Best and Worst Bets for Screencasts on Google Glass

If you’re wondering how to make Glass shine for your audience, here are some Glass features and tasks that make good screencasts, as well as some that don’t (at this writing, anyway).

Good bets for screencasts

  • Swipe back and forth on the timeline, open a card, and open a card bundle.

  • Open the Google Now card and point out Google Now features, such as the latest appointments on your calendar.

  • Make a phone call to someone in your audience. (Be sure to add that person to your contacts list before your presentation. Also, test a phone call first to ensure that the call video appears properly in the screencast.)

  • Send an e-mail or SMS message to someone in your audience. The audience will see the message as you speak into Glass, and the person who receives the message can verify that it arrived on his or her smartphone.

  • Show the current weather where you are, or ask an audience member for a city and then show the current weather and forecast for that city.

  • Take a picture of something — even of your audience members, if they agree to let you — and share that picture on your favorite social network.

Not so good bets for screencasts

  • Web browsing can be a bit sluggish, so test it at the site of your presentation beforehand. If the test fails, you can easily keep browsing out of your presentation.

  • If you turn or move too quickly while demonstrating how GPS works, the screencast starts to lag. Test this feature before the presentation to get an idea of how quickly you can move without any problems.

  • Because of the delay between Glass and the projector, you may want to reserve video demonstrations for people who also have Glass on their heads.