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Trying Google Glass- Amber Case describes her brief experience

Trying Google Glass- Amber Case describes her brief experience | Cybofree : Techno Social Issues for a Postmodern Transhuman Society | Scoop.it

Amber Case describes her brief experience trying out Google Glass – quick first impressions.

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A month ago I met a friend of a friend who was testing Glass for Google. He let me try it on in the back room of a quiet pub and I got to try out all of the different features. Aaron Parecki and I tried it on and experimented with its many features.

 

The features of Glass are not “consumptive”, as in, they don’t cause you to get away from reality. Rather, I’d call Glass’s features “active”. Think of every time you’d like to capture a moment, get driving directions, or check the time. Current technology forces one to take their phone out of a pocket to preform a task, whereas with Glass it’s right there. This is not a media device for sitting back and getting information to you. It’s a device that allows you to quickly act instead of pause and grab your device from your pocket. The features of Glass are not “consumptive”, as in, they don’t cause you to get away from reality. Rather, I’d call Glass’s features “active”. Think of every time you’d like to capture a moment, get driving directions, or check the time. At this point, you have to take your phone out of your pocket to do the task, whereas with Glass it’s right there.


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Glass is a piece of Calm Technology

 

Glass is, by default, off. Like Mark Weiser’s words on Calm Technology, the tech is “there when you need it” and “not when you don’t”. This makes Glass a perfect example of tech that gets out of the way and lets you live your life, but springs to life when you need to access it.

 

Audio and Touch Input

The interface has two input types, audio and touch. You nod your head to turn the display on, then you can say “Ok Glass, search for “x”, or simply tap the side of your glass to scroll down the menu. The real world is noisy, so having two input types is important. And I suspect that Glass may have a difficult time recognizing your speech if you have a heavy accent.

 

Driving and Walking Directions

This feature presents directions in a calm way that leaves you attentive on the road. Transit and biking directions were not implemented when I tried Glass, but one can imagine how helpful both could be: I used to sketch out a map and tape it to the handlebars of my bike. Being able to have an ambient understanding of where one is and where one needs to go next will be very helpful. I use the word “ambient” because it truly is ambient. It is not obscuring your vision or taking you away from reality – it is adding an overlay of information to it.

 

Video

Video had some bugs in it still when I tried Glass, but it was a very pleasant experience to be able to quickly record something. This is the feature I think people will use least with Glass, and it is ironically the feature Glass-critics are most antagonistic towards. Recording video all day from one’s Glass makes no sense. Recording special moments does. Recording significant events such as the Boston Marathon Bombing make even more sense, especially if it helps people to gather forensic evidence. Recording all the time will quickly wear out a Glass, and worse, will require a lot of editing after the fact. The Memento Lifelogger is a much better bet for all day recording, as it clusters photos taken at frequent intervals into “events”, making it easier to search through and find the information you’d like to gather.

 

Photos

Being able to take a quick photo was wonderful. It’s not seamless as critics might think. In the same way that all features of Glass are implemented, one must wake up the display and either verbally ask Glass to take a picture or tap the side of Glass to record the image. An external observer can easily see that a Glass is on, and like one can tell if someone is on a cellphone by the way the phone is held up to the head, one can see that Glass wearer is about to take a picture. Glass is not like a Bluetooth earpiece. There are significant signals present for one to see if a Glass wearer is using the device. I think Glass critics fear that Glass users will persistently record and take photos and no one will be able to tell whether Glass is on or not. Rest assured, most Glass users will likely be using their devices for mundane everyday tasks like way-finding and reading text messages. Critics’ fear of Glass devices is akin to a person fearing that what they post on Blogger will be read by the entire Internet instead of being read by two or three of their friends and an occasional random user coming in from search.

 

Search

Glass provides one with a very well-designed and easy way to search by voice. Google results come up in a minimal format that’s easy to read on the tiny display. There’s actually an auto-summary feature that automatically summarizes the information you’ve search for. I tried the phrase “Ok, Glass, search for squirrels”, and glass gave me a summary of what squirrels were, along with images. It reminded me of a smarter, quicker version of Qwiki, a knowledge summary product that received quite a bit of attention in 2011 when it was first demoed at a startup conference in SF.

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Chicago Doctors Unveil First Thought-Controlled Bionic Leg - NBC Chicago

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Unsolved phenomenum: Why a Voltage-Generated Water Bridge Doesn't Collapse

Unsolved phenomenum: Why a Voltage-Generated Water Bridge Doesn't Collapse | Cybofree : Techno Social Issues for a Postmodern Transhuman Society | Scoop.it

If you apply an electric voltage across two water-filled beakers and separate them, something strange happens: The water stretches from beaker to beaker, creating a bridge that defies gravity. Water bridges were discovered 120 years ago, but no one has ever been sure why they do not collapse. One theory is that the voltage makes the water molecules line up, creating a “dielectric” tension that stops the bridge from falling. Another argues that surface tension—the tendency of a water’s surface to shrink inwards—keeps the bridge aloft.

 

Now, researchers believe that water bridges rely on both strategies. Reza Namin at the Sharif University of Technology in Tehran and colleagues measured various parameters across the length of a water bridge, including voltage, current, and bridge diameter. Then they plugged the data into a computer simulation to calculate the forces involved. The results, to be published next month in Physical Review E, reveal that dielectric tension and surface tension each carry about half a water bridge’s weight. The results, the researchers believe, could help engineers develop electrowetting, a method of using electricity to adjust the adhesion of fluids to a screen that is expected to be used in the next generation of e-book readers.


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Telescopic contact lenses magnify sight 2.8 times, turn wearer into cyborg

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Bluescape, the Touchscreen That Covers a Wall

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Haworth and Obscura Digital's digital whiteboard can hold 160 acres of virtual space-

 

Apple (AAPL) has rolled out smaller models of its iPad. Jeff Reuschel is thinking bigger. The global design director for office-furniture maker Haworth, in partnership with interactive display company Obscura Digital, has created a touchscreen that covers a conference-room wall. Like a supersize version of CNN’s (TWX) Magic Wall, Bluescape displays a unified image across 15 linked 55-inch flat-screen monitors, each equipped with 32 specialized sensors to read users’ hand movements. Unlike whiteboards or flip charts, it won’t require much erasing or page turning: When zoomed out as far as possible, the digital board’s virtual space totals 160 acres. Using Bluescape, corporate and university clients can store often scattershot brainstorming sessions in perpetuity. Co-workers or classmates can add digital sticky notes, either with a digital pen on the wall itself or by uploading documents from other devices, from which they can also browse the virtual space. “There are fewer and fewer people working in cubicles,” says Reuschel. “The old-fashioned vertical surfaces are going away.”


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The eugenics plot from the film 'Gattaca' has come one step closer to reality ... - The Australian

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Camera Lens Adjusts Focus Like a Human Eye

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Man creates “invisible headphones” by implanting magnets into his ears

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Will give himself echolocation ability via hookup to ultrasonic range finder.
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DailyTech - Iron Man? Nope, New Lifting Aid is Called the "Titan Arm"

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Exoskeleton arm can lift up to 50 lb, is controlled by handheld remote

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Most engineering senior design projects are an entertaining, but lack the wow factor of corporate inventions.  But every once in a while you'll come across a gem.

I. Titan Arm Looks to Smash Back Problems

Among the pleasant surprises from this semester was the "MEAM Team" from the University of Pennsylvania, who offered up their own take on an upper body exoskeleton.  The team was motivated by the very real problem of back disorders which affect 600,000 workers a year in the U.S. and cost the economy an estimated $50B USD.  Most of these back disorders come from overexertion during lifting.

That's where the "Titan Arm" comes in.  

The one-arm exoskeleton helps the user lift objects in a curl motion, sparing the user's elbow from wear and tear.

Composed of five structural members, four moveable joints, and an adjustable upper arm member, the exoskeleton is strapped on the back and onto the user's arm.  The shoulder has three degress of freedom, so the user's arm is able to move relatively naturally in three-dimensional space.  


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