YUMA, Ariz. -- A gadget-loving granny from Yuma will be among the first people to test out Google Glass, a sort of hands-free computer users wear like a pair of glasses without lenses and activate with their voice.
“I was stunned when I found out, because literally millions of people tried out for this,” said 61-year-old Trudy Schuett.
Schuett entered a contest to become part of the public testing phase as part of the Project Glass research and development project.
“I submitted the idea that I would use it to see if I could figure out ways to help people with Alzheimer’s, or memory issues, or other disabilities. I guess someone there liked my idea,” said Schuett.
She will have to pay $1500 to purchase the device and travel to San Francisco to learn how to use it. For the grandmother of three, Google Glass is just the latest of her technological adventures.
Schuett already has a laptop computer, a smart phone, a Facebook page, a Twitter account, and her own blog. She says technology has come a long way since her days as a young girl in the 1950’s.
“Probably the most exciting thing I had back then was a transistor radio,” said Schuett.
Technology expert Ken Colburn of Data Doctors says Google Glass will have many applications.
“You can get directions, compose email just by speaking, take pictures and videos, listen to music,” Colburn said.
Still, Colburn warns that as technology advances, so do privacy concerns.
“This will make it very easy for people to record things without other people realizing they’re being recorded. We’ve already seen some establishments that won’t allow Google Glass in their facility,” Colburn said.
Google Glass is not expected to be available to the public until 2014.