Behind the Glass
Photo: Video by fox4now.com
CAPTIVA, Fla. - SWFL is going high tech as five Google Glasses 'explorers' view the sunshine state through a whole new lens in a first of it's kind event.
When you see Robert Patterson walking down the street he looks like your average Joe, until you look closer at what he's wearing on his face. He says it usually gets him a lot of attention.
"You kinda hear 'What is that going on?' You hear people like 'Is that a cyborg' or really funny things like that," said Patterson, Vice President of Social Media & Influencer Marketing
at MMGY Global.
No, Robert's not a cyborg - but he is just one of a few thousand people selected to preview Google Glass.
Glass is the tech giant's latest innovation: a seamless wearable technology that takes our favorite smartphone features from our fingertips and puts them into a set of futuristic, yet oddly stylish pair of glasses.
"It's essentially a wearable computer that utilizes voice, touch, and search," said Patterson.
Robert was putting all of those features to use when we caught up with him as he checked out Tarpon Bay in Captiva as one of the spots for a first of it's kinda event happening tomorrow.
"We've identified five Google Glass explorers to bring to the beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel," said Patterson, "they are going to participate in the 'Find Your Island' challenge."
Before you get too excited, those 'explorers' are five people who already have the Google Glass technology.
They'll be putting the technology to the test as they take on a series of challenges throughout Southwest Florida from kayaking to parasailing, with the goal of virally promoting tourism here.
To give you an idea of how it all works, Robert streamed video to us live from his vantage point as he checked out Tarpon Bay first hand.
Robert was also able to send us photos taken with Google Glass as I interviewed Dave Lombardi the Operations Manager at Tarpon Bay.
Dave says this partnership will be great for tourism.
"It's gonna help out a lot of industry," said Lombardi, "It's gonna help out exposure of the outdoors, but it's also gonna help pretty much everybody."
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