Google Watch, A Rose by another Name. Interesting take on Google Watch.
Google Glass: Yes, it’s that bad “I craved a Google Glass until I wore one, when I found out it’s an idea whose time hasn’t come yet.” Appears Andrew C. Oliver isn’t happy with Google Glass.
Be careful where you point that Google Glass especially if there’s a QR code sight.
Google Glass coming soon to a face near you, for the small sum of $1,500 (if you were invited to the party). Glass is a work in progress, with test versions now being released to 2,000 developers. Another 8,000 “explorers,” people handpicked by Google, are also getting a pair.
Per an April 22nd, 2013 BBC interview Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt stated they’re only about one year-ish away, but if you can’t wait, might I suggest eBay? Google Glass on eBay for the small sum of $90,000 (Item was removed).
Before you buy a pair from a 3rd party, you might read the TOS, “You may not resell, loan, transfer, or give your device to any other person. If you resell, loan, transfer, or give your device to any other person without Google’s authorization, Google reserves the right to deactivate the device, and neither you nor the unauthorized person using the device will be entitled to any refund, product support, or product warranty.”
If you do get one, the TOS (Terms of Service) prohibit commercial resell.
Wish to understand Google Glass?
A YouTube Video presentation on Google Glass (starts at 1:19:05 runs to the end 2:06:53). It’s an excellent overview of Glass and touches on the file system (it’s Android baby!).
Glass Apps, known as Glassware, will be Cloud apps. So the “Native” app vs “Webapp” argument will be irrelevant. Questions about privacy and social acceptance remain, in addition how additional interruptions (multi-tasking) will affect you.
Google Now will be front and center.
“Glass wearers, using their voices, fingers or by moving their heads, can search the Web, take pictures and view walking directions, for instance. The screen is directly in front of the wearer’s eye, but in the wearer’s perception, appears to be a 25-inch high-definition screen eight feet away. The battery generally lasts a day, according to Google.
In addition to restricting advertising in apps, Google is also limiting the amount of access app software has to the devices. The apps, which will be called Glassware, will be cloud-based, like Web apps, as opposed to living on the device like cellphone apps. Developers will not be able to change the display or access the sensors on the device.” Google Releases Details About Glass for App Developers, NY Times, April 16, 2013.
“When the wearer of Google Glass says out loud that he or she wants the specs to start recording – . . . – then the spectacles start recording video from a tiny camera over the eye. . . . a light flicks on over the right eye of the wearer. . . If you’re wearing the glasses you won’t even notice, but ‘the person being talked to will see a little white light near the right eye, and’ you’re left with no doubt that you’re being recorded.” C|Net Feb. 13, 2013
Google Glass & iOS (You’ll wish you had an Android)
“Google Glass will be intimately integrated with Google Now, Google+, YouTube and other Google Services.
We learned this week that Glass will will get an iOS app to facilitate messaging and other features via iPhones. However, unlike the tight integration Glass will likely have with Android phones, the iOS app will mainly just give Glass access to the iPhone’s GPS data and Internet connection.
The real magic will occur when companies design Android apps to work with cloud-based Glass apps to do a bazillion currently unpredictable things — and iPhone users will almost certainly be left out of all of that.”
Driving app? That may not be in the cards.
dSky9 Glass Apps (3)
Display – High resolution display is the equivalent of a 25 inch high definition screen from eight feet away.
Videos – 720p
The headset includes Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, but uses the slower 802.11b/g standards. Google Glass will Tether, so will you need a “Tethering Plan”? One user in moderate use of Glass went through 30 MB on her first day.
Weight: 60 grams (sunglasses = 25 grams)
Google Glass FAQ’s by Dustin Mosely
Google Glass Voice Commands:
Record video “ok, glass, record a video.”
Take picture “ok, glass, take a picture.”
Use Google Now – “ok, glass,
Start Google+ hangout – “ok, glass, hang out with [person/circle].”
Search – “ok, glass, google [search query].”
Search photos – “ok, glass, google photos of [search query].”
Translate – “ok, glass, say [text] in [language].”
Give directions – “ok, glass, give directions to [place].”
Send message “ok, glass, send a message to [name].”
“ok, glass, send [name] that [message].”
“ok, glass, send [message] to [name].”
Display weather none/automatically (Google Now) – “ok, glass, how is the weather in [location]?”
“ok, glass, do I need an umbrella today?”
Give flight details none/automatically (Google Now)
“ok, glass, when does flight [flight number] depart from [airport]?”
Design for Glass – Glass is a unique platform that is mobile but fundamentally different than existing mobile platforms in both design and use. Build your application with this in mind, design it specifically for Glass. Ensure the user experience is appropriate for Glass by testing on the device.
Don’t get in the way – Glass users expect the technology to be there for them when they want it and out of the way when they don’t. Make sure your application supports this by not being too frequent and loud with notifications when users don’t expect it. Provide appropriate controls for the optimum experience.
Keep it timely – Glass is a platform that is most effective when in-the-moment and up-to-date. A real-time notification system is provided to inform you about updates to data including deletion and actions performed. Where your application responds to user actions on Glass or reflects data from Glass, do so in a timely and expected manner.
Avoid the unexpected – Surprising the user with unexpected functionality is bad on any platform, but especially on Glass, given how close it is to their daily experience. Be honest about the intention of your application, what you will do on the user’s behalf, and get their explicit permission before you do it.
Apparently Glass ignores profanity because of Google’s desire to avoid potential mistranslations.
Google X Lab
The Google Glass Team:
Steve Lee –
It’s my expectation that in three to five years it will actually look unusual and awkward when we view someone holding an object in their hand and looking down at it. Wearable computing will become the norm
Ray Liu photo wearing Google Glass
Is Glass intercepting your phone calls?