Category : Life through Glass · (1) Comment · by May 2, 2013

Come with me as I explore the Glass Timeline.

Scrolling back a couple of hours, I can see a Times update, a photo, and the results of a Google search:

Timeline 2h

Go back several hours and you’ll see more Times posts:

Timeline 9h

If you have to scroll a long way back, you’ll often get blank cards.  They’ll usually fill in after a moment or two.

Recent timeline

On the other hand, I’ve noticed that photos and videos that I’ve removed from glass by uploading them to the PC leave blank cards behind.

Rather than wait for the photos to upload to Google+, I prefer to use a micro USB to attach Glass to my PC and do a cut and paste to transport them.  I would have thought the “cut” would remove them altogether, and it does remove the image, but the card remains unless you delete it.

last week

Here are some of those photos I took at the gardens last week and…

Last post

….here is the end of the line.

Yes, it appears the timeline only goes back 1 week.  In fact, during the time I’ve been writing, several more of my photos from last week’s garden trip have disappeared.  Not to worry – they uploaded to G+ long ago – but I’ll never again be able to see my very first Google search on Glass.  I’ll never reminisce about my every action from Day 1 as a Glass Explorer :-(

This is really quite a relief, since I’d been wondering how people kept their timeline tidy, what with all those infernal New York Times updates popping up every hour and all those blank cards just taking up space.  It’s nice to know that they will someday be swept away into oblivion.

Like any good problem, I ignored it, and it went away.  Funny how that works out sometimes.

Glass in Action

Category : Photo & Video · (1) Comment · by May 1, 2013

Here are a few Macro shots of the Glass screen in action.

This one will give you a sense of scale:

Glass Bokeh

This is the Glass screen.  The projected image is out of focus, but you can see the top, bottom, right and left edges of the prism clearly.


Now look at a photo of Glass where the message is in focus:



The shots are taken from the back.  That is to say, if you were facing the wearer, this is what you might see on his screen.  To give you a sense of scale, the Glass prism, which is about 1cm high, takes up the entire height of this photo.



And here are the search results.  Of course the ultra-high resolution Glass screen looks much better, and from the front the image looks significantly larger.


It is strangely difficult to photograph the screen from the front.  I’m still working on it, but the focus point is nearly impossible to locate.  Once found, it has a strange effect of being larger on the inside than it is on the outside.  That’s an odd way to say it, but maybe this horrible photo will demonstrate it a bit:


Like I said, I’m working on it.

This photo of Glass was taken from the front – the wearer’s perspective.  The purple blob is the whole screen area, but the card that is displayed here is easily four times larger than what you can see.  It’s a restaurant called Balabans.  I’ve never been there, and I don’t know why the card is there, and I can’t seem to get rid of it.  The card shows a photo of the restaurant on one half and the name and hours on the other half.  You can read “Open until ?0:00 PM” on the photo but, as I said, that’s only a fraction of the card’s content.

So how is it that your eye can see the whole card but the camera’s lens can only see a portion?  Maybe that rumor about Glass projecting an image onto your retina is based in fact…?

Well, I’ll find some way to bring you a better view of the Glass screen!


In case you’re wondering how I get app screenshots, like the ones I used on the New York Times app review, they are screenshots from my phone.  The MyGlass Android app can “Screencast” the Glass content onto my phone’s screen :-)

Don’t stand so close…

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

This is a quick Glass vs DSLR that illustrates Glass’s limitations in the world of close-up photography.

This is the Glass photo.  The closest flowers are out of focus.  I was standing a few inches away but this is as intimate as the image would get.

Glass Dogwood


The image below is the DSLR version shot with my Nikon D5100 with 60mm Micro Lens:

Dogwood dlsr

Of course you might say “Why are all the flowers in the background blurry?”  If you’re not into impressionistic blur, bokeh effects or other Macro techniques, Glass may be perfect for you.  It’s all just a matter of personal taste.

I remember showing two very different flower photos to my mom once and having her say

“I like the second one better because the background isn’t as blurry.”  Alas, she didn’t know that I had taken a dozen photos of the same exact scene, the only difference being aperture which controls the blurriness of the background.  I picked the one that I thought was just right, then showed it to her along with a completely different image taken from a different angle with changes to the lighting and composition…  In the end, the most vital aspect to her was the blurriness of the background.  She liked less, I liked more.  It’s just personal taste.

So if you like less blurriness, just remember not to stand too close.  Below is a cropped version of the Glass photo where I removed some of the excess clutter (at least I saw it as clutter):

Glass Dogwood crop

And now I will admit that, after seeing the Glass version, I rather liked the deeper focus too.  It would be nice to go back and get a shot that was somewhere between the Glass shot and my original DSLR shot.  Maybe tomorrow…

GlassAppZ Review: New York Times

Category : App Reviewz · (3) Comments · by May 1, 2013

This is your

New York Times:


This is your New York Times

on Glass:

Image courtesy of Maag Microform Center

Any Questions?


I expected something to show up on Glass after I installed the app, but nada.  So then I thought maybe I’d done something wrong.  Then I went out to get breakfast.  When I came back, I noticed this new card in my timeline:


I tapped on the card, and then got this card:


Yikes!  Well, I guess that explains it.  The Times gives you breaking news as it happens, not old news.  That makes sense.  However, it’s hard to read a headline like this and then go on about your day.  Your curiosity has been piqued, right?  Well, NYT to the rescue!  Tap Glass and this option appears:


So I tapped again, and my Glass proceeded to say “Archaeologists excavating a trash pit found marks on a skull and skeleton of a girl that suggested human consumption.”

And that was all.  No matter how often I tapped, I wasn’t going to learn any more.  Like why would archaeologists be digging around in a trash pit?  And how long had the girl been dead?  I was visualizing more of a garbage dump when, in actuality, it was from the Jamestown colony in the early 1600’s.  It was a historical site, not the site of a murder investigation.

Ironically, when I was going out for breakfast, I was contemplating how valuable these little news “snippets” might be.  I’d just read this article from the Huffington Post about the Times app and I suspected headline offered in the app would only lure you in and make you want more.  I did expect a greater section of the article to be read aloud, however, but now I think I understand the purpose of this app.

This app works well – it does what it says – but it really only serves to further interrupt your day.  Do you really need to be the first to know about a four-hundred year old act of cannibalism?  Obviously the headline won’t give you enough information to feel “informed”, so what will you do?  You’ll probably go to (like I did) where you’ll see lots of ads making lots of money for the struggling newspaper industry.


I didn’t consider this one to be too newsworthy, but it was attractive.  Maybe that counts for something.

New Glass Macro

Category : Photo & Video · (2) Comments · by May 1, 2013

Here’s a new Glass macro photo – this one “focussed” on the camera.

Glass Camera 1
I did an alternate crop of it. This one is a little more abstract. In fact, you might not even recognize it as the Glass camera and screen without the first version.

Glass Camera 2

Can’t decide which version I like better so I’m sharing both!

shhhh… Glass is Listening

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

A funny thing happened a little while ago.  I was walking outside to film a Glass demo.  My foot slipped off the front door step and I fell on the concrete, twisted my ankle, and banged my head against the brick of the house…

== Not to worry – Glass was unharmed ==

My head took all of the impact (lol) and Glass survived the fall unscathed.  I gracefully crawled back into the house and Josh came to see what had happened.

“Were you looking through Glass?” he asked.

“No, I’m just clumsy.”  I handed Glass to Josh while I tried to stand.

“Can we say you were looking through Glass?” he joked.  “You were wearing Glass.  That has to make Google liable in some way…”  He was kidding, of course, but Glass was listening the whole time…

This was displayed on the Glass screen when I put it back on:


Seriously, I am not making this up!

Did Glass overhear our conversation and pull up this Google search to defend itself?  Probably not, but it sure sounds more interesting than

* The Truth *

The truth is Glass is listening to you all the time.  Like a loyal servant, Glass is waiting to hear your every command.  If you just got Glass, you’re probably talking about “Glass” a lot.  You’re probably turning the screen on all the time too (except when you want to).  So when the screen is on and you say something like “Ok Glass”, it tunes in and listens for the next key word.  You can say some unrelated stuff in between, but if the word “Google” comes up, Glass will do a search on whatever you say after that.

As a result, you will end up with a bunch of unfamiliar “cards” in your “timeline” which may be a bit disorienting and rather cluttery.  To be honest, the timeline can turn into a big mess in no time at all.  If I want to scroll back to the photo I took a few days ago, I have to go through every phone call, reminder and Google search in between.

I’m sure there must be a better way, and it’s only a matter of time until we find it.

I wonder if this is what the internet was like 30 years ago?