When Google announced the arrival of its earliest model of Glass – the wearable computer that looks like a suspended monocle – my newsroom at Digital First Media’s Thunderdome wanted to be among the first to experiment with this new tool that could potentially have huge implications for journalism.
In Google’s Glass Explorer program, interested participants tweeted and G+’ed to Google what they would do if they had a Glass (#ifIhadglass) and Google chose the first testers of the new device from this eager pool. My boss, Robyn Tomlin, was one such winner.
In the time since we got our newsroom Glass, it’s been passed around, tried out and experimented upon by a number of staffers. A few of my much-smarter co-workers are working on apps for the new toy. It is expected to be in wider release next year.
What’s next for Glass and journalism?
I had a lot of great brainstorming discussions at the Mixer with journalists and educators about the future for Glass in our industry. The New York Times already has an app out for the device, with many more sure to follow. Here are a few of the ideas tossed around in our informal brainstorm:
- Incorporate augmented reality layering with reporter created and curated information about a local area or landmark. Look out the Glass and see historic news stories about that location, visualize restaurant tips, crime data, etc. The possibilities here are endless.
- Augmented Reality via Glass could also work great for monetization products: Home sale prices, product comparisons, etc.
- A reporter using Glass could more easily capture the chaos of a breaking news story. Imagine rushing into a war coverage situation, protest, storm, police situation, etc. with cameras at the ready to roll at a single command – all leaving your hands free for notes, tweets, etc.