Is Facial Recognition a Glass Reality?

Category : Life through Glass · (1) Comment · by May 13, 2013

I’ve talked to a lot of people about Glass, and the one almost universal Glassware idea is facial recognition.  Never again feel the shame of forgetting someone’s name, etcetera, etcetera.  There are countless iterations of app ideas, but they all rely on facial recognition.

Finally, here is an app that puts this dream a step closer to reality!

Check out the demo video for MedRef for Glass:

I’m excited to try this one out.  For anyone else who wants to see it in action, the app is available at:

GlassAppZ Review: Through Glass

Category : App Reviewz · No Comments · by May 10, 2013

The Through Glass app allows you to see the photos that your fellow Glass Explorers are uploading from Glass to G+.  You can see them on and on your Glass device.

Through Glass website

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In the Glass timeline:

Thruglass card

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Through Glass does what it says, and if you want to keep your finger on the pulse of the Glass community, it may be a great addition to your timeline.  As for me, I think I’d prefer to check the #throughglass posts on Google+ where I have the ability to +1 and comment on them.

However, this brings an interesting topic to mind.  I wonder what the Glass experience is like for Glass users who actually know other Glass users.  I live in the midwest, and so far I’ve only met one person who was able to identify Glass.  I recognize other Glass Explorer names from the communities, but I don’t really know any other Glass Explorers.

But when the invitations to pick up Glass started rolling out, I saw LOTS of G+ posts from people who were driving to Google to pick it up.  I’d bet the Glass users in California are much more likely to know other Glass users.  To them, these Through Glass posts might have more meaning.  You might say “Oh, look!  Pete finally managed a trip to the beach!”  I wonder…

Experience Glass

Category : Life through Glass, Photo & Video · No Comments · by May 8, 2013

This is the view through the Google Glass screen.  My video camera was able to pick up all of the audio from Glass, so you are hearing the sound effects and Google answers DIRECTLY from Glass.




Glass Focus

Category : Life through Glass, Photo & Video · No Comments · by May 7, 2013

It’s difficult for people to visualize what it’s like to look through Glass, so I’m working on some videos to demonstrate it.

This one shows the difference between focusing on the prism and focusing on the projection.  Of course your eye can see the full projection because it is much closer to the prism.

GlassAppZ Review: Glass to Facebook

Category : App Reviewz · (2) Comments · by May 6, 2013

It’s here!  Post your Glass photos directly to Facebook with Glass To Facebook!

Tesseract Mobile, makers of hit Android games such as Solitaire Free Pack and Gin Rummy, brings you the first Facebook app for Glass.  It’s easy to set up:

1.  Go to and click “login”.



2.  Click “Okay” to the 2 authorization boxes:

1Access profile

2Post publicly

3.  Turn Glass To Facebook “On” in the MyGlass site.  After that, you can post your photos to Facebook straight from Glass!


There’s my favorite little photo subject right there on Facebook in under a minute!  Facebook is quite strict about app names – no use of the words “face” OR “book”, or even the letters “FB” are allowed – so the Facebook post will appear under the name “Glass Post”.

The photo quality is great, posting is quick and easy, who could ask for more?  Sure, I love Google+, but a lot of my friends and family are planted firmly on Facebook.  Now I can share the good stuff with everyone in seconds!

GlassAppZ Review: Glassagram

Category : App Reviewz · (2) Comments · by May 5, 2013

The first photo editing app on Glass has arrived and its name is Glassagram!

As an avid photographer and an Android app developer, I had thought about the logistics of a photo editor for Glass.  The problem is the delay.  If you edit a photo on Glass, it is not the same as editing it on your phone.  The photo is sent to Google, the instructions are sent to Google and the resulting image is sent back.  As a result, if you wanted to brighten your image just a bit, you’d have to wait a ridiculously long time to get visual feedback on a minor change.

So, for one reason or another, the standard UIs that we all know and love are not going to work on Glass.  How, then, do you make a photo editor that is fun to use?  Well, Glassagram thought of a way.  Glassagram makes 5 variations on your image, all at the same time.  You can choose your favorite and go from there.  Yes, you still have to wait for the image to go through Google, and yes that process still takes a few minutes, but once you get your bundle back from Glassagram you have 5 varied and interesting images to view and consider.  It’s not a perfect system, but it is a great plan for the confines we have currently.

Here’s the step-by-step:

1.  Go to

2. Click “Allow”, which will take you to this page.  Follow the instructions from there:


My experiences:

I sent a photo.  It looked like this:

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A few minutes later, I received a bundle back from Glassagram.  I recognized it as a bundle because of the dog-eared corner in the upper right.

Glasagram bundle

The message seemed quite confident, so I tapped Glass to open the bundle.

Charlie 1   Charlie 2

Charlie3   Charlie 4

Charlie 5

The filtered photos look quite interesting.  It appears we have a black & white, a sepia, a lomo effect, an increased contrast and a brighten…?  Well, I’m sure about the black & white and the sepia.  The other filters may reveal themselves more on different photographs.  A nice choice of effects, fun to play with.  Looks good to me!


GlassAppZ Review: Fullscreen Beam

Category : App Reviewz · (1) Comment · by May 5, 2013

Quick and easy video upload to YouTube is here thanks to Fullscreen Beam!  Here is a walkthrough of the setup process.  Their website looks very polished!

1. Go to


2. Click on Sign In.  That will take you to the Access page.  There are a lot of permissions for this app:


3. Setup preferences and click “Submit Changes”.  A green message should appear near the bottom of your screen saying “Preferences Updated”.


4. Turn Fullscreen Beam “On” in the Sharing Contacts section of the MyGlass site.  It was on the bottom of the list for me:


5.  Now when you go to “Share” a video, you will have the new option to share it to “Fullscreen Beam”.  This will automatically upload the video to YouTube with a title of the date and time and “#throughglass”.  Here’s mine:

My experiences:

The wifi at our house is not great, so my video showed no signs of uploading until I turned the Bluetooth connection on.  Then I re-shared the video to Fullscreen Beam and it appeared on YouTube a few minutes later.  I was curious if it had uploaded the new share or the first (wifi) share, so I uploaded a different video that was 8 seconds long.  I kept watching for the confirmation email, but I noticed the video had uploaded a minute or so BEFORE the email arrived.  That one took about 10 to 15 minutes to appear on YouTube.

So the app works, it is quick and easy to use, but it may take a little while to upload.  But that’s to be expected with video.  It is very convenient to send your video right to YouTube in a single step.  Sharing content just got easier!

GlassAppZ Review: Winky

Category : App Reviewz · No Comments · by May 4, 2013

Glass apps are sprouting up all over.  As we speak, I am waiting for 2 different apps to work so I can write up reviews for them.  In the mean time, let me tell you what I know about Winky.

Winky was big news a few days ago.  However, since most of the people reporting on it don’t even have Glass, they couldn’t verify if it actually worked.  Instead, they turned the story into another big PRIVACY scare.

Winky accesses the wink detection in Glass and allows you to take a photo simply by winking.  No movement of the hand, no voice.  Yes, people could be taking pictures of you all day long and you’d never know it.  In other words, Glass could be used just like one of those pens with the hidden camera that they sell for $30.  Except it isn’t hidden at all.  It’s right on your face.  And anyone can look at the screen.  And Glass costs a lot more money.

I was a lot more interested in whether Winky actually worked.  Just because there was wink detection in the code doesn’t mean that Glass has the hardware to detect if the user is winking.  I skimmed the Google+ post where Mike DiGiovanni, the developer of Winky, describes the app.  A lot of people comment and sound impressed.  They ask if he’ll share how he did it.  But nobody (that I saw) confirms that it actually works.

Well, in order to find out the truth, my partner Joshua Frank had to do a lot of technical stuff that is outside of my expertise, but after a lot of doubt and several hours of work, Josh finally installed the app.

Yes, it works.

The Glass screen does not even need to be on.  Just wink and it takes a photo.  I saw Josh do it.  I did it.  Winky works!

No, you can not do an quick, easy upload and start winking pictures in the blink of an eye.  It’s complicated to get Winky working on your Glass.  So complicated that Josh will have to write that article.

But, in the mean time, I can at least tell you that Winky Works.


Glass vs DSLR – Indoor Edition

Category : Glass vs DSLR, Photo & Video · (1) Comment · by May 3, 2013

Last week I released a photo comparison between Google Glass and my Nikon D5100 DSLR.  Those photos were all taken outdoors on a sunny afternoon, and many people said that Glass wouldn’t do nearly as well on indoor photographs.

Well, now we can find out.  I took these photos today.  The Glass version was taken at the same time as the DSLR version, and I was standing (or sitting, or crouching) in the same position for both shots.


























In order to recreate the wide angle view of the Glass lens, I used my ultrawide 10-24mm lens and set it to 14mm.  When I bought my DSLR, I got an 18-55 lens and thought that was as wide as I would ever need.  The only reason I got the 10-24 was to do Milky Way photography.  Most times, that lens is wider than I would want.

However, the idea with Glass was to get the wearer’s perspective.  They wanted the user to be able to capture the moment as he or she was seeing it.  When you use Glass, you’ll be grateful for this choice if only because it makes it easier to capture what you were aiming for.

The lack of a preview screen or viewfinder makes it difficult to compose SOME photographs.  If you’re trying to get certain things (or people) into the shot and keep other things (like a messy corner) out of the shot, you may end up having to use a trial-and-error approach.

However, with the wide angle view, you’re more likely to get the things you want in, and you can always crop other stuff out!


Glass does not do as well with direct light or high contrast situations. However, this problem is to be expected. When that factor is not in play, the Glass photos look almost identical to the photos taken with the DSLR, which is really quite a feat!  Overall, the color intensity was good, details looked nice, and the Glass photographs had depth and dimension.

It was rather difficult to find good subject matter for indoor wide-angle shots.  Those two things don’t really go together, so I set up some odd-but-colorful tableaus which should demonstrate various lighting conditions on a variety of textures and forms.  I hope it helps!

ps:  Today my photos uploaded rather quickly to G+, so I thought I would just download those instead of uploading them from the Glass device via USB.  However, the first one I opened (which was #10) was much smaller than the other Glass photos had been.  To give you a sense of scale, the “GLASS” logo and number were huge by comparison when I dragged them over in Photoshop.  Perhaps there is a secret to downloading the high-resolution versions from G+, or perhaps they’re never uploaded to begin with.

I’ll look into that further, but I thought I should make note of it ASAP in case anyone else tries downloading the G+ images as I did without having the larger versions to compare.  If your photos are not as high-res as mine, that might be why.

GlassAppZ Review: Glassnost

Category : App Reviewz · (2) Comments · by May 2, 2013

Glassnost – an exclusive photo club for Glass Explorers…

…At least that’s how I see it.  Kinda like that swanky lounge at the airport.  Or the high-limit room at the casino.  Post your photo on Glassnost and you are joining the most exclusive party since Google I/O!

It’s easy to get started:

1. Go to and sign up.

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2.  Turn Glassnost “On” in the Sharing Contacts section of the MyGlass site:

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3.  Go to a photo you’d like to share and share it to Glassnost.  Glassnost will appear as a sharing option just like any other circles or apps you have turned “On” in Sharing Contacts.

4.  Your photo will appear on the site almost immediately:

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You can also view Glassnost content from Glass.  A card will appear in your history displaying your most popular photos and how many votes they have gotten.

It’s interesting to see what other people are photographing.  You can vote on a photo by “liking” it on  There’s a popularity ranking based on “likes”.  In fact, the photo I uploaded today is currently #6  :-)