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(Slashdot)   "You know what would make Google Glass even better? Attaching a pencil-holder to it. Or a flower-pot." Google Glass's usefulness as a pickup tool drops rapidly to 0   (slashdot.org) divider line 86
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2014-01-28 02:50:27 PM

t3knomanser: Smackledorfer: Texting is also preferable for passing information about dates/times of appointments.

Is it? I prefer email for that. .ics files are nice.

I have to be honest, I sort of skipped the whole texting thing. I don't have a texting plan, and any texts I do send I do through Google Voice, which I usually do from a computer. I prefer email, but I have never viewed email as a timely thing- emails sit and wait until I get to them.

jst3p: You lack imagination

My imagination is too busy imagining more useful ways of accomplishing the same thing.


Yes, it is. It takes less time than an email.

I didn't know no-texting plans were still a thing.

I like that you suggest email is better than texting, which you don't use. Then you follow it up by pointing out emails are, by the nature of people not regularly checking them, less time sensitive.

You do understand how texts work, right? :)
 
2014-01-28 02:54:08 PM

t3knomanser: jst3p: Let's hear em.

The face-mounted display poses a lot of technical challenges, let's just drop it entirely. Let's do a surface-projected display that can display at varying ranges. More power, but more utility. Since we're ditching the FMD, however, we can change the form factor. We can make the device larger, and place it elsewhere- like on the shoulder. This creates a better video platform, too. With some gaze-tracking, we can go back to the FMD by putting a target over the eyes. The advantage here is that this doesn't require any specially compatible frames- it's now just a standard, normal HUD.


I disagree that this accomplishes the same thing in a more useful way. Aside from the fact that you have made the device more cumbersome please describe how this would be more useful than google glass.
 
2014-01-28 02:55:26 PM

jst3p: I agree with Smackledorferyou have chosen an odd moniker for yourself.


I started using it before texting existed. Most people who want my attention on my phone use some form of instant message. I still have yet to receive a message that ever required my immediate attention unless I was already engaged in a conversation with someone.

Maybe I'm just anti-social, but if you aren't in front of me, I don't need to pay that much attention to you.
 
2014-01-28 02:56:33 PM

jst3p: Aside from the fact that you have made the device more cumbersome please describe how this would be more useful than google glass.


Better battery life, superior camera, clearer display, more room for memory and processing power, less disruptive form factor, and it doesn't actively try and grab your attention.
 
2014-01-28 02:57:03 PM
Oh, and this is hilarious:

t3knomanser: You  can use a hammer to drive in screws, and no one is going to stop you. But hammers are not designed for that, nor are screws.


But then:

t3knomanser: and any texts I do send I do through Google Voice, which I usually do from a computer.


Ladies and gentleman this guy is a tech guy!
 
2014-01-28 02:57:50 PM

jst3p: Ladies and gentleman this guy is a tech guy!


Actually, it's just that I don't have any friends.
 
2014-01-28 03:03:42 PM

t3knomanser: jst3p: Aside from the fact that you have made the device more cumbersome please describe how this would be more useful than google glass.

Better battery life,


It has not been demonstrated that the battery life is insufficient for my intended uses.

 superior camera,

I can give you this one but it is no impact on the user experience for the skiing or biking apps.

clearer display,

Maybe

 more room for memory and processing power,

Is there a need for this? the phone that this is connected to is pretty powerful.

 less disruptive form factor,

Sitting on my shoulder?

 and it doesn't actively try and grab your attention.

I don't even know what you mean by this.

I am not saying your device wouldn't have uses I just don't think it does what I want it to do better than glass or the sunglass version I posted earlier.

It seems like you decide you don't like something (like texting or google glass) and are bound and determined to make sure, in your mind, it is a bad idea for everyone.
 
2014-01-28 03:07:04 PM

t3knomanser: jst3p: Ladies and gentleman this guy is a tech guy!

Actually, it's just that I don't have any friends.


That's unfortunate. I have an idea that may help. You could use a common technique where you employ a prop that encourages people to approach you and begin a dialog. A puppy or perhaps...

www.digitaltrends.com
 
2014-01-28 03:08:43 PM

jst3p: t3knomanser: jst3p: Let's hear em.

The face-mounted display poses a lot of technical challenges, let's just drop it entirely. Let's do a surface-projected display that can display at varying ranges. More power, but more utility. Since we're ditching the FMD, however, we can change the form factor. We can make the device larger, and place it elsewhere- like on the shoulder. This creates a better video platform, too. With some gaze-tracking, we can go back to the FMD by putting a target over the eyes. The advantage here is that this doesn't require any specially compatible frames- it's now just a standard, normal HUD.

I disagree that this accomplishes the same thing in a more useful way. Aside from the fact that you have made the device more cumbersome please describe how this would be more useful than google glass.


I am confused by the plan here.  What "surface" are we talking about?  Where is the image being projected, and how does it track with the user/wearer?

I think Google Glass in its current incarnation is rather stupid, but similar technology in a contact lens would be great, or to a lesser extent a facemask or goggles or helmet visor or half-visor.  Of course, if humans didn't have such an aversion to direct neuron interfaces...
 
2014-01-28 03:09:18 PM

jst3p: That's unfortunate


What is?
 
2014-01-28 03:11:38 PM

Far Cough: but similar technology in a contact lens would be great


In a contact is probably beyond the ability of the human visual system. Our eyes simply can't  do that. It would be cool.
 
2014-01-28 03:14:23 PM

t3knomanser: jst3p: That's unfortunate

What is?


t3knomanser: Actually, it's just that I don't have any friends.

 
2014-01-28 03:16:03 PM

jst3p: What is?


I'm not seeing where you're going with this.
 
2014-01-28 03:17:56 PM

t3knomanser: jst3p: What is?

I'm not seeing where you're going with this.


I am beginning to understand why it is the case though.
 
2014-01-28 03:18:37 PM

jst3p: t3knomanser: jst3p: Ladies and gentleman this guy is a tech guy!

Actually, it's just that I don't have any friends.

That's unfortunate. I have an idea that may help. You could use a common technique where you employ a prop that encourages people to approach you and begin a dialog. A puppy or perhaps...

[www.digitaltrends.com image 850x561]


Not entirely against your "make friends" idea, but when seeing that thing on someone's face the most common thoughts, depending on the viewer's prior knowledge, would be:

a. Oh that poor handicapped person, I hope that embarrassingly obvious mechanism makes them see better,

or

b. Oh look, a glasshole, they'd better not be recording me.

In neither case does it make the glasshole more approachable.
 
2014-01-28 03:23:00 PM

jst3p: t3knomanser: jst3p: What is?

I'm not seeing where you're going with this.

I am beginning to understand why it is the case though.


This whole back and forth is one of the funniest/saddest things I've seen in awhile.  Thanks!
 
2014-01-28 03:26:00 PM

MadMonk: jst3p: t3knomanser: jst3p: What is?

I'm not seeing where you're going with this.

I am beginning to understand why it is the case though.

This whole back and forth is one of the funniest/saddest things I've seen in awhile.  Thanks!


It is even funnier if you re-read it in these voices:

images.wikia.com
 
2014-01-28 03:38:33 PM

Dr Dreidel: This is a trial version; a proof of concept so that when it does ramp up to full-scale production, there will be defined use cases and a niche carved out for Glass. As opposed to a smartphone - when they started, were there millions of user-created applications exploring the full functionality and capability of the device, or did we have to wait a few years?

// 2 Glassholes in my office

Dr Dreidel: This is a trial version; a proof of concept so that when it does ramp up to full-scale production, there will be defined use cases and a niche carved out for Glass. As opposed to a smartphone - when they started, were there millions of user-created applications exploring the full functionality and capability of the device, or did we have to wait a few years?

// 2 Glassholes in my office


Sneak up behind them, tilt their heads back 30 degrees, then say "OK Glass. Glass view lemonparty.org." in a moderately loud voice.

For your next lesson, how to use the voice commands to publish scat porn on a user's Google+ account to all circles with just a few well-chosen words.
 
2014-01-28 04:21:44 PM
Orwell had it all wrong. We're skipping right past TeleScreens to TeleGlasses.
 
2014-01-28 04:49:06 PM

Incazzarsi: "Google Glass's usefulness as a pickup tool drops rapidly to 0"


Can it drop from 0 to 0?


In theory, you could have had Terminator type vision that identified the likelihood of how easy any girl named Sarah Connor in the bar might be. Or who has an adultfriendfinder account linked to a location app.
 
2014-01-28 04:49:21 PM

jst3p: MadMonk: jst3p: t3knomanser: jst3p: What is?

I'm not seeing where you're going with this.

I am beginning to understand why it is the case though.

This whole back and forth is one of the funniest/saddest things I've seen in awhile.  Thanks!

It is even funnier if you re-read it in these voices:

[images.wikia.com image 495x368]


There is nothing wrong with having few friends (of which even sheldon has).  There is something incredibly wrong with not understanding why people WITH friends would have an interest in communicating with their friends.

At the very least one would understand "many people like X, and thus try to achieve it" even though said person had no interest in it.
 
2014-01-28 04:50:41 PM

jst3p: t3knomanser: jst3p: Ladies and gentleman this guy is a tech guy!

Actually, it's just that I don't have any friends.

That's unfortunate. I have an idea that may help. You could use a common technique where you employ a prop that encourages people to approach you and begin a dialog. A puppy or perhaps...

[www.digitaltrends.com image 850x561]


Having a cute dachshund helps; girls instinctively bend over to pet it, allowing a view of "the goods" even if you fail otherwise.
 
2014-01-28 05:32:09 PM
www.giantrobotclub.com
 
2014-01-28 06:03:44 PM

neversubmit: Fonaibung: neversubmit: If it was available? ATM it's vaporware.

How so? I've seen people wearing it.

Try buying it.


Sounds like those goalposts are vaporware too.
 
2014-01-28 06:55:07 PM

Fonaibung: neversubmit: If it was available? ATM it's vaporware.

How so? I've seen people wearing it.


I was going to say the same, but I double-checked the definition of vaporware: "software or hardware that has been advertised but is not yet available to buy, either because it is only a concept or because it is still being written or designed."

It's not readily available for the general public to buy. So technically, though it exists, it's vaporware.
 
2014-01-28 06:57:29 PM

Smackledorfer: There is something incredibly wrong with not understanding why people WITH friends would have an interest in communicating with their friends.


It's funny to me how this thread became about my texting habits (full disclosure- I text regularly, even with my phone, with people who I am friendly with, but generally just to convey very specific information, like "We're meeting at location X at time Y" or somesuch, so yes, I lied and trolled the thread, I am a very bad Farker).

Still, unless I'm  expecting a message of some kind, I don't have that instinct to automatically check my phone when it dings. Whatever it is can wait- I'm probably in the middle of something I don't want to interrupt. And that's really where my sarcasm and seemingly luddish stance comes from- don't farking interrupt me.
 
2014-01-28 07:23:02 PM
What a pick-up tool for flower pots and pencil holders may look like:
ps2media.ign.com
 
2014-01-28 07:48:41 PM
i.imgur.com
 
2014-01-28 07:55:58 PM

t3knomanser: Smackledorfer: There is something incredibly wrong with not understanding why people WITH friends would have an interest in communicating with their friends.

It's funny to me how this thread became about my texting habits (full disclosure- I text regularly, even with my phone, with people who I am friendly with, but generally just to convey very specific information, like "We're meeting at location X at time Y" or somesuch, so yes, I lied and trolled the thread, I am a very bad Farker).

Still, unless I'm  expecting a message of some kind, I don't have that instinct to automatically check my phone when it dings. Whatever it is can wait- I'm probably in the middle of something I don't want to interrupt. And that's really where my sarcasm and seemingly luddish stance comes from- don't farking interrupt me.


Yes, it is funny how you saying stupid shiat (now admitted lies) drew the attention of disbelievers telling you that you are full of shiat.

Welcome to ignore.
 
2014-01-28 09:18:45 PM

Mugato: You know what would make Google Glass even better?

If it didn't look really stupid?


If it had any use whatsoever.
 
2014-01-28 09:19:36 PM

wildcardjack: I have an app in mind, but it's above my skill level. Also, I don't have one to work with.


I saw a squirrel today.
 
2014-01-28 09:56:09 PM

assjuice: wildcardjack: I have an app in mind, but it's above my skill level. Also, I don't have one to work with.

I saw a squirrel today.


He was goin' like this
binrock.net
 
2014-01-29 03:56:18 AM

Ecobuckeye: Photo of the inventor:


These oil cans are defective

/would take the time to try one. Can't be any worse than strapping on a helmet to check out the latest 3d eye tweeker playing wolfenstein.
 
2014-01-29 04:52:29 AM
you have to get up to get down
 
2014-01-29 06:59:31 AM

MadMonk: MadMonk: Damn, after staring at it for five minutes I suddenly have a thirst for Lone Star beer and chain smoking, it was as if I had a mainline into the secret truths of the universe.

OOPS, wrong thead, damn tabs...


See, you didn't head the warning and now your brain is broken.
 
2014-01-29 07:51:43 AM
Fano:

In theory, you could have had Terminator type vision that identified the likelihood of how easy any girl named Sarah Connor in the bar might be. Or who has an adultfriendfinder account linked to a location app.


In theory...
 
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