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  1. In this article, Thad Sterner says some things that I thought I'd touch upon. I have the utmost respect for him and his work, but I thought I'd point out some issues that have come out while perusing the article. Here's a portion of the text:

    "“If someone sends you an SMS saying, ‘Hey, you want to go out tonight,’ if you’re using a head-pointer system to type of a message, it’ll take you forever,” says Thad Starner, a technical lead and manager for Google Glass and director of the company's Contextual Computing Group. “But if you have Glass, it goes in your ear, you look up, you can take the message, you can read it, you can reply – and suddenly, these folks have faster access to texting than their friends did. Now these folks can actually reply quicker. They are the ones who are helping arrange stuff. They are the ones who are actually becoming the center of the social circle, and not the last ones to respond.”

    That effect -- and Google Glass's broader utility for people with disabilities -- is something Starner hadn't expected, a kind of surprise that's "been sort of painful for me" because he wishes he'd thought of it sooner. But now that he's aware of it, he's taking it to the next level: 

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    What bothers me is that Thad does not mention (at least as the article is written) that you need to manipulate the touchpad to perform many of the functions of Glass, mainly advance the timeline and select items. Also, you need an intelligible voice in order to perform speech commands and also reply to messages. Those are accessible design issues. It is also perplexing that the potential benefit for people with disabilities was not apparently identified early on in the design process.

    The article goes on to describe how there is work going on to create a tongue ring that allows for control of Glass. I definitely can see some utility for a certain patient, but in practical use I'm not sure how this will fly with the average person (as he hints toward s). The need for simpler solutions such as head control (as Tilt Control has demonstrated works well) or using simple usb peripherals would seem be more practical.

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  2. Thad Starner - looking forward to your response to Andy's points.

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