Even though I am a CMO, I am still a tech geek at heart, and Symposium was a great place to try out some technology that I had been reading about, but have not played with yet. Also, I have one super geeky picture to share with you.
I got to try Google Glass for the first time. It was not the most optimal conditions, as there was a ton of noise and Glass was having a hard time hearing me. I did ask Glass to look up Gartner Symposium on Google and then browsed to the site, checked the weather, took a picture and took a video. It is a little disconcerting at first to have the picture right in front of your eyes (it floats in the upper right of your view, not overlaid). I really want to see apps (like augmented reality) and would like to “wear” it for awhile, but to be honest, on my first try, I was a little dissapointed.
I also got to try the Oculus Rift virtual reality headgear (at the Google booth at ITExpo nonetheless). I had read a ton about the Oculus rift, and it did not disappoint. The Rift is able to track your head movement and track your view in the virtual world in real time. The view is a full stereo 130 degree view, so it really feels like you are there. The demo I played was a space demo where you could fly in space above the earth (via a motion based sensor, you could point with your arm). People say that some demos can make you “seasick” but I did not have that issue.
Brad the Jedi