Google has revealed the first few 'real people' who have been picked to try its Google Glasses.
The search giant's new wearable computer features voice recognition, a camera and a pared down OS which allows users to message, call and share pictures with each other.
While plenty of celebs and Googlers have been spotted wearing Google Glass, it's trickier for 'regular' people to get hold of them.
Recently Google asked potential beta testers to use social media to tell them what they would do if they had the chance to try out the new product, using the tag #ifihadglass on social media. The idea was to find people with unique stories, images and ideas, and bring them on board to test the product to its full potential.
"Glass isn't the sort of technology you can develop in a conference room -- we really need people to take it out into the world and see what they'd like to do with it across a wide range of hobbies, lifestyles, and environments," said Google in an email.
Known as "explorers" that group will still have to pay $1,500 for the glasses, as well as attend a launch event in person.
Now the company has picked its first users, and they're an interesting mix from fire-fighters to zoo keepers.
Here art the first six Google has unveiled out of the 8,000 Explorers who will get their hands on the product before you do.
- Sarah Hill (Columbia, MO) would take Glass to a VA hospital and let veterans see their war memorials
- Herschel Taghap (Seattle) would show people what it's like to be a line cook in a restaurant
- Shannon Rooney would travel to Japan and help her Grandma re-experience her homeland without leaving her home in the U.S.
- David Moriarty: improving doctor-patient interaction for clinical trials
- Anthony Brown (San Francisco, CA) is a zookeeper who would show penguin feedings with Glass
- Max Wood (Gray, GA) is a firefighter who would improve fire safety by using pre-fire planning maps
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