September 16, 2013 – COLORADO – Forecasters in Colorado are warning residents near Denver to brace for torrential overnight rains, as raging flood waters roar through the region and cloud cover hampers helicopter rescue efforts. Days of heavy rains and flooding have turned the state’s Rocky Mountain foothills into high risk zones, with dozens of washed out roads and bridges turning entire communities into disaster areas short on supplies and services. At least four people were known dead by late Sunday, with two others officially missing and presumed dead. Authorities say about 500 people were unaccounted for Sunday, while cautioning that some may be unable to communicate with loved ones while stranded and awaiting rescue. Rocky Mountain rescue management officials say as many as 1,000 people were awaiting rescue north of Denver, in an area that includes the hard-hit mountain community of Estes Park. But all airlifts were grounded Sunday because of new rains and poor visibility. Local news outlets say 50 bridges linking rural communities have been destroyed or damaged, and warn of a growing threat from mudslides and rockslides as roads crumble. Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle, speaking to reporters Saturday, said authorities were only beginning to understand the scope of the crisis. President Barack Obama has declared Colorado a major disaster zone and ordered federal help to boost state and local recovery efforts. Helicopters have plucked hundreds of people from inundated homes. One helicopter carrying Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper on a tour of the region made two stops to pick up residents waving to be rescued on Saturday. –VOA
September 16, 2013 – RUSSIA – A team of Russian scientists has found the remains of 10 gray whales washed ashore in Russia’s most northeasterly region Chukotka, the Marine Mammal Council said Friday. The remains were discovered during an aerial survey of Chukotka’s Arctic coast between September 1 and 8. Stanislav Belikov, head of marine wildlife conservation at the All-Russian Research Institute for Nature Protection, said the 10 marine mammals had washed up on the 800-kilometer (500-mile) stretch of the coast. “This is quite a few, especially considering that six of these whales were washed ashore within a coastal area of 120 kilometers. They were possibly wounded by hunters or attacked by killer whales. We also shouldn’t rule out the possibility of a disease. In any case, reasons for this incident should be investigated,” Belikov said. According to the Marine Mammal Council, the number of recently deceased gray whales could be higher because not all dead whales wash up on shore. –RIA NOVOSTI
September 16, 2013 – BOSTON – A plume of hot material rising from deep within the earth scarred the underside of the North American tectonic plate as it drifted westward millions of years ago, suggests research published today in Nature Geoscience. The residual heat still affects seismic waves travelling through the continent, even though the mantle plume is now under the Atlantic Ocean. When such mantle plumes occur beneath thin oceanic crust, they often punch through and create volcanoes — the Hawaiian Islands are a prime example. But older, colder and thicker continental crust is not so easily breached, says Risheng Chu, a geophysicist at the Institute of Geodesy and Geophysics in Wuhan, China. The only signs on land of ancient hotspot paths typically are kimberlites — volcanic and sometimes diamond-bearing rocks that mark the site of an ancient, deep-seated eruption. But Chu and his colleagues inferred the path of a hotspot beneath eastern North America using a different sort of evidence — the speed of seismic waves, which travel more slowly in warmer rock. The data were gathered by dozens of seismometers in the USArray network, most of them along a stretch from Louisiana to Wisconsin, during the magnitude-5.6 quake that jolted central Virginia on 23 August 2011. Their analysis indicates that seismic waves travelling west from the earthquake’s source in Virginia towards Missouri arrived at seismometers later and with lower intensity than expected. Such vibration-damping behavior suggests the presence of a broad lane of warm rocks running east to west, about 200 kilometers beneath Kentucky — a depth that roughly coincides with the lower surface of the tectonic plate. Seismic waves travelling north and south of this lane arrived on time or slightly ahead of schedule.
Seismometers northeast of the Virginia quake’s epicentre also detected slow, stifled seismic waves, suggesting another hotspot track in that direction as well. The researchers suggest that the continent moving over the hotspot cut a path that swooped east-southeast from central Missouri (90 million years ago) to eastern Kentucky (some 70 million years ago), arced northeastward to Massachusetts (60 million to 50 million years ago) and then swerved eastward and moved offshore. A kimberlite deposit in eastern Kentucky, dated to about 75 million years ago, bolsters the notion that a hotspot lay below the region during that time, Chu and his colleagues contend. The evidence supporting the purported hotspot’s path is interesting but circumstantial, says Randel Cox, a geologist at the University of Memphis in Tennessee. “I’m still trying to keep an open mind about this [idea], but there are alternate explanations” for the seismic slowdown beneath Kentucky and the Virginia–Massachusetts corridor, he notes. For instance, seismic vibrations in the region could be scattered by features deep within or below Earth’s crust, such as a ‘crumple zone’ of rocks where one tectonic plate collided with another. Regardless, he adds, researchers need more data, from more than one earthquake, to produce a thorough subterranean map of the eastern United States. –Nature
Is there a blow torch under North America that causes rare, but deadly, earthquakes? Some geologists think they might have found the buried track of just such a hotspot from Missouri to Virginia. A team of Chinese and American scientists think they have found the track of a hotspot hidden in the very old, thick crust of Eastern United States, based on seismic data from the 2011 Virginia 5.6-magnitude earthquake. That event essentially lit up the structure of the crust in that part of North America for the USArray seismic network to see. The seismic anomaly, as it is called, cuts through the New Madrid rift system, which is responsible for some of the most powerful earthquakes in North American history. It also crosses a 75-million-year-old diamond-bearing formation in Kentucky. –Discovery
September 16, 2013 – INDONESIA – Mount Sinabung erupted violently before dawn, spewing rocks and red-hot ash onto surrounding villages. Asren Nasution, head of the North Sumatra disaster agency, said more than 3,000 people within a two-mile radius had been evacuated, with no casualties reported. They are being sheltered in five wooden halls used for religious ceremonies. Several flights at Kualanamu airport, some 30 miles away in Medan, have been delayed because of the ash. Indonesia has dozens of active volcanoes, more than any other country, and straddles major tectonic fault lines known as the “Ring of Fire” between the Pacific and Indian oceans. –Sky News
27 killed in mine collapse: KABUL, AFGH. – A coal mine collapse has killed at least 27 miners in the north of Afghanistan, officials said Sunday, with rescue efforts under way to save about 12 workers trapped underground. Emergency teams rushed to the scene after the mine collapsed in a remote area of Samangan province on Saturday, and bodies were being brought out of the accident site. “We have 27 miners who died while they were working in an underground coal mine in Abkhorak coal mine in Ruyi Du Ab district,” Mohammad Sediq Azizi, the Samangan governor’s spokesman, told AFP. “They were working in a coal mine when part of the mine collapsed on them. We are heading to the scene for further investigation,” Azizi said, adding that 20 other people had been injured. Mosadiqullah Muzafari, Samangan’s deputy security chief, said four rescue workers were badly injured and about 12 miners were still stuck underground. – The Himalayan
With all of the media rhetoric and hype about the Syrian situation it’s hard to catch every report. However, this one is important. According to a recent write-up, the FBI handed out a warning during an energy conference which took place about one week prior to the 12th anniversary of the September 2001, attacks, which in turn prompted the Petroleum Marketers Association of America (PMAA) to release a statement to its members. Certain people in-the-know take this as a red flag, considering that similar warnings followed by rhetoric circled just before the attacks of 9/11. Reuters reported, “The PMAA message to members said the FBI warned fuel marketers should be on alert for new customers who are not from the area, drivers who are not familiar with truck or vehicle operations, and people who store fuel in unusual locations or containers.” This is startling to say the least. And to top it off, it’s an eerie feeling knowing that key power players control the oil and gas industry itself, likely paving the way for a new false flag operation to take place inside U.S. borders. Exactly what the globalists need to get their war inside Syria kicked off. Intellihub
Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper became the latest U.S. official to utter the words familiar to readers of the bestselling book, “The Harbinger,” and the bestselling faith movie, “The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment,” following a man-made or natural disaster. “We’re going to come back and rebuild better than it was before,” he said Saturday, not exactly controversial or surprising remarks given the magnitude and scope of Colorado’s floods and mudslides, which have stranded entire towns. Six people have been confirmed dead since the flash floods began Wednesday. Hundreds of others have not been heard from in the flood zone, which has grown to cover an area roughly the size of the state of Connecticut. Authorities expect to find more bodies as rescue workers continue operations. But the words of the governor remind readers of the book and viewers of the film of the reaction of ancient Israel in Isaiah 9:10 to a limited judgment of the nation, which refused to return to God and instead relied on its own power to rebuild. Jonathan Cahn, the author of “The Harbinger” and the storyteller in “The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment,” says it’s a pattern that followed the attack on America on Sept. 11, 2001, and has been a recurrent theme for U.S. leaders ever since. Both to book and film present a series of remarkable parallels between the judgment of ancient Israel and events impacting America since 9/11. In January 2012, “The Harbinger” skyrocketed to the top of the New York Times bestsellers list and stayed there by suggesting America is following in the defiant footsteps of ancient Israel as recorded in Isaiah 9:10 instead of considering what God was trying to tell the country through the catastrophic events of Sept. 11, 2001. More
As the escape of radiation at Fukushima seems virtually unstoppable, there are still steps that governments all over the world should take to prevent worst case consequences. One of them would be canceling the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Scientific estimates predict that the radioactive plume travelling east across the Pacific will likely hit the shores of Oregon, Washington State and Canada early next year. California will probably be impacted later that year. Because the ongoing flow of water from the reactor site will be virtually impossible to stop, a radioactive plume will continue to migrate across the Pacific affecting Hawaii, North America, South America and eventually Australia for many decades. We are only talking about ocean currents, however, fish swim thousands of miles and don’t necessarily follow the currents. As noted in Part I, big fish concentrate radiation most efficiently, and tuna have already been caught off the coast of California containing cesium from Fukushima. Seaweed also efficiently concentrates radioactive elements. As I contemplate the future at Fukushima, it seems that the escape of radiation is virtually unstoppable. The levels of radiation in buildings 1, 2 and 3 are now so high that no human can enter or get close to the molten cores. It will therefore be impossible to remove these cores for hundreds of years if ever.More
An exchange of letters between Barack Obama and the Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, has set the stage for a possible meeting between the two men at the UN next week in what would be the first face-to-face encounter between a US and Iranian leader since Iran’s 1979 revolution. Britain’s foreign secretary, William Hague, is also due to meet his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, at the UN general assembly meeting in New York, adding to guarded optimism that the June election of Rouhani, a Glasgow-educated moderate, and his appointment of a largely pragmatic cabinet, has opened the door to a diplomatic solution to the 11-year international standoff over Iran’s nuclear programme. Tehran took the Foreign Office by surprise, tweeting on Rouhani’s English-language feed that the president would also be prepared to meet Hague, something the UK had not even requested. ”Tehran has responded positively to UK’s request. President Rouhani’s meeting w/WilliamJHague on the sidelines of UNGA has been confirmed,” the tweet said. ”We would be happy to meet,” a Foreign Office spokeswoman said, “but we have had nothing formal from Tehran about it.” Diplomats said that the tweet reflected the new Iranian government’s eagerness to make diplomatic headway on the nuclear issue, which has been at an impasse for several years. A Hague meeting with either Rouhani or Zarif could clear the way to restoring full diplomatic ties, which have not existed since the British embassy in Tehran was ransacked by a mob in November 2011. More
The death toll continued to rise Sunday in flood-ravaged Colorado — as even more heavy rains hindered efforts to rescue at least 1,000 stranded residents, officials said. “Mother Nature’s not cooperating with us today and currently we are not flying,” said Shane DelGrosso, incident commander of rocky mountain incident management team at an afternoon press conference. He said that about 500 people were rescued on Saturday, but at least 1,000 people remained trapped with no way to get out on Sunday. Some 17,494 homes have been damaged and 1,502 wrecked in the flood, according to an estimate from the Colorado Office of Emergency Management. Sixteen helicopters were prepared to deploy in Larimer County but would not take flight until “weather allows them to do so,” said Nick Christensen, executive officer at the Larimer Country Sheriff’s Department. “Tomorrow (Monday) if we get that opportunity … we have the horsepower to hit it hard,” DelGrosso said. “We need a change in the weather pattern to get a break.” More
In light of Barry Hussein Obama’s recent positions on Syria and Middle East affairs in general, I thought it might be interesting to reflect upon his comments in July of this year when he hosted Muslim leaders at the White House. After all, having a delusional president occupying the White House is something we should all be aware of. Hussein Obama read from an historic fairy tale compilation as he hosted his fifth Ramadan celebration in the White House. Of course, Hussein has maintained that he is a Christian since his childhood days as a Muslim in Pakistan. Another of the many airport lounge conversions, maybe. Regardless, with his track record, there is absolutely no reason to suspect he is anything but 100% truthful in everything he does. Having established that I totally believe anything Hussein obama tells us, there remain some curiosities in his message at the festive White House occasion. In his prepared remarks, Hussein obama quotes from the Koran, saying “whoever does an atom’s weight of good will see its results.” Well, I’ve never read a Koran, and I can’t find that quote anywhere except in excerpts from his speech. Then again, if Hussein obama says it’s there I must believe it. This is very impressive. In a time before electricity, and probably before electron microscopes, the writers of the Koran were aware of the atomic structure of matter. I’m impressed. The only possible explanation is divine providence. More
Syria’s government has responded to pressure over a recent chemical weapons massacre by promising to give up its chemical weapons. However, according to the Lebanese paper Al-Mustaqbal, its method of disposal has been to ship the weapons to Iraq. The paper reported that roughly 20 Syrian trucks crossed into Iraq under heavy guard on Thursday and Friday, without undergoing cargo checks. Al-Mustaqbal is affiliated with the anti-Syrian camp in Lebanese politics. The paper also quoted an Iraqi official as denying that his country has received chemical weapons shipments. “These accusations are all rumors and useless and no one believes them,” said Saad Maan, a spokesperson for Iraq’s Interior Ministry. Iraqi officials issued a similar denial last week after Salim Idriss, a general in the Syrian rebel group Free Syrian Army, reported the movement of Syrian chemical weapons to Iraq. “Iraq is against the possession of these weapons and other weapons of mass destruction anywhere in the world and under any pretext,” said Ali al-Mosawi, an advisor to Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki. More
At least 36 people have been killed and several others wounded in a series of bomb explosions that hit Iraqi cities, security officials say. On Sunday, at least 14 bomb explosions hit 11 different towns across Iraq, AP reported. The deadliest blast took place in central city of Hilla, killing at least 15 people and wounding dozens more. In the town of Iskandariyah, a car bomb went off at a parking lot, killing at least four people and wounding nine others. A car bomb in the Waziriyah neighborhood of Baghdad also killed at least three people and injured eight others. At least four others lost their lives in a deadly bomb explosion in the city of Karbala, south of the capital, Baghdad, as another two people were killed in the Shia-dominated city of Kut. Three people lost their lives in the Azamiyah neighborhood, where a car bomb went off near the convoy of the head of Baghdad’s provincial council. The official managed to escape the assassination attempt. Similar attacks in Nasiriyah, Basra, Abu Ghraib, and Mosul on Sunday left another five dead. No group has so far claimed responsibility for the attacks. The attacks came a day after at least 26 people lost their lives and 45 others sustained injuries in a bomb attack in Iraq’s northern province of Nineveh. More
Syria’s agreement in principle to rid itself of chemical weapons after being threatened will reverberate in Tehran, Israeli leaders said Sunday while commemorating the 1973 Yom Kippur War. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed cautious optimism over the US-Russian deal, which will begin its implementation with Syria reporting on its chemical weapons stock by the end of the week. However, he said, the commitments had to backed up by actions, not only in Syria but in Iran as well. “We hope the understandings bear fruit. Those understandings will be judged by the results,” he said, referring to the total destruction of Syria’s chemical arms, which should take place by mid-2014. “The test of the results also applies to the efforts by the international community to stop Iran’s nuclear armaments. There, too, not words but actions will be the deciding factor.” Netanyahu added that Israel now needed to have the ability to defend itself more than ever. More
President Barack Obama has welcomed an agreement on the Syrian chemical weapons reached during the US-Russian talks in Geneva, but warned that America will remain prepared to act if diplomatic efforts fail. The statement comes hours after US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov wrapped up their three-day talks in Geneva, where they reached a deal on handling the Syrian chemical arms arsenal. The goal is the destruction or removal Syrian chemical weapons by mid-2014. Damascus has also been given one week to submit a comprehensive list of such weapons. Obama welcomed the progress made in Geneva, which, in his words, represents “an important, concrete step toward the goal of moving Syria’s chemical weapons under international control.” In a statement issued by the White House, the US president said that the framework also provided the opportunity for the elimination of Syrian chemical weapons “in a transparent, expeditious, and verifiable manner, which could end the threat these weapons pose not only to the Syrian people but to the region and the world.” Obama underlined that the international community expected the Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime to live up to its public commitments. More
China has sent a military drone on what is thought to be the first mission of its kind in a significant show of the country’s determination to match America and Japan in the technology of warfare. Japanese F-15 jet fighters scrambled from a base in Okinawa last Monday to intercept the unmanned aerial vehicle, which turned back towards the Chinese coast. Although the drone flew in international airspace, officials in Tokyo said it had entered Japan’s air defence identification zone. Last year Japan scrambled its fighters more than 300 times to intercept Chinese military aircraft. The Japanese defence ministry later released aerial pictures of the craft as it circled about 100 miles north of the disputed Senkaku Islands, known as the Diaoyu in China. More
Boulder, Colorado – Colorado residents are keeping a wary eye on the sky as more rain is forecast for Sunday. As dawn broke, officials worried about continued rescue operations. ”We’re going to be in for some steady rain over the next 12 hours,” said Kim Kobel, a spokesperson for Boulder’s Office of Emergency Management. It shouldn’t total more than 1 to 2 inches though. “So that’s the good news,” Kobel said. Still, authorities worry that any additional water on ground that’s already soaked by up to 15 inches of rain will cause more flooding and dislodge mud and debris. Also, the omnipresent clouds pose a problem for aerial rescue efforts. “It’s unlikely at this point that we’ll be able to reach those who are stranded in the hard-to-reach areas,” Kobel said. More
A 60-year-old Cedar Cove woman was believed to be the fifth person killed in this week’s historic flooding in northern Colorado as authorities scrambled Saturday to reach hundreds of people listed as unaccounted for. Rivers continued to flow well above flood stage, prompting orders for mandatory evacuations on both banks of the South Platte River in eastern Morgan County, including the towns of Orchard, Goodrich, Weldona and Muir Springs. Thousands living in the flood zones were displaced. The South Platte was nearly nine feet over flood stage at Kersey Saturday morning. ”It is no doubt an epic event,” said Weld county commissioner Sean Conway. “It is a once in 500 years or 1,000 years situation.” and hail also prompted warnings and flooded streets in parts of Adams, Arapahoe, Denver and Douglas counties. Throughout the area, rescue teams continued their efforts. Boulder County doubled the number of rescuers Saturday to around 800, authorities said. ”There might be further loss of life,” Boulder County sheriff Joe Pelle said in a news conference. “It’s certainly a high probability…With an army of folks and an air show we’re hoping to reach everyone as soon as possible.” More
Russian President Vladimir Putin has accepted Iran’s invitation to visit Tehran to work out a strategy for the Islamic regime’s nuclear program, Fars News Agency reported Saturday. The West believes the Iranian program is a front for developing nuclear weapons. Putin, seen by Iran’s clerical establishment as a strong opponent to America and the West — especially after his successful political play on averting a U.S. missile strike on Syria — was approached by Iran to protect the Islamic regime in the face of continued pressure by the West over its illicit nuclear program. Russia and the U.S. reached agreement Saturday to take control of Syrian President Bashar Assad’s chemical weapons arsenal by mid-2014. Fars, the media outlet run by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, said Putin will soon travel to Tehran, although details of the trip have yet to be announced. Fars said Iranian President Hassan Rowhani issued the invitation to Putin on Friday while both leaders were attending the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Putin’s spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, said the Russian president accepted. More
The White House and the Pentagon have repeatedly ruled out “boots on the ground” in Syria, but Defense Department officials were less certain Thursday on whether U.S. military personnel might be sent to help secure or destroy Syria’s chemical weapons. Pentagon Press Secretary George Little gave a vague answer when asked if U.S. troops were prepared to assist should an international agreement allow Russia to take control of the tons of chemical weapons believed to be in the stockpiles of President Bashar al-Assad. ”I’m not going to speculate on who may or may not be participating in a process that may or may not take place,” Little said. “We’ve got to see where the process goes” before the U.S. military considers involvement, he said. The first steps in the process were taking place in Geneva, where Secretary of State John Kerry was meeting for a second day with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Moscow’s proposal to have international teams take control of the chemical weapons. Syria has tentatively agreed to the Russian initiative and also agreed to join the international ban on chemical and biological weapons. Lavrov has urged the U.S. to speed the negotiations by dropping the threat to launch strikes on Syria, but Little said “the threat of military action is driving the process forward.” To back up the threat, the U.S. was keeping four destroyers off the Syrian coast and the Nimitz carrier strike group in the Red Sea, though some of the ships may be replaced if the negotiations are drawn out, Little said. More
Ingrid became the second hurricane of the 2013 season on Saturday, US forecasters said, with authorities in Mexico making emergency plans ahead of likely life-threatening conditions when it makes landfall. The Miami-based National Hurricane Center said in a 2100 GMT bulletin that Ingrid was packing maximum sustained winds of 75 miles (125 kilometers) per hour, and was headed northward at seven miles per hour. The hurricane was located 195 miles (315 kilometers) east of Tuxpan, off Mexico’s Gulf Coast, with the bulletin noting that the Mexican government had declared a hurricane watch from Cabo Rojo to La Pesca. Ingrid was later expected to turn toward the northwest and then westward on Sunday with winds strengthening further before the hurricane is anticipated to reach the coast on Monday, the NHC said. Forecasters said Ingrid would likely dump 10 to 15 inches (25-38 centimeters) of rain over a large part of eastern Mexico, though some mountainous areas could experience up to 25 inches of rainfall. Such rains “are likely to result in life-threatening flash floods and mudslides,” the latest NHC bulletin said, with a dangerous storm surge capable of raising water levels as much as two- to four-feet above normal, with large and destructive waves predicted along the coast within 48 hours. Mexico’s state-owned oil company Pemex said late Thursday that it had preemptively suspended “sea and air operations” in the area although rigs in the region continued to operate. Heavy rain has lashed Veracruz this week, killing 14 people, including 13 of whom died when a landslide crushed their homes in a mountainous region of the Gulf Coast state. Mexico’s National Weather Service said torrential rains were expected in the states of Chiapas, Guerrero, Tabasco, Veracruz and Oaxaca. The NHC meanwhile said Tropical Storm Manuel, also carrying life-threatening flash floods, should be near the southwestern Mexican coast by early Sunday. Manuel is moving northward at near seven miles per hour, packing maximum winds of 50 miles (75 kilometers) per hour, and is located 85 miles (135 kilometers) south-southwest of Lazaro Cardenas, in Michoacan state. Yahoo News
Why Google Glass Will Change The World As We Know It
I still remember exactly when the first friend of mine got a mobile phone. It was in 1998, me and my friends had just started university and therefore had moved to different cities across Germany. When we met a few weeks later for the first time again in our home town he put his mobile phone on the table. We were all laughing at him. Why did he need a mobile phone? Was he so “important” that he had to be available wherever he was? Well, no more than 12 months later and everyone of us had one.
And you know what happened since then: Mobile phones got smaller and smaller, then the iPhone hit the market and nowadays mobile phones get bigger and bigger again reaching its maximum with the new Samsung Galaxy Mega – something that most of the people would have called a tablet just 12 months ago.
What has all that to do with Google Glass? In the same way that we laughed at my friend 15 years ago people laugh at you when you are wearing Google Glass – at least when you are living outside of San Francisco.
I recently had the chance to pick up Google Glass and try it out for a few days before I handed it over to one of our development teams here at SAP.
When you wear it in public people stare at you like you just ate a huge chocolate doughnut and forgot to wipe your mouth. My wife said she was even ashamed of me wearing it.
Compare this to how you felt when you saw the first of your friends with a mobile phone back in the days.
What exactly is Google Glass?
You wear Google Glass – short “Glass” – exactly like normal glasses, on your nose. Glass comes with clear as well as tinted shades, but you don’t necessarily need them. What makes Google Glass so special is a tiny screen that sits a little bit above your normal eye-view. Glass can connect to your mobile phone via Bluetooth and has a pretty good voice recognition. In addition, it touches the bones behind your ear and in this way allows you to hear sound through vibrations.
This combination makes it possible for you to call people without taking the phone out of your pocket, you can even do video calls. You can also connect Glass with your Gmail, Twitter, Facebook, or Evernote account. Glass can then notify you of incoming emails or tweets and you can write notes and send them wherever you want to.
Through its built-in camera you can take pictures and videos and share them right away like this videothat I took from my daughter while she was riding her bike.
You can even ask Google any type of question you like. Similar to Google’s homepage it shows (and reads) you the answer right away.
And finally – in case Google doesn’t know the answer to your question or you want more information – you can even open websites and browse the internet.
Most of the interaction with Glass happens completely hands-free, just with your voice. In addition, Glass also allows you to navigate by touching it and swiping on it, for example to go back through the pictures you took with Glass to share them later.
Is Google Glass really going to change the world?
Will it change the world immediately? Definitely not.
At the moment Google offers Glass only to selected people. From a marketing perspective this is brilliant: They build hype around it because not everybody can just go and buy it. Google’s founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin wear it at public events. And the people who are willing to spend more than US$1,600 are called Glass Explorers. This restricted access and the high price prevent Glass from becoming a mass consumer product right now. But this might already change pretty soon. According to multiple people who disassembled Glass the pure hardware costs are not more than US$300-400.
Remember the very first mobile phones? No? I never had seen one in reality either. But here’s a picture of the very first mobile phone from Motorola according to Wikipedia.
And now think about where we are today.
The idea to have a wearable device that connects to your phone – or maybe in the end replaces it – made people spend more than 10 million Dollar in total on smart watches like Pebble on crowdfunding site Kickstarter in May 2012 or 1.5 million Dollar for Kreyos just recently on Indiegogo. So there’s definitely a market for connected devices like this.
Even though the Explorer edition of Google Glass that you can currently get is an amazing piece of technology, it also still is an early version of it. For example, there are only a very few apps for Glass approved by Google so far. But this will change very soon after they start selling it to everybody.
Also its battery life is unbelievably bad at the moment. But this should also not be a difficult thing to improve – maybe even before the public launch.
The one major concern that I have at the moment is that I got extreme headache while wearing it. Was that because I focused too often, for too long on the screen? Would this go away if I would just use it in my daily life as I’m supposed to do? Is this something that only happened to me? I don’t have the answers to these questions. I just know that this needs to get fixed if there’s any chance that Glass can cause this kind of headache.
Once these things advance further Glass or similar devices will start appearing everywhere.
And as soon as they also get the ability to make phone calls itself, smart phones will completely be replaced by them.
In my opinion, instead of having our mobile phone in our hand all the time and sporadically using Google Glass, this behavior will switch: Glass will include all technology you need to connect to your services on the internet and your work- or reading-device will connect to the internet through Glass. Because all the major hardware is moved into Glass, your phone or tablet won’t need all that hardware anymore and will become incredibly light. What stays is basically just a screen. Now this screen can become bendable, maybe you can even fold it or roll it. And you will only have to use it when you really need to read a lot of text or work in spreadsheets or presentations.
Welcome to the future.
Fukushima breaking news; ALL HANDS ON DECK, Typhoon hitting right now kevin D. blanch 9/16/13
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