Over the Thanksgiving holiday week, I, like most people, enjoyed my fair share of turkey, watched my beloved Detroit Lions win on Thanksgiving Day for the first time since I was a high school sophomore and did some damage to my wallet via online sales. I wasn’t brave enough to hit the stores on Black Friday.
While shopping for a new pair of glasses (if you’re wondering where I got a great deal, look no further than here), my mind started wandering and I found myself reading up on Google Glass. I remember signing up for the Explorer Program, but never heard back. I was curious to see how the wearable technology was performing and how close Google was to making it available to the public.
Google’s ears must have been burning. This week, I received an invitation to be a Google Glass Explorer. The email is really exciting:
“The Glass Explorer Program brings together bold, creative individuals who want to help shape the future of Glass.”
“That’s me!” I thought.
Everything get’s pretty depressing once you click the “Purchase Now” button and realize it’s going to cost $1,500 to help shape the future.
So if my fellow readers really want to see me take ridiculous photos of my cat or beautiful landscapes of the mountains here in Colorado, you’ll have to send your donations to my PayPal account. Seeing as that probably won’t happen, I figured I’d use this space today to talk about how Google Glass, or any kind of wearable technology, could impact the way TV news operates. I apologize for the lengthy introduction.
Perhaps TV news had the original Google Glass. TV news was famous for putting a hidden camera into a pair of eyeglasses and having unsuspecting criminals or con artists reveal their wrongdoings on air to a reporter.
Is there a use for the more high-tech version today? I think so.
Google Glass connects to the Internet via Bluetooth by linking up with your smartphone. When a reporter is on-the-go, instead of looking at a smartphone for directions, I could see how Google Glass could be a bit more convenient. I’m guessing it’s just as distracting, however, having a map in the upper-right-hand corner of your vision while driving, so be careful!
It seems like the best fit for Google Glass is in breaking news situations and in crowded events, like major sporting events or parades. Imagine a reporter chasing down sources during a big story and being able to go live to air from Google Glass. Assuming Google opens Glass to developers, I’d say it’s pretty likely there would be a live streaming feature that broadcasters could tap into. A reporter could ask the questions without holding up a camera and have a perfect eye-to-eye perspective of their source.
Could you imagine being a reporter talking with Auburn Tiger fans after they rushed the field following the improbable finish to last weekend’s Iron Bowl? How about biking yourself around a county fair or local festival, shooting live video of the scenes? In terms of electronic newsgathering, I think Google Glass, or some variation of it could be really helpful.
Who knows, maybe Google Glass will become stylish enough and such a norm that anchors would wear a pair while reporting the news. I don’t think they’d make reading a teleprompter look more natural, but producers could send breaking news updates to them. Instead of readjusting an earpiece or reading a notecard, the anchor would simply look a tad to the right and read any new updates.
What do you think? Will wearable technology like Google Glass find its way into local TV news? I think the possibilities are endless.