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Google Glass visits PARC

The Palo Alto Research Center, AKA +PARC , a Xerox company, is the place where much of the technology we use in everyday life was invented. Ethernet. Laser printers. Object oriented programming. Modern GUIs. And more was invented here. 

I'll have more videos later this week that I captured on my professional camcorder, but here I capture +mike kuniavsky on Glass showing me around a room in PARC that has a bunch of examples of PARC's innovations over the years.

Walking through here you can see a TON of computer history. Unfortunately this room is not open to the public, so this Glass tour will have to do.

Mike, by the way, co-founded several successful user experience centered companies, including ThingM and Adaptive Path. Smart guy and that adds to the thrill of getting access to this room. You can read more about Mike here on PARC's website:

Come back to my Google+ page all week as I upload more videos and photos:

At one point we see the first laser printer and stumbled over the inventor of it. His name is Gary Starkweather. Damn, my memory is going (I met him when we both worked at Microsoft).

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Fun things about using Google Glass. This interview nearly killed my battery. Why? The Google Glass prototypes are doing video compression in software, which makes it very battery hungry. I hear that next year, when the Glass is released to the public, the compression will be done in hardware.

Some other things. It's hard to do interviews with Glass. Why? Because you have to focus on NOT moving your head around a lot. It's also requires moving your whole body and face if you want to get closer to exhibits, and such. I'm sure I looked very strange with me leaning over to exhibits shooting video.

The microphone is OK but it could be better (I hope we will be able to hook bluetooth accessories up to Glass, so I could stick an external microphone onto my interview subjects). In this case I stayed pretty close to Mike. At some points it felt like I was about to kiss him and I'm sure it wasn't that comfortable for him to have me so close (closer than two feet away).
My mind is always blown when Fred Davis shows up (hi Fred). Why? He started Wired Magazine. 
+Fred Davis did you see Thad Starner saying that Google Glass is more powerful than the first Cray supercomputers and that it's amazing that it only weighs 49 grams (I'm more amazed by the fact that it probably will cost less than $300).
+Fred Davis I still remember when Apple bought its Cray. The San Jose Mercury News made a big deal about that on the front page. I was fortunate enough to meet a few people who worked there at the Computer History Museum.
I hate these flashing gifs or whatever they are. Nauseating.
Absolutely F'ing brilliant.  I SOOOOO enjoyed this post.  Thanks, Robert!  I continue to believe that you have the greatest job in the world.
Sounds like PARC was "the" place for innovation. Amazing!
I've always wanted to go to PARC. The birthplace of the modern UI. 
"PARC. The birthplace of the modern UI"
And Ethernet. And PostScript. And Object Orientated Programming (OOP), among many other great computing achievements.
+Joe Phelps this is a video. It is turned into an animated GIF automatically by Google+. Personally I love them because it gives you a sense of what you'll see in the video.

+Jeff McNeill sorry, a museum is NOT boring at all. Certainly not this one, which details a good chunk of innovation in Silicon Valley.
Hi +Robert Scoble, was very nice chatting with you on Monday. Would love to some day continue our discussion about the re-democratization of the web. I've been working on something that I would love to run by you, get your thoughts.
Mike so very nice to see you again. Remember me? From 4Help at umich? Stay well. 
hi   +robert scoble, thank you for sharing this post. enjoyed the history of parc's innovation.
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