May 06

Google Glass chief is obsessed with watches, but not Apple Watch

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Nest founder Tony Fadell has been pretty quiet since being tapped to lead efforts behind the next version of Google Glass, until now

Now he’s talking watches. But not smartwatches, analog watches.

The conversation with Fadell comes by way of Hodinkee, a site devoted mostly to traditional, analog watches. Of course, it might seem odd to some that Fadell is suddenly inspired to talk high-end watches just as the Apple Watch rolls out, but the video reveals he is indeed a true connoisseur of analog watches Read more…

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Apr 30

I created a hologram on Microsoft HoloLens

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I am a holographic developer. I know because Microsoft told me I was. And this was just 15 minutes or so into a 90-minute session about building apps for the HoloLens, the company’s new and fascinating mixed-reality headset, so I must be pretty good.

In truth, it’s not too challenging to build holograms for the HoloLens, which is exactly what Microsoft has been trying to emphasize at Build 2015Holographic apps are based on the same code that all Windows 10 apps use, and with just a few modifications, they can be made to work on HoloLens.

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Apr 22

He was my best friend

On march 21st my father passed away. I couldn’t bring myself to do so much as a post until now. I was going through an old backup looking for some stuff when I came across a buried treasure. A few years back I was taking some college classes and for a history class I had to write an essay on someone older then me in my family. I chose to write about my father. So now I would like to post it because it shows a part of him.
These are the research questions.

Where/when were you born?

I was born in Carmel California, during the first blackout of WW II. December 12 1941.

What was your childhood like?

My childhood was idyllic in the magic post war 1950’s prosperity was all around and while our family was not wealthy we enjoyed life and plenty, I was surrounded by friends and cousins in a small town atmosphere. Danville was bucolic and serene, at that time an agricultural community of walnuts, fruits, and cattle ranching. A township of only a couple thousand people, eight hundred or so in the town limits. We did grow up in the shadow of war and the threat of nuclear exchange, but I think that everyone there made it through because of the placid nature of the community.

What was your happiest childhood memory?

It is very difficult to have just one childhood memory, that was the height of happiness. I had many, a month long trip to Canada with my parents, that piqued my curiosity of the larger world. Getting my first dog, first horse, and finally the freedom of my first car. Those were at the top of the good memories of youth.

As you were growing up what/who was the biggest influence on you?

Biggest influence, I guess that the discovery of music and the exposure of the cultures that developed the music, classic, folk, blues and of course rock & roll. Listening to words that were poetic and dealt with life on a scale that I had no context with.

What made you decide to go into the military?

The military decision was made as an escape vehicle, to put myself in the larger world and see some of it, the Navy propaganda seemed to offer the most of travel. That seduced me to join, in retrospect I should have stayed and worked, and gone to college. The Navy did not provide the stimulus that I had supposed, but did give me a look at the larger world and provided a platform to meet people from every level and geography of our country and exchange basic information with them.

During your time in the military where did you travel?

Military travel is hardly a pleasure cruise but it was stimulating, tasting tropical climate in Hawaii, (which caused me to move there) briefly saw the Japanese culture, and the Philippines but never had opportunity to travel outside the harbor areas. The Navy was not a great travel agency. Nor did they let you take leave in other countries. Overnight and weekends usually.

What do you consider you greatest life achievement?

Wow, greatest life achievement, I guess writing and publishing my first book, it was personal and goal oriented, while not a great success people paid money and read the book, some liked it and said so, you never hear from the others.

What was your biggest disappointment in your life?

Not providing the great American household, Mom, Dad, Children + Vine covered cottage. I would say that would be my disappointment in this life, a different drummer cast a spell on me and led me on a merry chase. No regrets though I am happy with my lot, I have and experience chain that few can compare or that few would want. But I am happy with my self.

What got you into the music business?

The music business was and is seductive, it connects creativity on many levels and is a high form of art. The artists are like all artists, volatile emotionally and incredibly creative. Music is a definitive art though, people either like what is produced or they don’t. I enjoyed the process helping coordinate the people and being with them on their journey.

What got you into the restaurant business?

The restaurant business was another place I enjoyed creativity, I got interested because I enjoyed good food. I was in construction a good portion of my life and saw no difficulty in creating an atmosphere in the building that people would be comfortable in. The decision to actually go into the business was seeing a need in the community (Lafayette) for a upscale restaurant that served later than 8:30 or 9:00 PM. I was always getting home to late to fix dinner for kids so I went out a lot. We had to go to Denny’s a lot because everyone in the business shut down early. Our restaurant was open 7 days a week 11 to 11, and found a whole audience of late evening diners. I was very proud of the quality and style produced there. We were in the top one hundred restaurants in Northern CA. for over six years received many awards for our efforts.

Where have you traveled in your life?

Travel and adventure has always called to me, I have traveled the Americas, from Alaska, Canada, Mexico, Central America, (lived in Belize) Columbia, Venezuela and Peru. The Caribbean, Windward islands Aruba, Curacao, Tobago, St. Martien, Jamaica, Haiti, and the Bahamas. Europe, England, Belgium, Holland.

Who had the biggest impact on you?

Historically I think Niccolo Machiavelli a philosopher prince in the early 1500’s for his philosophical insight into the body politic, his treatise is still applicable in today’s politics. For giggles read some of his thoughts, (For the better good!) great stuff. Niccolo saw it all… In my life I suppose the person who had impact was a 5th grade teacher who made a business out of punishing me for a year for something I didn’t do, his name was Harold Zukerman, an angry Jew who made judgments’ without supporting evidence and taught me that the establishment can and will screw with you.

Tell me about the women of your life?

The women of my life, whew! I have had the privilege of knowing and loving many women. All whom taught me lessons of life, I find myself looking in hindsight and wishing I could have given more to each one of the ladies I have known, the times we were living were hurried and evolving into a new society, and is still a work in progress. Women who I met and felt that electric communication were ladies who I sought after. Some were short emotionally packed experiences and others were longer, but I seem to lack the glue perform in long term relationships. I wonder if this is karma, or what I set out to learn this lifetime, but learn I did, and I thank all the women whom I have loved and who have loved me.

I love you dearly dad!

Apr 18

6 types of glasses that do more than correct your blurry vision

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The days of being called “four-eyes” are long gone. There are some new cool kids on the glasses scene

Eyeglasses are an old invention — we can trace the simple but vital accessory back as early as the 13th century in Italy, according to the Museum of Vision. The true inventor of glasses is unknown, and early models were held by hand or balanced on noses by monks and scholars

But we’ve come a long way in terms of eyewear technology (cough, Google Glass). Eyeglasses have evolved from their original function into totally new and innovative ones, and we don’t mean high-tech virtual reality glasses. Read more…

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Apr 16

Recon Jet review: Google Glass for sports is here, and it works

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Google Glass may have crashed and burned, but at least it showed smart glasses can work, and sometimes even be useful. Now that Glass is out of the picture (for now), others are taking the idea of a connected headset and running with it.

In the case of the Recon Jet, which has been in the works for over two years, it’s literally running with it. The Jet is a smart headset made for fitness fanatics, probably most succinctly described as “Google Glass for sports.”

The Recon Jet costs $699 and has a lot in common with Glass: It has a tiny screen that you see in just one eye, it connects to your phone to feed you things like maps and notifications, and you interact with it via a touchpad. Read more…

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