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GlassAppZ Review – CamelBak Thirst

Category : App Reviewz · (1) Comment · by September 10, 2013

Delirium, vomiting, and unconsciousness are all serious effects of being dehydrated.  Do you see the importance of drinking water now?  The recommended amount of water is 9 to 13 cups a day.  Unfortunately, I hardly drink this much water, and most likely I am not the only one.  It is like I need a reminder, otherwise drinking water is at the bottom of my to-do list.  If you are having issues staying hydrated, CamelBak Thirst has your back.  CamelBak Thirst is looking for inventive ways to help individuals create better habits and healthier lifestyles.

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CamelBak is reinventing the way people hydrate and perform.  In 1989, the company started the hands-free hydration industry with bottles and backpacks.  Almost 24 years later, CamelBak takes these hydration techniques to the next level by creating the first hydration app for Google Glass.  After accepting the terms of service, customize your scheduled reminders.  The option to send 3 reminders per day is available, but if you do not stay on top of deleting them, your timeline is bound to become cluttered.  Shortly after saving your reminders, you will start receiving cards.

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CamelBak Thirst is a moderately active application compared to existing glassware.  Usually I will receive around 5 to 7 cards within a day.  This app has more to offer than just hydration reminders.  CamelBak Thirst detects your location to send you weather conditions.  The weather cards provide the temperature, different forecasts (cloudy, rainy, or clear), and a reminder to stay hydrated.  The best part about CamelBak Thirst are the tips.  A few tips are common sense, but there are many helpful, educational tips too.  Overall, this glassware can be extremely beneficial to consumers.  For more information about CamelBak Thirst, check out the video below.  Remember, hydration is important.

GlassAppZ Review – Glass Praiser

Category : App Reviewz · (1) Comment · by September 4, 2013

According to Maslow, self-esteem is one of the key ingredients in living a successful life.  The higher one’s self-esteem is, the easier it is to pick yourself up, and start again.  Every so often, even the person with the highest self-esteem might have an off day, and they need a little boost.  Guilherme Carvalho has created a glass app just for this.

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Glass Praiser is a simple app created for Google Glass.  Visit the app’s website to customize what time you would like to receive a message.  Because you are so awesome, they will send you one compliment every day, at the time you choose.  After updating the preferred time, a notification card will appear in your timeline.  If you have any suggestions for Carvalho, join the Glass Praiser community.  This application works great, and does exactly what it says it will.

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When I first heard of Glass Praiser, I was curious about the compliments one would receive.  Some people think the messages are meaningless, and others think they are humorous.  Are they helping my self-esteem though?  Considering space aliens do not exist, I do not watch Star Wars, and Abraham Lincoln is still dead, the answer is most likely no.  These messages might not be doing much for my self-esteem, but occasionally I will end up laughing out loud.  I think it would be nicer if the application sent more helpful messages.  I would not mind seeing quotes like “Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are,” or “People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.”  Glass Praiser is promoting egotistical thoughts, but at the same time making people laugh.  I believe anything that makes you smile is helpful and useful.  Carvalho is making Glass Explorers’ lives a little better, one message at a time.

GlassAppZ Review – Glass Eats

Category : App Reviewz · (5) Comments · by August 30, 2013

How often do you find yourself in unfamiliar areas?  As a young adult, I find myself venturing in unfamiliar territory more often than not.  As I clench to the GPS on my phone (for fear of being lost), there is not a way for me to search for good quality restaurants nearby.  I could effortlessly make my way to the nearest McDonald’s, but I would rather try that 5 star brunch restaurant right around the corner.  Thank goodness for the technology of Google Glass and Yelp, allowing Tom Emrich to create this useful app known as Glass Eats.

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Glass Eats is based off the popular Android app, Yelp.  Visit Glass Eats website for step by step instructions on how to use this app.  When searching for restaurants, you can choose from 13 different types, including Chinese, Italian, Brunch, and more.  Yelp has over 100 restaurant categories, but for Glass, I think 13 is plenty.  After selecting the restaurant type, you will receive a bundle of five different cards.  These cards include the name of the restaurant, a picture from the restaurant, and the Yelp rating.  This is a quick and nice representation of the restaurant.  If you tap on one of these cards, you have the option to call for reservations, or have directions sent to your Glasses.  A few years ago, I had the great pleasure to bike the Katy Trail, stretching 237 miles.  This glassware would have been perfect while I was searching for restaurants along the trail because the directions can be switched to driving, biking, or walking.  If only I had Glass a few years ago.

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Glass Eats has the potential to be one of the best glass apps available.  This app is extremely easy to use, but it is limited at the moment.  I would like to see a few more of the Yelp features applied in some way.  On the individual restaurant cards, the dollar signs that symbolize the price range could be next to the rating.  Yes, I am looking for a quality restaurant, but I am also looking for affordable.  I would also like to see how far away I am from this restaurant before deciding I want the directions sent to my Glass.  When you tap on the restaurant card, the options to call and get directions appear.  I would like the option to see the hours of the restaurant.  I would hate to get to all the way to this unfamiliar restaurant, just to find out they were not open.  Nevertheless, this is a fantastic app that works flawlessly.  Tom Emrich did a fabulous job at creating Glass Eats.  I have seen two glass apps developed by Emrich so far.  I am curious if he has any other glassware in store for us in the near future.

GlassAppZ Review – GlassFrogger

Category : App Reviewz · (1) Comment · by August 23, 2013

For many Glass Explorers, GlassFrogger is the first game we had a chance to play on Google Glass.  This impressive application was created using Dart and HTML5 during the Breaking Glass Hackathon in only 48 hours.  Team Frogger recreated the classic arcade game Frogger with an interesting twist.  This is a game that you will want to put on your face and try.  Jeff Bond, Jonathan Fearn, Steven Mautone, Ryan Weaving, and Adam Singer (members of Team Frogger), took first place and the prize the money home that day.  Here is a video of the team presenting their game.

Team Frogger took what Glass could do, and turned it into what Glass did do.  The user has to jump in the real world to make the frog jump in the virtual world.  GlassFrogger uses sensors and the camera in order to tell when the player is jumping.  This jumping idea is nice because it makes the game more interactive, and it gets users out of their seats.  I tried to actually jump while playing this game, but it did not work out so well.  Instead, I had to do more of a head bang to make the frog jump.  As you have probably figured out, looking silly is inevitable.  I would advise you not to play this in public, and especially not around traffic.  You just might end up embarrassing yourself, or becoming the roadkill.

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In order to win GlassFrogger, you have to maneuver your way past semi-trucks, fast cars, and dangerous logs to get to the lily pads.  If you can safely get to the other side, you receive one point in the upper left corner. Every time you die, you lose a point.  Despite what number 3 says in the Instructions, do not hop on the logs.  They will kill your frog.  The graphics are simple, but this game is fun and addictive.  Anyone with Glass should try this game, and if you don’t, here is what you are missing out on!

GlassAppZ Review – GlassFit™

Category : App Reviewz · (1) Comment · by August 19, 2013

According to the FRAC, almost 70% of adults are overweight or obese.  I cannot say this percentage is surprising, but it is alarming.  Perhaps the first fitness glass app can aid in reducing this high percentage.  GlassFit™ makes all the excuses irrelevant, considering it is almost always with you.  These workouts do not take much space or planning to complete, so you can start working out almost anywhere at anytime.

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In order to start working out, you must first visit the website, and send the welcome card to your Glass timeline.  If you plan to use GlassFit™ frequently, pin it for easy access.  Tap on the welcome card bundle to see three different workout types to choose from.  The three workouts are relatively similar.  Lasting only two minutes, the beginner workout is quick and easy with only 10 reps of 4 different exercises.  The intermediate workout lasts three and a half minutes with 15 reps of 7 workouts.  With 20 reps of 10 different exercises, the advanced workout is more challenging lasting a total of five minutes.  All three workout types are rather simple and easy, so almost anyone can complete them.

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Noble Ackerson has created a simple, well-made virtual fitness guide that can be used by almost anyone.  After selecting your preferred workout type, the exercise cards will start appearing in your timeline.  Each exercise card is labeled at the top, and below is a nice visual representation.  On the left is the amount of reps you should complete and a 30 second timer.  Once you have finished the exercise, scroll over to see the notification card.  I like seeing this card in my timeline because it is encouraging and motivational, and it notifies me of the next workout.  Are these notification cards necessary though?  With the exercise and notification cards, my timeline is becoming cluttered.  The option to delete individual cards is available, but it takes awhile to delete 20 cards.  In the future I would like to see the option to delete the entire workout from my timeline, or see the workout as a bundle.  After finishing the workout, you will receive a congratulations card.  You can share this card, and let every one know that you exercised, because that’s exciting news.

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On a more serious note, GlassFit™ is a great start for Google Glass.  This idea can change the way people work out forever.  You could have a personal fitness coach or a complete workout at the blink of an eye.  That being said, these workouts are short, and should be done with other physical activity through out the day.  It sounds like Ackerson plans to make a lot of changes to this application, so make sure to leave your feedback.  If you want to see yoga, zumba, or cardio kick-boxing workouts appear in your timeline, let GlassFit™ know.  I cannot wait to see the possibilities GlassFit™ will bring to Glass!

GlassAppZ Review – SlideshowU

Category : App Reviewz · (1) Comment · by August 12, 2013

Do you wish to create content for Google Glass, but you are not a developer? Your wish has been granted! Kevin Burson helps non-developers create content for Glass by creating the app SlideshowU. At the moment, only the beta version is available, and Burson says he plans to add many more features. When visiting the website, anyone can create a slideshow, even if they are not a Glass owner.

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About 20 slideshows have been created on this website. There are a few slideshows that look like they are not completed. I recommend going through all four slideshows in the Intro category before you start creating any. These slideshows will walk you through the whole process. Besides the Intro category, there are Reference, How-To Guides, Checklists, Mock-Ups Recipes, Other, and Feedback categories. I have created two slideshows in the Other category.

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The two slideshows I have created through this application are Tesseract Mobile and GlassAppZ. The two slideshows were fairly easy to create. Before you start creating a slideshow, you must select which category it fits, create a title, write a description, and agree to the terms.  SlideshowU provides thirteen different templates to choose from. Use caution when choosing which template you will use. A couple of the templates use a smaller font that can be difficult to read while using Glass. Select the normal or larger fonts while creating slides, otherwise you might strain your eyes trying to read through the Glasses. After selecting the appropriate template, you can add content. On this slide, I uploaded a picture to left of the text. Zoom in and out until the picture fits accordingly in the provided space. Adding text can be a little tricky. As of now, you cannot delete all text because the ability to add new text will disappear. I will usually leave at least one letter of the provided text, and delete it after adding new text. This is a rather small issue, but hopefully it will be changed soon. After completing the slide, save it by clicking the green check mark.

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Overall this application is a great concept. The website is simple, and has a clean, organized layout. Above the slideshows are different sharing icons, so you can share these slideshows with anyone. When I shared my slideshow to Google+, there was not a picture. Instead, it looks like it is trying to load a picture. In future updates, it would be nice to see the first slide when sharing. After seeing a slideshow you like, send it to your Glass. A card will appear in the Glass timeline with the first slide displayed. Tap on the card, and the rest of the slideshow will appear. This is convenient because it does not clutter your timeline. I am curious about how many people have sent my slideshows to their Glass. I am not sure if this information is available, but maybe in the future the number could be displayed somewhere near the description. Even though this is still a beta version, SlideshowU is a wonderful application. Many thanks to Burson for creating an application so useful for non-developers, like myself!

GlassAppZ Review – Marketing Land

Category : App Reviewz · (3) Comments · by August 8, 2013

There are several news apps available to Google Glass now, so how is Marketing Land different? First of all, it is the only app that covers marketing related news exclusively. Marketing is crucial for most Google Glass users, and most people in general. Finally some news that can benefit everyone. Not to mention this is the first Glass app Rusty Brick created, and it works like a charm.

When arriving to the Marketing Land website, a preview of the app appears. It describes how the app will perform, provides a couple of screenshots, and a link to connect your Glass.

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After going through the standard connecting process, a list of 13 different marketing channels will appear that you can subscribe to. The app automatically subscribes to all channels, so make sure to check the channels that interest you. Shortly after updating your marketing news feed, a Marketing Land card will appear in your timeline.

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As soon as an article appears on the website, a card appears in your timeline. Depending on how busy the day is, depends on how many cards you will receive. If more than one article is posted around the same time, the app will create a bundle. This feature is nice because it prevents clutter in your timeline.

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Tap on the Marketing Land card, and a new card will appear. This card includes the headline of the article, the author, how long ago it was posted, and sometimes a picture. Tap on that card, and the full article will appear. Just a few more taps, and the article will be read aloud. In the future it would be nice to see some pictures included in the articles, and a sharing option. Nevertheless, this is great glassware that I look forward to using. Marketing Land is a simple, easy to use news application that stands out among the rest.

GlassAppZ Review – NavCook

Category : App Reviewz · (2) Comments · by June 12, 2013

Impressive!  NavCook, while still in beta, touches upon the great potential that we all dreamed about when we first envisioned Glass!

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The website offers 3 different demo recipes to try.  I chose this one, and within a few seconds my Glass sounded a dong to indicate the recipe had arrived.  A tap to open the bundle and:

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Ingredients on listed on card 1 and photographed on card 2.  Wow!

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Each step has instructions and a picture.  As they say, a picture is worth 1,000 words, but the picture is much faster and easier to understand.

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These are a few more pics from the app.  So that’s how you batter an avocado!

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If you tap on Glass, it gives you the option to read that step aloud.  You can even have the instructions read aloud as you look at the corresponding photo.

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All in all, I found this to be a very impressive app!  The website notes that all recipes are from tastykitchen.com.  I looked at tastykitchen, and while they did have a lot of recipes, the recipes did not include these fabulous step-by-step photographs.  Even the recipe for this particular salad on tastykitchen did not include any of these photographs, which leads me to believe the makers of NavCook created the content we see in this app.  That’s a lot of work!  I wonder what the long-term plan is for creating mass content.

I got a clue from my communication from Tejas Lagvankar, creater of NavCook, when he was explaining that the app was still a demo and “no recipes can be added by the user yet“.  Perhaps he is planning to rely on user-created content…?  If so, I can imagine some proud chefs documenting the step-by-step process of making their favorite recipes.  However, I cannot imagine that they would do as good a job as Lagvankar has done with these demo recipes.  The photography was excellent, the instructions were well worded, and that is not easy to accomplish!

Note – Lagvankar explained that tastykitchen has a section of step-by-step instructions and gave me this link for this recipe:  http://tastykitchen.com/blog/2013/02/crispy-avocado-bacon-and-tomato-salad/  So that answers that, but I’ll still be interested in seeing how user-created content compares and what the end product will be like :-)

One make-it-or-break-it feature is voice command.  Yes, I know we developers can’t access the Glass voice command functions yet, but it is an obvious must-have for this app.  When your hands are covered with batter and breading and you want to know how high the stove should be set, you can’t be tapping and swiping at Glass and getting all that gunk in your hair.  It would be better to wake up Glass with a nod and say “previous” and “next” to move through the steps.  Or maybe, instead of using voice commands, Glass’s accelerometer could be used to sense head movement looking or nodding right or left to move back or forward in the timeline.

Currently, when Glass goes to sleep while using NavCook, you have to wake it up, swipe back through the timeline just to get to NavCook, then tap and swipe through all of the cards to get to the step you were reading before Glass went to sleep.  There is no easy way to get back to where you were, at least not presently.  But those UI issues are something every Glass developer is dealing with right now.  Beyond that, NavCook is a first-class piece of Glassware!

GlassAppZ Review – iSeeDeadPixels

Category : App Reviewz · No Comments · by June 11, 2013

A quick and easy test for your Glass display.  Mine still rocks!

Go to the Crème-Glass.com to see their suite of Glassware:

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Glassagram was one of the first Glass apps available, and my review for it can be found here:  GlassAppZ Review:  Glassagram

Clicking on iSeeDeadPixels will take you to the permissions screen, then to here:

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I tapped on Glass and scrolled back, and the first card in my timeline was the promised test screen bundle.  That was quick!

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The test screens were solid colors that looked like this:

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I studied each color carefully looking for dead pixels, but fortunately I saw none :-)

Then I clicked the webpage button to “Delete test screens”, and immediately they were gone from my Glass.  Easy as can be!

GlassAppZ Review: Glass To Phone

Category : App Reviewz · (1) Comment · by June 7, 2013

This is a great app for checking the details in your Glass photos before posting them to your stream.  Yes the Glass screen is wonderful, but I’m often a bit worried that there will be some horrible thing in the background of my shots that will offend or alienate people.  It hasn’t happened…yet.  And now it never will.

Also, if you can’t resist cropping, adjusting or otherwise tinkering with your images, now you can easily access them with your favorite phone app(s).  The Glass To Phone website looks like this:

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Clicking “Authorize App” will take you to the more familiar permissions screen:

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After you click “Allow access”, you have 2 more steps to go:

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Even though glassware seems to automatically show up in the “My Glass” page these days, I still had to go find the card that looks like this:

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…and turn it “On” in the “Sharing Contacts” page.

Then I downloaded the Android app and proceeded to share a couple of photos to Glass To Phone.  Sure enough, the photos soon arrived on my Galaxy Note II screen in the Glass To Phone app.

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The app gave me the option to share the photos with an app or social media outlet of my choice, or to move them to my Gallery.  When I moved them to the gallery, they went into their own “Glass To Phone” folder.  It was easy as could be!

On the other hand, getting up at 5am today wasn’t easy at all!  This is today’s sunrise, shared with the world thanks to Glass and Glass To Phone!