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Google Glass (GG)

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on April 8, 2014

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I start testing GG several days ago and I am still in the stage of Jeff Jarvis :

The questions is: how to make GG applicable for our daily tasks at work?

GG can be very useful for training students: by having a live, streaming G Hangout session with the supervisor. The latter can be in his/her office multitasking, while also monitoring the work of the student. E.g., shelving books for the Circulation supervisor.

A Surgeon Shows How Google Glass Makes Procedures Dramatically Easier.

my observations:
– GG is a glorified mobile devices, which, instead of being handheld is head-worn. the logic of navigating is the same, although still more cumbersome with GG.

– it certainly can have a niche as is, but it will take time (price, usability) until it becomes ubiquitous.

21 Responses to “Google Glass (GG)”

  1.   Keith Ewing Says:

    Well Jeff Jarvis pretty much hates Google Glass (at least he did back in February–has he changed his tune?). The young woman who made a GG presentation over lunch on the second day at Macalester’s Library Technology conference last month said pretty much the same thing.

    So far, most of what I’ve read about GG is that it’s “cool” but “creepy,” that it’s “very personal” but “not for everyone,” and that it’s “still very much a prototype” and “waiting for a killer app.”

    At the moment, GG seems little more than an expensive geeky toy, but it’s amusing to see the G+ posts.

  2.   Plamen Miltenoff Says:

    Another way of using GG in the library is conducting “live” virtual tours, whereas the librarian can wear the gear and have live Google Hangout session, which can be attended by the perspective students, current students etc. The GG person can respond to live questions and/or accommodate the tour per requests.
    In the same fashion the static reference activities, as they are now, can be turned into more “interactive” ones, whereas the calls can be made in Google Hangout and replace the phone calls. The caller can “see” literately how the reference specialist (according to the “liaison” article, not anymore necessarily a librarian) is handling information.

  3.   Plamen Miltenoff Says:
    The video is archaic already, since it depicts the user with a camera, whereas Google Glass (contact lenses) will change the tool (camera) that will augment the reality

  4.   Plamen Miltenoff Says:
    smart watch versus smart glass

  5.   Plamen Miltenoff Says:

    Google Hangout through GG has a significant delay of the video relay (audio is timely). Greg J and think that the Bluetooth + wi fi might be causing the delay. It might weaker processor of GG, but we doubt it. Following this logic, we tried to bypass the double connectivity and go straight to wifi. We can’t. Greg J thinks that the scsu enterprise wi fi does not allow such connection. i am about to experiment at home, if i can hook up GG straight to my home wifi and observe how G hangout with GG will behave on home wifi. All contradicts the GG youtube testimonies, though, since if people are able to do live feed via cell phone’s data plan, then the video should not be having problems even through Bluetooth + wi fi. Unless, the SCSU wi fi has issues… Ta da… Back to the basics…

  6.   Plamen Miltenoff Says:

    From: Grachek, Sara A.
    Sent: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 9:27 AM
    To: Jorgensen, Gregory S.; Miltenoff, Plamen
    Subject: Google Glass


  7.   Plamen Miltenoff Says:

    Google Glass Is Doomed. (2014, January 15). Huffington Post. Retrieved April 16, 2014, from

  8.   Plamen Miltenoff Says:
    valid points, reflect pretty much how i feel

  9.   Plamen Miltenoff Says:

    URL for wi fi setup:,d.b2I&cad=rja

  10.   Plamen Miltenoff Says:

    how can GG be applied in school?

  11.   Plamen Miltenoff Says:

  12.   Plamen Miltenoff Says:

    Google Glass is a big mistake:

  13.   Plamen Miltenoff Says:

    The Design Principles Behind Google Glass and the Social Influence It Could Have

    voice commands

  14.   Shauna S Says:

    I found the Glass to be an interesting product. I think there are a lot of interesting options on how it could be used. But to quote my students, “they are cool, but sometimes they don’t work very well”.

    I showed the following possibilities to my students.

  15.   Plamen Miltenoff Says:

    In order to use Google Hangout, one has to make sure that the “headset on”
    GG calls this “tether”:

  16.   Plamen Miltenoff Says:

    I posted this on a Google + discussion group (
    Thank you Sean. I am actually reading: of April 14 stating that: “Video calls – We hold ourselves to high standards for the features that we build, and video calls aren’t living up to these standards. Explorers have told us so directly, and fewer than 10% of them use video calls. For this reason, we’ve made the hard decision to remove video calls from Glass until the experience is better.”
    What a scam; mighty disappointed, since I wasted a week to figure out what is going on. Google should’ve made this more transparent, instead of people looking for “technical” solutions.
    The video indeed was abominable: about 10 seconds delay of the video footage (audio latency was acceptable).
    Yep, every step I make with GG makes me agree more and more with Jeff Jarvis:

  17.   Plamen Miltenoff Says:

    The Cracks In Google Glass Are Getting Deeper

    Read more:

  18.   Plamen Miltenoff Says:

    From: Ewing, M Keith
    Sent: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 10:29 AM
    To: Miltenoff, Plamen
    Subject: FW: Research Report: Wearable Technology


    While you are investigating Google Glass, you might broaden the perspective to other forms of wearable technology. The report below is very expensive, but you can get an idea of the scope by looking at the online site.


    From: Andrew Sheehy []
    Sent: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 9:26 AM
    To: Ewing, M Keith
    Subject: Research Report: Wearable Technology

    Report: Wearable Technology
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    This report contains a detailed analysis of how the most important segments of the wearable technology market will develop in the coming years:
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  19.   Plamen Miltenoff Says:

    From: Grachek, Sara A.
    Sent: Thursday, May 1, 2014 9:01 AM
    To: Jorgensen, Gregory S.; Miltenoff, Plamen; Przybilla, Zachary J
    Subject: Google Glass Article

    Not sure if you’ve all seen this one –

    I didn’t watch the video – it’s 49 minutes. But the article is short, although I didn’t think it really said too much. The video might be more informative.


  20.   ophthalmic instruments Says:

    I would love to see the next post. some useful info there.

    warm regards.

  21.   Plamen Miltenoff Says:

    for fun:
    from Smoosh

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