Over the last few months, I’ve been reading about a few different types of “concept glasses” that may or may not become commercially available. I absolutely believe that Google Glasses will be in stores by 2014; the diet glasses may be wishful thinking. Come to think of it, when you see how far “smart phones” have come, it really should come as no surprise as to what computer programmers can do. We are truly living in the future. Hope you enjoy….
How would you like to wear your computer? According to the New York times, Google is currently developing glasses that will work like a wearable version of the Google Goggles app. I have seen a few different variations on what they will look like, but they will feature a low-resolution camera on the front to gather information to relay to a small screen on the back side of the lenses. The image will be located on the side of the lens so it won’t get in the way of wearer’s vision. Using either a WiFi or 3G/4G connection, you will be able to read emails, take pictures, locate friends, get traffic updates and directions, and even gather information about where you are or the person you are talking to! Controlling the glasses will require the user to tilt their head to scroll and click, but sources at Google say that this is actually easier than it sounds. The price for these “futuristic” glasses will be approximately $1500.
Professors at Tokyo University have designed glasses to lower your appetite by way of an optical illusion — making your food appear bigger. A camera is fixed to the glasses where video is fed to a processing system on the lenses. The camera can be adjusted to make food appear up to 50% larger, which makes you feel fuller faster. The professors conducted a study of 12 men and women and found that those who saw the cookies as 50% larger ate almost 10% fewer cookies.
On a personal note…..
Anybody up for running a marathon? Last year I set a goal for myself to run the Philly Marathon in 2012. I have not run seriously since high school and do not consider myself a “runner.” In fact prior to July, the most I ran was about 2 miles a week and hated it every step of the way. So as my family continues to support/ridicule me, I continue to pursue my goal. Last week was week 8 of my training schedule which is roughly the halfway point. My longest run has been 8.5 miles, and I am up to 16 miles a week. I must admit that my former “long runs” of 2 or 3 miles now seem easy.
If anyone has ever run a marathon and could offer any tips, by all means let’s chat. I need all of the advice that I can get. Yes, this is my first marathon and yes, this will be my last. My goal is to 1) finish and 2) break 4 hours and 45 minutes. I am already registered so there is no turning back. Race day is November 18th — I’ll keep you posted.
Thank you and we’ll talk again soon.
Frank oliver says
I always wonder what the “why” is, especially for people who don’t usually run. I know it probably represents achievement of a goal, but I find the reasons for wanting to achieve it interesting. What’s your reason (he asks,impudently). I’ve thought about trying it for myself, but the probability of death somehow holds me back. Frank
Michael Wojton, O.D. says
The idea of running, not walking, a marathon, to me, is so far fetched that I don’t believe I can do it. It is also something that less than 1% of the population can say they did.
Nancy Bilheimer says
When (or if) those google glasses come on the market, they will have to amend the distracted driving laws to include them! The diet glasses sound like a really silly (stupid)idea.
Good luck with the marathon. I admire your dedication to the goal. I can only walk around the block a time or two. I keep intending to go to Planet Fitness (for which I already paid) but never seem to make it. At this point, by the time I walk there (1/2 mile) I’ll have had all the exercise I can do, and would have to rest before walking back home! Good for you.
Karen buck says
Good for you doc Go for it wish you luck Something i would not be abel too do walk yes run no
Barbara Woodward says
I must agree with you on those google glasses. I don’t think I can take heads bobbing all over the place. Although, come to think of it, maybe it might be a somewhat good thing. Somewhat means, outside of using it in the car of course!!!!! Just think—–my grandkids actually looking at “me” instead of their heads down (appearing stuck in that position) while scrolling through their touch screens asking, “Oh, were you talking to me?” I might be able to learn to bob while talking to them. hmmmm