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James Betker
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Lives in Anaheim Hills, Anaheim, CA
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Running into the sky... #throughglass
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Amazing. Would've like to see the landing as well! haha
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GlassFeeds, 20 active users in, day 1: locked out due to Mirror restrictions. I can't say I didn't see this coming but I thought I'd be able to support at least 100.. Google really baffles me sometimes. So much for fostering a "development community" when you can't even share your work.
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I would check the link in your browser, it should show up as a feed of the videos you want to see on your glass. If that works, then Glass should work fine. I would also enable the 'sendAllVideos' option (set it to 'true') so that when Glass pulls one video from your playlist, it packages the rest as a bundle.. you'll see what I mean.
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Tired of NYT and CNN? Beam any of your favorite news sources straight to Glass with GlassFeeds:
https://glassfeeds.appspot.com/

PLEASE READ:
This app is still under development. I want to gather some metrics with it from a small group of people (my followers) before I make a broader release. I would very much appreciate it if you did not repost this elsewhere. Please let me know of any bugs..
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Gotta say, I'm feeling pretty bummed about the future of Mirror API development. With AppEngine quotas and no real way of monetizing Glass apps other than outright subscription fees (which noone will pay), I just don't see how a small developer can compete here.
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Check out the new version of my (psuedo)native app that lets you watch YouTube videos on Glass!

http://appliedanalog.com/agw/?p=24
I released the first version of this app a couple of weeks ago, but I have finally finished polishing and optimizing it! This app allows you to watch YouTube videos on your Glass. The videos are taken from a YouTube feed and placed directly on your timeline, and you need only click on the video ...
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I don't think this will work with newer versions of glass, it will need to be modified to use the native SDK.
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Is anyone working on a Mirror-API based feed reader (RSS/ATOM) application? Just wanted to check before I attempt anything..
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So I'm nearing week two of my Glass Explorer experience and I figured I'd make a post on my feelings on the device thus far.

The biggest aspect of this device that is going to drive adoption is going to be perceived utility. That is, after the novelty wears off, what does it do for us in our day-to-day lives that makes us want to bring it to work, keep it charged up, and keep it on our faces?

To me, the most utility is coming from the hands free nature of glass when I am driving. It's navigation is the least distracting and most effective navigation system I have ever used. And that is saying a lot considering how damned simple it is. The ability to quickly glance at and respond to text messages at traffic lights is darned useful as well. I think it is funny when people talk about Glass getting banned from the roads because I can categorically say that I am way less distracted on the road than I have been since I got my first smartphone thanks to this device.

That said, once I step out of my car, the utility drops. In the office and at home, Glass becomes an easy-to-use camera and a quick reference device. Traffic, weather, appointments, stock prices and e-mail are always a look and a flick away. Problem is that I spend all of about 10 minutes each day looking at these things, which means that the other 12.8 hours each day that I am not sleeping/driving I am also generally not using Glass.

That's my biggest problem with Glass so far. I want to use it. I want to glance up in those moments when I'm taking a quick break from the job and do something with that nifty screen in front of my eye. I get so tired of the blank screen that I find myself fiddling with the device just to see it on for a few seconds. The problem is that there is nothing compelling there yet. More worryingly to me, given the current constraints of the device and it's UI I'm a little short on ideas of what CAN be there to grab my attention during those down times.

Perhaps I'm missing the point. Glass is very much built to be a notification device; this is what Google is marketing it as and how most of the built-in apps behave. Regardless, this doesn't stop me from wishing/wanting and working toward making these nifty goggles into something I can use anytime of the day.

Does anyone else feel this way? What ideas do you guys have for time-burning Glass apps? There is an endless sea of ideas out there for augmented reality and hands-free work assistance apps but a lack of concepts for casual usefulness.
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Good insights!! These are some things i have been wondering about while i wait for my invite. 
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This web browser is AMAZING! I cannot believe how fluid panning is, it's almost like looking at a webpage on a real screen! Not to mention the navigation interface (look at something and tap to select) works excellent. This is easily the best app for Glass yet IMO. Good freaking job Google!
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Just tried it out. Pretty sick. 
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Tired of articles from New York Times on your glass? Check out my latest app, Glass Feeds, to have articles from any news source sent directly to your Glass!
https://glassfeeds.appspot.com/
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Crap--wow--that sucks.  They're C&Ding, even if it's in reference to a service provided FOR Glass?

I'm tempted to start developing apps under the brand name "Sslag."  I hate it when giant megacorporations name their product something generic and then can sue to stop people from using the word.  Ah well...
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How many of you guys have gotten your OTA XE6 update? Still waiting here..
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Yes.
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In the interest of helping out people who would like to try out native apps but have no idea how to install them or run them, I wrote up a how-to:
http://appliedanalog.com/agw/?p=17
The apps you can write with the version of Glass that Google shipped to the original explorers only has one documented API for developers. This is the Mirror API, a REST model that provides little in the way of user interaction and is primarily focused on beaming information to your eye.
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So I was pondering on how difficult it is to see Glass' screen when you are doing activities that involve looking at the sky (flying, driving, etc) and I figured out a rather simple solution to the problem. All you really need to do is put some kind of opaque or semi-opaque backing film on the rear side of the glass prism which blocks the incoming light. By doing this, it becomes a screen in front of your eye but honestly still works excellent. Anyone know any companies that manufacture removeable UV film for eyeglasses? All I can find is this:
http://www.inventionconnection.com/BOOTHS/booth416.html
Which doesn't look like it exists anymore..
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+James Betker http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:96237
They designed it to block the camera, but you could easily apply it to your use case. (with a hole for camera if need be)
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    Computer Science, 2005 - 2009
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