You could call it a VIP pass into the Houston Zoo. Visitors to the Houston Zoo will get a new view thanks to a wearable computer gadget. Houston Zoo's new Google Glass will take animal lovers to places in the zoo they have never seen before.
"We're really excited to share Google Glass with the public," said Ryan Draper, Houston Zoo interactive marketing coordinator. "It's going to show what it's like to work as an animal keeper and give a never before look behind the scenes."
Google Glass lets you become a Houston Zoo animal trainer, so to speak, giving you a rare glimpse of what it's like to work these animals through a trainer's eyes.
"You can go with Judith as she goes to work with one of our American alligators," said Draper. "You can ride along with Jessica as she prepares the giraffe diet, so it's really cool. People are going to see things they normally wouldn't see on a daily basis."
The Houston Zoo recently won a Google contest. The prize was a pair of Google Glass. Google Glass involves an eyeglasses-mounted device capable of shooting photos, filming video and surfing the Internet. It has a built-in camera and voice-command capability.
Draper said winners were selected based on creative ideas for putting the $1,500 head-mounted technology to use. Draper said it's going to be a new way to experience the zoo.
There is a tiny screen by the right eye. It's a way to record video hands-free. Zoo officials are excited to give you this unique perspective.
"With the glasses, you can take pictures," said Draper. "You can take videos, email, tweet, google. We're primarily concerned with taking videos and using that as a first person account of working here."
Houston Zoo officials have already used the technology to videotape staff caring for a giraffe.