#google glass

Mat Honan:

Google’s native apps, on the other hand, were pretty great. I loved Glass for (very basic) rapid-fire email replies. The navigation stuff was aces. And the Google Now for your face is incredible — its ambient location awareness, combined with previous Google searches, means extremely relevant notifications come to your attention in a way they just can’t on a smartphone, unless you wear your smartphone on your face. If you want to know what Glass is really, really good at, it’s Google Now for your face. You are so going to love Google Now for your face.

Google Now on your phone is fantastic. Google Now even more accessible, whether that be on your wrist or yes, your face, seems like one of the few ways it could be even better.

Also interesting:

Glass kind of made me hate my phone — or any phone. It made me realize how much they have captured our attention. Phones separate us from our lives in all sorts of ways. Here we are together, looking at little screens, interacting (at best) with people who aren’t here. Looking at our hands instead of each other. Documenting instead of experiencing. Glass sold me on the concept of getting in and getting out. Glass helped me appreciate what a monster I have become, tethered to the thing in my pocket. I’m too absent. Can yet another device make me more present? Or is it just going to be another distraction? Another way to stare off and away from the things actually in front of us, out into the electronic ether? I honestly have no idea.

I thought Honan’s take on Glass was both fairly critical and also forward-thinking (with some actual context). And funny. Great piece.



Ever wonder what it’s like to run out of the tunnel and touch the banner at Michigan Stadium? Redshirt Sophomore QB Alex Swieca shows with Google Glass. That’s right, Google Glass.


Go Blue.

Cantrell, an Engineering Manager at Adobe, has a lot of good thoughts on the product as it is, and as it will be. Of note:

Even wristwatches were once widely thought to be a threat to masculinity. It wasn’t until soldiers started strapping their pocket watches to their wrists because it was much more practical than having to remove them from a pocket that wristwatches started to gain acceptance beyond frivolous feminine accessories.

Will Glass be the product to take off here? Who knows. What I do know is that it’s ridiculous how many times a day all of us reach into our pockets…

Randall Stross of NYT looks at the growing trend of police officers wearing tiny cameras to record all of their interactions with civilians. It may sound intimidating, but at least one study shows this is a very good thing:

THE Rialto study began in February 2012 and will run until this July. The results from the first 12 months are striking. Even with only half of the 54 uniformed patrol officers wearing cameras at any given time, the department over all had an 88 percent decline in the number of complaints filed against officers, compared with the 12 months before the study, to 3 from 24.

Rialto’s police officers also used force nearly 60 percent less often…

Part of this reminds me of Google Glass. Part of it reminds me of End of Watch. Also interesting: Taser makes these cameras — yes, that Taser.

[via @cdixon]

Anonymous asked:

On wearing computing as the next paradigm and assuming rumors are true, it seems as if Apple thinks it will be easier to convince everyone to wear a watch while Google thinks it might have an easier time getting everyone to wear glasses. Any thoughts on that or do you not see them as mutually exclusive?

I think that’s the way it will be — wristwear-based computers will take off well before any type of eyewear-based computers become the norm (if they ever do — and they certainly won’t in the current forms).

I wouldn’t rule out Google knowing this as well, however.

matrinox asked:

Do you really think Project Glass will take off? I mean, unless its seamless in the frame of the glass and is relatively light, I just don't see it taking off in the mainstream. Do you think anyone besides the most interested would use one of these bulky face devices??

My initial thought is “no”, but I think it’s way too early to write them off. I think the general concept, wearable computing, is the right one in terms of where we’re heading. I think some major design tweaks will likely be needed, but the glasses intrigue me.

vivekpreddy asked:

You and the Atlantic miss another major point in regards to Google Maps. When Project Glass is fully launched, Google will have true means to crowdsource imagery of everywhere, including inside buildings. They're deriving meaning from the physical world in much the same way that they derived meaning of the web with the original Google Search, and Glass will give them a gigantic barrier to entry to the project, allowing them to impact mobile in brand new ways. How will Google not win this battle?

Interesting point…