Tag Archives: Google Glass

Sep. 16, 2013 STC Marta Rauch Google Glass

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On Monday September 16, 2013 at the Santa Clara IHOP, the STC Silicon Valley Chapter hosted Marta Rauch’s presentation “Google Glass and Augmented Reality.” Rauch is a senior principal information developer at Oracle leading agile projects for mobile and cloud content. She is Google Glass Explorer thinks it is an extension of the trends in augmented reality (AR). AR is the single most important change in technical communication this century. It allows images and video to overlay and add relevant information to anything you are looking at.

Anything you can do on your phone you are able to do with Google Glass. The advantages of hands-free wireless device is obvious to athletes, surgeons, technicians, mechanics and the disabled will become apparent to the rest of us over time. Navigating cyberspace and real space at the same time will seem normal.

There are also disadvantages at the moment. Battery life and network availability problems plague every wireless device. The Google Glass does not easily accommodate real glasses or those who are left handed. There are unresolved privacy issues for individuals and employers. In the end we will all have to get used to the idea of a phones on our faces.

Richard Mateosian announced the start of the Touchstone Competition. The deadline is October 15, 2013. I encourage volunteering as a judge to see some of the best examples of technical communication in the world.

Please join us on Monday, October 21 at 6:00 pm for our October meeting with Tom Johnson on the topic “Why Users Can’t Find Answers to Their Questions in Help Content.” It will be held at: Harry’s Hofbrau, 1909 El Camino Real in Redwood City CA 94063 (650) 366-3733.

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Sep. 12, 2013 SVForum Siamak Ashrafi Google Glass

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On September 12, 2013 in San Francisco at Nixon Peabody, SVForum Emerging Technology hosted Bio-Computational Specialist Siamak Ashrafi’s presentation “Embedded Technology / Functional Fashion (Demo of Google Glass) and the future of mobile.” Ash talked about the convergence of wearable computing, functional fashion and smartphones. Micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) are replacing traditional dedicated embedded systems with smartphone apps leveraging internal sensors and antennas. He then compared and contrasted devices like the Nike+ Fuelband,  Lark, Fitbit, Jawbone UP, BodyBug, Motoactv, MSP430, Google Glass, Recon Jet and GlassUP. He wrapped up with what ware we will wear. Say that three times fast.

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Jun. 3, 2013 AWE Google Glasses


On June 3, 2013 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, the 4th annual Augmented World Expo (AWE) held a presentation demonstrating the new Google Glass. I was amused. As you can see with the cable connected to this woman’s head, there are few more details to work out. I would recommend a more balanced look, perhaps with a battery on the left hand side and a small red blinking light that tells people you are taking a picture or video.

Now that I am thinking of it, why not have two cameras that give a stereoptic display to lenses over lens size displays? You could have 20/20 vision and never buy prescriptive lenses again. You would not need laser surgery but would need a much longer battery life. Once again perfection is in the details.

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May 19, 2013 Blumbers

Google Glasses

Google’s event in San Francisco last week had lots of people wearing those Google glasses. People were taking pictures just by winking and uploading them, including the restrooms! Obviously some details need to be worked out.

As a photojournalist I have some guidelines. There is nothing subtle about how I take pictures. I photograph people in public places. I have a camera around my neck. I usually introduce myself as a member of the press and ask if I can take their picture. Since they are attending a public event to be seen, they usually agree. If not, I move on. There are lots more people to meet.

I don’t post every picture I take. I try to edit out the closed eyes, open mouths and awkward expressions. I am trying to take this best possible picture of you with the equipment and time available. Sadly, there will be day when you won’t be around anymore, and your family may want a good picture of you. Hopefully I will have it.

Google Glasses take pictures but it seems more like surveillance than art. At this rate, we may create a transparent society that nobody is ready for. I am hoping for a reasonable solution.

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