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Comment: Re:You guys are thinking about this all wrong... (Score 1) 292

by mikecase (#45835545) Attached to: A Year With Google Glass

Doctors are already piloting this for use in surgery.

It's early yet. The rules for acceptable use and functionality are not yet developed, but they will be. The concept of a hands free heads-up display has too many practical uses for it to die off as a fad. This isn't going away.

Comment: Re:Personally (Score 1) 292

by mikecase (#45834123) Attached to: A Year With Google Glass
Anger issues much? I feel the same way about using a cell phone on a plane, but I'd never assault someone over it. I use Glass, and if I'm out in public and someone has a problem with it, I'd take them off if they asked politely. So far, that hasn't happened, most people who talk to me about them want to try them on.

Comment: Re:Personally (Score 1) 292

by mikecase (#45833583) Attached to: A Year With Google Glass
Wearing glass != taking pictures, it just means the wearer could be taking pictures. This is the same as anyone looking at their cellphone. They could be texting, or they could be taking a photo/video. It's hard to tell unless you're standing right next to them. Using a camera, even one attached to a face, does not give anyone the right to assault someone else.

Comment: You guys are thinking about this all wrong... (Score 5, Interesting) 292

by mikecase (#45832599) Attached to: A Year With Google Glass
I've had Glass for a couple of weeks and the experience has been interesting. I live in a area w/ about 250,000 people and there are probably fewer than five (including myself) who have Glass. I've been wearing them around town to see how people react to them and so far it seems pretty positive. Some people just kind of look at me oddly, but many people recognize what it is and ask me what the experience is like. This is what I tell them: Sure, it's great to have access to (most) of the Google Now functionality without needing to look down at my phone. Text messages delivered to the HUD is handy, as is responding to them via voice. For the most part though, there isn't a whole lot these do yet, certainly not enough for average consumers to care. That said, the potential for business/industrial use is HUGE. Most people's first experience with Glass won't be as a consumer item, but rather as something they use for work. Think construction workers, or people who work in hospitals or laboratories. Many people will be exposed to these via applications in the work environment. You, as a consumer, may not be very interested in Glass, but there are many businesses who want/need something like this for their workforce.

Comment: How much time do you want to spend setting up? (Score 3, Informative) 31

by mikecase (#44568589) Attached to: Amateur Astronomer Bruce Berger Talks About Telescopes, Part II (Video)
I've owned a few refractors and currently have an 8" dob (newt mounted on a simple alt/az base). With a small refractor (say under 102mm) it's easy to just pop out of the house and start observing. Fast refractors (like Orion's 80mm shorty) are great for scanning the deep sky and drinking in wide views of the milky way from a dark site. They set up fast and don't take up much room when stored or while in the car. My 8" newt is a completely different setup. It's heavy and bulky and takes up a ton of room in the car while transporting. In the winter it can take a couple of hours for the mirror to cool down to ambient temperature and provide stable views (on top of the 15 minutes it takes to get setup). That said, other than the narrower field of view, it shows much better on planets and most deep-sky objects than any sub $2,000 refractor is capable. In an ideal world, one would have both a small grab-and-go refractor (or possibly some 15x70 or 20x80 binoculars) for quick/casual viewing and a medium or large reflector for serious viewing.

It is surely a great calamity for a human being to have no obsessions. - Robert Bly