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MUNCIE — It may look a little strange, but three Ball State developers are walking around campus wearing the hottest new tech item, Google Glass.

Glass is a computer you wear like glasses–it’s basically a high-tech bluetooth device connected to your phone.

Google has only released the device to a couple thousand developers who paid a hefty $1,500 for it. It’s still unclear when it will hit the open market and how much consumers will have to pay for it.

Chris Turvey, a developer in Ball State’s iLearn technology department, showed Fox 59 how Glass works. He’s able to use voice activation to take photos and video from his perspective. The device also links up to text messages, Google hangouts and even GPS navigation.

“I like being able to catch moments (that) I couldn’t have caught otherwise,” Turvey said.

Kyle Parker, who works in Ball State IT, admitted he’s still getting used to the device. It doesn’t look like anything else out there and requires you to get used to a screen that’s project right in front of your face.

“I’m not there yet, but I’ve only had it for a couple of weeks,” Parker said.

The developers are working on ways to incorporate the technology at Ball State, while also providing feedback online and to Google that could help with development into the regular marketplace.

To see more on how it works, check out Chris Turvey’s Google Plus page.