Google Glass is as common as a Tesla motoring down the 101 here in Silicon Valley, but it’s a novelty only read about through media outlets in most of the rest of the world. Sophia Dominiguez knew that novelty was wearing off fast in our city by the Bay, so the 22-year-old recent NYU grad says she decided to take Glass where most people had never had a chance to see it up close – the rest of the world.
Dominiguez recently spent five weeks wearing the futuristic eyewear non-stop while traveling to five different countries and eight cities across the globe, gathering the reactions of everyone she met from Spain to Mumbai as they tried Google Glass on for themselves for the first time.
In Berlin Dominiguez says people were way more concerned about privacy; in Mumbai they offered to build apps for the technology. In the UK Dominiguez tells me the people just couldn’t be bothered. In Paris, her unique eyewear gave her instant celebrity access. Some people had never seen the contraption and had to ask her what it was.
Dominiguez, who was not sponsored by Google to do this but simply decided to find out what people all over the world thought of Glass out of curiosity, used the device to translate conversations, take pictures, and film footage of people’s reactions. She then wrapped her experiences into a short documentary for the New York International Film Festival and the 3 Percent Conference, an event that encourages female talent and leadership in San Francisco.
You can find out more about Dominiguez project and read her travel blog on SophiaThroughGlass.com