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.
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.
Scrolling back a couple of hours, I can see a Times update, a photo, and the results of a Google search:
Go back several hours and you’ll see more Times posts:
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.
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.
Here are some of those photos I took at the gardens last week and…
….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.
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 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?
If you want to hangout with someone via your Glass, there are a few steps that must be taken first…
1. They must be in a G+ circle of yours (obviously, for a G+ hangout).
2. You’ll need to go to the MyGlass website and turn them “On” under Sharing Contacts.
3. You must initiate the hangout with them by saying “Ok Glass”… “hang out with”… and then a list of your possible options will appear. Say the same of the person or circle you want to contact. If the person you want is not on the list, perhaps you didn’t do #2.
I had this problem yesterday because I thought I could just add the person as a contact on the MyGlass app on my Android, but that didn’t add them to the hangout list. I thought it wasn’t syncing. More accurately, it wasn’t sinking in that I was going about things the wrong way.
4. As of now, you cannot enter an existing hangout from Glass. Rather, you must initiate the hangout on Glass and invite people from there. Makes things a little more challenging, but if you plan ahead with well-organized circles, it may end up second-nature in no time.
Here’s a new video I captured today from my computer screen showing the feed from Glass in a G+ Hangout. I thought the quality issues I saw yesterday might have been due to poor light, but today’s version doesn’t look much different. Considering it’s a live broadcast from a tiny wearable camera, I’d say it’s quite impressive all the same!
Just as before, here’s a comparison video recorded on Glass, uploaded to my Computer and then up to YouTube with significantly higher quality.
If you’re on a Google+ Hangout with your Glass, what is the person on the other side seeing? Take a look:
This was recorded straight from my computer screen using CamStudio. I’m in a Hangout, and the video is what was recorded and transmitted from Glass LIVE into the Google+ Hangout.
Now just so you have something to compare it to, here is a second video I recorded with Glass a few minutes later (after I gave the battery a chance to charge). This video was RECORDED, downloaded onto my computer, uploaded onto YouTube, just like you would do with any digital camera.
Remember to use the highest available video quality (click the little gear in the YouTube interface to change playback quality) if you want to get the most accurate representation.
You’ll notice the video quality isn’t spectacular in either video. The sun was setting and, although there was good ambient light, it wasn’t as good as the full daylight I recorded in a few days ago . I will, of course, repeat this experiment in better lighting. In the mean time, it’s quite amazing to see what is possible!
Here’s how to get Glass apps onto your device:
1. Click on the install link
2. Sign in if necessary
3. You should see a screen that looks like this. Click on “Allow Access”.
4. Go to the My Glass site.
5. Go to Sharing Contacts.
6. A new card for your app should be in among your contacts. Click to turn it ON.
The Glass Tweet app works just as you’d expect. Go to a photo on Glass, “Share” the photo, and now a new option is available to “Tweet” it. Easy as can be!
Our meeting at the Google Plex was concise – mostly designed to set up my Glass and sync it with my phone. Everyone we met with was new to Google, had been hired to work on Project Glass, and had only been working there for a month or so.
In other words, you won’t get all your questions answered at the Glass fitting. But it was exciting!
Setting up Glass with my wifi at home was challenging. Re-syncing it to my phone’s Bluetooth was also challenging. I had to restart the phone and Glass before it would work. And when I tried connecting Glass to my PC to download my photos, that didn’t work either. Luckily it did work when I connected Glass to my laptop.
No, you shouldn’t expect a Beta device to work perfectly, and I didn’t. I’m not a techie and I DID manage to muddle through, which says a lot :-)
I’m planning to do an album of the Glass photos I took today at the gardens, compared with the SLR photos I took at the same time. It should be interesting!
For now, I’ll suffice to say some photos were really good, some not as good, but the video quality was very impressive and the ease of use was AWESOME!
Ladies, wear a headband if you’re out in the wind taking photos with Glass. I have red/orange lines across a few shots ;-)
Guys, if your hair is getting in your photos, I don’t know what to tell you… If your masculinity would bear it, a headband would work.