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!

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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.

Set up

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

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

 

Google[x] team member brings chess to Glass

Chess for Glass, by Google[x]  member Aart Bik, is a fantastic way to pass the time. With an easy-to-navigate menu, simple input options, and the ability to customize, the Chess Glassware makes wasting time easy. After fiddling around with the app for awhile (and losing plenty of games), I’ve experienced the array of pros and cons it has to offer.

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The Menu

When tapping on the board, a few options come up.

New Game: Creates a brand new game, handy for those of us who aren’t so good at chess.

Take Back: This is very useful for the type of people mentioned above, “undoing” the previous         half-move whether it’s your opponent’s or your own.

Switch Sides: If you want to play yourself (or just turn the game in your favor), use this.

Rotate Board: For another view of the game.

Levels: The “difficulty” of the computer, shown as time taken per move (5s, 10s, 15s, 30s, 60s)

Options: Various tools to customize your chess experience.

  • Voice Input: Allows the user to make moves with voice commands. I’ll explain my reasoning for disabling this later.
  • Spoken Moves: When enabled, Glass will announce moves out loud.
  • Board Colors: Selects the board color (wood, aquamarine, blue, dark grey, light grey)
  • Chess Engine: Change the Chess engine used for the app, if there are any other compatible engines installed.

Usage

The Chess for Glass app is simple and easy to use, even for new chess players.

The app is located at the end of the “Play game” option from the “ok glass” command. After opening the app, you can tap to open the options menu mentioned above, or begin playing with either voice or touch options.

Voice: Say “ok glass” and choose the hot phrase for the piece, which of those pieces, and where to move the piece to. You’ll notice only legal pieces and legal moves are shown. There are rulers on the bottom and left of the board that label every square of the board.

Touch: Swipe forward or backward to highlight a piece or scroll through the pieces that can make a legal move. Tap to select the piece, and scroll again through the legal moves for that piece. Tap to place the piece and to initiate the computer’s turn.

Appearance of selecting, moving, and placing a piece using touch input.
Appearance of selecting, moving, and placing a piece using touch input.

 

The layout of voice input menus, after selecting which piece you plan on moving.
The layout of voice input menus, after selecting which piece you plan on moving.

Problems

While the Chess for Glass app does its job of giving you a fun, easy-to-play Chess game, it has a few problems, mainly associated with the voice input style of playing.

  • Rhyming sounds are often mistaken for other letters. For example, when using voice control to move a piece, you might say “d4”. However, the app could recognize this command as “b4, c4, e4, or g4” (even “a2”to “h2”, like the picture above) making it very difficult to move a piece to any of these letters.
  • When listing the available options, not all choices are seen if there are too many places to move to. There is no way to scroll through these.
  • The board is labeled, a useful feature for newbies like me, but when moves are being listed it makes the ruler on the left side (and the whole board in general) difficult to see. This listed text should be oriented right.

Conclusion

Chess for Glass is an incredibly fun and powerful way to keep yourself entertained. It brings a more complicated way to pass the time with your Glass and maybe learn a thing or two about Chess. While it has a few kinks, these are mainly a result of using the voice input option only. In conclusion, this Glassware is a great execution of a classic game turned wearable.

Download: Chess for Glass

Glassware Review: 94Fifty Basketball

In the last couple months, the Glassware collection for Glass has been growing exponentially. This leaves Glass Explorers having a difficult time keeping up with the amount of new apps heading their way every week or so. This series will bring reviews on the most important new Glassware that are available. Today I will review a new addition to the Glassware collection – 94Fifty Basketball.

The 94Fifty Basketball Glassware is designed to work with the 94Fifty Smart Sensor Basketball which measures muscle memory that the human eye can’t see, learns the strengths and weaknesses of players at any level, adapts as the player improves, and provides basic, intermediate, and advanced level training to build better shooting skills – fast.

I had the chance to have some hands-on time with the 94Fifty Basketball while at the Father’s Day brunch at the LA Basecamp. While at the brunch I learned a few very interesting things about 94Fifty. Here are its basic functions:

  • To calibrate basketball to Glass you bounce the ball four times
  • In real time a basketball coach will tell you if you did well or poorly
  • As soon as you shoot, Glass will show your Shot arc, Shot speed, and Backspin
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94Fifty Basketball Demo at the LA Basecamp. (Photo courtesy of Andy Lin)

After using the basketball and the companion app together for around ten minutes I got the hang of looking up at Glass after each shot to check how I did. The app is very fluid and in my short amount of time using the app I did not notice any hiccups.

Between the polished setup for the 94Fifty basketball to the real time feedback on your shots, this combo is beautifully executed. However, the price for a single 94Fifty Basketball is a large sum of $250. For the dedicated basketball player this is a must have but for most average people this will be out of the question for a basketball.

If you want to pick a 94Fifty Basketball up or want to install the Glassware visit the links below.

Sources: 94Fifty94Fifty Glassware

Glass Accessory In-Depth: Charger

Purchasable accessories for any electronic device are standard, but many devices don’t come with that many accessories alongside the actual devices. Many companies don’t normally give out more than a charger and occasionally terrible quality earbuds but, luckily, Glass comes with four different premium accessories in the box–which is a great gesture from Google having paid them $1500 for Google Glass. This week we’ll be looking at the last accessory included with Glass, which happens to be the most important one: The Charger. Continue reading “Glass Accessory In-Depth: Charger”

Glass Accessory In-Depth: Active Shade

Here at GoogleGlassFans, we want to provide our readers with unique, engaging, and well-written content. Part of making that happen is doing things that other sites don’t do.

Enter Glass Accessory In-Depth.

The first accessory of this series is the Active Shade–the simplistic polarized sunglass attachment which is included with Google’s head-mounted computer, Google Glass. Continue reading “Glass Accessory In-Depth: Active Shade”