Monday, December 22, 2014

I was right

Google Glass has been completely killed by my Moto 360.

I ordered my Moto 360 back when it was released (on release day). Ever since it arrived, Glass has only been worn once or twice. I really don't know what to do with it.

Android Wear, even with it's unfinished interface and lack of features, does what I need it to do. It's a notification pusher. I use it to respond to text messages and make google searches when need be. I barely touch glass. Even when I'm deciding what to use for the day, I always grab my Moto 360.

I would elaborate more, but really it's that simple.

I don't use Glass anymore.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Google Glass killer?

I previously stated that Google Glass has started to bore me. Not so much in the way that it's a boring product, it's just become so buggy and lack-luster that I don't find myself enjoying wearing it. You still meet people and talk about Glass all the time, but I think I just saw something way cooler than Glass.

Moto Hint, a small bluetooth earpiece that can do the Google Now features we have on Glass. Just say the "wake up" command and then ask it to do whatever you want. Post an update, make a phone call, check the weather. No heads up display needed. Now, I can't say anything about battery life, but the charging cradle is awesome because it's a little pouch you put the Hint in and it'll charge the Hint 3 times before you have to plug into a wall. Now that's awesome.

We have Android Wear which is basically Google Now on your wrist. But if we really want to be futuristic with new ideas of what a "wearable" is, I believe this is an awesome venture forward. Oh, and I forgot to mention that it's only $150.

I can say that it's nowhere near what Google Glass is functionally, but I think I like the concept a little more for today's wearable. I'm totally going to buy one.

As for Glass, maybe if they did a wireless earpiece to go along with Glass or really improved the speaker... because I really hate that little earbud. Nothing is more uncomfortable.

So that leaves us with a question, With the lines being blurred between what we want, and what we have... Where does Google Glass sit? We (some) have Google Glass... but when we can do the things we really want seamlessly for MUCH cheaper, what do we choose?

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

8 Months In

It's been about 8 months now since I originally bought Google Glass. The functionality of them has died down quite a bit and pretty much all excitement about wearing them has vanished. They're just a typical part of my day now. People still ask about them and I will talk to them, but in reality, it's really nothing special.

It's not because I've been using Glass that makes it tiring. I think because I haven't been using Glass, I find no need for it. Back to the days where I didn't even have Glass, things were once again... clear. I don't know if that makes sense, but I think life was less annoying without Glass.

I barely update this anymore. The excitement has pretty much disappeared.

Maybe I'll start a full tech blog instead.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

XE16 disaster and XE17 is getting better.

For the past month, us Glass Explorers have been going through one wild ride. It's been problem after problem with our Glass and we're starting to get back to where we were. Glass XE16 brought Android 4.4 KitKat to the tablet. It also brought a slue of bugs and glitches that made some of our devices completely unusable. My Glass in specific would restart constantly and would suffer from battery life drains within only a few hours. Some devices were completely bricked, with users having to receive new pairs of Glass. Those were dark times. Now, it's getting better and I'm here to tell you after a series of new updates, I can finally tell you the good of KitKat on Glass.

First, speed has been improved phenomenally. Glass now responds to you faster than ever. Sometimes even before I can finish the command "okay glass." (Also, you can now say "okay Jarvis" in reference to Tony Stark's computer named Jarvis from Iron Man) Searching the web or sending a message is now seamless where as in the past you had to stop your sentence for Glass to register your task. Now you can fluidly just say "okay glass google I'm hungry?" and it'll pick it all up.

Secondly, the apps that have been added since the update are quite useful. Google added the calender app and also some great recipe apps are out there now. But these are just apps, not so much Glass so I'll go back to the native software.

You can now send feedback directly through Glass, sending a debug of your Glass along with a message stating what your bug or problem is. It's quite useful when I kept sending debugs of when my proximity sensor wasn't working properly. Now it's working fine and I'm on XE17.1.

And to keep this short I'm going to end this with the greatest improvement from XE17 and that's being able to backup your photos and videos when you want to. Before you had to wait until Glass would backup your photos and videos that you took that day to the cloud (Google+). Now there's an option in the settings card that allows you to backup your photos whether you're on a data connection or wifi.

Overall, Glass is getting there. Will it be a consumer product anytime soon? I highly doubt that. There are just too many negatives over positives to be able to sell this as it is today. If Google can get their act together, whether it be by the end of the year or not, I think they have a pretty good product on hand.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Glass "One-Day Sale" and The Future

So, for those who don't know, Google Glass went on sale on the 15th for the usual $1500 but for anyone in the United States. I didn't think much of it. Google was probably testing something or seeing how many people were still left willing to buy Glass. They all sold out and now I'm left to think, "What exactly were their intentions?" The only negative thing I could think of them doing is selling off the v2 Glass to make way for the new v3. Which made me think more... there isn't a v3... is there?

Let me explain something, I love Glass the way it is now.
Yes, you look weird if you don't have glasses or sunglasses but I hate wearing glasses and I only wear sunglasses when I have to. I like only having a little box on one side and I enjoy not having to have frames for glasses because it makes me feel like I'm wearing Google Glass. I like that feeling.

So let me go back. v3 of Google Glass. I snooped around the internet until I saw a surprisingly unpopular video from T3 of Ray-Bans Google Glass concept.

Then it hit me... Glass is coming to an end. I completely understand how innovation works blah blah blah. But look at what I'm saying, The weird Google Glass with the giant battery at the end and the glass prism and the camera... that's all ending.

Sure, maybe I don't like change. But if I wanted wayfarers with the magic of the internet... wait, maybe that is what I want... but I don't want to wear glasses. So what is Google going to do for me? And what of the $1500 that all new explorers just dropped on v2?

There are so many questions and so few answers. Check out the video below for the Ray-Ban concept. I don't know how I feel... but I'll tell you this, I don't dig the yellow. (Also I don't understand how you get a prism into a thin glasses lens.)

Sorry this was a pretty poorly written article... I really can't wrap my head around all of this.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Without Glass for a Day

I could see clearly. Yes, that's true. I didn't miss it much at all, to be completely honest. I did, however, find myself tapping my temple to bring up the time... with no prevail. I didn't miss out on anything though. No pictures needed to be taken, no calculations were to be done. Really, having Glass gone for the day was a breath of fresh air. I was doing some programming and didn't want any of my work to be lost in the debug so I left Glass connected to my computer. Another reason I gladly left Glass at home was the nose piece was driving me CRAZY. Google says wear Glass in whatever way, as long as it's comfortable... well no matter how many adjustments I made, Glass was never comfortable. It would squeeze and pinch and pull my nose and I could never find a comfortable position for the nose pads. It wasn't until I put on my normal glasses and matched the exact location of the nose pads did Glass become bearable again.

So I guess just to wrap up this short post, I went a day without Glass... and I was human again.

(Cue Beauty and the Beast music)

Sunday, March 23, 2014

The Problems with Glass

Glass is buggy, it's just a fact. As a beta it's prone to it's mishaps and malfunctions, but it's starting to become more and more buggy as time with version XE12. A new update is long overdue and it has been announced that version XE14 will bring KitKat to the table with many improvements. But for now, I'll list to you major bugs.

1. The built-in speaker
The speaker in Glass is quiet. It's a bone conducting speaker that will vibrate through your skull to make you hear it. It doesn't work well. It's quiet and can't be used for listening to music or making a phone call. It is good for notifications though as it's quiet enough not to be distracting. But when making a phone call I have found that after about a minute into the call, the speaker almost dies. Going muffled and then distorted. It kinda sounds like you're going through a tunnel... or in a helicopter. The speaker on glass isn't anything to write home about and if you need to rely on the built in speaker for a phone call... I'm sorry. Google does offer a solution, a mono earbud that works wonders, but it does become a hassle to wear all the time. And oddly enough, the helicopter effect still happens with the earbud... so once again, must be a software thing.

2. Voice control / recognition
    Motorola has a patent that allows your phone to only answer to your voice. You can see that on the Moto X by saying "Okay Google Now..." So why isn't Google using this? Letting others activate your Glass can become quite annoying. It doesn't happen often, but now and again you'll find the occasional person that enjoys toying with Glass. Voice control isn't the biggest problem though, it's the voice recognition that's the true enemy here. I can't tell you how many times I've had to say, "okay glass make a call to... home... home... HOME." Sometimes it doesn't even get it. Contacts on Glass are so messed up that I can't control it at all. It takes your Google+ contacts and mixes it with your Google Contacts creating the biggest mess I've ever seen. I've frankly given up on trying to initiate a text message on Glass if someone doesn't text me first. I can't figure it out for my life. Also, I have repeat contacts in there because it's a Google+ contact and a phone contact! Glass doesn't understand... I DON'T LIKE GOOGLE+ and I'm thinking of removing it from Glass all together. Aside from the occasional misunderstandings, everything else works fine. You have to talk very clearly and you have to use diction for Glass to understand you perfectly. If this doesn't get fixed... Glass is useless.

3. Lack of Apps / Google+
 Lets face it... most of the general population has no idea what side-loading an application is. Side-loading is when you have to manually install the app onto Glass using terminals and commands and computer science type things. Currently, I've been trying a bunch of side-loaded apps like Layer Virtual Reality and a version of Google Skymaps. As for instant and easy apps, I have the ususal Facebook and Twitter and Youtube. Winkfeed is great, as is Google Play Music. But that's about it. I keep about 5 apps loaded on Glass. There's nothing intuitive enough to play with. But if you have any recommendations, let me know. Lack of apps will change in the future... hopefully.

Google+ is truly something that Google wants you to use. It'll backup all your photos to Google+ and create auto-awesome movies and pictures if you take enough of them. The problem is... nobody uses Google+ as a main form of social networking. It's hard to deal with and Glass really wants you to use it as it is Googles baby. If you're not a Google-centric user, Glass is almost pointless.

4. Notifications
   Glass is the ultimate form of notification without distraction. You can check a notification hands-free without having to look down at a watch or phone. But what happens when I hear my phone buzz in my pocket and Glass does nothing? I go into my phone and look. I would either find that someone favorited a tweet of mine or it's a friend request on Facebook. Glass doesn't get notifications like that currently, which is really strange to me. I understand wanting to have only the super important updates come forwarded to Glass, but shouldn't we be allowed to choose what we consider is important enough to have beamed onto our faces? Also, I've been having a problem lately when I get a text message and tilt my head to read it, it'll flash to the message for a second and then scroll over to a picture I took beforehand or a message from a different conversation with a different person.

And finally...

5. Is this really something we all can use?

I've been thinking a lot lately about how people will use Glass. I see news articles of doctors and journalists and police officers all using Glass in their professions to better operate at their jobs or make some tasks easier. I use Glass in the field of theater, developing an application to help in the process of hanging and plotting lights on stage. We all can find endless uses for Glass. I took Glass to a restaurant for the first time and found myself taking pictures with friends and family. Celebrating birthdays, capturing moments, and experiencing things in a new and fun ways though Glass. We can all use Glass. But there are a hand full of people that are totally opposed to Glass. Either they think it's weird or ugly or creepy. I let one of my friends wear Glass as she had discovered you can wink to take pictures... and as I received Glass back, I was welcomed by 20 new pictures. Glass has its quirks and I think it'll take a while to see past them. But for now, I still love Glass in concept... as long as those past problems get fixed.

Thanks for reading and if you have any comments or questions, leave them down below!
If you have anything you'd like to know extensively about Glass, let me know and I'll try and write a post about it.

Thanks again for reading and keep checking back for new posts!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Is Glass Natural?

I've been thinking recently about the functionality of Glass in the sense of fashion. Fashion is all around us, if you choose to accept that statement. If you don't agree you can go back to watching TV in your sweatpants and finish off that tub of Ben & Jerry's in the fridge. If you think about it, glasses are a completely natural part of style. We have different styles that best suit your looks and can complement outfits accordingly. I know when I picked out my glasses frames I chose a pair that best resembled the glasses that the 10th Doctor from Doctor Who wears... Yes I just admitted that on the internet, I know. But my main point here is Glass a natural part of our lives? Glasses are completely normal for people with impaired or bad vision. I personally only use glasses when reading so wearing Glass every day, at first, was weird to me. Google recently released glasses frames that attach to Glass to allow people who need prescription glasses to use Glass for the very first time.

Glasses are completely natural. What's not natural is having a camera pointed at you or a screen floating in mid air. Not saying that it isn't cool, because it is, it's really cool. It's just not something that we have had our entire lives. It's new and it takes time to get used to. As someone who wears glass without glasses, I find glass to look strange. You do indeed look like something out of Star Trek. Glass as glasses could be different. They could make you look more normal. But personally Glass has become less appealing lately...

And it's all due to one thing.

Android Wear

On March 18th 2014, Google and Android released their all new Operating System for wearables dubbed Android Wear. With it, a slue of new horizons for wearable technology... meaning? Meaning the dawn of the modern smartwatch.

Why do I say modern smartwatch? It's modern because smartwatches have been tried before Google. Sony and Pebble both had smartwatches before Samsung marketed their Galaxy Gear like crazy. The trick was that Sony and Pebble didn't market their smartwatches to the masses. Sony had their first go at the watch with it's Liveview and then proceeded to it's Sony Smartwatch and Smartwatch 2. They ran versions of Android and I admit, I bought the first Sony Smartwatch. That was back in 2012. That's when nobody had ever heard of a smartwatch. I was the only person in my entire school to have one, mainly because Sony didn't advertise for it (or because I was a huge geek). I was on the edge of the latest technological trend... or so I thought, because back then I thought smartwatches would be all over the place within the next year. I was wrong. Once again, Brian was setting a hipster trend with the smartwatch. The Pebble smartwatch was to be the first one to work with an iPhone which was a game changer because nothing works nicely with an iPhone. Funded as a Kickstarter Project, the Pebble was to be an affordable watch that would do basic notifications, music control and fitness tracking. But it was not until early 2014 did Pebble really blossom with the addition of an Appstore. Then Samsung got into the smartwatch game with the Galaxy Gear but that was just a mess because it only worked with ONE phone at launch. Then only supported Samsung phones. Typical Samsung.

So... The modern smartwatch is?

The Moto 360.

Google has designed the operating system as we knew they would. We all knew it would be based around Google Now and would provide Google's famous search engine as the backbone. They teamed up with a bunch of OEMs to design their own smartwatches and Motorola took home the gold, silver, bronze, and even the medal for participation. (The "you tried" medal goes to the LG G Watch).

This is a blog about Glass, why are we talking about watches?
Because I wish Google Glass was a watch.
There. I said it.

As nice as Google Glass is, I think a watch is so much more natural. We have had watches for hundreds of years. They are a part of our lives. They are contextual in that they are so a part of human life that we don't even notice them. Glass is obvious and you see it. It covers up our vision and distracts us to no end. Watches are things we use to check time... and now to check relevant information in the quickest of glances. Am I fanboy-ing a bit?

I'm excited. More than anything. I believe this is the real future. Or at least for now, I think smartwatches are all we can handle for 2014. If Glass made a public release in 2014, I wouldn't buy it. (Yes, I know I already own it.) A watch is much more appealing than Glass, it's fact. I do love Glass, to no end I do, I want to see Glass become huge, but for the average consumer, a watch is more natural.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

2 Month Update

Well, it's easy to say that having Google Glass has changed my life. Which is weird considering it's just a piece of technology you wear on your face. But Glass has been able to change a lot of the daily activities I do. Starting with time, Glass has been my watch for the past 2 months and my phone never leaves my pocket anymore when I have to check the clock. Just a simple tap of the touch pad or a head tilt will display the clock and then I go back to my life. No phone to take out, no looking down. Especially when having a conversation before class, Glass will tell me when it's 10 minutes before class and that's when I know to end conversations.

Is it rude to use Glass during conversation?
Don't be a Glasshole, would be my answer. If you find yourself looking at Glass for more than 15 seconds, you're distracted from the world around you and Glass isn't fulfilling it's duty. Glass is supposed to get technology out of the way. Which is ironic because to get technology out of the way, we must wear it on our face.

People ask about Glass... a lot.
One time, this man came up to me and asked, "Can I ask you a question? Is it okay to ask you a question?"
Meanwhile, some people will just start conversations with you, already knowing what you're wearing.
I think that the social aspect of wearing Glass is the most fun, currently. As software become second nature, the one thing that you'll always be surprised about is peoples reactions. That's the most fun, informing the general public. Once you put on Glass you are no longer "normal." You're a Google Glass Explorer and that's exactly what you're doing, "exploring." Possibilities are endless with Glass, which is why when people ask "What can you do with Glass?" it's hard to give a simple answer. I captured a priceless moment in class recently that involved completing a lighting circuit with a hot dog. But if I said to someone, "I use Glass to record my professors using hot dogs to complete circuits...", people would think I'm crazy.

We all use Glass for different purposes. The most fun is when you get to use Glass in weird, fun ways. Completing math problems while measuring with a tape measure is a good example of fun... (well to me it is). I normally don't take pictures, but with Glass I find an excuse to take a picture whenever possible.

In the beginning, I was very hesitant with Glass. Driving, clothing stores and movie theaters raise red flags in my head. As Glass was very distracting in the beginning (mainly due to my overwhelming excitement of owning Google Glass) I wouldn't wear Glass while driving. I've tried it a couple times and have come to the conclusion it's not necessary while driving. You wouldn't use a phone while driving, you wouldn't text while driving either. So there's no excuse why you would need Glass while driving. "What about directions?" I don't recommend it. Yes, you can do it, but the interface isn't polished enough for you to use it effectively. Stick to the cell phone mount or the standalone GPS.
Clothing stores give me a weird feeling, especially Forever 21. The dressing rooms are just curtains. Which makes me feel awkward as all hell wearing a camera on my face.
And finally, movie theaters... where I recently read about a fellow Explorer pulled out of the theater by the FBI being accused of recording a movie.
Be smart about where you wear Glass.

But I'll end this on a positive note, Glass is absolutely fantastic. I've used Glass in so many ways that I think so many people can benefit from it. Will Glass' magic be ruined if or when they're released to the public? Maybe, I love being special, but I'm sure everyone will have fun with Glass as well. Glass isn't for everyone, but for those people that like to be out there and futuristic with their technology, by all means get Glass. I know this update wasn't very well structured, I apologize, I kinda ranted for a bit. There's so much to talk about. But I'll try to cover it all.

As always, ask me questions and comment so I know what you want me to cover next.
Until next time!

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Glass Under the Microscope: Part 1

People ask me all the time, "What do you do with Glass?" It's a very hard question to answer. Glass can be used for so many things and when I try to describe it, all I can really say is, "It's an extension of my phone." I recieve all my notifications through Glass and whatnot. But for some reason, I believe, people think it is something crazy from the future that is monitoring everything I do. People ask if I like Glass, and I do, but it's hard to explain what I like about it within a few sociable moments with a stranger. People don't want a nerdy earful of how the software is finely tuned to suit your needs. They want a few sentences to describe Glass. So I've come up with this to answer every question in only a few sentences. " Google Glass is great, I really enjoy using it. It's not a final product and isn't available to everyone, I have it because I am testing it. It works great and I can use it for hands-free socialization and communication but there are some bugs." And that's it. Simple. Easy.

Now lets put Glass under the microscope. What can you use Glass for?
   As you are reading this, you're clearly more interested in what Glass really does, or you would have stopped reading this a while ago. Glass has a slue of functionality So lets start with the most basic use of Glass; Google.

This is what you'll see over 100 times a day. Very simple and easy to understand. Every time you wake Glass, by tapping the touch pad on the side, you'll be presented with this screen. From here you'll talk to Glass with the command words "okay glass." 
After you say those words you'll be presented some options.

These will be your options to choose from. From here you'll speak one of the lines
of options and then you'll present what you're looking for.
For example;
"Okay Glass... Google
How tall is the Empire State Building

Having Google Glass do most of the work for you, you'll start to use Glass in ways you never thought. Doing measurement conversions like feet to inches or cups to tablespoons becomes simple and easy. 

There are some bugs with the software, but that's another story.
This was just a quick start to what you can basically do with Glass.
Check back soon for more updates and information.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Google in the Glassroom

   I'm a college student and after buying Glass, I'm now a very broke college student. But I wondered how my friends would react to Glass. I took Glass to class (heh) for the first time and I was excited to show my friends. At school, I'm already known for having a lot of cool tech toys. I used to own 3 phones, one I sold to pay for Glass. I walked up the steps to my building and I opened the doors and the first thing I said was, "Man, it's cold outside." I went and hugged my friend and then, almost instantly and without hesitation, I heard, "Oh my god is that Google Glass?! I have to try it on! Can I see?!" After that, about 10 of my friends came and huddled around, wanting to try on Glass. I let them all play and I showed them the cool things you could do. The reactions varied though, as some were absolutely amazed at Glass' capabilities, meanwhile some were not impressed and thought it was odd. There were also people that had never even heard of Google Glass before.
   Then the one question came up that I hate answering, "How much was that?" Now, every time I hear that I dread giving an answer. I'll either say, "very, very expensive" or be direct and say it was "fifteen hundred dollars." For some reason I would rather say fifteen hundred than one thousand, five hundred. I believe it sounds less. Once I say what the price is, people are either impressed or appalled, and I have to explain why.

But back to first reactions, friends found it fun. They liked taking pictures and telling Glass to do things. My professors were curious. I showed them all and each was impressed and interested. I took pictures and videos of important conversations and subjects. Glass in the classroom has minimal use. I would receive text messages from my friend sitting behind me and I would view them on Glass and see if I needed to respond on my phone or not. For the most part, Google Glass was a hit at school.
   Some strangers would come up and ask to see Glass as well. College students are more educated about technology so I figured more would come up and ask, unlike the people at the mall. I would walk though the halls and between buildings and people would stare as usual. I've gotten use to that. As I entered the cafeteria, kids would stare and then tell the people next to them that I'm wearing Glass and then the entire table would end up staring. One instance, I was entering a building and I could see from the outside that there were kids in the hallway talking and socializing. As soon as I entered, the entire hallway grew silent. I walked down the hall with about 50 kids staring at me at once. As I passed, I would hear, "... Google Glass," whispered behind me.

For the most part, that has been my experience with Glass at school . If anything new arises, I'll be sure to update. Stay tuned for more!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Glass and the Outside World

Well, what else can you expect from wearing Glass on your head? People stare at you as you walk by. After a week I got used to it, but the first social experiment was when I wore Glass at the mall. I entered with the thought of people will stare and some will ask about it. That's exactly what I got, but I discovered something else as well. When you enter a store (as a normal human and not a cyborg) you are usually met with an employee to say, " Welcome to (insert obligatory clothing store here), if you need any help, let me know!" But as I entered a clothing store, the employees went out of their way to ignore me. I was met with no "hello" but instead silence and awkward stares. The only time an employee would interact with me was when I actually bought something and they had to do the usual check out conversation. The man at J.Crew seemed interested in Glass and asked about it, but the conversation quickly died. Side note, I got 3 shirts on sale for $26, which was kinda cool. Glass made it an interesting trip to the mall.
A lot of people did double takes, with one instance where a man walked in front of me to get a better look and then report back to his friend. So after walking around, I decided it would be a good idea to go into the Apple Store to be around people who may know about Glass or be interested. I've had a history of going into Apple stores and convincing customers to go buy an Android phone, but today I had the goal of going to look at the miraculous design of the new Mac Pro. The same thing happened as before, the employees completely ignored me. Even as I was playing with the computer and looking around the store, not a single employee asked if I needed help.

So I left the mall with 3 observations...
1) People go out of their way to ignore you
2) People will stare and whisper if they know what Glass is
3) Old people give you death stares (I think they were just really confused)

As I find more places to take Glass, I will report my findings.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Quick Update!

Feel free to leave comments or questions on any of my posts! I'll try to answer anything you have to ask or are curious about.

The First Few Days

The first days with Google Glass were spent indoors due to a snow storm. So I did what any explorer would do, ran around the house trying to figure out everything I could use Glass for. I took videos and pictures and, for the most part, was having a grand ol' time. I googled "what's the weather for tomorrow?" about 100 times. I watched some YouTube videos and was amazed that I could watch DanIsNotOnFire in the right corner of my eye. Glass was an amazing piece of hardware that was very fun to use. But my first concern with it was, "how do I look in these things?" I know what you may be thinking, "how vain of you, Brian." But it's true. What if I looked absolutely horrible and people were completely turned off to even looking at me. Google Glass is a very stylish piece of face tech, but in all reality, I've been told I look like something out of Star Trek about 12 times... and it's only been a week. The pair of shades Google Glass comes with aren't for everybody. They're a bit large and if they extend over the side of your face, you look like a kid trying on your parents sunglasses. Without the shades, you look like any normal person... from the year 3000. But, fear not, I did look good in Google Glass. Well, good enough that my girlfriend wasn't embarrassed to be seen in public with me wearing them. Going out into public is a different story. For the first few days of playing with Google Glass and getting familiar with them, I noticed the bugs. I can clearly see why this is still a beta program and why Google didn't meet their "end of 2013" launch date. There are many things to be fixed. For instance, anyone within ear shot can say, "okay glass," and activate your Glass. Also, Glass has separate contacts for Google+ and your Google Contacts. So I keep trying to send a message via text, but has the name twice, one for Google+ email and the other for their actual number. Those are just two examples, and trust me when I say these are completely "first world problems." Over time I will report back my findings of issues or improvements in software. But those were the first few days of using Google Glass. Check back later for my first public outing with Google Glass and my experience. It was definitely an interesting one...

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Day 1!

Here are some shots from the first day unboxing!

Well, Exploring We Go!

I received my Explorer Edition of Google Glass about a week ago and I'm here to write about my findings. I will cover what it's like to use Google Glass day by day. How I use it in my normal life, basically. I may be a little late to this party, seeing that I've had it for a week, but this seems like a fun idea. I will create a few posts to tell you about my first week with Glass and then also post my future findings! So stay tuned for updates as I explore what it's like to live life with Google Glass!