Out with the old, in with the new

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A shot of my reflection on a sliding glass door that I happened to notice when walking by.

This was the first New Year’s Eve since Google Glass arrived on the scene. Celebrating New Year’s Eve at home with friends — and with acquaintances on Google+ — meant putting my Google Glass and the Google+ photo editor to work for memories of the evening.

In the old days, let’s say, back in the fall of 2013, I would have used my iPhone to do this. Instead, I spent some of the evening wearing Glass and capturing a few highlight photos and a 10-second celebration of the new year’s dawning.

The friends we had over thought Glass was cool, or at least were polite enough not to call me out for being the nerdiest friend in the bunch. (Although I don’t really think that’s a secret!)

One particularly bright spot was when someone asked if I was shooting a picture of her and I said no, I wouldn’t do that without telling her. My friend said, “Oh, I was just wondering — I trust you.” Let me repeat that. I trust you. With all the hoopla over Glass supposedly being some sort of unequivocal invasion of privacy for everyone not wearing them, it was refreshing to hear a friend understand that technology isn’t to blame for rude behavior, rude people are. Of course, maybe that’s why she and I are such good friends in the first place.

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A shot of the food my wife pulled together for our friends, with a vignette added via Glass to document the location and weather for our 2013-14 New Year event.

The cool part about using Google for capturing memories is that Glass makes pictures and video so simple and so unobtrusive that it’s not a production at all. You can shoot and forget it until later, or if there’s some compelling reason to share that moment with the world or just a small circle of friends, you can do so straight from Glass (assuming you’re connected). In this case, since we were at home, I logged into my home wi-fi network.

If you want to make a production out of a certain picture, you can, and that’s where the Google+ photo editor comes into play.

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An example of a first person perspective made possible by Glass and some artistic manipulation of the shot via the Google+ photo editor to make a relatively routine picture kind of cool looking.

With so many options for cropping, processing or fixing photos you’ve taken, Google+ allows you to improve upon your work with a simple, clear photograph or alter your work into something more artistic.

All-in-all, recording New Year’s Eve 2013-2014 was a success for me and my Glass and my friends. It was a great way to share some memories for now and forever.

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A note on the video below being dark — it’s a side effect of my not realizing the ambiance lighting that worked well for sitting on one end of the room and chatting while keeping the TV in a darker zone for easier viewing should have been altered when we all moved to the TV end of the room and ended up in a darker space. I’m marking that off as a host faux pas and not a limitation of Glass. 🙂

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