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Seeing the world through Google Glass

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Ryan Warner is a busy guy. He is developing software for a government research firm, he's graduating from college Saturday, and just a few days ago he got his Google Glass-- thanks to a lot of hard work.

The Google Glass looks like a pair of glasses, and it connects with your phone. You can see the screen through a little piece of glass. It lets you surf the web, even send a text without touching your phone. The glass operates mostly by verbal command.

It's not your average gadget and it tends to turn heads, but the goal is to make this type of technology mainstream, and blend in.

"Someone took a picture of the inauguration. Everyone was holding up phones to take a picture, now we have iPads and other tablets up in the way," Warner said. "It is supposed to take away the distraction of the technology."

Warner learned about the product in 2011 at a Google conference, and signed up to test the technology.

"They told us upfront it was going to be $1,500. I was hesitant, personally, I was like I cannot afford that upfront," he says.

Last year he competed in a "hack-a-thon" where he and his teammates worked to create an app for the Glass. His team won.

"And the prize was that we get these for free," he says.

He's using it to check emails, communicate with friends and experience life from behind the Glass.

You can take still pictures or live video from the point-of-view perspective and post them to the web to share with friends. Warner's only had the technology for about week, but so far so good.

He plans to wear it while accepting his diploma Saturday.

"It would be so cool to step across the stage, and have that on video. You only get to do that so many times in your life," he says.

But there's a reason it's still in test form-- not all the kinks are worked out just yet.

"I have had some trouble getting SMS messages. It isn't a huge deal for me, but it is something Google will want to work on," Warner says.

Ryan gets the Glass for free, but Google gets something, too. The company gets all the feedback in time to roll out the product to the public in 2014.

The expectation is that when the product hits the market, it will be significantly less expensive than what people are paying just to test it out.

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