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Canada's First Google Glass Explorer, David Ciccarelli


By Stephanie Ciccarelli

July 8, 2013

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Canada's first Google Glass Explorer, David Ciccarelli, CEO and co-founder of Voices.com in London, Ontario.Have you heard of Google Glass?

Canadians coast to coast to coast were introduced to Canada's first Google Glass Explorer, David Ciccarelli, CEO and co-founder of Voices.com today via national television on CTV, CBC and on broadcast radio programs across the nation.

What is Google Glass?

How does it work?

How will it impact the way we live?

Find out more and consider the possibilities in today's VOX Daily.

What's Glass Got To Do With It?

Can glasses without lenses be useful?

More than just a pretty set of frames, Google Glass offers the ability for its users to capture the moment without missing it, to see without smudging and thumbing and take in the world on a whole other level. Google Glass is a computer, a phone, a camera, a video camera, a channel for sharing content, a navigator, a personal secretary and more all wrapped into one. Whether tethered to a smartphone or smooth sailing on a wi-fi connection, Google Glass is something to talk about.

How Do You Use Glass?

David Ciccarelli, CEO of Voices.com, is making Google Glass a household name in Canada. After some hometown publicity in the London Free Press announcing his being Canada's first Google Glass Explorer, Ciccarelli made his way to Toronto where he was interviewed on national television and broadcast radio, sharing about the new technology, what people can expect and how he sees Google Glass making its mark on the world.

How Did David Get Google Glass?

Five months ago, Google held a contest on Twitter called "If I had Glass," and invited people to pitch, in 140 characters or less, what they would do with Google Glass should they be selected to purchase what has been called by some, "a smart phone on your head." All entries were tagged with the content hash tag, #ifihadglass

On February 21, 2013, David tweeted "As an audio engineer, I will do something incredibly entrepreneurial with sound or the human voice."

Here's the original tweet David sent out via Twitter to qualify for the contest:

1 in 8000

As you may have noted, Google Glass is not yet available to the general public. David is 1 of 8000 people around the world and only 1 of 3 Canadians to be given the privilege of purchasing a pair of Google Glass before the product hits the stores sometime in 2014 with pricing comparable to the cost of a smart phone.

There were a few locations where you could pick up your Google Glass, one of them being New York City. In late June, David went to Google's offices in midtown, received a two-hour Google Glass tutorial and upon exiting the building, joined the family of Google Glass Explorers.

Along with his fellow Glass Explorers, David will be testing Glass and helping Google make the technology even better for consumers before it goes on the market.

Voice Activation & Bone Conduction

Of interest to us audio folk is how Google Glass is activated and the way sound emanates through Glass. When you want Google Glass to do something for you, you say, "OK, glass," followed by your command of choice. Something else that makes Google Glass unique is how sound travels through the device. Instead amplification through speakers, Google Glass uses what is known as bone conduction.

Merriam-Webster defines bone conduction as "the transmission of sound waves to the inner ear through the bones of the skull." This method of producing sound has been used only by the deaf and the military. While certainly not a new way of hearing, one of the most recent applications of bone conduction is Google Glass.

David explained this concept to Canada AM host, Beverly Thomson (pictured below) and shared his experiences using Google Glass. If you missed this video, it's the first link under the photograph. Be sure to see for yourself!

Canada's first Google Glass Explorer David Ciccarelli with Canada AM Host, Beverly Thomson. July 8, 2013.

Follow The Story As It Unfolds

Here is some recent news coverage for you to take a gander at. If you're curious about Google Glass and how it works, check out these links to hear firsthand from Canada's first Google Glass Explorer and Voices.com CEO, David Ciccarelli!

Google Glass Explorer David Ciccarelli interviewed on Canada AM (VIDEO)
David Ciccarelli interviewed by Wei Chen on Ontario Morning via CBC Radio 1 (AUDIO)
London Free Press, Londoner Seeing World Through Google Glass (TEXT)
Metro, Google Glass Has Some Tech-savvy Class (TEXT)

Your Thoughts?

Have you encountered Google Glass before? What do you think of it? Will you be buying a pair next year?

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Best wishes,

Related Topics: dictionary, Google, New York, radio, TV, YouTube


    An amazing piece of technology. As David said in the interview "there's a time and a place". With the current worldwide problem of some people using mobile (cell) 'phones and texting whilst driving, I hope and pray Google Glass doesn't tempt the crazies out there. The consequences could be tragic.

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      You two are always in the middle of something exciting! Great article Stephanie. I sense another Voices.com app in the works. I hope you tried the glasses, too!

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        Hi Shelley,

        Thank you! This has been an exciting time to be sure. I have had a chance to try Google Glass and think it is fascinating.

        What I'm really interested in so far as Glass goes are the voice activation (voice command, "Ok, glass") and bone conduction aspects. The future is going to look quite different technologically but it will certainly be easier to "see" and capture the moment without having to hold a device!

        Take care,

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          Not seen one in the flesh yet, but excited. I picture VO copy suspended in space alongside related video.
          Everything under gesture control. Eventually a contact-lens miniaturisation of Glass. Not only will many of us continue to work in pyjamas, we won't even get out of bed.

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            It's not stated in this article, but I guess voice over actors can be hired to read copy that would otherwise be "read" to Glass users. My husband has Glass and looks forward to the time that it is set up so that all his feeds (facebook, email, twitter, articles he wants to read) are read to him as he goes about his day - sort of like his own personal audiobook. However, this voice over is automatic rather than voiced by an actor. Maybe in the future articles can be read by actors and uploaded to the server to be downloaded whenever a Glass user needs it? The bone "speaker" itself is a bit soft, though - on the subway train, my husband would need earbuds to hear his content. But it all bodes well for VO commands and some really cool technology.

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