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Mike LeBeau
Engineering and Design, Google[x], Project Glass
Engineering and Design, Google[x], Project Glass


Big news! After nearly 8 amazing years at Google, I'm moving on! In a sort of last-minute whirlwind change, an opportunity that's too good to resist has presented itself for a new project I'm crazy excited to go kick off and build a team as a Product Manager at Facebook in New York.

I'll miss Google so much, but it's time for the next adventure and I'm super pumped to get started. I can't even express how grateful I am to all the amazing people I've worked with these past 8 years for making my time at Google amazing. I'm bummed to be departing from the Google Creative Lab where I've been spending my time the past couple of months, but feel really fortunate to have spent at least a little time among this really special group of people. Please stay in touch!

My last day at Google is tomorrow, March 28, and I start at Facebook on Monday. Here we go!
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Explorers, you're getting a hardware refresh, and non-Explorers, your chance to get Glass is coming!
With a little help from our friends

As you can see in the video below, Glass Explorers from Fargo to Fairbanks, and from Houston to Honolulu, have been sharing their feedback with us, helping shape what Glass will become. We’ve learned a ton, and we’ve been working hard to make Glass software better with our regular #glassupdates each month.

At the same time, we’ve been making the hardware better, too. We want to say “thank you” for all the amazing feedback we’ve been getting, so later this year, all Explorers will have a one-time option to swap out their existing Glass for a new one. This hardware update will allow your Glass to work with future lines of shades and prescription frames, and we’ll also include a mono earbud. You can find more details about this here:

In addition, we’ve been experimenting with ways to expand the Explorer Program and it’s been going really well. So over the next few weeks, all Explorers will have the opportunity to invite three friends to join the program. They’ll be able to buy Glass online and can have it shipped to their home, office, treehouse or igloo. We’re counting on you to get Glass to the people you think will make great Explorers. More Explorers means more feedback, and more feedback means better Glass.

Explorers, stay tuned for more details – we’ll be emailing you soon!
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I'm currently on vacation in Hawaii, enjoying a much-needed break from the furious pace of the Glass team. :) Now that we've launched XE9, I can share a few pretty cool Glass vignettes that I've taken on the trip. More to come!

#vignette   #throughglass  
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We launched Glass XE9 today, and with it a few awesome new features, one of them near and dear to my heart.

Sound search is a feature I first prototyped on Glass back in May. In just under a week of furious hacking with that team in Zurich, we got it working and proved to everyone on the Glass team that this was a magical feature. Fast forward a few months later, I finally found some time to charge ahead and ship the feature, and have many awesome coworkers across multiple teams to thank for helping bring this feature to production!

Really proud to have this one out there, adding yet another item to the long list of awesome ways that Glass makes life better.
Share it, watch it, hear it, host it

It’s that time of the month again. We have three new features on Glass that we’re really proud of, plus an experimental feature you’ve been asking about. 


Glass now has a whole new way to tell stories through pictures. You can capture both a photo and whatever was on your display in that moment. All you need to do is tap and select “Make vignette” after you take a picture. Our team has been having a blast with this feature (as you can see below). 

#vignette #becausetheworldneedsanotherhashtag

YouTube videos in search results

You’ll now see YouTube results for some searches. For example, imagine your bike tire’s just gone flat. Walk it home? Nope. Now, you can find and watch a quick YouTube video on how to fix it in a flash. Just tap to play and pause, swipe forward to fast forward and backward to rewind. 

Sound search

This does exactly what it says on the tin. You’re wearing Glass (obvs), you hear a song you like and you want to know what it is. Now all you have to do is long press on the touchpad, swipe forward and whoomp (there it is). Alternatively, you can long press on the touchpad and simply ask “What song is this?” 

#shakalakashakalaka   #stuckinmyheadalldaylong    #youarewelcome  

Glass with Google Apps accounts

You asked, we listened, we toiled and now we are building and testing Glass with Google Apps accounts. Some services, like email, are working already. Feel free to try it out by factory resetting your Glass, and signing in with your Google Apps account.

Hey Explorers – got questions about XE9? Ask the Glass Team on 9/13

Explorers, we know you’ve got lots of questions. Whether you’re curious about how we built this month's updates, that mysterious PUPPIES_IN_PJS lab you found in our code, or what we had for lunch, we’ll be fielding your questions in the Explorers Community this Friday (9/13). We’ll also have a virtual “Glassroom” hangout where you can catch up on what you’ve missed and get help from Glass Guides. Stay tuned for more details later this week.

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My buddy +Timothy Jordan just posted a great summary of how third party developers can register for new voice commands under the "ok glass" menu as of the Glass XE8 release. So excited to have this up and running, another first of its kind!
Curious how to use "take a note" or "post an update" invocation voice commands with your Glassware?  Get started with this video.

More documentation:

Suggest new voice commands here:
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Vogue September Issue pages 778 to 789.
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We released the Glass XE8 software update today, and among all the other cool features, it was another big release for voice! We launched the ability to add captions to shared photos and videos without using your hands, voice commands when you're in directions, and the ability to speak hashtags...

But easily the most exciting feature is our first main menu voice commands that can integrate with other services. Really excited to keep rolling out new voice commands for other services to use in the future and begin to power a whole ecosystem of new services for Glass.
Right here, Right now 

Another month, another dose of Glass goodness. Here are a few of the new features we’re releasing...

Now on Glass
As you go about your day, Google Now delivers helpful cards with information you need, before you even ask. Now, when you swipe backwards on the touchpad, you’ll find even more useful information like: 

Restaurants, hotels, events  - Be reminded of dinner reservations, hotel bookings and concerts. You’ll see these reminders for places that sent you an email confirmation.
Movies - Find showtimes and movie information for nearby theaters. 
Emergency alerts - Change your plans on the fly when severe thunderstorm or flash flood warnings are in effect.

These new cards join other useful Now updates, including:
Traffic  - Get traffic conditions and alternate routes before you leave for work.
Weather - Know how to dress before stepping out the door.
Sports - See live scores for your favorite teams.

New voice commands
You can now add voice commands from other services to the main menu. To kick things off, we’re introducing two new voice commands: “Post an update” (first supported by Path), and “Take a note” (first supported by Evernote). Updates and notes are just the beginning; soon you’ll be able to use your voice to trigger all sorts of services. We’ll keep you posted (pun very much intended) as we roll out more. #canttouchthis 

If you’re a developer, check out how to enable these commands for your service. Details here:

Video Player: Find the right moment
Now when you’re watching your videos or video updates from CNN, you can tap to pause, play and swipe to fast forward or rewind, letting you skip to the moment you care most about. 

These updates will be rolling out automatically to your Glass over the next couple days. Find other improvements in our Help Center (

Until next month...

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Users like this make me feel especially proud of our execution speed and ability to get new hands-free features out for everyone. XE7 was a tough release to get out in time. But this right here is as good proof as any that moving fast is worth it.
+Alex Blaszczuk  inspired us from day one with her #ifihadglass application:

I am a New Yorker, a law student, a quadriplegic. #ifihadglass I could finally capture my life on my own. I would show the world how to thrive with physical limitations in the most interesting city on the planet. With Glass, paralysis doesn't have to be paralyzing.

Join her on a camping trip as she tells her story #throughglass. To learn more about Alex and her adventures with Glass, visit:

This entire film was shot through Glass.
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