Max Wood said he saw a news article about Google Glass in February and got an idea for his submission. His idea was for how the device could be used for fire services. The submission had to be 50 words or less, and to Wood’s surprise, in March he found out his was one that was chosen, but he did not hear it first from Google. He actually received a link of a Washington Post article that included his name via a person in Australia.
The fire chief was one of 8,000 selected. He had to pay $1,500 for the prototype and had to travel to New York to pick it up.
Google Glass is a headset with a projected display, a camera for still photos and video, and a data connection. The headset contains a prism that bends light and actually projects it on the wearer’s retina like normal vision.
The device sits above the wearer’s line of vision and can be turned on with a tilt of the head or a touch of the finger on the earpiece. It also works by voice command. Google Glass is tethered to the wearer’s mobile phone via Bluetooth.
Wood said connectivity is an issue but not a deal breaker. He picked up the device Sept. 13 and had a training session while in New York. After arriving back home, he took photos and video at a house fire Sept. 15.
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