Monthly Archives: December 2013

My Google Glass Adventure Starts Here

Google Glass is one of the next big things in technology. It is disruptive and it creates a whole new world of possibilities and applications.
I have been waiting for something like this for many years…

Google Glass

Google Glass

Ever since I was a little kid sitting through French class, I have always dreamed of a pair of glasses that would allow me to understand what the heck I was trying to read. I don’t think I am alone with this wish. I had imagined a device that would be a camera and a microphone that can translate both text and sound in real-time to provide me with not only what was written and heard, but also provide a list of possible answers. The screen would look something like this:

Question: Comment ça va? (How’s it going?)
Possible Answers:
I am doing well. (Ça va bien)
Fine, and you? (Bien, et toi?)
Meh (Comme-ci, comme ça)
It’s going bad (Ça va mal)

Then depending on where you look or some interaction, you would select the response and it will tell you how to read it out loud. And over time, it can get tuned with the way you speak or thought of responses, so that they can be more personal. I thought about how awesome it would have been to have a device like that and how I wouldn’t have to sit in French class learning how to conjugate verbs and how useful this device would be during tests when I look down at my paper, I’ll be able to just see it all in English. I had this thought every single time I was in French class through the many years leading up to University. As a side note, I did eventually give up on something like this becoming a reality while I was still a student, so I just sucked it up and learned French. Though I seem to have forgotten a lot of it due to disuse… (Sorry Madame!) But that being said, I still thought of this universal translator in every class.

Fast forward to university, this concept of augmented reality resurfaced for me as being closer to reality when I attended one of Steve Mann‘s lectures where he demonstrated a prototype EyeTap device. Steve Mann has been working on wearable computers since what seems like the beginning of time. The thought of French class came back into my mind. Furthermore, because now my vision has deteriorated (courtesy of some late night, low light video game playing), I also saw the implications of having light be sent to your eyes that would have automatically adjusted to any myopia and hyperopia (and any of the varying degrees in between). When I put on the EyeTap during the demonstration, I saw that it could have compensated for my vision weakness, and that it could have been tuned to shoot light in just the right (and out of focus for you 20/20 people) misalignment to get me a crisp and clean image. Sadly, at the time of the prototype, it was monochromatic (red) and hard to make out the images.

Jump to Google I/O 2012, when they announced Project Glass, I was SO SO regretting not hitting the buy on that (lottery) ticket. It was like a dream come true. With Google Translate and possibly other Google Services integrated, I knew that what I had wished for in grade school can become a reality. After missing out on the Google I/O ticket, I had been following Glass ever since. When Google ran their #IfIHadGlass campaign, I jumped at the chance and posted my use cases. Sadly, I was not picked. At that time, I was hoping that I could have Glass before Evelyn was born so that I can try to document as much as I can.

Now, present day, they had given their current Google Glass Explorers invites to give to friends, I managed to contact some very nice explorers who were making their invites available to people who had good use cases. I had mentioned that my primary use case will be to document my daughter growing up. I had recently seen a video of a baby’s first steps captured through glass. It was amazing to see that they were recording hands free and they can do whatever was needed with their hands to ensure that the baby didn’t get hurt. I thought that would be an amazing use case, especially since I travel a lot for work too. With Helen wearing Glass at home, I would be able to see Evelyn’s first steps even if I am at work. So thank you to my Google Glass “Parents”, who spoke with me and generously offered their invite, thoughts, and experiences, Valentin Mayamsin, Drew Rasmussen, and Emma Tweddell! I look forward to exploring and documenting the world through these glasses.

Evelyn's First Look At Glass

Evelyn’s First Look At Glass

Eating Peas - Auto Awesome!

Eating Peas – Auto Awesome!

Onward to exploring!

P.S. Do you remember The Game (Season 5 Episode 6) everyone got addicted to in Star Trek:TNG that Riker got when visiting another planet? There’s an app for that on Glass!

6 Months!

Month 6, we are at the midway point of Evelyn’s first year. A lot has changed and are still in the process of changing, especially with the move coming up.

Here are some updates from the last month:

  • Locomotion – Evelyn’s primary method of locomotion is rolling/crawling. Last month it was primiarily rolling, but this month, she is beginning to crawl. When she sees something she wants, she reaches for it and if it still interests her after not being able to get it, she’ll start to move towards it by semi-crawling. Sometimes she would try to move forward for a bit, and then seeing that she doesn’t go anywhere, she kinda flops down on one side and then gets back up. Surprisingly, that gets her an inch or so closer to her target. She’ll repeat this a couple of times until she has the object in her hand. Currently, she will crawl for mom, tags, and phones.
  • Babbling – Every now and then, we hear “mama mama” or “dada”. We aren’t sure if she is actually calling out for us, but I’d like to think that she is. :-p
  • Sitting Up – She’s starting to be able to maintain a sitting position on her own. She can now last about couple of minutes until she gets bored and leans backwards to get back down on her back. An alternative to exiting the sitting positions is when she sees something in front of her, she’ll lean forward and crawl(-ish) out to it.
  • Sleeping Through the Night – Generally speaking, she goes to sleep at around 8pm and wakes up at around 7am. Not bad. I wish I could get that much sleep… Sometimes though, it’s strange, she’ll wake up repeatedly through the night and we can’t figure out why. We suspect it’s the ambient noise outside of her room, or us clanging dishes, or us having the dryer going. While I would like to find out what’s causing her to wake up like that, I think I’d rather live with the mystery and sleeping happily through the night, instead of staying up with her crying to figure it out…
  • Weaning – We have started make our own baby food by boiling down some apples, pears, and carrots to mash up and feed her with. She seems to really like carrots and is partial to the apples and pears. We think that it’s because boiled down apple and pear are a little bit tart. She has this interesting face when she is eating the apple and pear, it’s really cute but I am pretty sure she doesn’t really appreciate it. We also got her a sippy cup so she can drink some water to go with her “solids”. The lip and handle are stained a little bit orange now with the carrots that’s she eating, but she seems to know how to hold the handles and to put it in her mouth. Next thing for her to realize is probably how gravity works and how it’ll help with getting water from the cup.
  • Toys – She likes to play with her toys a lot… I guess it’s more like she really likes chewing them, so far her favorites have been Mr. Octopus, Sophie, and this turtle thingy with plastic star shaped rings hanging off of it. On a side note, we got a new toy too, Google Glass! We’ll be using it to take lots of pictures of her growing up. More on this in another post!

That’s it for now.