# Google Glass open to Creatives

#### Architect

##### Professional INTP
Google has opened the Glass Explorers program to non developers

Glass

#### Mr Write

##### Professional Waffler
I think I might have miscommunicated somewhat; my fault. I'll explicate.

I was largely referring to our inclination to look in the corner of our eyesight when thinking. This could cease to communicate thought process, and instead imply that we're interacting with our computer, which would easily be taken as rude when in conversation. Plus, even without the device, this might be interpreted as a longing for our computer.

Also, specifically that last line, of the first paragraph, was referring to the voice activation aspect.

#### Cognisant

##### Prolific Member
Actually I really love the Ironman helmet idea, it turns everyone into robots

The faceplate could be a screed of LEDs or better and with noise cancelation you can say smile and the smile emote will appear in the screen, indeed there could be quite a wide range of single word activated emotes like: frown, smirk, pout, uncertain, abashed, ashamed, sexy, etc.

What you're looking at is like an iPad on your face and instead of touching it the interface involves eye tracking, blinking, verbal commands (to speak externally you look at the speak icon to switch external speaking on/off, your voice could be modified too) head tilting, perhaps some degree of jaw and brow movement as well.

In effect your entire head becomes robotic and with it on you can do all sorts of robotic stuff like voice modification, amplification, external sound amplification or reduction, multiple vision modes, full AR, motion tracking, crosshairs automatically linked to the weapon you're holding (or whatever) telescopic and microscopic vision, internal music playing, external music playing, filtering out music or filtering out background noise in favour of speech, perhaps even a specific person's voice, that laser mic trick spies use, etc, etc, etc.

It's also y'know a phone, internet/tv/movie/game device, camera, camcorder, basically EVERYTHING.

#### Cognisant

##### Prolific Member
*bouncing up and down with excitement*

And I get to be a robot, like the Daft Punk guys

#### GodOfOrder

##### Well-Known Member
can i wear it with my glasses?

#### Architect

##### Professional INTP
I've got an IPad mini in my hands right now, I don't mean to give an apple love speech I'm just saying what will the Glass give me that I don't already have?
It has to be experienced to be believed, I couldn't describe it. It is something truly different.

#### Architect

##### Professional INTP
I was largely referring to our inclination to look in the corner of our eyesight when thinking. This could cease to communicate thought process, and instead imply that we're interacting with our computer, which would easily be taken as rude when in conversation. Plus, even without the device, this might be interpreted as a longing for our computer.

Also, specifically that last line, of the first paragraph, was referring to the voice activation aspect.
Got it. Yeah you'll have to try one to see. They'll probably sell to consumers next year for \$300 or something.

#### Kuu

I suppose you've got one, Architect?

Also *smacks* @Cognisant for being such a contrarian gearhead. Google's pushing the industry forward here, and you're complaining about it not being enough? Tsk, tsk...

#### Duxwing

##### I've Overcome Existential Despair
I suppose you've got one, Architect?
Bah, I bet he invented it.

-Duxwing

#### Architect

##### Professional INTP
I'm involved with the project and have spent time with it but don't presently own a pair. Soon ...

I'd describe it as like being handed a smart phone back in 1995.

#### Coolydudey

##### You could say that.
I'm involved with the project and have spent time with it but don't presently own a pair. Soon ...

I'd describe it as like being handed a smart phone back in 1995.
Would you care to elaborate? Are you even allowed?

#### Cognisant

##### Prolific Member
Also *smacks* @Cognisant for being such a contrarian gearhead. Google's pushing the industry forward here, and you're complaining about it not being enough? Tsk, tsk...
*smacks back* I'm a futurist and inventor-in-training myself, it's my job to sharpen the bleeding edge, besides everyone who rides a Segway loves it but you don't see them every day do you?

It's the purpose of an inventor/futurist to figure out why and fix it.

The problem with a Segway is exactly the same, it doesn't do anything a bicycle can't do already and a bicycle dosen't need to be charged up, and if you want powered transport there's electric bicycles too, the only advantage the Segway has is that you can get away with using it indoors, but how many indoor spaces are so large that you would benefit from it?

If I knew how to fix the Segway problem I'd be a wealthy man.

#### Cognisant

##### Prolific Member
Rather the Segway problem is a lack of a problem to fix in the first place, inventing is all about fixing problems, so what problem does the Google Glass fix?

I'm not saying it isn't awesome, because it is.

I'm saying I don't see myself posting on the forum or watching YouTube while walking down the street, and if I'm sitting down or standing in an elevator I can use a phone or pad, the only advantage there being the convenience of not having to hold it, but even then I could invent a some manner of light robotic arm to hold my device for me and write eye tracking software for the cameras these devices already have, now I have something that does what the Glass does, but with a bigger screen.

#### Cognisant

##### Prolific Member
A chest plate!

You look down, a camera spots your eyes and the pad hinges up from your chest where it was previously laying flat, then when you look up it lays flat against your chest again.

It could actually be quite big.

Also, breast plates, I cannot be the only guy in the world with a fetish for boob shaped breast plates.

#### Architect

##### Professional INTP
The problem with a Segway is exactly the same, it doesn't do anything a bicycle can't do already and a bicycle dosen't need to be charged up
Correct, plus a bike is more versatile. Inventions fail usually not because they're bad, but because they were introduced at the wrong time. This is the problem of not a compelling enough use case. Projects also fail when they fail to differentiate from the competetion enough, which happened with the Segway.

#### Architect

##### Professional INTP
I'm saying I don't see myself posting on the forum or watching YouTube while walking down the street
Agreed, I don't recall seeing that in the video however.

#### Cognisant

##### Prolific Member
Aside from being a hands free camcorder what does it do that a smartphone can't?
I already have a head mountable sports camera, it's activated with a single button press.

I was being generous with the YouTube & forum comment.

Basically I'm asking you to sell it to me and frankly I'm not yet sold, indeed I suspect that like with a Segway the douche-bag principle applies, could you imagine talking out loud to it in public?
Isn't it just a tad conspicuous?

So is the ironman helmet idea but that's the point, plus it hides your identity.

#### Kuu

Aside from being a hands free camcorder what does it do that a smartphone can't?
Looking at people's faces while doing so. It's a modern social malady to always be staring at devices... Of course, introverts don't talk to people... Since it's in your head, the use becomes nearly seamless. And it's the unique seamlessness that's the main selling point for the current, first generation models, not an attempt at surpassing a tablet's features (which would be rather impossible atm).

Besides the handsfree camcoreder, go around looking at google maps in an ipad enough and I assure you your face will end up on a lamp post). Also, taking a phone out of your pocket just to check the weather or a message is rather a nuisance, when it could just appear in the corner of your eye. Of the most common activities I do in my smartphone (which are rather simple things), Glass could do about 80% of them.

Summary: suck it, cog. If you were a good inventor you could obviously see the potential even in a pared down device, and wouldn't need me to tell it to you...

#### 17pounder

##### Member
It's gotta be pretty distracting to drivers, though.
Actually I would love to see this using gps. Trucks have major problems with metro area highways, it would be a huge assistance to overlay the path onto the road in order to keep your eyes on the cars. I mean absolutely massive improvement in safety.

Oh, and what about linking it to your car, in order to show you how long it would take to slow to certain speeds. Like have distance markers to 45-35-25-15 mph up ahead, and colored zones for chances of death if striking an object in those ranges.

#### Auburn

##### Luftschloss Schöpfer
I suppose you've got one, Architect?

Also *smacks* @Cognisant for being such a contrarian gearhead. Google's pushing the industry forward here, and you're complaining about it not being enough? Tsk, tsk...
Aye.

Google's essentially taking what is now iPhones/Smartphones (which were the next major innovation b4 cellphones) and condensing it further into two square cm, and that'll force it to get even smaller later.

Technology's really reaching a godly level. o_o
I mean, if you wanna know anything, now you can just...
say a prayer to god google! And it will impart wisdom!

Soon it'll be commonplace for everyone to voice-access all their technology (like the Starship Enterprise computer).

#### pjoa09

##### dopaminergic
Aside from being a hands free camcorder what does it do that a smartphone can't?
I already have a head mountable sports camera, it's activated with a single button press.

I was being generous with the YouTube & forum comment.

Basically I'm asking you to sell it to me and frankly I'm not yet sold, indeed I suspect that like with a Segway the douche-bag principle applies, could you imagine talking out loud to it in public?
Isn't it just a tad conspicuous?

So is the ironman helmet idea but that's the point, plus it hides your identity.
u is jus jealus dat u aint gettin 1

@Auburn Do you always say 'aye'? I thought it was an expression that only my friends used.

#### Cognisant

##### Prolific Member
A chest plate!

You look down, a camera spots your eyes and the pad hinges up from your chest where it was previously laying flat, then when you look up it lays flat against your chest again.

It could actually be quite big.

#### Proletar

##### Deus Sex Machina
Basically I'm asking you to sell it to me and frankly I'm not yet sold[...]
Let me.

Have you ever played a video-game in 3D? (Yes, you have.)

Imagine a video-game where you had to reach into your pocket and stare at an external device everytime you needed to know anything or talk to anyone. You don't get a chance to list your objectives. Instead, you are expected to just remember them. Still, the game is so hard that just the top 1% of the population is somewhat decent at it. Keeping check of stuff is so tedious in fact that you rarely even think about what your objectives are and find yourself at insufficient credit at the end of each month.

With google-glasses in the same game, you could have a map at the side of the screen, along with the sum of money that you currently have on you. With the command of "Pause", you could even have an inventory, and your list of objectives. You can start to keep score of your IRL mini-games, like how fast you get to work. Hell, you could even race your ghost.

Google Glass - The Game Genie for life.

#### Architect

##### Professional INTP
How is it?
Excellent. Removes the separation between the digital/virtual world and the real world. Emails, SMS, notifications become part of life instead of an annoying extra.

#### Mr Write

##### Professional Waffler
Can they communicate with each other locally?

I'd love to see some sort of tagging system that lets you spot others who tag themselves as, say, #INFJ, and vice versa.

#### Duxwing

##### I've Overcome Existential Despair
Excellent. Removes the separation between the digital/virtual world and the real world.
Is the removal of that separation necessarily a good thing? I'm not arguing pro or con yet; I know little of Glass.

Emails, SMS, notifications become part of life instead of an annoying extra.
Is this improvement what you meant by "[removing] the separation between the digital/virtual world and the real world"?

-Duxwing

#### Architect

##### Professional INTP
Can they communicate with each other locally?
You can do that with the Mirror API and some people have done an app for that already You can also hack it (small hack - heck they left the front door open) to run an Android app, which I've done (I've got a couple personal applets running on it)

I'd love to see some sort of tagging system that lets you spot others who tag themselves as, say, #INFJ, and vice versa.
That would be interesting. I'd Mirror API that one.

#### Architect

##### Professional INTP
Is the removal of that separation necessarily a good thing? I'm not arguing pro or con yet; I know little of Glass ... Is this improvement what you meant by "[removing] the separation between the digital/virtual world and the real world"?
Well right now you use your voice without thinking about it. It's a part of you. When you go on this forum it's clearly something different, you need a big computer, or even a tablet or a phone is something outside of your personal sphere you bring in and out. Maybe you have a special place to sit too (a desk).

With Glass it's always on you and notifications are instant. Wondering how to get somewhere? Ask it using voice recognition and it will give you a turn-by-turn map and whisper directions in your right ear. Want to do a Google search? Similar. When you get emails they automatically push to your device and you can reply (using voice recognition) so it's just like your built in "voice" system.

That's what I mean, it's the first time that the virtual/digital world truly comes into your personal demesnes.

#### Duxwing

##### I've Overcome Existential Despair
Well right now you use your voice without thinking about it. It's a part of you. When you go on this forum it's clearly something different, you need a big computer, or even a tablet or a phone is something outside of your personal sphere you bring in and out. Maybe you have a special place to sit too (a desk).

With Glass it's always on you and notifications are instant. Wondering how to get somewhere? Ask it using voice recognition and it will give you a turn-by-turn map and whisper directions in your right ear. Want to do a Google search? Similar. When you get emails they automatically push to your device and you can reply (using voice recognition) so it's just like your built in "voice" system.
How does Glass differ from a phone with a touch screen and headphones, then, except in looking rather silly and leaving impressions on your nose? I suppose that one needn't pants to keep it around, but those situations in which pants are not worn also tend to be those situations in which phones are not helpful.

That's what I mean, it's the first time that the virtual/digital world truly comes into your personal demesnes.
Hasn't it already done so with the smart phone?

-Duxwing

#### Architect

##### Professional INTP
How does Glass differ from a phone with a touch screen and headphones, then, except in looking rather silly and leaving impressions on your nose? I suppose that one needn't pants to keep it around, but those situations in which pants are not worn also tend to be those situations in which phones are not helpful. Hasn't it already done so with the smart phone?
Nope. It's different, you have to experience having it for a couple of days to really understand. It's one step from having a computer chip in your brain I think.

Compare getting an email

Phone:
• Ping (get a sound notification)
• Dig out your phone from your pocket, or across the room
• Hit the on button
• <potentially> Authenticate to get in the device
• Find the phone app (either from the home screen, where maybe you have to navigate too, or the list of running apps, or whatever)
• Open Phone app
• Wait to synchronize (true for both iPhone Mail and Gmail)
• Find email
• Touch email
• Success!
Glass

• Hear a soft chime in your ear
• Look up and read email.

#### TheScornedReflex

##### (Per) Version of a truth.
I want, no! I NEED!

#### Duxwing

##### I've Overcome Existential Despair
Nope. It's different, you have to experience having it for a couple of days to really understand. It's one step from having a computer chip in your brain I think.
Cool! I just have to silence those jitters I get whenever I think of that. Stupid Luddite sci-fi writers.

Compare getting an email

Phone:
• Ping (get a sound notification)
• Dig out your phone from your pocket, or across the room
• Hit the on button
• <potentially> Authenticate to get in the device
• Find the phone app (either from the home screen, where maybe you have to navigate too, or the list of running apps, or whatever)
• Open Phone app
• Wait to synchronize (true for both iPhone Mail and Gmail)
• Find email
• Touch email
• Success!
It's not as slow as it seems, mind you.

Glass

• Hear a soft chime in your ear
• Look up and read email.
Nevertheless, this method is considerably faster.

However, it leaves you focusing on a very close piece of glass, and doing strains your eyes. A phone, conversely, can be held at any distance (I usually hold mine with arms outstretched). Moreover, one cannot type silently with Glass, making every e-mail a phone call in slow motion--a phenomenon quite unnerving for unwitting passers-by.

-Duxwing

#### Architect

##### Professional INTP
It's not as slow as it seems, mind you.

Nevertheless, this method is considerably faster.
Like I said you have to use it to get an idea, I used the speed to illustrate the point, but it's different. Again it becomes more a part of you, in my experience.

However, it leaves you focusing on a very close piece of glass, and doing strains your eyes.
The effective focal length is arms length, I believe because they have focusing and 'defocusing' lenses before and aft the screen. No strain.

#### Duxwing

##### I've Overcome Existential Despair
Like I said you have to use it to get an idea, I used the speed to illustrate the point, but it's different. Again it becomes more a part of you, in my experience.
Ah, like a lightsaber becomes an extension of a Jedi's arm?

The effective focal length is arms length, I believe because they have focusing and 'defocusing' lenses before and aft the screen. No strain.