I’ve had an issue crop up with my ZimmGlass that prompted me to write a little more about my use of this demo product. Actually, I’ve got a number of issues.
I have found that I primarily use the camera to record video clips, especially those at a trade show or some kind of product demo. The video is acceptable although the audio leaves much to be desired. Some of the apps like Twitter need more integration built into them to make them truly useful for me.
The issue I just had crop up is that the thin layer of foil on the mirror or prism which is what I can see the screen on through my prescription lenses has started flaking off. I have a support ticket started with Google on that and got prompt response. For a $1,500 product that I have taken very good care of I am hoping for a replacement.
But there are other issues that include:
Battery Life: Will have to be addressed before a public launch since I don’t get more than about 3 hours of continuous use. If I’m on a tour bus for the day I am shutting it down except when I have to use it.
Overheating: Glass overheats and shuts down after 3 or more minutes of video recording. I did get almost 10 minutes out of a Livestream app test though. But then I can’t use it until it cools down.
Sudden Shut Downs or Restarts: This has improved with updates but still happens.
Random photo taking: While I’m wearing it but not touching it or speaking to it. Very distracting at best. I do get some interesting photos though!
Listening to audio/phone calls: Glass has an earbud but the primary method of listening to audio just can’t amplify enough to be heard in anything but a quiet room.
We all know this is a product under development and I’m glad to have the chance to be in the Explorer program to try it out and provide feedback. When we do get a truly commercial product my wish list includes better camera, battery, mic and third party apps like Twitter. It has a place in agricultural media that I do think will become better as the product improves.
Got questions about this product or other apps or gadgets? Please feel free to contact me and I’ll do my best to answer. I am planning on starting a regular app/gadget/os review column and currently looking for a sponsor (hint, hint).