Official Google Glass videos tend to feature really cool people doing really cool things, like flying in a hot-air balloon, piloting a small airplane or skydiving. But what happens when normal people get their mitts on Google Glass? Apparently, they record themselves playing video games.
Google Glass Explorers are beginning to upload the first Google Glass videos shot by real people to YouTube, and while the eyewear is still decidedly cool hardware, the videos that are emerging are about as boring as you and I.
Forbes was one of the first media outlets to report on Dan Maclaughin's less-than-breathtaking footage that shows the Glass Explorer playing Lord of the Rings Online, with his Google eyewear recording the gameplay.
The Google Glass interface is not visible, so the only indication of the video actually being shot on Glass is the bobbing camera angle, which implies a moving head. There's no reason to doubt the authenticity of the video, however - McLaughlin also posted himself doing a Google Glass unboxing, which definitely appears authentic.
If you're interested, McLaughlin has several Google Glass videos posted to his YouTube channel that seem to go out of their way to be the opposite of Google's official Glass videos. They show McLaughlin performing mundane tasks like gardening, grinding flour, practicing piano, making pancakes and hiking.
As with the MMO Glass video, the user interface is not visible in any of the clips, so the only thing to really be gained from them is a sense for Google Glass' video resolution, which looks pretty spectacular.
For us mere mortals, Google Glass won't be available until sometime in 2014, according to Google Chariman Eric Schmidt:
"There will be thousands of [Google Glass] in use by developers over the next months, and then based on their feedback, we'll make some product changes, and it's probably a year-ish away," Schmidt said in response to a question regarding when Glass will come out.