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Un giorno con i Google Glass

In molti stanno parlando dei Google Glass, occhiali con uno schermo che interagiscono con chi li indossa permettendo di scattare foto, filmati, vedere informazioni di navigazione e molto altro che potete vedere direttamente sul sito dedicato. Qualche fortunato ha ricevuto da Google i Google Glass e li sta provando nella vita di tutti i giorni. Uno di questi è Brandon Allgood, CTO di un’azienda americana nel campo farmaceutico. Ecco il suo racconto che vi da un’idea di quello che, entro la fine dell’anno, sarà a disposizione del grande pubblico.

I wore Glass all day today.  It was light and didn’t bother me to do so.  The battery truly lasted all day.  I didn’t however take long videos or hangout for very long.  I am also not very popular on G+ and most of my email goes to my business account so I didn’t mind the “ding” when I got an email or G+ comment.  Most of my co-workers were excited about seeing Glass.  Some were a little uncomfortable about it.  Overall the reaction has been positive and people aren’t bothered by me wearing it in meetings and such.  I do live in Silicon Valley, so your experience may differ.  I found that my habits will nee to be modified.  For example I just need to tint my head back (which turns on the display) and I can see the time.  No more looking for a clock or pulling out my phone.  I also don’t need to check my email on my phone or computer.  I found myself from time to time hearing the chime and then pulling my email up on my computer and not Glass.  I am over that now.
Low light video and pictures aren’t great but that shouldn’t come as a big surprise. Maybe I should try shooting video with my hiking headlamp on.  It actually, to my surprise, works well in sunlight.  The Google Now feature is great.  It has already learned my commute and gives my the traffic before I leave in either direction.  The speech to text for email and text messaging works really well and is quite fast.  I assume it is using the standard Google speech-to-text service.  The microphone works well when talking on the phone.  The bone conducting speaker also work quite well.  There was no problem hearing things with background noise although people near you can also hear it.  No listening to the game in a meeting!
There is a interesting feature that I don’t know has been discussed yet.  It is how you join a wifi network.  If you would like to connect to wifi that requires a password you need to use myglass.  You type in the wifi SSID and password and myglass presents you with a QR code that you scan in with Glass.  Because there is no keyboard interface I guess this is a reasonable way of doing it.  Speech-to-text would obviously be terrible, especially if you are using WEP.
Finally, there are two things that I would change.  First, you can’t frame the photo before it shoots.  When you say “ok glass, take a picture,” it just takes a picture without a delay.  The camera obviously has very different optics than your eye so I found myself taking about three photos to get the one I wanted.  Maybe through practice this will become more natural, but I would prefer at least a couple seconds to frame the shot.  The same goes with video, it just starts.  The second, which is a small thing.  If someone sends an email with bold text the Glass card in Glass shows the text with asterisks around what wehre the bold bits.  When you use the “Read Aloud” option it says “asterisk.”  It should either say nothing or read these bit louder.  I think just ignoring them would be best but having it raise its voice would be funnier.  Anyway this makes it sound a bit awkward.

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