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South Dakotans "explore" Google Glass

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If you had Google Glass, what would you do?

"If I had glass I'd showcase South Dakota in a different light," said Lemonly CEO John Meyer.

After applying, getting selected as an Explorer, plunking down $1,500, and taking a trip to San Francisco to pick up the wearable device, Meyer is getting his chance to showcase South Dakota.

"It's a little bit of a learning curve getting used to the device. There's a touch screen. There's also a voice command aspect," said Meyer. "You don't look through it like you would your glasses - a little bit more up and to the right."

Hartford's Bob Nielsen was also selected. He wants to show people technology integration can be fun, not frightening.

"This new technology from Google isn't scary. It doesn't record you 24/7," said Nielsen.

So, what exactly can Google Glass do? It can take pictures, record videos, give directions, get weather and news updates, and search Google.

"This might be kind of like the Zak Morris cell phone that we can remember. But, maybe three versions from now this will just be contacts or part of our glasses," said Meyer.

Added Nielsen, "To see as many people in Sioux Falls and the surrounding area that are actually getting them, I'm excited. Because, I want to talk to these other people and see what they're doing and how they're using it."

That's not to say everyone is excited about Google Glass.

"I had some pretty interesting reactions in San Francisco, people yelling things across the street and some dirty looks," said Meyer. "I'm the first to admit they look pretty goofy."

Despite the goofiness, wearable technology is here to stay. And, these two tech nuts are excited to get in on the ground floor of Glass.

"Certainly it's fun to be an early adapter and play with this gadget," said Meyer.

If you'd like to learn more about Google Glass, Meyer will conduct a webinar Wednesday at noon. Click here for more information https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/751522607.

 

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