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Topper launches Google Glass reality show

Hilary JM Topper, president and chief executive of

Hilary JM Topper, president and chief executive of HJMT Public Relations in Melville, is launching a YouTube reality show in October 2013 to showcase her life as a Google Glass beta tester. (Credit: Handout)

What do a child beauty pageant contestant and a Long Island public relations guru have in common?

Honey Boo Boo and Hilary Topper both star in their own reality TV shows. Topper’s web series, “Glasslandia,” which premieres at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 on YouTube  will showcase her life as one of 8,000 Google Glass beta testers.

Topper, a Google Explorer and president of the Melville firm, HJMT Public Relations, says six episodes capture the ways in which her computer specs get clients exposure. (The show’s title lifted its catchy suffix from the sketch comedy TV series “Portlandia” and the central Suffolk village, Islandia.)

In the Wednesday night installments,  Topper interviews job applicants at HJMT, delivers a presentation on personal branding to unemployed Long Island marketers, and runs on the new Long Beach boardwalk.

YouTube viewers will see exactly what she’s seen, filmed in first-person through her device. “It actually feels as if you’re inside the person looking out,” Topper said of the unique perspective that complements Glasslandia’s third-person footage, shot by the Bay Shore production company LoFiHi.

A self-described geek, Topper applied for her Google Glass this past February, when Google ran a social media contest offering winners the opportunity to test the product for $1,500. The tweet that clinched the deal? “I want my #Google Glass more than I want my MTV,” echoing the music channel’s '80s tagline. Topper visited a Google base camp in Chelsea for a fitting this past July.

Since then, the Glass Explorer has found her wearable computer more and more capable. “The apps coming out every day are so exciting,” she said. Topper can even race a virtual buddy, running at the pace she set on her last outing, with an app called Ghost Runner.
Google ships Glass  to the masses in 2014.

Tags: Google Glass

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