Created: Wed, 18 Sep 2013 09:11:00 EST
Updated: Wed, 18 Sep 2013 11:44:23 EST
A Middle Georgia Fireman is one of 8,000 people to take home Google Glass before its official release date some time next year.
Gray Fire Chief Max Wood says he was shocked to find out he was one of Google's "exploratory" contest winners. He wrote on his Google + page what he would do with the device, and for $1,500, the company allowed him to pick one up in New York before next year's expected release date.
Wood says the device has the ability to do anything a smart phone can, except you wear it like a conventional pair of glasses.
"It's all here, just weaving it together and giving it a contextual view, we can really benefit because there's nothing like that now available for anybody," Wood said.
Wood says he wants to develop programs for Google Glass that will make fighting fires safer.
"With talking to some departments the I have in Cleveland, and Atlanta, they're really are anxious to wait and see what this has to offer," Wood said.
While wearing Google Glass, Wood hopes firefighters will be able to access the floor plans of burning buildings, and better identify potential hazards. The device also records video and Wood hopes can show where each person is located in a fire.
"We're able to share information back and forth so we can stand on each-others shoulders to really make a good product hopefully, or a good idea that will benefit people," Wood said.