It's becoming difficult to defend taste, decency, and style in a world that is rapidly being overtaken by those who believe technology is all.
I understand that many who believe they are ahead of their time are terribly excited about wearing their somewhat less than stylish Google Glass all over the planet.
I also understand that there are certain places -- bars and strip clubs, for example -- that have already expressed their desire to eject anyone wearing Google's famed, Internet-connected tools.
Not every eventuality has, however, been considered. Which is why I was grateful -- in a painful way -- to the resurrected ValleyWag for this morning noticing that famed tech personality Robert Scoble is boasting of wearing his Google Glass in the toilet.… Read more
Google Glass is the latest hot technology getting daily buzz, but it won't be coming to stores soon and it won't be cheap. Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt addressed the question of when consumers might be able to purchase the digital eyewear during an interview with the BBC: "It's fair to say that thousands of these will be in use by developers over the next months, and then based on their feedback we will make some product changes, and it's probably a year-ish away."
Google Glass users may be able to snap a photo just by winking.
Code uncovered in the MyGlass companion app by a Reddit user named fodawim lists several intriguing options for users of the high-tech specs.
One snippet of code reads "EYE_GESTURES_WINK_TAKE_PHOTO," which clearly sounds like a mere wink of your eye would be enough to take a photograph. Another line says "BROWSER_TWO_FINGER_ZOOM," which suggests the ability to zoom in and out of the browser simply by moving your thumb and index finger, just like on a touch-screen device.
Two more slices of code called HEAD_GESTURES_HEAD_WAKE_ENABLED and HEAD_GESTURES_HEAD_WAKE_DISABLED … Read more
Since Google announced the names of those who would get the first exemplars of Google Glass, I have been barely able to focus for wondering what Newt Gingrich is doing with his.
I await his new and vital perspective on Washington with rapt excitement.
However, others have resorted to more mundane activities, posting their little Google Glass movies for all to see (and so all can feel their eyes glaze over).
Perhaps the most mundane activity to which some have resorted is to try and make money out of their gadgets.
Before the winners of #IfIHadGlass were even announced, one … Read more
While MIDI files can't compare to the MP3 for sound quality, they have tons of uses and can be tons of fun, too. MidiGlassPlayer is a free player that doesn't look like much but handles any type of MIDI files.
We never judge a book by its cover or a program by its skin, but not much about MidiGlassPlayer's user interface, from the purple fade to the scattered player buttons, appeals to our visual senses. Dragging resizes the window but not the control area (it stays the same size) and shading makes the toolbar difficult to see. … Read more
Google Glass information has been pouring out as the gadget gets closer to actually being delivered to developers. That means we've learned the high-tech specs sport 16GB of Flash memory and will be able to capture 5-megapixel images and 720p video. They are also meant for developer's eyes only.
Terms of service for Google Glass Explorer Edition includes restrictions on loaning or reselling the eyewear. Google retains the right to deactivate the gear if it detects a violation. The language in the terms is very clear: "You may not resell, loan, transfer, or give your device to any other person."
Google uses its Android mobile operating system to power its Glass devices, Chief Executive Larry Page confirmed yesterday.
It's not a surprise, given how the engineering resources Google already has poured into Android. But the company hadn't confirmed it, even when it detailed Google Glass specifications last week.
Fragmentophobes might freak out that Android is being stretched to yet another device: it's hard enough for programmers to keep up with the diversity in screen … Read more
Larry Page's voice might not ooze excitement, but he expressed a lot of enthusiasm for Google's sales force and technology during the blowout first-quarter 2013 earnings call. "This week after three years of development we started to handing over Glass devices developers. I get chills on a user product that is the future and that happens when I use Glass," the Google CEO said.
Page addressed a question about building out an ecosystem for developers around Glass. "It's the early days. We are just handing over small numbers so far. We are probably pretty … Read more