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Looking through Glass, an area "Explorer" talks about experience


Google Glass, on sale Tuesday for just 24-hours. But a Rockford man didn't wait until now. Higher education qualified him to become an "Explorer", testing the product before you've been able to buy it.

James O'Hagan a Rockford public schools employee, offers some input on Google glass.

"This is something that I looked at and went, I gotta have it just to say I was the first. I can really start to explore the usage of it."

James O'Hagan will take this experience and put it towards education. He's pursuing a Doctorate in Instructional Technology. His main interest in the degree, wearable technology.

"I can see the potential and the future of this technology especially as it becomes smaller. What I'm wearing right now is going to look in 5-years could look gigantic and huge compared to what we could possible have," he said.

O'Hagan's favorite feature, the ability to shoot video from his perspective.

"So, like right now I'm actually taking video of you as you're recording me so it's kind of like I'm interviewing you at the same time," said O'Hagan as he turned the camera on 13 News Reporter Elliot Grandia during the interview.

However cool you may think Glass is, it comes with downsides. Having a camera mounted on your head in public creates social barriers.

"It is something that does stand out, it does make you look different and it does make people very nervous," he said. "I find myself self-consciously taking these off in places where I can just tell it's not going to be acceptable to wear it."

But that's what it's for. And that's why O'Hagan is glad to be an Explorer.

"The idea of explorers is to try new things and really getting out to explore and push the boundaries of what this technology can do."

Right now, O'Hagan says he wouldn't tell you to buy Google Glass at the current $1500 price tag. His advice, wait until the technology is fine tuned and the price comes down.

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