Technology
2:05 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Austin, This Weekend is Your Chance to Try Google Glass

Google has been traveling the U.S., showing off its wearable computing device Google Glass.

This weekend Google is bringing Glass to Austin. It's an unique opportunity to get  firsthand experience with the divisive device - which has inspired strong reactions among many who have yet to use it. 

"The concept behind Glass is that it's really freeing. You don't need your hands to control it, so you'll be able to do whatever you want to do", says Anna Richardson, communications manager for Google Glass.
"The concept behind Glass is that it's really freeing. You don't need your hands to control it, so you'll be able to do whatever you want to do", says Anna Richardson, communications manager for Google Glass.
Credit Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

"Google has been working on Glass for the last three years," says Anna Richardson, communications manager for the project. "8,000 people with various backgrounds – from teachers to engineers, plus 2,000 developers – were invited to be a part of the 'Glass Explorers' group spread around the country. Right now there's 10,000 Glass Explorers testing the device."

California-based Google is still working to make Glass more affordable and widely available. Right now, Google Glass costs around $1,500. And for now, only the Glass  Explorers have exclusive access to this technology. 

More than 200 of the users  are from Texas.

Amy Langton is one of the Austin Glass Explorers. Langton got the device by winning a Google competition early this year. "Glass is completely hands-free and now I don't have to worry about dropping anything," she says.
Amy Langton is one of the Austin Glass Explorers. Langton got the device by winning a Google competition early this year. "Glass is completely hands-free and now I don't have to worry about dropping anything," she says.
Credit Filipa Rodrigues for KUT News

Amy Langton is one of the Austin's Glass Explorers. Her experience started in July. After participating in a Google competition, Amy Langton was given access to the wearable computer. 

"With Glass I can finally talk on the phone completely hands-free," Langton says. "The ease of the product is extremely nice." 

Google Glass works similarly to a smartphone or tablet. By touching the right side of the frame, users can swipe to navigate through the menu they're viewing. Google Glass is also voice activated and can pick up several  command.

Want to give Glass a try?  With an RSVP, anyone can try Google Glass and get a feel for the future of computing. 

Google Glass' demonstration starts tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m, Saturday, Dec. 14 and Sunday, Dec. 15 at Brazos Hall in downtown Austin.