Google Glass unit continues to stir as business operations head Chris O’Neill likely planning departure

Earlier this year 9to5Google wrote that several notable engineers on the Google Glass project had rotated to work elsewhere in Google, but today we have word of yet another shakeup—this time suggesting that some even bigger changes are in the making. Sources familiar with the situation have informed us that Chris O’Neill, the former Managing Director of Google Canada and current head of Google Glass business operations, is likely planning to make a move away from the smartglass unit… Continue reading “Google Glass unit continues to stir as business operations head Chris O’Neill likely planning departure”

Casey Neistat reviews Google Glass

One of my favorite youtubers, Casey Neistat, offers a comprehensive review of Google Glass as only he can.  The entire review (movie) is shot with Glass as he travels to Barcelona and London.  He uses a mirror to provide commentary as he discusses his thoughts on filming with the camera, battery life, and fashion appeal.  Many Glass Explorers might relate to the barrage of “Is that Google Glass?” questions you see Casey receive in the beginning of the review.  Check out the video, and be sure to visit his youtube channel using the link below!

CaseyNeistat YouTube Channel

DVF frames are now available in the UK

Glass explorers in the UK are now able to purchase DVF | MADE FOR GLASS frames for their glass device.  DVF frames, designed by fashion expert Diane von Furstenberg, offer explorers a more fashionable approach to wearable tech.  UK residents have access to the entire collection of frames and shades.  This includes five glass frames styles, and two different types of shades available in eight different colors.

If you’re a UK resident, and are interested in purchasing Glass with DVF premium frames, be prepared to spend £1250 for the shades, and £1398 for eye glass frames.  You can find and purchase the frames exclusively at NET-A-PORTER.

Source: Google+

Learn to play an instrument with the new “Chords” app on MyGlass

Google just approved another Glassware on MyGlass called, “Chords” from Glass Explorer/Developer Tejas Lagvankar.

This simple application for Glass can help you learn Major and Minor chords, and if you are a vocalist (singer), you can use the application as a pitch finder .

You can activate this Glassware using the command, “Ok, Glass, Learn an instrument” and say what chord you want to learn :chords-gif1

You can also the Glassware app from the “Ok, Glass” menu to launch it manually, once you selected the Glassware, you can select which chord you want to learn:

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Tejas Lagvankar also noted, this only the first release. He promises through upcoming updates, users will be able select different instruments. If you are a musician like myself, I would highly recommend you downloading this Glassware on MyGlass!

Download: Chords

XE21.0 brings quicker card updates for Google Now, and Waze integration

Google is dropping a small update for Glass Explorers with XE21.0.   This release only brings two updates, which include:

Google Now: Quicker updates for flights and sports – Updates to flight information and sports scores will refresh faster than in previous versions.

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Waze information in navigation – Waze accident indicators will appear on navigation routes to help you plan your route more effectively.

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Like all new XE releases, this release may take a week to be rolled out to your device, so please be patient.

What do you think of these new features? Let us know in the comments!

Source:  Release Notes

Glassware Review: Pandora Internet Radio

When Pandora released their Glassware a couple weeks ago, I was ecstatic — it’s nice to finally see some variety in the music stream department of MyGlass. Don’t get me wrong, I love using Google Play Music on Glass, but not everyone enjoys Google Play Music as much as I do. I have to admit, I really enjoy using Pandora on Glass, especially how fast and responsive the app is. I highly recommend downloading Pandora for Glass, especially if you’re a music junkie like I am!

Once you have Pandora for Glass installed, you can launch the app in two ways: through the Glassware menu, or using the “Listen to/with Pandora” voice command.

Glassware Menu:

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As shown above, once you tap on “Pandora”, you have the option to either create a new station using Glass’ voice input feature, or select a pre-made radio station in which this case for me is “Pierce The Veil Radio”.

Voice Command Method:

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As shown above, once you say “Okay, glass, Listen to/with… Pandora”, you can follow the prompt to create a station. After Glass registers your query, Pandora will begin creating/searching your radio station. Then, you can control the station, using similar player controls like Google Play Music, and you can use the infamous Thumb Up/Down menu option.

Like I said before, I highly recommend this application, especially on my way to class, work, or even just to study with.

The Traveler App now available on MyGlass

Traveling with Glass just got a lot easier, thanks to The Traveler app for Glass.  The Traveler for Glass makes it to snap photos, add captions to the pictures, and then share the trip, all hands-free. You can share your trip experience while you are still fully immersed in the real world.

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Note: In order to get the best experience with The Traveler app for Glass, you must download the companion app for your Android phone or tablet.

Once you installed the app for Glass, and the app for your Android Device, you will sign into your Google Account on both devices, then you create a new “trip” by clicking the ‘+’ button and follow the instructions. Once you created a new “trip”, you then press the overflow menu button (the button with the three dots), and click on the “Glass Share Contact”. This will allow you to “Share” the pictures you took with the trip folder you created. Now you are ready to take pictures with The Traveler for Glass! After you take a picture, this is what you do: step_01   Step 1: Take a picture, and tap on the touchpad to bring the menu options. step_02 Step 2:  Click on “Share” step_03   Step 3: Click on your trips name. Example: Austin, Texas or Traveler (as seen above).

Review

While I was testing and exploring with the The Traveler Glassware, I realized how useful it can, especially for as me; I love to take a lot of pictures, but I do not want to disconnect from what is happening in front of me. Glass is the perfect tool for hands-free photography, and now it can be the perfect traveling companion with The Traveler for Glass. The Traveler is Google Drive for all of your travel pictures. I highly recommend The Traveler for Google Glass and Android!

Download: The Traveler

Glass Terms of Sale updated with hints at consumer launch

Google has changed their TOS (Terms of Sale) for Glass. Specifically, it now mentions “Price Reductions and Promotions”, “Internet Connectivity”, and Google has removed any mention of Glass being a ‘Beta’ product. This indicates that Google is close to releasing Glass to the public.

Price Reductions

Here is a comparison of the old and new versions of the “Prices and Taxes” section within the TOS:

Old:

The Device price displayed on the site does not include any shipping and handling charges. Information about shipping and handling charges can be found here and will also be presented at checkout.

All applicable taxes will be presented at checkout, even if they are not displayed on the product page. All prices displayed on the Devices on the Glass website are subject to change at any time without notice.

New: 

All prices displayed on the Glass site or in person by a Google representative are subject to change at any time without notice.

Should Google reduce its price on any Device within 30 days from the date you order it, you must contact Glass Support within 30 days of the price change to request a refund or credit for the difference between the price you were charged and the reduced price.

Google may also provide promotional offers or prices related to the sale of Devices. If so, any terms applicable to such promotional offers or prices will control in the event of a conflict with these Terms.

In the last two quoted paragraphs that were in bold, you can see the new language that Google is using to imply a probable price. This is the first Google has ever mentioned a price reduction, as well as “promotional offers or prices”.This does not guarantee that there will be a price reduction and/or promotional offers, but it lays some legal foundation for some of the customer service questions that might come up if it happens.

Internet Connectivity

In the new TOS, there is a section titled “Device Features Outside of Google’s Control,” which elaborate why Glass does not come with a cellular, wireless or any other method to connect Glass to the internet without being tethered to your phone.  This will probably change — Google might sell Glass through wireless carriers, in the same fashion as you would buy a smartphone/tablet.

If your Device requires a SIM card, or any other mobile connectivity feature required by your Wireless Carrier or Internet Service Provider, you are solely responsible for obtaining such connectivity feature(s). If your Device includes WiFi functionality that allows you to access the Internet, you understand that you will need access to an 802.11a/b/g/n WiFi access point.

You agree that, unless specifically provided in any Device description page, Google has no responsibility for the provision of cellular data services, wireless services or other Internet connectivity services, or the terms under which Wireless Carriers or Internet Service Providers may offer those services. Internet Service Providers and Wireless Carriers may charge you for usage and other fees that Google does not control.

No more “Beta”

The most noticeable change to the TOS, is the removal of the “Beta Product” section of the TOS. Here is an excerpt of the missing section:

Glass is in beta, and your testing and feedback are an important part of the Explorer program. By participating, you acknowledge that implementation of some Glass features and services are still under development and that you should not rely on the Device, software, or Glass services having the full functionality of a consumer release. 

If you want to read it for yourself, give it a read at the link below!

via: Glass Almanac

Source: Glass Terms of Sale

SHORE brings emotion detection to Google Glass

Fraunhofer IIS has been developing its image analysis solution, SHORE, for many years now. SHORE, short for Sophisticated High-speed Object Recognition Engine, performs facial analysis using its database of thousands of annotated faces.  Recently, SHORE has been ported over to Google Glass.

SHORE on Glass enables users to detect basic emotions and gender of people around them.  SHORE’s vast library of data can determine whether someone is happy, sad, angry, or surprised, and can even provide an estimation of age.  Analysis is performed locally, in real-time, and can be done on multiple subjects at once.  Fraunhofer IIS states that image analysis is anonymous.  Facial recognition is not performed, and no images ever leave the device.

In the future, Fraunhofer IIS see’s application of this technology benefitting the medical industry.  Facial analysis can detect the level of pain seen on patients and the elderly.  Another example is the transportation industry, where detecting the sleepiness and stress of drivers can prevent potential accidents.

Porting SHORE to Glass was strictly done to demonstrate the ability to perform this level of facial analysis on a wearable device.  There are currently no plans to provide this app to the public.

What do you think?  Is this something you think would benefit you, or someone you know.  Leave your comments below!

Source: slashgearfraunhofer

IFTTT Glassware Redefines Efficiency on Glass

Efficiency is priority when it comes to most Google Glass users. The ability to send, share, reply, and view various messages and actions without using your hands raises the expectation of efficiency. However, some vital apps are run only on your phone or computer, necessitating you ruining the hands-free experience to check for notifications from these apps or websites.

IFTTT (“If This Then That”) is an incredibly useful app to get notifications you need on Glass. Whether you want daily reminders or notifications for non-Hangouts messages, nearly everyone can find a use for this Glassware.

How it works

IFTTT comes in website, mobile app, and Glassware form. On the website or mobile app, you can choose various “triggers” from channels (other apps, websites, or sources). These triggers are the “If this” statement. The “then this” portion is the action. For example, a popular recipe is “If I change my Instagram profile picture, change my Twitter profile picture”. In this case, the trigger is the Instagram picture, the action is the Twitter picture, the channels being Twitter and Instagram.

Usage

Certain channels have various triggers/actions they can use. Unfortunately, Glass only has one action, and no triggers. This doesn’t, however, limit the usefulness of IFTTT as Glassware.

For my example, I set up a recipe so if I take a picture on my Android phone, I get a notification on Glass and I’m shown the picture. Here’s what the card looked like.

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You can also receive our latest posts directly on Glass via the IFTTT app for Glass. If you want to get that set up visit the recipe page.

Conclusion

IFTTT is an important tool for maximizing efficiency, just as Google Glass is. When combined to do hundreds of different available tasks, you’ll really get the most out of your Glass unit with this mighty app.

Download: IFTTT Glassware