San Diego’s Waterman Dave Interviewed with Google Glass

20130714_145135_093Anyone and everyone connected to homelessness in San Diego knows “Waterman Dave”. Dave Ross, who most people call Waterman Dave, spends his days handing out bottles of water to people experiencing homelessness. Dave also advocates for our homeless friends in big ways. A few years past he successfully sued the city over people’s belonging. That lawsuit created a temporary storage facility. Dave was also instrumental in getting the seasonal emergency shelter extended, and he is currently battling to keep a few portable bathrooms open.

Dave is almost larger-than-life. As he walks and drives though San Diego’s worst neighborhoods, Dave almost has a draft effect of smiles. People who are down on their luck, living in small tent communities all over downtown, see Dave and know that for at least a moment they’ll get a bottle of water and friendly conversation.

Dave had a rough life growing up in Detroit, which he credits as a foundation for giving back. He then managed car dealerships in Los Angeles, but after a heart attack and a stroke, he relocated to San Diego and started to volunteer at a local homeless services agency. It was while working at that agency as a case manager that David gave out his first bottle of water to a woman on he streets, and the rest is history.

This interview was recorded with Google Glass. Google picked Invisible People for their Explorer program, so we are still trying to figure out the best use to bring you the story of homelessness. It does give a different “point of view” feel. We would love to hear your feedback on how we can make better use of Google Glass.


Special thanks to Homelessness News San Diego
  • fuftr

    Hi, I came here after a search on using Google Glass to interview people for documentaries, as I was interested how useful it would be as an unintrusive tool to get people to talk openly. I think this is a wonderful example of how natural the result can be, well done! I have a question and a suggestion: did you also record the sound with Google Glass (because it sounds really clear) or did you use a separate audio recording tool? As a suggestion I think some kind of image stabilizer might be necessary to avoid ‘seasickness’ as the natural movements of the interviewer’s head makes it uncomfortable to watch the video for longer than a minute or so. I think there might be some software products that can stabilize video in postproduction (effectively matching the background and shifting the images to minimize camera movements) but that will result in a cropped image. Maybe Google will find something for that. Anyway, nice work!

  • fuftr

    This YouTube clip shows how to use Adobe AfterEffects to stabilize the image, in case you’re interested:

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