(WXYZ) - There’s no denying that Google Glass looks a little like something out of Star Trek.
Their sleek design and futuristic functionality makes them an item on every nerd’s wish-list.
Farmington Hills resident Bobby Mercader was among 8,000 people who Google allowed to buy the first version of Google Glass for $1,500.
"It was something different, like any kind of tech nerd, it was something I wanted when I first saw it," said Mercader.
But, out of a slew of applicants…how did Bobby score a pair?
"I sent a tweet that I would show people the Detroit you don't see in the news…I've taken it a few places," said Mercader.
Bobby has showcased places in Detroit and the suburbs using Google Glass' ability to take photos and video from his vantage point.
"A lot of people have been very curious about it, for the people who know about it, they instantly want to try it," said Mercader. "For the people who don't... they always ask me: 'what are you wearing, what's that thing on your face?'"
There is a camera on the glasses along with a "viewing prism." And as distracting as it seems, Bobby says he hasn't run into anything just yet.
"Google Glass-- they purposely make it so it's out of the main sight of vision," said Mercader. "So I have to look up and to the right to actually see it. if I look side to side, I won't see the viewing prism."
Google Glass does more than just take photos and videos--you can get directions right in front of you, ask for a translation, access your email-- the options are vast. It also has a storage capacity of a little more than 16GB.
Google calls people like Bobby "Glass Explorers"--it has a nice ring to it, huh?
Bobby was nice enough to let me give Google Glass a try. With the exception of a couple stumbles, I was surprised at how easy they were to use.
Not to mention, you feel pretty cool wearing them.
Google is hoping to make Glass available to a wider group of explorers later this year. To read more about Google Glass, go here: http://www.google.com/glass/start/
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