All posts by Troy Cockrum

Why Does Everyone Keep Taking My Picture?

One thing I find with Glass is I get a lot of pictures of myself.  No, they aren’t selfies. Nearly everyone that wants to try out Glass wants to take a picture. Since they are usually look directly at me, they take my picture.  The featured image today I wanted to record a student using Glass and she took a photo of my video recording her. Very meta…

Below a put a few other fun pictures students have taken while testing out Glass.

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Foggy Glass and Sidewalk Running

Well, thank to Butler University clearing their sidewalks, I was able to get out for run today without spending too much time in the street.  One problem I had with Glass today was the lens kept fogging over. With the combination of body heat, cold air, me breathing, whatever, I had to continually wipe the lens with my glove to see it.  Then I’d have to re-adjust its position. I return to school tomorrow (weather permitting) and I’ll be able to start using glass for more than just pictures of snow.

Snowy Hike and Video

Today, we got 11 inches of snow.  Since I couldn’t leave my house in a vehicle, I went for a walk in nearby Holcomb Gardens on the campus of Butler University. I took some photographs.  The touch slider on Glass doesn’t work with gloves similar to a touchscreen, so I needed to take my glove off each time I needed to use it. I was also wearing a sock hat and occasionally it would prevent the touch slider from working. I had to push it up over the ear to get that to work. I took a short video just to demonstrate the video quality.  The default is 10 seconds, so that’s what I did. You have to touch the temple to get an option to extend the video, then touch the temple again to allow it to record indefinitely until you touch it again to stop. It would be nice to have a voice activated stop feature (but I guess then that would be recorded).

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Make Vignette and Auto Awesome

I tried out two features of Glass today.  Well, one feature of Glass and one of Google+. I wanted to try the Vignette option on Glass. I found these sledders when I went to take some sunset photos.  The sun is setting over Hinkle Fieldhouse on the Butler University campus.  The sledders are hidden a bit by the glare.  That is the picture above. The Vignette feature adds whatever card you are seeing when you take the photo to be overlayed onto the photo. I enjoy using InstaWeather on my phone, so I used the weather card on this photo.

The picture below is a great feature of Google+ called Auto Awesome. It looks at your photo and makes suggestions how it could make it better.  This one chose to add snow falling into the image.

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Limited Uses When Out of Reach of Smartphone

Today, I took Glass with me for a run to try the Strava Running app. However, I forgot to take my phone with me. The Stava Running app kept time, but wasn’t updating GPS data. That was when I realized I left my phone at home. I still had some limited functions. I was able to take the photo above.

One disappointing thing. In the image, you can barely see the bridge. I was about 200 yards from it and I think it really made the scene. However, without a zoom on Glass, I didn’t realize it would not be visible. I also wanted to use the Vignette function, but without my phone, I decided to save it for another image.

Below is another image I considered for today.

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Day 1 of 365 Days of Glass

For the last few years I’ve read blogs of different people starting a goal of taking and posting a photograph every for the entire year. Each year, I think this would be a good challenge for me, but it never works because I don’t carry a camera with me frequently enough. Again this year, I was considering this, when it hit me, I now have Google Glass! So, this blog is going to serve two-fold. I am going to post a photograph take #throughglass everyday for the next year. I will also use this blog to post general observations about Glass as I learn how to use it especially in my Flipped Classroom.

The photo above is of my dog Nico. There will probably be a lot of photos of him throughout the year. Even though Glass takes quick pictures, it was difficult to get him to stay still for this photograph.