Google I/O conference in 2012 where he had the opportunity to sign up for the Glass Explorers program.

“There are wearable computers, but nothing that is as compact and as well put together as this,” said Thomas. “It also provided the opportunity to start developing applications early so that they would be ready when the retail version was released.”

The Google Glass device hasn’t been disruptive to Thomas, he noted. In fact, he often forgets that it’s even there.

“It provides quick access to information I’m interested in and the ability to quickly record moments in time,” he added.

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