Today’s post is a special treat! I’ll have to give you some background first. A few months ago my hubby (rwotzak), who works just down the hall from me over at Fine Homebuilding, messaged me to tell me that Google was having a competition to choose beta testers of its new device, the Google Glass. It’s a funky pair of glasses that you can wear around and use to take photos and videos, and if you tether it to your cell phone, you can get directions, do simple Google searches, etc. All I had to do was tweet what I’d do with Glass. I said “#ifihadglass I would use it to give tours of the gardens I visit this summer on my blog, https://www.finegardening.com/blog/garden-photo …!” Well, they chose me as one of just a couple of thousand people to become a tester! Of course, we still had to BUY the device, but Taunton was game, so we did it!
What you see below is our first video tour using the Google Glass. I took the device with me when I visited our friend and fellow GPODer Tim Vojt (Vojt) in Columbus, and while I can’t show you the entire tour (his FRONT garden will be in the magazine next year!!), I can share his side garden. Keep in mind that I’m still very new with this thing. I didn’t talk at all, and it’s a bit jumpy as I walk along, but just imagine you’re me, taking a quiet stroll through Tim’s lovely garden. Feel free to tell me what you would want in future tours–like talking, more stopping and looking around, conversation, etc. For example, I wish I’d had Tim give me a tour, with him in front of me, pointing out his favorite bits, I should have slowed down quite a bit, and I should have looked down more often. Let me know what you think–after all, you guys are the reason we invested in this nifty tool. Enjoy! And stay tuned… I’ll be taking it with me to the High Line in NYC later this week….