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August 29, 2014

Fattah: Through the Google Glass

Is reaching into your pocket for your smartphone just too hard? Have you smacked into a pole while looking down at your gadget? Are you a constant disappointment to family and friends because you’re distracted by your gadgets?

Well, Google Glass may not be able to help completely, but it will certainly get you to look up.

Google’s latest technology is being tested by a few intrepid “explorers,” among them former Speaker and GOP presidential nominee Newt Gingrich and one of his staffers, as well as Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa.

“He is eligible,” Fattah spokeswoman Debra Anderson said. “We found out that he can [participate].” Fattah hasn’t received the glasses just yet, however.

According to his office, the “application process” for getting to run around with the weird-looking glasses was “three tweets” that explained “what we would do and how he would use [Google Glass].”

Fattah’s idea was to give constituents “a bird’s eye view, a first person view” of how Congress actually works.

With Google Glass perched upon the congressman’s head, “people would have the opportunity to see what’s happening in Congress,” Anderson told HOH.

Fattah, for his part, has always been a big techie, Anderson said, and has enjoyed pioneering iPhone apps for his office and the like.

Maybe in a few years, all members of Congress will have their constituents follow them through the looking Glass.

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