What is it Like Wearing Google Glass on a Motorcycle? – JerryRigEverything
Google Glass works by projecting the light
from the black housing onto the angled part of a cubed lens. You can see that’s how
Google got its cute logo from the angle that that lens makes. Shining a camera into the
lens doesn’t do us a whole lot of good. I ended up using a screen cast to my Samsung
Note 3 and a few extra cameras in order to make this simulation work. My name is Zack
and I run the YouTube channel JerryRigEverything. I will be your unofficial Glass host on this
adventure. This video is rendered in 1080 so feel free to bump up your quality to get
the full effect. My first thought when I saw that Google was going to be making the Glass
was instantly about how the navigation would look and work while riding on a motorcycle.
I’ve thrown together a few clips from my travels to give you the most realistic experience
possible without actually having to buy the glass yourself. This is almost exactly how
the Glass would look without the sunglasses lens in place. I tried to make the capacity
of the navigation window as realistic as possible. You can see that it does take up a rather
large chunk of your vision, but it is see-through. When you are focusing beyond the window it
doesn’t come across as that much of a legitimate obstacle. Is it distracting? Yes. Even though
it is see-through, having a lit screen over your shoulder every time you check your blind
spot gets a little too exciting for my taste. I’ve been riding bikes for about 10 years
and even I found myself having major lapses in awareness when switching my focus from
the navigation window to real life. When you’re on a motorcycle those lapses can be dangerous.
I’m going to switch screens now so you can see exactly what’s on the navigation window.
You can see how many feet it is till you turn, what the street name is that you’re going
to turn onto, as well as the amount of time it will take you to reach your destination.
It also shows you a basic map of the streets in your immediate area. Just like with the
Google navigation map on your smart phone, there is a human voice giving turn by turn
directions on a bone conductive speaker. The bone conduction speaker basically transmits
sound directly through your temple by vibrations. But with the noise my motorcycle makes it
was still a bit difficult to make out exactly what she was saying. The little dings that
the Glass makes come through loud and clear though. It’s like a sound is playing from
inside your head instead of through your ears. It gets a little weird. It does take a second
to get used to. The Glass does come with an ear bud that you can plug in. I’m sure that
would help out a little with the audio thing. I just haven’t tried it yet. Would I recommend
one of these specifically for motorcycle riding? Probably not; at least until the price drops.
I put a link in the video description below for current Amazon pricing for those who are
interested. Right now the Explorer editions are upward of 1500 bucks. Hopefully that price
will drop drastically when they are officially released. Overall this was a fun little project.
I enjoyed making this video. If there’s enough interest I can do a night version and
show you what it looks like driving around at night with the Google glasses on. If you
have any questions, just leave them in the comments below. If there is anything else
you would like to see me do with Google Glass just ask and I’ll see if I can make it happen.
And don’t forget to share this video with a motorcyclist in your life. Everyone’s
got their own 2 wheeled fanatic somewhere. And thank you for watching. And thank you
for subscribing to my future videos. I put up new videos about every week or so. Thanks