A video by UNC men’s basketball player Wade Moody documenting warm-ups before a game is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Google Glass’ presence on campus.
Faculty members from various departments are experimenting with the technology through the Glass Explorer program to find uses in both educational and professional settings.
The glasses feature an internal computer which can be operated through voice commands or touch. Google Glass is not currently on the market but can be purchased through an application to its explorer program if Google approves the purchaser’s intended use.
The UNC athletic department is using the innovation to give fans more access to teams, as well as different vantage points within games. The department was able to try out the glasses with the help of former UNC field hockey player Meghan Lyons, who now works with Google Sports Partnerships.
UNC’s School of Government was also selected to be a part of the program this semester, and professors are currently testing the glasses, said Georgia Allen, assistant dean for information technology for the school.
Professor Jeff Welty was one of the first faculty members to test out the glasses. He was chosen because of a blog post he wrote on the potential legal implications for Google Glass, Allen said.
Welty said he thinks the technology is a few years away from being mainstream but said he can imagine many academic uses for the glasses, such as recording diagrams or for students texting professors a question they might be scared to ask out loud.
“Getting real-time feedback on that level and understanding and connection would be fantastic,” he said.
The School of Information and Library Science hosted a presentation in January for those interested in working with Google Glass, hosted by professor Brad Hemminger.