Monday, July 8, 2013

A look through the Google Glass lens


Matt Coddington
Louisville's Matt Coddington, the founder of MyMobileVille, is among the 8,000 people who were allowed to purchase Google Glass after pitching Google with an essay on how they would use the device.

Lately, he's been giving the local press a tour of his new toy. In today's Louisville Courier-Journal, Coddington gives reporter Matt Frassica a tour of his new specs.

"As he walked down Main Street from the Humana building, Coddington nodded to curious passers-by, looked up directions to Jimmy John’s, and sent a text message to his wife — all without pulling out his phone or diverting his eyes from where he was walking."

Here's more from Frassica's story:

Glass is a wearable computer that puts a transparent screen hovering in your field of vision, kind of like a smartphone that’s always at the ready.

If he wants to look something up, all Coddington needs to do is tilt his head up and say the words “OK, Glass.” The screen comes on, hovering like a hologram before him. From there, he can run a Google search, look up directions, send a text message or take a photo or video — all controlled using his voice and touch gestures on the glasses’ frame.

If he receives a text message or has a meeting coming up, the screen lights up and a tiny chime sounds, although only he can hear it.

Glass looks futuristic, with a continuous band of steel across the top and a thick right arm that holds the computer, a small camera lens, and the prism that contains the screen. It comes in black, gray and white, but Coddington chose a bright orange color called tangerine.

Earlier this year, Google encouraged people to enter to win a chance to get Glass by writing social media posts explaining what they would do with it. Coddington, a self-described “bleeding-edge technology addict” who has run a local meetup called MyMobileVille for 13 years, took to his Google+ page. There, he wrote that he would “shoot brief video examples of every conceivable way that Google Glass can improve life experiences, and post them on YouTube, to show the world the future.”
You can read the full story (until the newspaper puts it behind its paywall) at There's another report online at the Louisville BizBlog and a video at


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