#GGEE Google Glass Education Experiment: I apparently look like a convict!


It has been a long time, more time than I intended since I wrote up a post about my Google Glass Education Experiment. I apologize.

Actually, I don’t really apologize, but I will say that I have been working like crazy to not just share videos recorded with Glass. That is not really earth shattering or groundbreaking.

Rather, I am trying to find answers to how I believe that wearable tech is going to transform and radically shift teaching practices and learning within the next 5-10 years.

I have been working on some new projects with students and recently started messing with new apps for Google Glass.


The first one that I was really excited for was the Nametag app. 


This app is attempting to bring facial recognition to the Google Glass. This is something that I see radically changing social cues and interactions before we know. I don’t think the technology is quite there yet, but there is great promise.

I obviously tested the app using the test images. Kanye West was quick and responsive as were the other celebrities.

But more important I wanted to scan my face!

I pulled up an image of myself to give it a test

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As it scanned it took a few seconds and the results were interesting

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The suggestions of the most highly rated were images of mug shots and people in prison. Lovely!

I tested it again, but this time my Google Glass overheated

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I tested another image of myself



I thought for sure the bowtie would be successful. Instead it gave me new mugshots and convict images and one guy was a super creeper. I started to have doubts about my image.(not really, sarcasm at play)

I was given beta access to the app so keep in mind they are working like crazy to find answers to all the issues being raised.

Despite it not working I have hope. I know they are working to update their servers and image database. I am going to continue to try this app because I believe in it. I really do.

When it does work you will see something like this



I think this app is really going to bring into question discussion and debate about




Do people have a choice to be profiled?

The app still has work, but just think about how many facets of life this type of technology will affect? I am thinking simple things like

  • Taking attendance
  • checking how many times we talk and interact with a student
  • profile checks of people for security in schools
  • parent teacher conferences to provide insight on things we might need to know
  • tracking down new ways to connect with others
  • creating little groups of contacts to share information between private groups

Give it time, this tech is coming and when it does be ready for the headlines!

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