Google Glass innovation used by local resident

By WEEK Producer

July 14, 2013 Updated Jul 14, 2013 at 10:32 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- One of the newest, most talked about electronic devices by Google has made its way into the hands, or on the head, rather, of a local resident.

The woman who won a chance to purchase the $1,500 device early says she has no contractual obligation to give the multi-media eye wear high marks, but she's doing it anyway.

It's wearable technology that looks like a sci-fi movie prop come to life: a pair of glasses with a projection screen that allows you to record videos, take pictures and access the internet, all by voice commands and nodding your head.
 
Jan Brown is one of about 12 million people who tweeted Google in a contest to take home a Glass. She finished the fragment, "if I had Glass..." by saying, "Peoria Illinois would look a lot better."  That simple statement made her one of 2,000 people to test the device.
 
"I can do phone calls, I can do my Twitter account, I can do Facebook," said Brown. "So it's simplistic, yet I can see where Google will have advances. 
 
"I think we have a lot of industry and a lot of start-ups that we're working on that are going to make Peoria someplace that young people are going to want to come to."
 
The Glass projects a small screen to the upper right corner of the user's eye line and communicates through vibrations against a bone at the back of the user's head.
 
Joe Bennett was the first Peoria area Journalist to try out the technological innovation. This is his opinion:
"This type of technology is really a journalist's dream: I'm aware of my surroundings, can walk around, am hands-free, can record audio, can record video without a camera or a microphone."
 
"I feel like I have something to give back to Peoria to help Peoria Hub exist in a way that brings technology to Peoria Next," said Brown. "There's lots of great things I think we're going to be doing."
 
Brown has already contacted some local businesses about using Glass to provide information without users having to look away from what they are doing. 
 
"I came up with an idea the other day as I was listening to some music that I'd like to develop for symphony orchestras, so what better way than to use the Peoria Symphony."  
 
It may be a while however before Glass is available to consumers.  Those who want one before 2014 will have to hope Google runs another contest, and then provide a contest response as clever as Brown's.

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