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Johnston Turner extends invitation to try Google Glass

Cynthia Johnston Turner and teaching assistant Tyler Ehrlich ’14 have been asked by Google to select three people each to join them as official Google Glass Explorers, and they’re offering the opportunity to Cornell students, faculty and staff.

They are taking nominations via Twitter through Sunday, Dec. 15; interested people at Cornell should tweet what they would do if they had Google Glass, using the hashtags #ifIhadGlass and #CUGlass. The Twitter contest was suggested by Barbara Friedman in Academic Technologies.

Johnston Turner, associate professor of music and director of wind ensembles, has been using Google Glass – a head-mounted computer with optical display – and exploring its potential academic and performance uses since January as a member of Google’s Glass Explorer Program. She has demonstrated the uses of the headset in performance with CU Winds, and she and Ehrlich are chronicling their use of Google Glass on a blog and developing applications, including one that will embed musical scores in the device.

United States residents age 18 or older with a U.S. shipping address are eligible. Those who are accepted will be required to purchase the $1,500 headset from Google.

The wearable technology is not yet available commercially, but is being used by testers nationwide including Johnston Turner and Ehrlich. Their feedback is helping Google to improve hardware and software before a consumer version is offered.

The Glass Explorers Program began earlier this year and is being expanded to involve more testers. All current Explorer Program users have each been invited to select three new users. 

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