Google Glass isn’t available to the masses, but that hasn’t stopped the technology from making its way to the Large Hadron Collider.
A newly released YouTube video titled “Explorer Story: Andrew Vanden Heuvel [through Glass]” has debuted in which Heuvel explores the inside of the famed scientific facility.
The particle accelerator is located nearly 500 feet below Switzerland and features long pipes and various pieces of equipment that help scientists accelerate particles for research purposes.
Heuvel not only showcased the LHC; he also broadcast his experience to his brother’s physics class in real-time.
In a blog post regarding his adventures, Andrew reveals: “It’s not about the technology, but what you can do with it.”
Here are some of the important lessons the physics teacher learned from his recent trip to CERN:
Ok, so what have I learned from this experience? Here are a few thoughts:
- Put yourself out there. Had I not applied to be a Glass Explorer, I never would have been invited to such a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
- Human ingenuity is awe-inspiring. During this adventure, I directly experienced two impressive technological achievements (although at very different scales). Both the LHC and Glass were made by teams of scientists and engineers working to achieve a seemingly-impossible goal. The human mind’s capacity for creativity is truly worthy of awe.
- It’s not about the technology. As an online teacher, I frequently say, “It’s not about the technology, but what you can do with it.” We have now reached an inflection point in the evolution of technology where each new advance means we see technology less and can do more with it. What a tremendously exciting time to be in education!
Google may believe its technology is ultimately for the masses, but, with this type of video, I can see geeks jumping all over the tech.
Here’s the full “Explorer Story” from Andrew Vanden Heuvel:
Are you going to buy a pair of Google Glass when it debuts for consumer sales?