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Why a blog about Google Glass?

When we launched the Miami Herald's Guantánamo page years ago, I decided it would follow strict journalistic conventions. It's a repository for news articles without opinion, a website that covers a place, a policy and a people using traditional online elements: images that illustrate, documents that illuminate, graphics and videos that provide a dispassionate deep dive into a frequently controversial story. That site sticks to the basics -- who, what, where, when, why and how -- while leveraging new media.

This blog does not set out to do any of that. Rather, like Google Glass, it is an experiment. Here, one item at a time, I will try to illustrate my exploration of this new journalistic tool.

WindexSometimes this blog will tackle questions, and sometimes posts will answer them. A colleague asked yesterday: Do you clean it with Windex? (It is called Glass, remember.) Answer: Nope. So far I've dabbed its lens and video display gently with an eyeglass cloth. If anyone out there discovers a better answer, please do tweet @carolrosenberg using the hashtag #Glasshygiene.

Sometimes you'll find posts that explain how using it advanced my goal of reporting. This YouTube video gave you a lighter look at the latest rotation of troops temporarily assigned to Guantánamo to guide and censor civilian reporters. This screengrab from it illustrates the skepticism of Army Lt. Col. Sam House, at the rear, who forbade me from taking it to the base's detention center zone. (Despite my assurances that I couldn't post live off it.)

Sometimes it will showcase the perspective it provides me, a print reporter. That's why I launched the site yesterday not with words but an animated image, called a gif. VantagepointIt shows you what I was seeing while Pulitzer Prize winner Pat Farrell photographed me demonstrating Google Glass for Army Col. Greg Julian. This photo, by Glass, shows my vantage point, the flip side of Pat's picture of me doing a finger swipe on the front page of today's Miami Herald. 

Occasionally I will offer links to trends and controversies that particularly interest me, maybe with commentary if I have something to say.

As necessary, I will show and explain user error. That's why one category in this blog is called "Oops," an upfront acknowledgement of mistakes we make as we navigate this new technology. If you email me some examples of errors, I will show some here too.

Wonky topics I intend to tackle include quirky connectivity, battery life, etiquette, voice commands and the fragility of the device itself. I'll also talk about how it's a personal device, tied to my online identity, meaning it's not that easy to pass around. About 100 different people have already worn mine, if briefly, and it's showing signs of wear as each person tries to fit it to his or her head -- something that doesn't happen with ordinary eyeglasses.

I'll also highlight some photographs, videos and foibles, when time allows from my day job, and make the case that Guantánamo's guard force has no reason to fear it. Just like any other camera, it goes there with the uncomfortable agreement that soldiers can censor its content. So I'll give another whack next week, when I'm back at Guantánamo covering developments at pre-trial hearings in the 9/11 case.


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I heard about glass but din't see its spec. its really cool.

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