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An Awkward First Date Shot Through Google Glass

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We as humans are terrible at expressing our desires. You never quite know what’s going on in someone’s head. We’re not so different from Google Glass in that way. It’s tough to tell what’s someone’s doing in that little prism screen. This short film combines the awkwardness of dating with the overly-intimate nature of Google’s face computer.

But it also proves that despite the frequent jeers of Glass for being creepy, its ability to put you inside a film’s protagonist could open new realms for art. Check out the video’s premiere, embedded below on TechCrunch:

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Warning: Spoilers Below

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Seriously, Don’t Ruin It For Yourself

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So the guy wasn’t actually wearing Glass on this first “date”. Co-director and star Boonsri Dickinson tells me “I was going to go home but he still wanted to hang out. So I said that we should just go grab my Glass and re-enact what happened.”

The result actually makes you feel sheepish and uncomfortable in a way that watching an actor from the third-person perspective can’t. You recoil as he says boneheaded things about her beauty, and you embody his regret as things go sour. I wish I could watch it through Oculus so I could really be transported onto that New York street.

Co-director and star Daniel Feighery tells me “As a filmmaker, [Glass is] entirely different. You’re not behind the camera. You ARE the camera. Part of the action, no longer an observer. You are an actor and cameraman at the same time. It removes barriers and is more participatory.”

So while Glass might stick out when worn in everyday life, it also has the potential to record it more authentically than a camera you can hide in your pocket. Glass might need to slim down and feel more covert before it gets mainstream adoption. But until then, it presents opportunity to capture life just how it looks.

For more Glass film, check out Boonsri’s previous short “The Kiss” below and support her on Patreon.