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Google Glass Chooses Durham For First Stop

Google Glass
Leoneda Inge

Durham is the first stop on the national Google Glass tour.

No, these titanium framed wearable computers are not for sale yet.  The Google X Team says it will be sometime next year. These science fiction-like frames come in several colors – including Sky, which looks a lot like Carolina Blue.

“To talk to your Google Glass, you have to say Okay Glass," Reporter Leoneda Inge said while trying on a pair.

She'll need several more lessons.  Wilson White is Public Policy Counsel for Google Glass.  

“Well the Triangle has a history of being innovative and very excited about technology and innovation, so we thought this would be a great first stop," said White.

Saturday, October 5, Google Glass is hosting its first public event at American Tobacco.  Thousands of people signed-up to try on the frames.  Only 3,500 people are allowed to attend, and all the slots are gone.

So far a group of "early adopters" are walking around wearing Google Glass.  They had to pay $1,500 for a pair.  The actual "glass" part of Google Glass is small and sits in the upper part of your right eye viewing field.  Wearers stroke the colorful bar on the right to turn the device on and off.  It is connected to users' GMAIL and other Google accounts.

Leoneda Inge is WUNC’s race and southern culture reporter, the first public radio journalist in the South to hold such a position. She also is co-host of the podcast Tested and host of the special podcast series, PAULI. Leoneda is the recipient of numerous awards from AP, RTDNA and NABJ. She’s been a reporting fellow in Berlin and Tokyo. You can follow her on Twitter @LeonedaInge.
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