Our friends at sister site Engadget recently got a chance to give an early version of Google Glass. Tim Stevens went so far as to hop on the back of a Ducati 848 Streetfighter with Glass tucked under his helmet in an attempt to host a Google+ hangout while on a ride. Unfortunately, the system doesn't easily fit under a helmet thanks in part to the fact that it requires a sizable battery pack behind the user's ear. That kind of nips any fun on track recording options in the bud, either on a bike or on a car.

Still, with some finagling, Stevens was able to wedge the system in place well enough to take decent video, but cell reception woes soon put his online broadcasting hopes to an end. The good news is that Glass doesn't require a connection to continue recording, which is nice. You can watch video from the ride below for yourself.

While Google still has some work to do to make Glass appealing to the motorsports set, Stevens also uncovered a few other issues. Namely, the device isn't as intuitive as he'd hoped, and those with vision impairments had a hard time getting the system to function at all.




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      Jake
      • 1 Year Ago
      You know what you need more of when riding a motorcycle? Distractions from silly gadgets.
      IOMTT
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would recommend focusing on proper riding techniques. Ask the cyclists from the article a couple days ago if they think added distractions are good for motorcyclists.
      Bernard
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why don't you just GoPro? Cheaper device, superior camera.
      torqued
      • 1 Year Ago
      The only thing I could see being useful about this is a HUD that shows you your dashboard so you don't have to look down. Actually I guess the video recording could also be used as an educational tool - to point out problems like not looking through a corner (target fixation) or not checking blindspots...
      Dan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yeah, it looks like does what I do on my sport bike, which is look "up" with your head down. Which doesn't really work for the glasses, which don't have a way to change angle based on your eye position... yet!
      Buzzskyline
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow, it's like a poorly mounted helmet cam.
      NissanGTR
      • 1 Year Ago
      Its funny how people that never rode a motorcycle before are making critical comments.
      Jaybird248
      • 1 Year Ago
      If the cam was mounted at eye view, this rider didn't spend much time looking where he was going. That's a recipe for disaster.
      Dave Smith
      • 4 Months Ago

      The comments say it all. You have to read a few.

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFq0TYgeB_k

      REMUSRM
      • 1 Year Ago
      another douche on a ducati...
        • 1 Year Ago
        @REMUSRM
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      q3a7vodk4
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why do you constantly look down at your speedo. weirdo.
      jj360
      • 1 Year Ago
      No one "enjoyed".
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