Peek into the future with a look at the Library District’s very own pair of Google Glass. What is Glass? Google Glass is a wearable computer that a user wears like (ultra-chic) eyeglasses. The screen is a small cube in the upper right-hand corner of the device, visible only to the wearer, and a tiny microphone puts the sound right behind your ear. Google Glass displays information in a smartphone-like hands-free format that can interact with the Internet via voice commands. You can’t buy them yet, but we have a pair and we want to share them with our patrons.
What is Google Glass?
Google Glass is a wearable computer that a user wears like (ultra-chic) eyeglasses. The screen is a small cube in the upper right-hand corner of the device, visible only to the wearer. Google Glass displays information in a smartphone-like hands-free format that can interact with the Internet via voice commands.
How did the Arapahoe Library District (ALD) receive Google Glass?
Earlier this year, Google introduced the Glass Explorer program, which is an early adopter program for developers and consumers to test Google Glass. Entry into the Explorer program was made available to the general public, and applicants were required to post a message – of 50 words or less – on Google+ or Twitter with the hashtag "#ifihadglass.” The Arapahoe Library District was notified in April that ALD would receive Glass in July.
Our winning tweet:
#ifihadglass Arapahoe Library District would SHARE Glass with our 200,000+ mass. You see, we already know a thing or two about glasses: http://goo.gl/MBirq
Why is it important to have Google Glass at the libraries?
Google Glass represents the future of technology, and as a library we serve as an unbiased technological-literacy resource for patrons. We anticipate that Google Glass represents the first iteration of the “next big thing” in gadgets, and we want our patrons to have the opportunity to try it for themselves.
What is Google Glass good for?
Similar to a smart phone, this technology will help shape the future of personal computing devices. Google Glass will continue to evolve into a game changer for industries and services like health care. For example, we imagine Google Glass may be useful in some of the following ways:
- Visual instructions for assembling or fixing household items
- Logistics, including mapping devices not only for casual users, but for transportation services
- On-the spot language translation
- Immediate access to health care treatment
- On the job training for industry operations
- And anything else we can imagine…
Where can I find Google Glass at the libraries?
To increase patron access to Google Glass, the device will be available at each of the library locations during ongoing “Goggle at Google Glass” events. For a schedule of where Google Glass will appear next, check back on this page or visit our calendar of events.
Who will be able to use Google Glass at the libraries?
Adults, teens and children ages 6 and older (with adult supervision) will be able to try out the Google Glass at either a Goggle at Google Glass event, or other library events held throughout the community. For a schedule of where Google Glass will appear next, check back on this page or visit our calendar of events.
Why is it important to have “difficult-to-access” technology at the libraries?
By making difficult-to-access technology available for our patrons – like Google Glass, 3D printers, eReader checkouts – we are redefining libraries as dusty warehouses of information to evolving centers where patrons can experience and use cutting-edge technology. Libraries are unbiased portals to the latest and greatest sources of information – and offering access to technology is the latest version of that role.
What other means are offered to access technology at the library?
The Studio at Smoky Hill Library, a state-of-the-art soundproof space, features a green screen and everything needed to create a masterpiece: iMacs with the Adobe Creative Suite, iMovie and GarageBand, high-definition video cameras, a guitar, a keyboard and more. The Library District also has a 3D printer. Demonstrations of this futuristic machine attract crowds! Online learning with Learn4Life is available to patrons with a library card via our website. Learn4Life delivers hundreds of engaging, instructor-led online courses focused on professional development, technology skills, and personal enrichment to transform lives.