20130806 Dear Santa +Google Glass , I Know XE8

Keith I MyersKeith I Myers2013-08-06 10:36:27-0400 – Updated: 2013-08-06 10:41:03-0400Dear Santa +Google Glass ,

I know XE8 has not been released yet however I wanted to add a small wishlist for XE9. I promise I will be a good boy this year and will not fight with my brothers. I will even leave you guys Cookies and Milk next to my Wireless Router.

I would like:
QR2/Barcode Scanner – I would like to have the ability to scan a barcode with Glass and integrate it as a callback option with the Mirror API. This opens up the door to a TON of useful applications (Food Allergy Database/Price Lookups/etc). This is the one thing holding me back from actually doing my original #ifihadglass  idea.

Better Google Plus Integration – I would love to have a bundle of my main Google Plus Stream with the ability to comment and plus one. As it stands, I can only respond to posts I make from Glass and posts that I am mentioned in.

Google Talk/Hangouts – I have a lot of people who send me messages in Hangouts, I would love to be able to read them from Glass. Glass does Video Hangouts nicely bit this is not always an option due to noise or poor data speeds on my mobile. 

Hangouts on Air Support – No explanation needed here. 

Phone Notifications – It would be nice to have a bundle of cards showing notifications from my phone via the MyGlass Application. 

Navigation Options – Needless to say, I LOVE Glass Navigation!!! It is revolutionary and a huge selling point for Glass. I would love the navigation system to adopt 2 settings that exist on Android. The ability to Avoid Tools and Highways. At times, it makes little sense to take the Highway depending on time of day. 

Public Transit – Google Now does this nicely, it would be sweet to have this on Glass 

Thank you for listening,
Your Lord and Master
KeithShared to the community Glass Explorers – Public+1’d by: Teresa Zazenski, Daniel Fontaine, Samantha Myers, Robert Stern, Yanir Nulman, Sam Aybar, Allen Firstenberg, Karl J. Smith, Maire K, Scott GrantSmith, Josh Wilson, Michael InterbartoloReshared by: Greg KostelloScott GrantSmith – 2013-08-06 10:39:57-0400I’d like the QR/barcode scanner to send the code to Google Goggles on my phone.Keith I Myers – 2013-08-06 10:51:42-0400+Scott GrantSmith – Why cant Glass integrate some of the Google Goggles features and cut out the middle man? Many suspect Goggles will be discontinued and merged into Google Now in the near future. Scott GrantSmith – 2013-08-06 11:08:01-0400Good point about merging with Google Now, +Keith I Myers. As for putting Goggles on Glass, I don’t think Glass is as good for consuming information. I’d rather use the phone screen for more information-dense purposes. I see a need to have Glass work closely with a phone for more than just screen casting and navigation.Keith I Myers – 2013-08-06 11:20:01-0400+Steven Mautone , I dont see how this would stifle the Development Community but I am simply proposing a few new features that would enhance the development community.

The Barcode Feature for example would allow a SLEW of new applications from the community. After reading over a few hundred #ifihadglass  posts, the lack of a QR2/Barcode scanner is a huge stopping point for many. Keith I Myers – 2013-08-06 11:30:05-0400+Steven Mautone – Some developers do not want to use the GDK, I would be would be one of those. I am not a Java Developer (PHP) so the use of a restful API is appealing to me. Allen Firstenberg – 2013-08-06 12:14:30-0400I’m with +Keith I Myers on most of this, in particular giving us more tools for more Mirror Glassware integration, not less. I think having QR tied more directly to the callback system could be beneficial, tho even just giving better ways for a QR to be sent directly to our Glassware (and do the QR processing on the server side) would even be helpful in a lot of ways.Wayne May – 2013-08-06 12:25:07-0400A few of those will be possible once the GDK rolls out.Sam Aybar – 2013-08-06 14:50:47-0400Love the barcode scanner idea in particular (given my #ifihadglass  idea).

In the meantime, I’ve been wondering if there are any free webservices that can take an image of a barcode and decode it. Have you come across any +Keith I Myers +Allen Firstenberg ? (The big problem being you don’t know whether your code has been read when you shoot the picture to share.)Keith I Myers – 2013-08-06 14:58:01-0400+Sam Aybar , it would actually make more sense for Glass to decode and return it as a numerical UPC value for Barcodes or Strings for QR Codes prior to sending it to the server. This is how most barcode applications work. Allen Firstenberg – 2013-08-06 15:18:42-0400+Keith I Myers – While this is true for a specific case, the general tool (of being able to capture a picture and quickly send it to an endpoint) may be useful for other scenarios. This is why I’m mixed on having the QR specific function in Glass itself. (Tho it is already there, and has some merits to having more direct support.)

I actually pondered, at one point, if QR codes could be used as a good way to provide limited (in terms of time) authorizaion to Glassware. There are downsides to it, but I think this approach has some potential to address some problems in a very “glassy” way.

+Sam Aybar – I looked into the issue. There are certainly some libraries available that can do the QR parsing based on a picture. This issue gets discussed in the glass community every so often, and the problem isn’t so much with having a library to parse it, it is with getting a good enough image to process. (And since I’m not looking it up at the moment, it may very well be you doing it… {: )Teresa Zazenski – 2013-08-07 17:12:25-0400You’re first paragraph won me over +Keith I Myers – I’ll add all those features to XE9. Totally kidding. I don’t have that kind of power, but I will past your feedback along to the team. You can drop the cookies and milk off in Mountain View.

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