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New 250 build.flys on rails and is pretty fast

New 250 build.flys on rails and is pretty fast

PrecisionHawk will be at "Leveraging Irrigation to Improve Soil Health", a Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative...

PrecisionHawk will be at "Leveraging Irrigation to Improve Soil Health", a Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative (CCSI) field day at Villwock Farms, in Edwardsport, IN on July 8th. Join us as we demo the processes involved in field scouting using a PrecisionHawk UAV. More details here: http://bit.ly/1l7hhhM

Peter Meijer and +Andy Lin asked us to connect with Timothy Jordan to ask him a few questions about Glass...

Peter Meijer and +Andy Lin asked us to connect with Timothy Jordan to ask him a few questions about Glass accessibility. We're tracking him down and will be following up as soon as he gets a breather from his presentations. Let's give 'em a hand! Glass will be sharing a post in the Glass Journal in the near future about updates and news around Glass from I/O. Stay tuned! Becca Samson, Glass Community Manager

I apologize if this has been shared here before, but there is a relevant kickstarter campaign that is rather close...

I apologize if this has been shared here before, but there is a relevant kickstarter campaign that is rather close to what I am working on, including the branding (EyeSpeak vs my EyeSpeech). A Portuguese company is trying to use the Epson Moverio and an eye-tracking sensor to enable ALS patients to look at a keyboard and author messages by eye gaze. Sadly I believe this approach will fail because saccades and other factors make the area between many adjacent latters projected to be a small size in close proximity too small to accommodate eye-gaze technology. That is why I invented my EyeSpeech interface, along with the fact that most people using an eyewearable devices will not want an entire ASCII keyboard floating in front of them. It's fine on a desktop or even a handheld, but the interface must be re-imagined for smart glasses. Still I hope the kickstarter campaign is a success! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/886924859/eyespeak-beyond-communication

New version of Google Glass announced.

New version of Google Glass announced. More ram, photo preview, new cards, a way to find your parked car...   Is it too much to ask for at least one new accessibility feature, to give more people with disabilities access to this device?  #googleglass   #glassfamily   Originally shared by Google Glass Thanks to you, Glass just got even better   The Explorer Program has been an exciting ride, and as a result of your feedback, we’ve picked up the pace on making more improvements. In the last year we’ve made over a dozen software and several hardware updates. For example, we’ve improved battery life by over 20%, made voice search 10% faster and brought you frames, shades and prescription support. With I/O about to kick off, we wanted to share some of the most recent improvements we’ll be rolling out. You asked for… an easier way to frame your shots, so we bring you viewfinder. When you say “ok glass, show the viewfinder” you’ll see white L’s in the four corners of your Glass screen. You

It appears that blind users can independently enable the Google #TalkBack screen reader on #GoogleGlass by jumping...

It appears that blind users can independently enable the Google #TalkBack screen reader on #GoogleGlass by jumping through some hoops, namely by modifying the SQLite SQL database on rooted Glass http://grokbase.com/t/gg/eyes-free/141c07jyc2/enabling-talkback-via-shell This assumes that #GoogleGlass was already rooted http://www.glassappsource.com/google-glass-how-to/root-google-glass.html and that a TalkBack APK file was installed via ADB https://code.google.com/p/eyes-free/downloads/list #blind #a11y Google Glass  http://grokbase.com/t/gg/eyes-free/141c07jyc2/enabling-talkback-via-shell

"...Why are you here?

"...Why are you here? Why is being part of this group important to you?" - I'm here to connect international centres of excellence in meaningful and sustainable activity, engaging a wide array of stakeholders in respectful consilience. It is important to me that the amplification of #glass  is made to answer to accessibility requirements and is created for empowerment, pulling no punches and alluding to no grandeur as it moves into other nations and communities that I live amongst -  https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/102158047699308116923

I am reposting this comment I made in a recent thread:

I am reposting this comment I made in a recent thread: We are bonded together in this community to raise issues related to accessibility and Glass, and inevitably other wearable tech. The fact that we now have this group to discuss these matters is a huge leap forward. I am encouraged by all the knowledge, experience, and skills that members of this group posses, both from academia and the public and private sector. This community is only a week old. Let's work together to figure out what we are here for. I would suggest that we start by posting in the introduction section of this group. Why are you here? Why is being part of this group important to you? I think this will help us all see eye to eye and jump start other fruitful discussions.

Dan Leveille just posted the question "Can Google Glass give vision to the blind?" on Quora, via Twitter...

Dan Leveille just posted the question "Can Google Glass give vision to the blind?" on Quora, via Twitter https://twitter.com/DatGlassBlog/status/480027059587416064 Of course I could not resist offering one answer myself, but there are more possible answers, including #googlegoggles , #CamFind , #OCR , etc. https://twitter.com/DatGlassBlog/status/480027059587416064

This model needs to be replicated in other parts of the world, especially in the US.

This model needs to be replicated in other parts of the world, especially in the US. Too often small startups who have innovative ideas for people with disabilities do not have the resources to get off the ground. This "incubator" helps startups in creating business models and doing the leg work in finding investors. http://israel21c.org/social-action-2/the-incubator-that-fast-tracks-innovations-for-the-disabled

https://plus.google.com/u/0/+NathanMyers/posts/ZBoz4HBC8hY?cfem=1- Bruce Hammond - Advisor, Paramodic.com -...

https://plus.google.com/u/0/+NathanMyers/posts/ZBoz4HBC8hY?cfem=1- Bruce Hammond - Advisor, Paramodic.com - Tangekald man. Natural resource management expert. Community advocate. Bruce is an expert working with community, government and organisations to advance outcomes for Aboriginal people in Australian and internationally. He is the director, Envirologix, an Indigenous company which connects communities to services supporting sustainable environmental and social outcomes. Bruce brings guidance, community engagement and protocol, digital media expertise and a sense of fun to Paramodic - http://paramodic.com.au/glass/

#throughglass

#throughglass

It would be good if we had a direct line with Google to more effectively pursue Google Glass accessibility...

It would be good if we had a direct line with Google to more effectively pursue Google Glass accessibility developments. I hope you don't mind me posting this promotional video from Sennheiser, the headphones company, which happened to come out today: Pranav Lal: Seeing with Sound. Presented by Sennheiser MOMENTUM. The corresponding Sennheiser web page is at http://www.sennheiser-momentum.com/en_US/further-artists/artist014.html Although not immediately Google Glass related, because this is still using Windows-based setups, we aim to port this technology to Google Glass and other Android-based augmented reality glasses. Right now Google Glass is not even available yet in India, while the $1,500 price tag is also a limiting factor, but sooner or later prices will drop to become affordable in all developing countries. (Recently the bill of materials of Google Glass was estimated to be just $80.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epPUyQJlS74

When it comes to thinking about what sort of time frame and from where #glass grew from it's always a powerful...

When it comes to thinking about what sort of time frame and from where #glass  grew from it's always a powerful point of reference to go back almost two decades ago and find this for interesting context knowing that these two giants in the tech world have done so much in this space -  http://www.cc.gatech.edu/fac/Thad.Starner/p/magazine/published-1999-32-1.pdf http://www.cc.gatech.edu/fac/Thad.Starner/p/magazine/published-1999-32-1.pdf

It always strikes me that when you read the Google Glass in the first paragraph that someone else should have...

It always strikes me that when you read the Google Glass in the first paragraph that someone else should have written the article...good work on trying though -  http://carpentariadisabilityservices.org/blog/2014/6/3/google-glass-australian-entrepreneurs-move-to-capitalise-on-new-wearable-technology http://carpentariadisabilityservices.org/blog/2014/6/3/google-glass-australian-entrepreneurs-move-to-capitalise-on-new-wearable-technology

This breathtaking photo was taken two weeks ago from one of our test flights! #UK (Photo: PrecisionHawk)

This breathtaking photo was taken two weeks ago from one of our test flights! #UK (Photo: PrecisionHawk)

The title of this article is a bit misleading, but nevertheless I can see how this new service can potentially...

The title of this article is a bit misleading, but nevertheless I can see how this new service can potentially benefit people who are blind (or perhaps cognitively impaired). This app will provide a live person via video call on a smartphone or a wearable (eg. Google Glass) who will give feedback on what the user is viewing from the rear facing camera. #googleglass #glassfamily http://www.marketwatch.com/story/smartphone-app-could-replace-seeing-eye-dogs-for-the-visually-impaired-predicts-london-based-technology-company-2014-06-16

Special birthday wishes to Erik, who was the first person with a disability who I approached after I received my...

Special birthday wishes to Erik, who was the first person with a disability who I approached after I received my Google Glass in late December of 2013. Erik is paralyzed from the neck down, and has provided valuable feedback to the project, trying out whatever new app and hardware mod I've thrown at him. He was the first individual with a disability that tried out Mike DiGiovanni 's head control app "Tilt Control". Here's to my friend Erik and many more happy birthdays! #googleglass #glassfamily #glassexplorers

Thermal Touch: an augmented reality interface via body heat

Thermal Touch: an augmented reality interface via body heat Computer vision and augmented reality has the potential to change the way in which we interact with digital information. metaio - Augmented Reality Solutions  is experimenting with Thermal Touch , a prototype that explores ways to interact with smartphones and laptops using the residual heat from a finger when a surface is touched. Utilizing a thermal camera to detect the heat from a touch, along with a standard camera to determine the location of the object being touched, Thermal Touch could enable the use of a wide variety of surfaces as an interactive touch interface. What potential applications do you see for this technology?  https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=t1HmYNqp8NM

Thanks to Andy for the kind invitation!

Thanks to Andy for the kind invitation! My primary interest is in uses of Google Glass for the blind. In particular sensory substitution through live camera views that are converted on-the-fly into panning stereo soundscapes. There's a free app for that, known as The vOICe for Android app http://www.seeingwithsound.com/android.htm , on Google Play at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=vOICe.vOICe Perceptual visual resolution using this app is much higher than with the current $145,000 Argus II retinal implant, and Google Glass could be an interesting platform for running the app. Of course an external battery must be used to keep the small Glass battery from draining too quickly, because the app is not intended for micro-interactions but for more or less continuous use as a substitute for eyesight. As with the work of Ned Sahin, there is a great deal of neuroscience research involved in the approach. Best regards, Peter Meijer Seeing with Sound - The vOICe http://www.see

Greetings, all!

Greetings, all! What a pleasure to be invited here, and I hope to engage in active discussions with you all about empowering people whose lives have additional challenges, through the addition of (and additions to) Google Glass! My work focuses on making Glass a neuro-assistive device, since my PhD and Postdoc were in neuroscience. My team/company is focused first on autism. Greetings again, all! Ned. (founder, www.brain-power.com ) #glassfamily   #throughglass   #glassmed   #glassdevelopers   #googleglass

This breathtaking photo was taken two weeks ago from one of our test flights! #UK (Photo: PrecisionHawk)

This breathtaking photo was taken two weeks ago from one of our test flights! #UK (Photo: PrecisionHawk)

Google Glass for the blind - wishlist

Originally shared by Peter Meijer (The vOICe) Google Glass for the blind - wishlist https://www.accessibility.nl/projecten-en-publicaties/onderzoek-naar-toegankelijkheid/google-glass-accessibility/google-glass-for-the-blind-wishlist #blind #accessibility #a11y  https://www.accessibility.nl/projecten-en-publicaties/onderzoek-naar-toegankelijkheid/google-glass-accessibility/google-glass-for-the-blind-wishlist

I was disappointed in the B-movie ending of this book, but the first part was insightful and a plausible look into...

I was disappointed in the B-movie ending of this book, but the first part was insightful and a plausible look into the future by an insider and policy-maker from the past. I came onto it thanks to Amy Goodman's critical interview with the author at http://www.democracynow.org/2014/6/2/former_counterterrorism_czar_richard_clarke_us http://www.democracynow.org/2014/6/2/former_counterterrorism_czar_richard_clarke_us

Speaking again at Google on Tuesday.

Originally shared by Ned Sahin Speaking again at Google on Tuesday. About Google Glass and Autism. Hope to see many shiny, friendly faces there from our #glassfamily ! It will be exciting and an honor to speak, and I will be making a surprise announcement! Meanwhile, if you have friends whose families are affected by Autism, or if yours is, please have them sign up on the guestbook on my simple web site (soon to be updated) at www.Brain-Power.com Let's all help unlock the power of the autistic brain! #glassexplorers   #glassdevelopers   #glassmed   #googleglass   #googleglassexplorers   #glassselfie  Paint My World

Here's a video I did on the fly this morning to briefly describe the Google Glass accessibility project I embarked...

Here's a video I did on the fly this morning to briefly describe the Google Glass accessibility project I embarked upon about 5 months ago. This clip will be shown on June 14th during a session at the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America annual conference ( www.resna.org ).  Apologies for the quality of the video and also the position of +Google Glass on my face. I was playing with my custom frame adapter (a binder clip) and forgot to readjust it before I recorded this. #glassfamily   #googleglass   #resna14   http://youtu.be/U9WWxwcch5k

Researching the use of Google Glass to help people with Parkinson's - "...Presenting their initial findings later...

Researching the use of Google Glass to help people with Parkinson's - "...Presenting their initial findings later this month at the ACM Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) 2014 conference in Toronto, Canada, the team will show how emerging technologies can potentially be used to support people with progressive diseases such as Parkinson’s and dementia." -  http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/04/09/google-glass-to-assist-people-with-parkinsons/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0tbbWIvMFs

"...Google’s promotional video for Glass does not feature a single user with a disability.

"...Google’s promotional video for Glass does not feature a single user with a disability. But Glass was designed, according to Google founder Sergey Brin, to free users’ hands and eyes—to stop people from constantly looking down at a handheld device so they can look out at and experience the world instead. It’s no real surprise then that people who are quadriplegic, who can’t use their hands, have given Glass its most positive reviews to date." -  http://www.icsny.org/blog/emerging-new-technologies-for-people-with-disabilities-bring-challenges-too-first-in-a-series/ http://www.icsny.org/blog/emerging-new-technologies-for-people-with-disabilities-bring-challenges-too-first-in-a-series

"...Universal design (often inclusive design) refers to broad-spectrum ideas meant to produce buildings, products...

"...Universal design (often inclusive design) refers to broad-spectrum ideas meant to produce buildings, products and environments that are inherently accessible to older people, people without disabilities, and people with disabilities." -  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_design http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_design

mHacks Winners - Google Glass Brain Computer Interface - "...We are currently in the process of receiving acceptance...

mHacks Winners - Google Glass Brain Computer Interface - "...We are currently in the process of receiving acceptance by the institutional review board. Thus, soon after the hack we can begin testing on populations who would most benefit from this revolutionary hack! " -   http://mhackswinter2014.challengepost.com/submissions/20179-google-glass-brain-computer-interface http://mhackswinter2014.challengepost.com/submissions/20179-google-glass-brain-computer-interface

We are making moves!

We are making moves! PrecisionHawk has a clear path to clients in 29 major countries across the globe. This shot was taken for us by clients in the UK.

We are making moves!

We are making moves! PrecisionHawk has a clear path to clients in 29 major countries across the globe. This shot was taken for us by clients in the UK.