Today, five nonprofits will start using Glass to explore how the technology can help solve some real world problems. These +Google Giving partners, +World Wildlife Fund, +Samasource, +GiveDirectly, +Do Something  and +charity: water, all had ideas for how Glass can amplify their impact and tackle some complex challenges. From poverty alleviation in Kenya to rallying youth to support important causes, these groups will use Glass in their daily work. They hope to bring more transparency to philanthropy, and close the gap between donors and the people they support. And this is only the beginning. Stay tuned for updates on what’s next for Giving through Glass. For now, here’s a glimpse of their first moments with Glass #googlegivingthroughglass .
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Maybe for a start Google could align with corporations that aren't vocally opposed to the idea that access to fresh water is a human right. (Looking at you, Nestle)
 
Finally Google catching to the world news not focus only Black American
 
I know Google even makes reporters pay for Glass. Did the charities get them for free, I hope?
 
clean water for everyone...what a happy group!
 
I have zero faith in Glass having any ability to solve real world world problems. It's very much a First World rich person's toy with no inherent utility. 
 
+Mark Weinberg If it brings more visibility to these causes, and draws people to donate?

It's very much a piece of hardware. What can be done with it, depends on the user. It's most certainly useful, it has utility.

Regarding it being a "rich person's toy", it is a prototype, it's the first of it's kind, so it's heavily overpriced at the moment. It's meant for early adopters, who are, by and large, wealthy. It will drop in price as it becomes more commonplace.

The cell phone was one a rich person's toy, that I imagine many argued had no inherent utility.
 
+Mark Weinberg Glass most definitely will not solve any 3rd world problem. What it may do is bring more awareness of the 3rd world problems to the rest of the world.
 
+Mark Weinberg you obviously lack creativity or an ability to gauge the potential of a technological innovation.
 
I disagree, I think just as smartphones have given people tools and means to tackle real problems by providing information and collaboration abilities glass can be used constructively beyond just being a toy. It will take a bit of time before developers will utilize this new platform but it has huge potential with imagination and creativity being the limiting factor.
 
+Jake Weisz regarding visibility for these organizations, ummm Ok maybe. The cell phone had a real inherent utility in the developing world. The provision of long distance communication in a world with limited to no landline infrastructure. I think it's reaching to compare Glass to the basic cell phone. 
 
+Mark Weinberg Actually, an early cell phone was useless in the developing world, because there were no towers to support it, no way to communicate with it.

The truth is, the cell phone was a luxury of the rich when it first came out. Now, you can certainly argue that it has value. Someday, you'll feel retarded that you thought Glass had no inherent utility. All new technology has someone sitting back and saying "oh, that'll never be a thing" and "nobody needs that".
 
 
Just to pile on +Mark Weinberg... sorry

1) People solve real world problems.
2) Technology helps people solve real world problems. 
3) Glass inspires, involves, connects more people to solve real world problems.

I lived in Ghana, West Africa for years, trust me when I tell you that anything that helps people solve poverty is welcome in my book.
 
+Justin Melville nice ad hominen ;) but I'll bite. Since I lack creativity etc, please educate me regarding one feature of Glass that renders it potentially indispensable. Bonus points if you can imagine the technology working in a world where electricity is unreliable if present at all. 
 
+Jake Weisz yes I understand that. But the cell phone solved a real existing human need for connection and it was ultimately cheaper to build cell phone towers than the old landline infrastructure.

I am sure Glass will be a wonderful addition to our list of tech toys, but I am justifiably skeptical that it is ready for real developing world problems in its present form. 
 
Even the ability to perform certain tasks hands free is already a benefit.
You could provide people with remote assistance for all kinds of tasks. For example consider some emergency situation where a person wearing glass wasn't sure what do to, they can get remote assistance from an expert being able to see and hear what they see and hear and walk them through it with both of their hands free. 
 
What about institutions like ours. We at telemedicine centre nanavati hospital mumbai India ,can do a lot more with glasses .hope somebody in google glass team answers.
 
+Mark Weinberg first unlike you I don't pretend that if I can't immediately draw an idea myself then nobody can. I recognize that crowd sourcing ideas is the best way to spur innovation by drawing from various perspectives rather than one. However, I will also indulge you with a full response. Ignoring your claim regarding inadequate power supplies since that eliminates every electronic device on the planet from the equation. There are numerous emerging portable power sources such as efficient solar generators donated by organizations.
My use for Glass in a developing country wouldn't necessitate every individual owning a pair. It could be used to visually analyze surroundings, warn of potential hazards (predators, other dangers that a user may not notice), estimate distances without requiring use of hands or losing sight of a target, provide vision in areas where there is no ambient light (additional hardware upgrade required), or allow individuals to map out their surroundings in 3D which would have several practical applications. Again these are only some ideas and I certainly don't pretend to have the best use cases. That said discrediting a device based on your imagination alone is incredibly short sighted and egotistical.
 
Aside from 3rd world applications, I see the "glass" as an asset for those who are visually impaired to function better in the classroom, etc.  I am hoping that these will be a cost-effective option for those people who have low-vision to be able to participate in routine activities on the same level as those who have no vision issues.  ~purely selfish. 
 
I'm rather interested in how these devices will hold up, should they in fact hold a charge long enough, and have the ability to find a network, and a useful purpose. I predict lots of broken, bent, scratched up frames and lenses that cannot be fixed. That is, of course, unless Google has made the frames and lenses out of unobtanium :P
 
Here's a thought: we can use Google Glass to help the poor in Africa, and when it becomes a great success, we exploit the cheap labor of China to help manufacture more of these wonder machines to help those in need in Africa. Hey, aren't there resources to be extracted in Africa that are necessary to make Glass? We can help them by making them work in mines! Success! Jobs for everyone!
 
I'm curious as to what these charities plan on using them for? Anyone have a link? In particular, what glass can do which a cell phone cannot in a third world environment.
 
If you all are interested in connecting your work to some of the Sandy-impacted area of New York/New Jersey... Friends of Rockaway has been working and would love to bring the experience of volunteering and working down here to a larger audience! www.friendsofrockaway.org
 
This is amazing! Technology in action for better living to the world! Amazing
 
Yay!!! It's so awesome to see others using Glass for great causes! I'm using #Glass4good myself :-)
 
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Wonder how does the glass replace a smart phone? There are many functionalities associated with a phone and also the power of connectivity is relatively higher. 
 
What a great way to show what's going on.
 
+Ramesh Rajan +Daniel Lawrence +Mark Weinberg The big change here that could have so much impact globally, not just in the developing world, is the introduction of augmented reality. Google glass just happens to be the best device for using augmented reality. Very primitive AR apps are currently available on cellphones but we will find out very quickly that AR is something that should be experienced visually and hands free. So it just happens that google are pushing very hard for the AR revolution to happen. As for particular apps that could be useful in poverty stricken areas, well, +Justin Melville mentioned a good few. I would just add that AR will be useful in rescue operations after natural or man made disasters. These always hit poverty stricken regions much harder.
 
This is very interesting and will be so great to watch. Love what Glass is doing to the world.
 
big glass fan. I love what its doing.
 
Great, I work in the non profit sector and have ideas too about how to use the google glass. Hope I have one next year to develop some things to do good :)
 
Not all non-profit organizations are based in Africa. The Junior Philanthropists are a really cool non-profit organization in St. Thomas. All of the members are under 18, and have already donated nearly 30 thousand dollars to good causes.
 
how do I get to leverage the same resources as the larger nonprofits ? 
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How about Reach Out Worldwide ?
 
+Mark Weinberg Mark, didn't you just reverse yourself?  Myself, I can think of many ways Google Glass can help in 3rd world countries. Off the top of my head, you can connect Glass with existing teleconferencing tech and a doctor treating patients in Africa can consult with any number of Doctors anywhere in the world, a live POV  hands-free.
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This tech can triple or quadruple man-on-street philanthropic interest and action within 1 year! Think about the excitement level generated by exposure of opportunities for one's personal connection to real-time results/benefits being delivered to any good cause around the world. Respects to Google.
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