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#ifihadglass, Oh the Things We’d Do…

#ifihadglass, Oh the Things We’d Do…

Google announced a new campaign to find “bold, creative individuals who want to join us and be a part of shaping the future of Glass.” Here at MAKE, we are pretty excited about the potential wearable from Google, and we decided to round-up our entries for the new platform.

Nick Normal

#ifihadglass I would document and socially map the rapidly evolving nature of my neighborhood. From pop-up art events, to natural phenomenon (Hurricanes Irene and Sandy, Superstorm Nemo, etc.), to local development, to social dinners, and beyond. I would like to ‘glass the streets’ of Long Island City, Queens. For example:

Sean Ragan

#ifihadglass I would finally implement the Terminator-vision app I have been dreaming of since I was 12, with the whole package: image enhancement, automatic biker / punk rocker clothes size estimation and motorcycle identification, target acquisition and human casualty tracking, optical handwriting recognition, and context-sensitive foreign language phrase selection assistance.

Jake Spurlock

#ifihadglass I would build data logging tools for outdoor activities. Route tracking for skiing, hangtime for bike tricks, and climbing route planners.

Keith Hammond

#ifihadglass I would swim in ambient surf data — the subtle throb of real-time swell size and interval, a shifty arrow for wind speed and direction, heads-up timescale forecasting 7-day waves, tides, and winds — to feel the ocean’s rhythms, develop super Aqua Senses, and score the best waves. Or get pulverized by them.

Laura Cochrane

I always wish I were better at learning new names. #ifihadglass I’d use it to help me recall them. I would take a photo of the person and record their name, along with relevant tags. Then using tags (or facial recognition!) I would “remember” their name!

Matt Richardson

#ifihadglass I’d share what I’m making while I make it.

#ifihadglass I’d blend it with other technology at #ITP to create something that will delight others.

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Goli Mohammadi

#ifihadglass I would use it to document the life and times of my amazing backcountry pup, Sugar Bear. She would look so legit in the shale version, and we could swap filming each other cruising around in the mountains. She thinks it would make blogging to her fans way more effortless too. And the map overlays are super helpful.

Gillian Benary

#ifihadglass I would take it with me to the art museum. It’d be great to do research on the spot, get background info on artists, and learn the secret history of my favorite paintings!

Eric Weinhoffer

#ifihadglass I would track and record video of my multirotors as I fly them.

Michael Castor

#ifihadglass I’d have to figure out how to make my own version of J.A.R.V.I.S. Complete with English accent.

As for me, while attending Google I/O this past year, I signed up to be part of the Glass Explorers program. Fingers crossed that I’m still #934…


14 thoughts on “#ifihadglass, Oh the Things We’d Do…

  1. chuck says:

    POV display for a variety of RC and autonomous bots.

  2. tonyv says:

    I would try to overload Google Inc.’s servers with so much random, arbitrary, and capricious information that they would melt down trying to coorelate it all, and the world’s privacy would be restored.

  3. Alissa Mower Clough says:

    Use it as a display of directions and other useful stuff while bicycling in the city.

  4. Jacob Nathen Beaty says:

    I posted on the Facebook thread, but I thought It’d be worth posting here since I’m sure there are makers on here much more qualified to build what I’m interested in.

    Since I’m heavily involved with motorsports, I’d love to see it adapted to be used as a HUD in a helmet. Warning lights, Tach, track position and other telemetry right in your line of sight would be awesome.

  5. Steven Henricksen says:

    I would love to see what the applications would be for music performance. Imagine if the sheet music were on the google glass and followed along at the tempo of the conductor…

  6. asciimation says:

    It always strikes me as technology looking for a problem to solve. It’s very cool tech, don’t get me wrong, but generally if you ask people what they would do with it they’ll say “all kinds of cools things” so you press them and say well what specifically would YOU use it for they umm and ahh a bit and come up with maybe one use for some very specific problem. Often a problem where this is just one possible solution and usually not even the best solution.

    Watching the Google videos on it made me tire of first person eye view films of things rather rapidly. I wonder if the novelty of that would wear off quickly? I can imagine YouTube eventually being full of them.

    Also does it work in the rain? Be interesting to see how the display handles water drops on it.

    Reading about it always makes me think of the Segway and how that was going to change the world. Nice gadget, extremely clever, useful (maybe) in some specific situations but certainly no world changer. Perhaps that’s the killer app for Glass, head up directions for Segway riding pizza delivery people?

    It would be a cool toy to play with but it seems even Google can’t seem to think what to do with it hence this whole needing creative people to help them find things.


    1. Jake Spurlock says:

      Love the idea of Google Glass wearing, pizza toting, Segway delivery drivers. That’s utopia!

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