Iowa Googler works to convince world Glass is "a good thing"

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Posted: Monday, June 17, 2013 12:00 am

Slater, Iowa native and Iowa State University alum Steve Lee (left) recently spoke with The Des Moines Register about his decision three years ago to join the Google Glass team.

"It seemed a bit crazy at the time," Lee, the director of Google Glass, told The Des Moines Register. "But I saw a vision that this could be compelling. I could see how it could become a whole new way for people to interact if we could achieve some technical feats."

In 2012 Lee was named one of Fast Company's "100 most creative people in business," now he's starting to redirect his attentions to the day Google Glass is available in stores. As of now, the product has only been offered to a limited number of developers and the winners of a social media contest.

"It is educating the world and letting them know that, even if they don't buy it, it's a good thing for the world," he said. "They should not fear it. They should embrace it."

For more from Lee and insight from an Iowa State University student (below) using Glass, read the Register's article: "Google Glass: Could the wearable computer reshape education and industry?"

For more on Google Glass in the Silicon Prairie, see our post: "Winning Google Glass tweets from the Silicon Prairie"

To learn about other Iowa natives in technology, see our post: "Ten Iowa expats in tech you should know".

Credits: Photo and video from DesMoinesRegister.com. Lee photo from Twitter.

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