Electric Run

If you follow this blog, or remember back to this post, I enjoy running (especially with Glass).   The Electric Run is one of those “fun runs” I mentioned.  Basically, it’s a 5K run (not race–it’s not timed) which involves music, lights, and an “electric wonderland”. Taken from their website:

 You’ll run, walk, and dance through distinct lands with lights and music custom mixed to match the mood of the lighting elements.

I took my Glass with me to the Electric Run, which was held at the Charlotte Motor Speedway on Friday night.  The race started at 8:50, but with 20,000 people the race continued to release waves until after 10:00.  There were crazy costumes, amazing decorations and music, as well as a huge concert at the end.  Glow sticks were everywhere.

 

During the race, I was asked about Glass several times (which made me happy).  One person called them “Google Goggles” and two other people told me they were super jealous.  I did use my cell phone to snap some pics, but using Glass was a ton easier, and I took way more video on my Glass than my phone.  One question I got asked about Glass last night was how it performed taking pictures and videos in the dark.  So, in the following video I included both iPhone and Glass clips. The iPhone videos are labeled as such, so that users can compare.

 

Cooking #ThroughGlass

There are already a large amount of Apps available for Glass (see Glass-Apps.org).  Some are “Google Approved”, while others are made by a third party.  There are controversial ones, such as Tits and Glass (Banned by Google), as well as cool ones, such as the Tesla app which (If you have one of the drool worthy new Teslas) you can control features of the car through your Glass.  One app that may come in handy for the everyday Glass user, such as myself, is the cooking apps.  KitchMe and NavCook are two such apps that look promising and have great reviews.

 

NavCook (taken from a review by GlassAppz)

 

 

This would show up in the upper field of your vision while you’re cooking, even reading the directions to you, step-by-step.

Screen shot of the app, Nav Cook

I personally haven’t tried either of those apps yet, but I did cook with Glass recently.  I decided to make these mini fritattas.

Below show my steps of cooking #throughglass.  They actually came out wonderfully and hands free step-by-step pictures was a nice perk.

Tasks #ThroughGlass

I’m doing my best to show you what life is like through glass.  When I entered the #ifihadglass contest, I wrote that I don’t carve ice sculptures, jump out of airplanes, or do anything wild and adventurous (see this post for more information).  I am a relatively normal, geeky college student who works a few jobs.  That being said, I used Glass in the bathroom last night.  Before you click away, know that I would never go all Robert Scoble on you.

A Glass user that proved Glass withstood a shower (and a rainstorm).

If you don’t get why I just posted a hairy naked man in my blog, just do a quick search for “Robert Scoble Shower” and you’ll find a dozen articles about this particular shower-themed post (ABC News, VentureBeat, and The Verge to name a few). Actually, don’t google that, it’s too hard to explain to someone why you were googling a man in a shower wearing Glass.

That being said, I thought it’d be fun to use Glass when I gave my dog a bath last night.  In this video, all the images or clips were taken #thoughglass.

Just a Note:  Glass held up fine in the bathroom.  No water damage I can see, though I did get sprayed when he shook a few times.  

 

Apple and Glass

I’ll admit it.  I’m an Apple fan girl.  I own several Apple products and their customer service is amazing. When Google Glass came out, they released an app for Android devices called the “My Glass” app.  This app is the companion to the Glass unit.  It allows you to set up WiFi, add apps to your unit, as well as make other configurations.  This is taken from the app page:

See, even Google has a sense of humor.

See, even Google has a sense of humor.

There is not, however, an iOS app for Glass yet.  This is unfortunate, but you can still configure via a website online (Or, if you have an android tablet as I do, you’re all set).   I wish we iPhone users had a bit more functionality.  Until that time, I’ll get by.

I recently had my macbook pro cord begin to split.  It’s still under warranty, so I knew I could just get a replacement.  Off to the Apple store I went, with a 12:45 appointment at the “Genius Bar”. I had to stop by the Charlotte Running CoElectric Run pickup event first, to which I experienced my first “Is that Google Glass?” notice from a stranger.  The guy in front of me waited about 20 minutes in line with me before finally asking. He knew all about them, and even asked if I was a developer.  We continued on our way, picked up our packets and went straight to the Apple store at South Park.

I have never seen it empty, but apparently that is what it looks like.

I walked in and made my way to the check-in guy.  I immediately noticed I was getting some looks from employees, in fact one looked like Santa had just walked into the store.

Ridiculously Accurate.

I should make a note here that I have read a few posts on the Glass explorer communities where they heard Apple employees were not allowed to talk or acknowledge Glass in the store.  That was part of the reason I wanted to wear Glass into the store. I wanted to see if it was true.

I was sent to the bar to have a seat, wherein my appointed Apple Genius came by to make the swap out for my cord.  He smiled rather largely and began the replacement process. Which involves him pulling up my warranty info and doing a lot of quick selecting on his iPad.  The entire process, his eyes drifted from glass to my face and back to his iPad.

He attempted some of the worst small talk in the world, which only leads me to believe that those posts are accurate. You would think that someone with the technological knowledge that these Apple employees have, or the sheer excitement they were displaying,  would have asked unless they had some policy against it.  I have my own policy with Glass.  Unless I’m in a hurry, and you ask about Glass or ask to try them on, I will totally let you.  I will put it on Guest Mode and let you do a few things with it, no qualms about it.

Running Through Glass

I’m going to preface this by saying that I do enjoy running, but I’m not the avid runner I used to be.  I run when the weather is nice, for fitness, and as a general stress reliever. I do register for “fun runs” such as the Cooper River Bridge Run in Charleston last year, the Color Run, and I’m running in the Electric Run this Saturday.

 

Since I’ve gotten glass, I haven’t really gotten a chance to run.  It’s been rainy or hot as hell and after seeing some reports of the foil on the prism cracking or bubbling in high heat and humidity, I have been babying my Glass.

A picture of what some high heat and moisture did to one person’s Glass unit.

 

Luckily for me, I haven’t seen any defects in my Glass unit.  I should also mention that Google has been great when people have issues with their Glass units.  The support is amazing. So, after researching how sweat & running affected Glass, I decided to go for it.  They want us to be explorers. To get out there and use Glass in a myriad of ways.  So, I ran.

Glass did great.  I wish there were a fitness app, such as the Nike Plus app which would tell me how far I’ve ran and what my average Time/Mile was registering.  There is a “Glass Fit” app, but it does an entire routine.  Glass is still in it’s infancy, developers are making apps every day.  I’m sure there will be more running or fitness apps to come.

 

 

 

Ninja Edit: I was uploading the above video and YouTube did this nifty little thing.  Yes, it was a bit shaky, but strap a camera to your head and run without shaking it a bit.  Glass stayed on my entire run without me worrying about them falling off. 

Using Glass

I’ve said it before, I so need a second Glass to take pictures of people trying on Glass. I’ve been using my Glass for a week now (9 days) and I do love it.  It honestly saves my battery on my phone, because I’m not constantly looking down to check emails.  Now, you have to realize that I get a ton of emails every day. I currently have 4 different email accounts.  Yes, some are just the junk emails you get, some are Facebook notifications (yes, I still get those. I prefer it sometimes).

 

Just Todays!

Just Todays!

 

I get my important emails through Glass right now. I also LOVE the photo taking feature.  I have used it without missing moments.  I will install Winky when I get a chance to play around with developing for Glass.

It's an app that allows you to take a photo via winking.

It’s an app that allows you to take a photo via winking.

I use it at one of my jobs (I have 3), and I don’t get too many questions about it.  Everyone in the office has tried it on, but the occasional truck driver asks.  I wore it to a restaurant and let the staff try it on, and I also let my coworkers try it on. All were impressed and only one person was afraid to try it on. I am getting ready to design some cards with a QR code for this blog, as well as links, so that I don’t have to explain Glass as much as I have been.  I did experience PGS, or Phantom Glass Syndrome, the other day.  That is where I was wearing a normal pair of sunglasses and looked up, touching the side to access my Glass items. Such a first world problem, I know.

Anyway, here are some pictures taken with Glass this weekend.

 

Driving with Glass Take 2

Remember yesterday’s post about Driving with Glass? 

Well, I did it.  I drove with Glass.  What? OMG. Shocking! Let me start this by saying that I did nothing illegal.  South Carolina doesn’t have texting and driving laws, and you can totally talk on the phone while driving. I don’t usually do those things, but with all the controversy over Glass and driving, I thought I’d at least try before a lawmaker who hasn’t even tried the device on makes up a law against Glass in SC.

Not SC, our roads are much much worse. Plus we don’t have pyramids.

I left work at lunch and decided that would be the best time to try the functionality. “Ok Glass, Give me directions Home.” I should state that I do have an iPhone, but when I partner Glass with my Android running Nexus 7 I have GPS functionality.  I use my iPhone’s hotspot and pair Glass with the Nexus.  Boom, the directions popped up and I was on my way.

I have to say, I saw somewhere that someone described Glass’s voice as a whisper in your ear.  It doesn’t use a speaker, but rather a bone conduction technology to send you dings and talk to you. Her voice came on and told me to “Drive North on Hwy 161.”  With my air conditioner running high, Google Glass definitely sounded like a whisper.  Which sounds totally creepy now that I think about it.

Here’s where I explain how Glass functions when driving.  It isn’t in my field of view.  It isn’t even on the entire time.  Each time you come to a turn you need to take, Glass tells you “turn right in X feet.” and pops up a little map of the turns.

So there. To disperse all your fears.  Would you rather me be balancing my phone on my leg, glancing down which completely removes my vision from the road? Or glance upwards to see my turn when I get a ding in my ear.  Here’s an unbeknown pro to Glass. Have you ever been in the car where there’s a GPS installed.  Each turn you have to pause your entire conversation to wait for Miss GPS to finish yelling her directions over the speaker?  Yeah, that doesn’t happen.  The driver only hears it. I made it home safely, even though my cell lost reception around the Knob (Which means I live in the boonies).  Glass continued to give me directions, but with a ding instead of spoken directions. No wrecks.  No incidents. I didn’t even veer near the edge of the road.

My field of view.

My field of view.

 

Oh yeah, by the way. I took that picture without even removing my hands from the steering wheel or taking my eyes off the road.