Launching my first app for Glass: DriveSafe

I’m excited to announce my first Glassware: DriveSafe, for Google Glass

DriveSafe is #glassware  that can detect when you are falling asleep using Google Glass’ sensors, and trigger and alert to wake you up. It can then direct you to the nearest rest area so that you can continue driving safely later on.

If you have Google Glass, you can download DriveSafe here: https://github.com/victorkp/DriveSafe4Glass/blob/master/DriveSafe4Glass.apk?raw=true

Check out our site: http://www.drivesafeforglass.com/

This is version 0.1 so there will most certainly be bugs, and it is far from perfect. I’d love to hear your feedback.

Shoutout to the DriveSafe team: Victor Kaiser-Pendergrast, Jeremy Avery and Ryan Scott Spletzer


Premature rejection: Google Glass is pointing the way to the futureGoogle is onto something with its Glass project, something big. Though only available to a tiny audience as an “alpha” project now, the computer in glasses format addresses unmet consumer needs better than existing solutions.

Premature rejection: Google Glass is pointing the way to the future

Google is onto something with its Glass project, something big. Though only available to a tiny audience as an “alpha” project now, the computer in glasses format addresses unmet consumer needs better than existing solutions.


You know Google Glass’ simple home screen? It’s defining the next decade of technology.

When the iPhone was first released, Apple did something very un-Apple-like: they left a lot of empty space on the home screen. As we all know, Apple is a company that is known for perfecting every detail of their devices. Each curve, icon, and pixel has a purpose. So why leave a quarter of screen as empty black space?

It left the door open for possibilities; possibilities that now number more than one million.

Google has done the same thing with Glass. When I first picked up my Glass back in June, there was only a couple of voice commands that followed the initial “OK, Glass” prompt: “Take a picture”, “Record a video”, “Google”, “Get directions”, and some others. Just six months later that list has expanded to include such things like “Start a workout”, “Play a round of golf”, and even “Translate this”.

Soon, the above list of voice commands will be endless, yet not overwhelming. Google wants you to say anything, wherever you are, and have its services respond. That’s why Glass was designed to be worn on your face, closer to your mouth than a watch. Ask for something, and Google is right there. Just look at desktop voice search or touchless control on Google-owned Motorola devices for proof.

In a few years, Glass will be the hub for all the smart clothing we’ll be wearing, and will be the way we communicate on the go. That silicon and plastic brick in your pocket? Gone.

When you’re at home, Glass will continue to be that hub for your connected/smart devices, allowing you to control all aspects of your house with a simple, natural voice command. Actually, this is something that is already possible today. But imagine if all of your devices at home had Glass’ core voice recognition functionality built in?

Google has said that they’re ultimately striving to build the “Star Trek computer”, but I think they’re on track to give the world something more along the lines of Tony Stark’s JARVIS. And that’s A-OK with me.


How To Not Be a “Glasshole”

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When Google Glass was released to early adopters (“Pioneers” and “Explorers”) the unfortunate terms of “Glasshole” became the way to describe them. Now, whether that term stemmed from a sense of jealousy or misunderstanding of how Glass is used is up for debate, I’m here to help Google Glass Explorers dispel the notion of a “Glasshole” by being proper ambassadors of Glass.

Skip the break for the top secret steps of how not to be a “Glasshole”.

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Glass is Different.

Not everyone loves Google Glass, at least, those who know what it is. To those who claim to dislike it and cry that it is the end of all privacy as we know it, I say this: Before dismissing them, why don’t you try them on first? You can’t form an opinion about something that you haven’t either seen nor touched.

I can tell you that EVERYWHERE I go, people get extremely excited when they see me wearing Glass. When they try them on, I’ve seen nothing but smiles and jaws drop. And these people are almost never techies. They’re waiters/waitresses, teens, little kids, pilots, businessmen/women, religious figures, moms, dads, a random passerby. Everyone is excited.

Why? 

Because Glass is different.

But that newness, that inability to comprehend something that we haven’t seen before, is what some translate into fear, or hesitation.

Having just come from seeing the Jobs movie (which I know wasn’t historically accurate), this thought is in my mind: Doing things differently is what wins the day.

Google is the new Apple, and I think they’ll be as successful as Apple was the past decade, in the coming decade.

Why? Because they’re think[ing] different[ly].


Pure Michigan [through Google Glass]


Last week I drove up to northern Michigan with 15 of my friends for a camping/stargazing/exploring trip. We went ziplining, biking around an absolutely beautiful island, rock climbing, stargazing under the Perseids Meteor Shower, and watched massive cargo ships navigate the Soo Locks on the US-Canada border.

Glass made it ever so easy to capture it all (save for the stargazing).

It was a Pure Michigan weekend, through Glass.


Ziplining with Google Glass!

This weekend I went up to Northern Michigan to go camping, stagrazing and exploring with a bunch of friends. I took a LOT of amazing photos, 99% of them with Glass (and a few here and there with my Galaxy S4). I’ve said this before, Glass really lets you capture moments quickly, thereby letting you live those moments through your own eyes, and not through a camera screen.


I took Google Glass to Cedar Point, Ohio yesterday and got some great POV footage on the Millennium Force coaster.

I was hoping to get some more footage on other rides, but couldn’t bring it on Mean Streak because I was told it would be a “marketing issue”. Based on the footage I was able to get above, it seems that the only issue there would be is that the vantage point is too good.

Glass allows me to capture these fun experiences without having technology get in the way; it literally disappears on your face.


Google released Chromecast today - alittle $35 HDMI dongle for your TV that lets you use your mobile devices (Android AND iOS) as pseudo remote controls for content. Meaning, play Netflix or YouTube on your tablet, and with a tap, have it play on your TV.

Now, imagine how Google Glass could work with Chromecast!?

"OK, Glass….Play the next episode of Breaking Bad on Netflix."

Glass becomes an always listening, always responding, TV remote.

"OK, Glass….Play the latest breaking news reports."

Did Google just transform the living room?