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What Could Charities Do With Google Glass?

By February 22, 2013
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Everyone is talking about Google Glass, the new innovation from the technology giant! That left us wondering: what could a nonprofit do with it?

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Google continues to stand at the cutting edge of technology, revealing their newest innovation, Google Glass, this week! The futuristic product created a ton of buzz, quickly becoming a top trending topic on Twitter and sparking the imagination of many around the world.

So what exactly is Google Glass? According to Google, the voice-controlled eyewear can take and share live pictures and video, send messages, get directions, translate, and more!

If you're like us, you're probably eager to get your hands on this!

While a public release is still ways away, Google is giving an opportunity to a few lucky contest winners who are willing to invest a little pocket money.

If you'd like to try Google Glass, you can describe what you'd do with the technology in a post on Twitter or under 50 words on Google+, using the hashtag #ifIhadGlass.

If selected, winners may pre-order a Glass Explorer Edition for $1,500 and will be invited to attend an exclusive pick-up experience in New York, San Francisco or Los Angeles.

Whether you're planning to try your luck in the contest or to patiently wait for a full release to the market, we have some ideas for how your organization could use Google Glass!

  • Bring an audience into "backstage" areas of arts & culture institutions where priceless objects or artwork is stored.
  • Allow your supporters to follow scientists into normally inaccessible places like a research station in the South Pole, or a protected nature habitat!
  • Show your donors exactly what their donations are building around the world, for instance, projects like wells, clinics or schools.
  • Demonstrate what it's like to use wheelchairs, hand-operated cars, prosthetic limbs and other types of accessibility technology.
  • Help your staff capture once-in-a-lifetime moments in nature, for instance, animal births or other special events at a shelter.
  • Advocate for your cause by broadcasting events & protests as they are actually happening.
  • Make your charity's experts available for Q&A sessions or chats while they're actually working on the job or deployed in the field.

This could be a fantastic opportunity for your charity or nonprofit organization to be an early adopter on an innovative new platform. Is it time to reach out to a generous donor or group of fans?

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