Daily Archives: August 3, 2013

The kinds of innovation Google Glass will bring

CrowdOptic‘s developers are one of a handful of folks who are pushing new kinds of location features thanks to the new sensor platform that is known as Google Glass. Glass is the first consumer product that can share where you are looking. CrowdOptic does something similar by just using the cameras. Add the two together and I think we’ll see some wild new things that will only be possible with Glass. This video gives us a little taste.

Are you building anything? At Techcrunch Disrupt in San Francisco, coming up September 7, Rackspace and I going to have a Glass App developer’s contest. More on that after all the lawyers sign off on it. I’m off to Australia to meet with startups next week in Sydney. Hope to see you there!

My writeup of Moto X, over on guest post on The Next Web

I wrote up a long post about how Google is over the freaky line with its introduction of Moto X.

I now have one of the devices in my hands and I’ll have a lot more to say about it when I get back from Australia next Friday. It’s quite nice and stands up well to all the other modern phones, including the Samsung Galaxy S4 that I’m currently using (and my son’s iPhone 5).

But you should read my guest post about why Google is over the freaky line. It got a lot of discussion and kudos on Twitter and elsewhere.

How will Google Glass change journalism?

Google Glass could have a transformative effect on journalism, especially as we watch Tim Pool from VICE use Google Glass to report on Turkish protests. But it’s important to examine the shortfalls as well as all the great new advancements, both real and prophesied. Special guests Rackspace’s Robert Scoble, Veterans United’s Sarah Hill, CUNY’s Jeff Jarvis and USC Annenberg’s Robert Hernandez, all early adopters of Google Glass as well as social media and journalism experts, will talk about their experiences with the device and what they see as its strengths and weaknesses for its potential future in journalism. MediaShift’s Mark Glaser hosts, along with Ana Marie Cox from the Guardian and Andrew Lih from American University.

I’ve worn Google Glass now for more than three months and it’s really life changing for a journalist, in this discussion we discuss how.

Tim Draper on education, money, and entrepreneurship

It isn’t every day you get to have a conversation with Tim Draper, famous VC (he’s the “D” in “DFJ” and funded companies from Hotmail to Skype to lots of others).

I learned a lot about his approach to life, networking, entrepreneurship, and more in this conversation, which was aimed at college kids. But everyone can learn something about money management from this, too.

The PARC tour of 2013 (printed circuits, better batteries, contextual systems, and more)

PARC is the Palo Alto Research Center which is one of the world’s most famous R&D labs (ethernet, object oriented printing, guis, and much more were invented here). In this five-part tour you’ll see what these smart people are working on now. Steve Jobs, famously, in the early 1980s, visited this lab and bought the rights to get a deep look at the technology that would become the Macintosh.

This is a five-part tour where you’ll meet several different teams/people and see five different innovations, coming soon. Let’s go!

Inkjet printed circuitry

Part II is a look at how they are printing lithium ion batteries, which brings up to 30% more energy density without coming up with a new esoteric chemical formula.

New battery manufacturing technique from PARC

How do you make things? Well, a team at PARC is working on helping people who make things make them faster and cheaper through a new software suite that you’ll see here.

New manufacturing efficiencies come out of this PARC-built tech

Sensors, machine learning, computer image recognition, all come together on this team where you’ll hear about what the latest contextual thinking is at PARC.

Contextual Intelligence discussion: what is it?

How can you send a database, or give access to it, while making sure that different people can only see data that they are supposed to? Think of a spreadsheet. What if person A is only supposed to be able to see Rows A, C, and E, while person B is supposed to see rows A, B, and F. That’s hard to make happen in modern databases. Here you’ll hear the latest thinking from PARC, famous R&D lab, about how it will solve that problem. Interesting discussion about privacy in this “post Snowden” world, too.

In-database privacy, from PARC

Finally, I filmed an extra tour on my Google Glass where I met Mike Kuniavsky, who showed me around its room of innovations. You’ll have to click over to Google+ to see that video.

Thanks to all these fine people who spent time with me this week.