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Locals Get First Shot At Owning Google Glass

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By Ian Bush

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Google is giving 8,000 people an early shot at owning Glass — their 21st century version of the monocle that puts a computer screen in front of one eye. Delaware Valley residents are among those who were picked (via social media) to get the device before the rest of us.

Some say they want to change the world with Google Glass; others just want to try them out.

“I could take pictures with my eyes, for one thing, which I guess every artsy person wishes they could do.  I’d use it for social media.  I would wear them next time I go flying. And GPS, for sure — I’d try them out in the car.”

But even though Google calls ThreeTENSeven web developer Jackie Rineer a ‘winner,’ the Cheltenham woman — and others — still have to fork over $1500.

“The price is a little bit high, but it just really seems interesting,” says Steve O’Connell. “So I’m dying to see how it works and how it fits in with how people are going to create content.”

O’Connell’s daughter is mesmerized by his iPhone.

“So now, I can be wearing the glasses and she won’t even know I’m taking pictures of her and taking video.”

The executive creative director at Red Tettemer and Partners in Philadelphia will have to wear contacts with Glass; Google is still working on the design for prescription frames.

“Right now, they still look a little funky.  So it’ll be interesting the looks you get if you want to walk down the street wearing these things.  I don’t know if I’m ready for that.”

And with a second child on the way, he’ll become an early adopter of what his kids will think is the most natural thing in the world.

“She’ll see me wearing my normal glasses and wonder why I’m not taking more photos with those.  It’s just incredible what the technology has gotten to.”

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