How to Safely Demonstrate Google Glass - dummies

How to Safely Demonstrate Google Glass

Google Glass is an automatic conversation starter, so when you’re asked about the device you’re wearing, be sure to engage the other person so that he has a thorough understanding of what Glass is, how it works, and how it can benefit people.

Here are some tips for making a successful Glass demonstration to another person or group:

  • Ask questions. These questions can include “Have you heard of Glass?” and “Where have you seen Glass before?” As you go through each task, you should also ask questions about your users’ desires and outcomes for using Glass, such as “What do you want Glass to do that will make your life easier?”

  • Talk about your good and bad experiences. Don’t always put Glass in the best light possible. Other people will find your demonstration more authentic if you tell people the challenges you’ve encountered with using Glass and what Google needs to improve to make Glass an even better device.

  • Show the anatomy of Glass. Be sure to point out the touchpad, screen cube, Camera button, and speaker.

  • Share your Glass. After you provide basic information about the device, ask the other person if he wants to wear your Glass so you can tell him how to perform do some basic tasks.

    If you’re demonstrating to more than one person, individual demonstrations aren’t feasible unless you want to devote hours of your time giving the same demonstration. You may want to take screen shots of the Glass’s screen instead and show them on a computer monitor or projector.

When a user has Glass on her head, here are some basic tasks you can show to wow her:

  • Explain the concept of cards and bundles when the user sees the timeline screen. Afterward, ask her to tap the touchpad so she can see all the voice commands.

  • Give the user the opportunity to search on Glass by saying “OK Glass, Google . . . . ” and then asking a simple question such as “What is the weather where I am?” or “How do I say ‘thank you’ in Chinese?”

  • Have the user look at someone (even you) and take a picture with the camera.

  • After the user takes a picture, walk her through sharing the photo on Google+, Facebook, or Twitter.

At the end of your demonstration, you may want to give your audience your desired contact information so they can reach you later to ask more questions. (After all, you’re recognized as the expert.) If you don’t, don’t be surprised if some people ask you how they can contact you.