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Wayne Moyer
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So I've been following the Smart Glasses since Google announced Glass and I'm in the market but the price and battery life of Google Glass isn't where I want it yet. Plus it seems like a first gen product compared to the other product. So if I was going to do a  run down of what's currently on the market it would look like this.

Google Glasses - $1600 new but also available used in various places
Recon Jet - $600 currently out of stock on Amazon
Vuvix M-100 - $1000 http://www.vuzix.com/consumer/products_m100/
Epson BT-200 $700 from Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Epson-Moverio-Glasses-Developer-Edition/dp/B00KLFS4GG/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1414593221&sr=8-2&keywords=Epson+BT-200

Of these the Google Glasses have the best support but the battery life is lacking and the price is the highest. The used market is hot though. I'm not sure how Google treats them though. I'm seeing 1 and 2 GB's going for $800 now used.

The Recon Jet looks good but this is a specialized device.

The Vuzix M-100 is interesting but I still can't get over the whole "You'll poke your eye out kid" feeling with it plus the price is enterprise level still.  I know you can fit it to a pair of safety glasses but they never show it that way.

Then there is the Epson which is getting good reviews but you can't walk around wearing them or I can't imagine you could.

I am very much looking to buy and use a pair of smart glasses daily. I wear a smart watch and have for almost ten years. I started with a MSN Spot watch. So I am looking forward to hearing about what you have found owning these devices or if there is something I missed that is on the market.
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Here is the difference three years makes. On the left is my Samsung Gear Live and on the right my Sony Smartwatch 1. The first from 2014 and the second from 2011.  I'd almost like to have added the Pebble in there to show late 2012/early 2013 as well.
I haven't worn the Sony in some time since it had some serious issues with Bluetooth connectivity. After charging it up today it connected without issue and allowed me to do a good side by side comparison with the most modern of today's smartwatches. 
I've been pointing out that the Sony is the best way to get your feet wet with smartwatches for awhile. Since you could get one on Amazon new for $80 or used one on Swappa for $40-$50. That was until the used Pebble's showed up on Swappa used.
Well after wearing the Sony again I have to say I am impressed by a few things. One is that it is very lightweight. Which shouldn't come as a surprise given that it only has a battery one third the size of the one in the mammoth Samsung's but one that lasts more then twice as long.  The height of the Sony will still throw you off because of it's clip setup but it pays off due to the charger method as well as how it handles wrist bands. With multiple adapters you could change the look of the Sony every day. This helps it's fashion accessory feel. Something the newest Smartwatch 3 can't even do. You attach any 22mm watch band to a metal plate and then clip this the smart watch face. It's very simple.
Next up is the screen which feels downright tiny compared to the Gear Live's but it should. The Gear Live is over done where the Sony's is more of a unisex design. The Gear Live is more in line with today's large man's watches. Where the Sony is more inline with something that would be acceptable on the wrist of a smaller population. The quality of the OLED screen on the Smartwatch 1 isn't nearly as bright and dramatic as the Gear Lives but it is usable and easy on the eyes. Both wash out in sunlight though. An issue neither watch was able to address.
Usability is kind of a toss up. Sony's UI and apps are very well done. Answering a call, checking notifications and basic usages of the watch are easily done. In fact they are easier to do the on the Sony SW1 than on the Gear Live. The bigger thing is that the apps are better on the Sony then on the Samsung. Where you need to go through a series of steps on the Samsung to get to the apps on the Sony you are always one tap away.
So the biggest problem with the Sony is the fact that the time isn't displayed full time. A couple of the watch faces address this with movement setting it off. I'm going to check this with other newer faces as well. Still I am going to stand by the fact that Google's non-fragmented Android Live world suffers over the fragmented world in the app department. This is only temporary though. The Android Wear apps are growing by the day and will catch up to the list that Sony and Samsung has.
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I was looking at the mini app laucher +Luís Vitela . The main reason that I haven't installed it yet is that I am starting to get better with both a handful of Ok Google commands and just tapping that screen to get to things. I might install it thought.Although I had forgotten it was an option when I wrote this and you are dead on correct that it would equalize the two platforms.
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Are there any good weather watch faces yet? I've found one but it puts the weather info on the bottom and it gets messed up when the cards go on top of it with my Gear Live. This was one of the things the Pebble did really well. I know I can see the weather at will with the cards but I would to have the basics, temp, wind, maybe percentage of precip, or barometric pressure. Things like that. Right now I'm using one of the weather cards over a normal face as a work around of sorts.
Thanks in advance. 
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There is an app called "wear Picture watch" that will let you build a watch face like this. 
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Last weekend I took my kids to a science center that had paintings of the Space Shuttle concept work. The pictures I took of them didn't turn out that well. While skimming through Google image search I bounced into something that feels like a reject from the Heavy Metal movie. Moire importantly it feels like our kind of material. So to get is started. I'm going to go with a short simple one for my car friends.

*Ran when parked"
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The Montana x-games BMX team was still on the heavy side and the "practice track" felt a lot like the airport junkyard.  Still the tricks you could pull in the old sewer piping were wicked sick.
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It's been awhile since I posted a story over at Atomic Toasters but after talking about the Ercoupe I decided it was time to do another one. 
What is so unusual about the Ercoupe? Well those in a smaller circle of mine learned about it's linked controls this weekend. The little Ercoupe has no rudder pedals. All flight controls go through the control stick. Which should have relegated this to a one off prototype and instead lead to the beginning to a line of six thousand aircraft. 
While I was spending some time with the Ercoupe this morning I learned something new myself. I didn't know it was a prewar design. I always thought it was a postwar design. So you learn something new every day.  
So take a moment and head over to Atomic Toasters and check out today's post while I'm likely doing some edits.

Oh and +Dustin May there's a new post on the site.
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I have a silver angelfish that is currently at the top of the tank with one fin out of the water. You can see it breathing hard. Over the last several days it appears it lost its sense of balance. It was doing loops in the tank and such. Which we almost wrote off to the fact that it only had one eye but it has been that way for years. It lost the one eye to a filter intake when it was very young probably four or five years ago.  Right now it seems to be trying very hard to breathe but I'm not sure if there is anything I can do it for it other then just to wait out it's death. This doesn't look to be one of those kind of sick fish things, which is why I am posting this here, or I would go get rid of it. 
Has anyone else seen a fish do this?
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+Michael Benedetto I've always wondered if you could do something like that. Thanks for the info & thanks for sharing. Have you ever done this successfully? cheers mate 
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Just like life there are no saves in this version of the old text game. So sit back and go back and replay the original Infogam Hitchhikers text game.
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Bonus points for it being text-based.

My mechanical keyboard is the perfect 'controller' for this!

'Scuse me while I go back to the early-80s.

edit:  It's amazing how these made you actually think .
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So I've had my Galaxy Gear for a week and I had even started the RMA process with Amazon over the battery life before I figured out what the real problem was.
I was using this face you see in the picture below. So I do get a lot of notifications plus I was using the Tune In app for a full 8 to 9 hours a day on my ten hour shift. My battery was lasting under twelve hours. After owning my Pebble I decided I wasn't going to babysit a watch with this kind of battery life. After 11 hours I was down to 7%. Thirty minutes later I was down to 2%.
The next day I switched to one called "Wear Collection" face and all of a sudden something very odd happen. I used the watch exactly the same. I checked my pulse the same number of times. I ran tune in for the full day. Received a similar number of notifications and after 11hours I had 40% battery left.  By hour 14 I was still at 24%.
So word of warning to all the other Android Live users. Just do some testing with various faces out there. It greatly affects your battery life  I'm guessing my Gear's issue was with all that blue in the middle of the face there.
Of course with with the LG G Watch you have a larger battery but you also have the LCD face. So we have a different issue with our AMOLED displays. We want watch faces that are mostly black because that uses less power. For the LG users it doesn't matter.
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As a follow up. The other night when I interacted wit it minimally but it was doing it's thing normally, showing notifications and such. I hit 9% after 26 hours.
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This is very off topic but all the new talk of Smoochy lead me back to one of my favorite movies as a parent. If you have kids you have endured so many Nick and Disney kids shows that Death to Smoochy is a movie you really need to see. Especially if it's because it has a happy go lucky Ed Norton in it. Also because it will give you more fodder for our newest Captioneer Meme by the name of Smoochy. This is not a movie you will share with your kids if they are young.
I'm only sharing it because it is in context with a couple of the captions from this morning.
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This is one of my favorite films and I don't even have kids. 
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We here at Captioneer's like to use old pulpy images. Well actually we started out by making fun of the seventies and the eighties. To which a lot of us will tell that the eighties wasn't that long ago and for those of you who would like to tell us that it was. Go stick your nose in a rubber hose.
Anyway we then moved back to a time we like to call the sixties. A time that is so important CNN has decided to devote time away from coverage of a certain aircraft to appeal to the ego of babyboomers about it. In hopes they can find that one frame of footage to prove that they were indeed at that one thing that happened that one time in that one place in that one second when they were so stoned they have no memory of it. 
With all that said you would think images like this one would have come out of this latter period exact for one thing. It didn't. This is a more modern NASA image from the mid eighties. http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/gallery/images/mars/marsbases/html/s85_31477.html. That's right kids this was created during the time of Fact's of Life, the end of Knight Rider, and the middle of the Reagan years. This is an end of the Cold War image NOT a beginning of the Cold War image.  Engadget just decided to run this as the lead image to an article today. Since it's a NASA image, and I have linked the NASA article to go with it, I feel clean about providing sources and giving it a backstory. So what can we do about it. What is Bob looking at there on his little disk. What's with the odd moon buggy that doesn't really fit the 80's shuttle feel? What is that guy looking for in the distance? 
Have at it Caption group.
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The symbol on this rock looks familiar...wait there is righting property of Google Maps - Mars Headquarters
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It’s time for an update on the Pebble. As well as a small discussion on the Pebble Steel now that I've given that more thought.
I've been living with my Pebble for a couple months and it has taught me far more about living with a smartwatch then the Sony ever did. Yet the Sony is the one I would tell you to get if you wanted to see what it was like to have this device. Mostly because the price of admission is so low. The Sony Smartwatch 1 is $80 on Amazon and the Pebble is $150. 
Going back to 2005 and 2006 when I used my old MSN Direct Watches http://atomictoasters.com/2012/11/msn-direct-hey-watch-this/ the thing that made them special was that you could glance at them and get the information at them without any effort. They were instant gratification devices. This is the Pebble in a nutshell. It’s always on sitting there in black and white showing me the time and weather as well as missed calls and messages. Now with the new apps coming out this week (already out for iOS) it will also let me log into Yelp, Foursquare, see sports scores and more, putting it far more in line with other smartwatches. In the end the Pebble still shines as an instant gratification device. It tells me when I have emails, text messages, phone calls, or just what time it is. The biggest problem is that it looks like a toy. Which make it seem expensive to some or cheap to other. Which has been addressed in two ways.
So let’s go back to the Sony Smartwatch 1 and really to all the others outside of the Omate. They are tablets that sit on your arm in various ways. Where the Pebble will continue to tell the time if it loses its bluetooth connect the others will not. They are codependent devices and need that next bit of data from their mother device. They also need their chargers nearby. The Pebble has a five day battery thanks to its boring screen. The Sony has this nice OLED screen that only lights up when you press the button or touch the screen but boy when it’s on it sure is nice looking. This is a Sony product after all. Outside of, maybe, the Dash they don’t under develop things. It’s well thought out and does what it is supposed to. Thanks to all the firmware updates the battery will go almost two days of decent use and there is pretty decent list of apps available for it.  So as a geek device the Sony wins hands down.
One of the downsides to the Pebble and Sony is that they look like toys. Pebble addressed this with the Steel. Which raised the price by $100 to $250. Samsung also addressed this with the Galaxy Note Watch which is $350.  The Pebble Steel, pictured, has the same guts as my plastic Pebble but has a gorilla glass face, high quality materials around the edges, steel buttons, and the bands are available in higher quality materials as well. Basically a smart watch you can wear with a suit and not be embarrassed. Which is something Tissot did back in 2006 with the High-T and we are seeing again now.  At first it was written off as a case of why would you pay that much when the Samsung wasn't much more expensive for higher tech. Well because it’s a lot nicer looking. People who buy watches typically go for tech and not toys and the Steel makes a lot of sense for them. 
TL:DR: Want a watch first that does smart things: get a Pebble
             Want an Android device for your wrist: get the others, specifically the Sony Smartwatch 1 at $80
Note - That is not my photo below. Giving credit where it is due. I just pulled it from Google images. I believe it is from Engadget. I just wanted to show the difference between the base $150 Pebble and $250 Steel.
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I like them both. The red one is more striking though...More my taste.
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The images small, the qualities bad and +Daniel Swensen this would be another scooter who ruined another cartoon but come on this image needs to be shared. To this one I add a simple caption.

"First one's free kid"
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Lived in four of the five counties around Philadelphia. Spent fifteen years living around Pottstown and now lives among the Mennonites of Berks county. 
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