Google Glass coming to Durham

Sep. 27, 2013 @ 05:16 PM

Google Glass, Google Inc.’s wearable, Internet-connected computer device that can respond to voice commands and put turn-by-turn directions in front of your face, will make its first public debut to consumers in Durham on Oct. 5.

The event at the American Tobacco Campus downtown will be the first stop on a multi-stop public showcase of the product, which hasn’t been widely released to consumers yet. The next stops on the tour haven’t been announced yet.
The company did an early release of Google Glass to 10,000 people, of which 2,000 were technology developers. The total includes 40 people from North Carolina who applied to be “Google Explorers,” according to a news release.
The announcement of the public showcase in Durham comes on the heels of another coup for the city. 
The American Underground, the hub for entrepreneurs at the American Tobacco Campus, was named on Wednesday as part of a network of seven technology hubs in North America. 
The network is a program of Google’s approximately two-year-old Google for Entrepreneurs initiative.
At the Oct. 5 event, consumers will have a chance to try the device and to ask questions.
Encased in a titanium eyeglass frame, the Google Glass is capable of pulling up on-the-go maps, conducting searches on voice command, taking photos or videos, as well as sharing them.
Event-goers are encouraged to take photos of themselves wearing the Google Glass and to share them on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #durhamthroughglass.
The event will be held at the Bay 7 event space at the American Tobacco Campus, 318 Blackwell St. It will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
To attend the event, send an RSVP through