People may be concerned about their privacy around Google Glass users, but animals don’t seem to mind the curious-looking eyewear. Various zoo animals at the Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia, got their first glimpse of Google’s prototype smart glasses when zookeepers recently spent a week taking care of the animals while donning Google Glass. The zookeepers uploaded a compilation of their Glass-recorded videos to YouTube on Friday morning to let users experience what it’s like to take care of zoo animals up close and personal. We’ve embedded the video below.
“Have you ever felt like you stepped into a sci-fi movie or had a 'Back to the Future' moment? That's exactly what it was like for our Zoo Keepers when we trialed the first set of Google Glass to hit Australian shores,” Taronga Zoo wrote on its blog on Friday.
After seeing their zoo colleagues in the U.S. test Google Glass, the Taronga zookeepers said they wanted to see if the “unobtrusive cameras could further help us monitor and care for our amazing animals.” The Taronga Zoo said it used Google Glass while feeding its kangaroos, checking a six-month-old koala, feeding the giraffes and training the zoo’s new Wedge-tail Eagle and Sooty Owls.
“It certainly was quite a novelty and heaps of fun to get our hands on the glasses before anyone else in Australia, but more importantly it could be used to great effect to help us monitor intricate animal behavior and assist us in getting footage of things like kangaroo and koala health checks which we actually have little photographic or video footage of because our hands are too busy working with the animals,” the Taronga Zoo said on its blog.
Check out the day at the zoo video created by the Taronga zookeepers, and let us know your thoughts on Google Glass in the comments section below.