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Friday, Nov 15 2013 11:16 AM

'First Look': Bakersfield man shows off new view of world with Google glasses

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    Tim McNeely talks about his new Google Glasses on "First Look with Scott Cox."

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    Scott Cox tries out the new Google Glasses on "First Look with Scott Cox."

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

They are slim, sleek and maybe even a little geeky. But Google glasses definitely make a statement.

The glasses are a wearable computer with an optical head mounted display that allow a person to communicate with the Internet via a simple swipe on the side of the glasses, or verbally.

Friday on "First Look with Scott Cox," Tim McNeely, one of the first people to have Google glasses, talked about the newest gadget.

"It gives you the ability to look up from your phone or tablet and still search information," McNeely said.

For a couple days before McNeely's visit to the studio, simulcast host Scott Cox refused to believe there was any need for the glasses.

But after trying them on, his opinion changed.

"This is crazy," Cox said in disbelief. "Information is literally floating right in front of my face."

So how do you get your hands on a pair of these neat glasses?

For now, Google has to send you a personal invitation.

McNeely's brother, who runs a technology company, was able to get an invitation for him, making him one of about 40,000 people who have the glasses.

"Having them gives you a glimpse of the future and it's exciting to see new things happening but having them hasn't changed me personally," McNeely said.

While in the studio, McNeely took video and snapped pictures without Cox even noticing. The quality of the photos and video was clear and the colors were exact.

Cox asked McNeely whether he feels that a person's privacy could be violated since he could record or take photos without people noticing.

"The paparazzi are really going to love this," McNeely said. "But it's just part of technology and you should still be polite and not take videos or pictures without someone's permission."

 

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