Google Glass at TechExpo


Since Tyler (shown here) and I were on the AV Committee for TechExpo this year, I wasn’t able to present. In between show duties, I was able to be a walking “poster” to discuss Google Glass. I had borrowed Duke Web Services Nexus 7 tablet so I was able to “ScreenCast” what the Glass was seeing as well as do a screen picture with my iPhone while looking through the Glass while demonstrating. Fun.

This was about my 3rd day with the unit and it does seem to be getting easier. It is a bit tricky to navigate getting both devices on the network and then making sure you pair them with Bluetooth, but once it got it connected, I just left them both on throughout the day.

Battery life seems to be horrid. Less than one hour of active time before I had to doc the glasses for about an hour. I need to do some additional research on this.

Before the expo, I installed all the basic apps and while I ended up not having time to test the Golf app the in context language translation tool was the mind blowing demonstration I focused on throughout the day.

NetApp Demo

The accuracy of the translation needs to be verified, however, the proof of technology is AWESOME! Not only the fact that it translates, but it keeps the bullets AND the font approximate AND the background color – all in real time! There was a bit of a trick of being at the right angle and holding still long enough to engage the content.


The core product featured Italian, French, Spanish and German from/to English. Based on feedback I received at the show, I’m going to follow up about Russian and Chinese as those are current needs for some of our programs.

Very, very exciting possibilities early on in this venture.

Oh and yes, I received A LOT of feedback that I ordered the Glass in CAROLINA BLUE. 🙁 My bad.

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Google Glass & Medicine

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Thanks to Christine Vucinich for posting about this.

Google Glass surgeon’s new best friend? What one surgeon is saying about tech

It’s hard to think of a way we live that Google hasn’t touched.  And now, you can add surgery to the list.

It all starts with Google Glass, which lets an expert lend a helping hand in the operating room, even when he or she is in another state.

At the University of Alabama-Birmingham, orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Brent Ponce, prepared for a shoulder replacement. Behind his face shield he wore Google Glass — the wearable computer. Its built-in camera streamed live video of the procedure to another surgeon 150 miles away in Atlanta, where Dr. Phani Dantuluri not only watched the surgery, but offered a virtual hand.

Here’s a link to the interactive portion of this dex:

Google Glass – First Video

Despite being limited to what I can do because of no 3G hot spot, I was able to record and share my first video.

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Navigating around the glasses is “almost” intuitive. I was able to figure out most everything, but did have to use their web help to find out how to share a video. There’s lots of swiping and tapping the side of the glasses which is pretty natural… well, natural from a UI interface, I’m sure you’ll look pretty strange sitting on the bus tapping the side of your head.

In order to share the video I recorded I had to

  1. Starting at the main screen, swipe forward to bring up the video
  2. When you saw the thumbnail for your video, it said “Play” – tapping it would play the video and you can hear the audio in your ear
  3. Swiping forward showed the word “Share” in front of the thumbnail
  4. I tapped it – it then asked me share with who? Default was my Google + Circles (yes it is integrated with Google+)
  5. I swiped forward and it said “Public” so I tapped it

It did seem to take a REALLY long time to stop rendering on Google+. For a few seconds of video. This was strange and I’ll look more into expected render times.

There are voice commands as well. Saying, “OK Glass” – puts it into listen mode. This works well and it prompts you with what you can say which is nice.

Google Glass – Out Of The Box Sadness

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Our test pair of Google Glass arrived today. Tried to download the MyGlass for iOS and thought it was strange that it didn’t appear in the App Store on our iPad 2. It did list iPad 2 compatibility. Called Google Glass support, after a brief hold, spoke to an awesome tech support rep and determined that unfortunately you need a 3G capable device to run Google Glass. It cannot connect to the Internet on it’s own so functionality such as GPS and live streaming from the Glass will not work. My work iPhone will not work either even though it is cellular, you need to create a hot spot with your device. I’m on AT&T and cannot do that with my iPhone. You also need iOS 7 and I’m still on 6 because I’m a waiter.

I’ll be blogging on here as we go with pictures and information. Before you say anything, I know this is Carolina blue, but unfortunately, that’s as close as I could get.