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GoogleGlass captures a Guantanamo prosecution press briefing

On Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, the Pentagon permitted filming of the roundtable conducted by Brig Gen. Mark Martins, the war court chief prosecutor, laying out plans for that week's 9/11 pretrial hearings. In the past it's been done sitting in an actual circle, a bit less formally, or at tables, where reporters can set their pads and recorders in front of them. This one was a little more formal, and military staff matched reporters because only six media members came down on the Military Commissions flight a day earlier from Andrews Air Force Base.

Here's a 10-minute segment of with it looked like, as seen by Google Glass inside a mostly empty shed at the war court compound, from the vantage of a print reporter, me. 

This video presents some of the challenges of one-size, fits-all reporting -- and how I'm still learning to use my GoogleGlass as a reporting tool.

I'm a print reporter, covering a briefing, taking notes and capturing it with a camera atop my eyeglasses inside a shed at Guantanamo where there is no WiFi. In the very same room is a four-member CBS crew collecting video too -- cameraman, soundman and two other team members.

Had the general made news, one of them could have dashed out of the shed into the cavernous hangar IMG_1807at Camp Justice and gotten the news out. If the CBS reporter or producer (sitting out of my field of vision and out of that of their film crew) had a question, he or she could have just called it out -- off-stage, as it were. I sat there, holding my head as steady as possible, catching the scene and audio. Afterward, I asked prosecutor Martins my questions, pad in hand, inside the hangar where many interviews typically take place. That way, I could look down and take notes and not be preoccupied with collecting video imagery.



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B.G. Perry


Get one of those foam heads used for wigs. You can set your camera on it and it will stay in one place until you need to turn it (just like your head) to see something else. Then you can take notes along the way!


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