The most shocking thing I’ve heard from other Google Explorers is that they only use their set of Glass for taking photos and videos. Glass has so many other applications. But if you don’t wear them regularly, or if you feel awkward about wearing them in public, you may never discover the unexpected benefits. That’s why I’ve worn my set every day. These are the most useful ways I’ve found to use Glass at work.
- As a Bluetooth headset. Google Glass tethers to your phone via Bluetooth, but it didn’t occur to me that I could use them for hands-free calling until someone rang me at work. Aside from the novelty of being able to say “Ok glass, answer call,” I found it very useful to be able to answer the phone without having to drag it out of my purse, especially if I was typing or driving my car.
- To monitor social media. I frequently present at conferences and via webinars. Because Google Glass is linked to my Twitter account, I can see when people send me @messages. This is awesome for receiving live feedback and eliminates the need for a second screen to look at the social chatter. A whole host of Glassware apps are being developed specifically for conference speakers to connect with their audience and get real-time feedback. I haven’t tested those out yet, but I’m looking forward to it.
- To listen to music. I’m easily distracted, so when I’m feeling pulled in a million directions, nothing helps me focus as well as putting on my headphones and listening to music. Problem is, if I have to open iTunes up or search my phone for a playlist, I often forget to turn the music on. Also, my back is to my office door, so if I do have music going on the headphones, not being able to see people as they enter has given me a shock more than once. That’s why I really enjoy listening to music on Google Glass. The monobud doesn’t cancel out everything, so I can listen to music andand be aware of my surroundings. Before the Pandora Glassware was approved, I felt stymied by my lack of Google Play music. Now, I can just turn on Beastie Boys radio or whatever else I’m in the mood for and listen for hours before I need to recharge.
Those are my three favorite work-related ways to use Glass. Are you an Explorer? Let me know how you use your set at work. An aspiring GlassCat? Feel free to ask me any questions you might have in the comment section. I’ll be happy to answer then.
In my next post, I’ll share some of the everyday/personal ways I love to use Glass. Until then: Stay #glassy!