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#lazyplus  who are the people posting the best #throughglass  photos from I/O?

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Ahhaha. Hey +Bill Thiede, it's you! 
What happens after you shave. 

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I really want to play this... or just rewatch the movie.

cc +David Patierno, +Le Wei  

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Cal Poly student on the front page of Hn ( who used Bigquery to do his research! Awesome work. A #cplug  member too!

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Taking my Google Glass to the secretive home of Siri

SRI. In this set of buildings in Menlo Park, the mouse was invented. Also, many many other things, from robotic surgery equipment, to Nuance, speech-to-voice, to HDTV, to SIRI. The building we started in was one of the first two nodes on the Internet.

Very few people get tours here, particularly while wearing Google Glass. Cameras usually aren't allowed into the research labs here, and, in past years, many of the labs were locked inside bank-vault-like rooms (we walked into some of those, where the cubesat project now sits). Yes, the cold war is over, but this place still has lots of secrets. In some places we were asked not to make videos or photos. 

Much of the work here is done for military or government customers. There's a whole bunch of work done on explosions, how things break, for instance. Last time I visited they had a piece of bullet-proof glass they were trying to improve in one lab. One team showed us augmented reality binoculars that showed human forms on the ground that were so lifelike I couldn't believe it. The future of video games is about to change radically.

Over the next week I'll share some of the videos we shot here (I spent the day along with my book co-author, +shel israel , to see contextual technologies) but thought I'd put up some photos and talk about some of the things I shot on my Google Glass as we walked around.

We saw the future of cancer cures. They built a machine to see cancerous cells in a drop of blood. This will lead to far earlier detection. It turns out that if Steve Jobs had been born 30 years later this machine might have saved his life. Yes, the world has changed that dramatically because of SRI. It's mind-blowing the work that's going on in Silicon Valley that you never read about on Techcrunch.

We also saw the future of Google Glass itself. Google Glass has trouble understanding when I speak addresses to it. One group is fixing that problem with speech-to-text conversions (they are building a translator for our soldiers that will let them more accurately get translated speech in real time).

We also saw a project they are doing with a major bank that lets you talk, with your voice, to your bank "can you show me my checking account balance?" That was mind-blowing and better than SIRI. 

In another lab we saw CubeSat's. What are these? A dramatically lower-cost way to put satellites up into space. SIRI is working with school children and others to get satellites up. For about a million dollars you can get your own satellite up. That sounds expensive, but it used to cost tens of millions, or even hundreds of millions. 

Anyway, it was the first Google Glass to visit this home of Siri, which was lots of fun, the researchers there mostly thought it was the future and, indeed, many of them were working on projects that could show up as new features on future versions (or competitors). 

This kind of military research (and research for other big customers, like banks) continues to drive Silicon Valley.

One last thing: wearing Glass I find I take about five times more images than I otherwise would. As a guy who works for a cloud computing company, +Rackspace , that makes me happy. More storage needs ahead!
May 3, 2013
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Google I/O 2013 agenda and sessions schedule are now available!

We’ll be presenting more than 120 talks and code labs ranging from introductory topics and hands-on sessions to advanced subjects across Android, Chrome and Apps, Google+, Google Maps and more. To plan your days, simply click or tap + on each session you just can't miss, then check out My Sessions to view your customized I/O schedule. If you’ll be viewing from afar, look for the camera icon to see what will be live streaming during the event (all sessions will be available for viewing after the event). Check back often as we add more sessions and code labs to the schedule.

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Hmm, interesting. This is pretty neat. I hope you do release it as a plugin.

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Lots of photos to edit, but here is a quick preview of yesterday's Kennedy Space Center tour.

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Space X Day 1 Mobile Photos
February 28, 2013
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