22 February 2012

Google Gogs

 In the Suki series I introduced devices that I called "gogs", which were eyeglasses that served as the user's communication and computing devices.  A virtual image floated in front of the user and they interacted with it by "touching the air" in front of them, manipulating a virtual input device.  They also had earbuds for audio.  People would walk about jabbering, flailing their fingers in the air looking like dementia victims as they communicated, worked, and entertained themselves. Something like this, but in the 2030s:
(Oakleys)
When my character developer decided to work on a fanfiction story, she transferred this technology into contact lenses.  No doubt that will be reality long before the time-frame where the stories take place.

The 9to5Google.Com story follows:
We detailed the first information about the Google [x] Glasses project in December.
They are in late prototype stages of wearable glasses that look similar to thick-rimmed glasses that “normal people” wear.  However, these provide a display with a heads up computer interface.  There are a few buttons on the arms of the glasses, but otherwise, they could be mistaken for normal glasses.  Additionally, we are not sure of the technology being employed here, but it is likely a transparent LCD or AMOLED display such as the one demonstrated below:
In addition, we have heard that this device is not an “Android peripheral” as the NYT stated.  According to our source, it communicates directly with the Cloud over IP. Although, the “Google Goggles”  could use a phone’s Internet connection, through Wi-Fi or a low power Bluetooth 4.0.
The use-case is augmented reality that would tie into Google’s location services.  A user can walk around with information popping up and into display -Terminator-style- based on preferences, location and Google’s information.
Therefore, these things likely connect to the Internet and have GPS.  They also likely run a version of Android.
Since then, we have learned much more regarding Google’s glasses…
Our tipster has now seen a prototype and said it looks something like Oakley Thumps (below). These glasses, we heard, have a front-facing camera used to gather information and could aid in augmented reality apps. It will also take pictures. The spied prototype has a flash —perhaps for help at night, or maybe it is just a way to take better photos. The camera is extremely small and likely only a few megapixels.
The heads up display (HUD) is only for one eye and on the side. It is not transparent nor does it have dual 3D configurations, as previously speculated.
One really cool bit: The navigation system currently used is a head tilting-to scroll and click. We are told it is very quick to learn and once the user is adept at navigation, it becomes second nature and almost indistinguishable to outside users.
(As an aside, I built a head mouse as a Masters Thesis project a few years back that used head tilts to navigate and control menus. I am ready to collect royalties!)
I/O on the glasses will also include voice input and output, and we are told the CPU/RAM/storage hardware is near the equivalent of a generation-old Android smartphone. As a guess, we would speculate something like 1GHz ARM A8, 256MB RAM and 8GB of storage?  In any case, it will also function as a smartphone.
Perhaps most interesting is that Google is currently deciding on how it wants to release these glasses, even though the product is still a very long way from being finished. It is currently a secret with only a few geeky types knowing about it, and Google is apparently unsure if it will have mass-market appeal. Therefore, the company is considering making this a pilot program, somewhat like the Cr-48 Chromebooks last year.
Yes, Google might actually release this product as beta-pilot program to people outside of Google—and soon.
FYI Motorola’s got something cool in this area brewing as well (thanks commenter!).


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The Great Houston, Texas Obama Poem

If this is supposed to be a poetry lesson, then I am glad I suck at poetry:
Who really likes to play basketball?
Obama really likes to play basketball
Who’s gonna answer our every call?
Every Call, Basketball
Outside the box, Chicago White Sox
Resident, President
Who’s famous slogan is Yes we can?
Obams’s famous slogan is Yes we can
Who do we know is the man?
Barack Obama is the man
He’s our man, Yes we can!
Every Call, Basketvall
Outside the box, Chicago White Sox
Resident, President
Who won a grammy for “Dreams of my Father”?
Obama won a grammy for “Dreams of my Father”?
Now can you guess who’s a famous author
Barack Obama is a famous author
Via Parental Outrage Forces Houston School To Drop Pro-Obama Chant

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20 February 2012

Obama's Plans for Church and School?

Lunch nazis on the attack
A North Carolina preschooler this week got a taste of the brave new school-lunch world.

As the 4-year-old entered the lunchroom, the state lunch inspector (!!) examined her sack and found the contents to be in violation of US Department of Agriculture nutrition guidelines. Herr Lunch Lady summarily threw the offending meal — including a homemade turkey sandwich, banana, chips and apple juice — into the trash; the girl was given a school-lunch meal consisting of . . . chicken nuggets.
The Left has been "warning" us about National Socialism (they call all of that fascism) for ages.  The problem is, they never bother warning anybody when they do it themselves.

The story above, even by the most  generous Leftist definition, is National Socialism.  Some government bureaucrat took a four year old child's lunch away, "gave" the child some government approved, commercially produced, chicken nuggets.  Then the government school employees sent the mother a bill for the Obama's chicken nuggets.

The Leftists would have us believe that some "corporation" forced the government to do this.  Now, just how plausible is that when the government controls the police force? More to the point, now that "the right people" like Obama are in charge, why is this sort of thing on the increase?

Within days of that incident, President Barrack Hussein Obama announced that all places of worship would be required (forced) to provide contraceptives and abortions, regardless of their objection against birth control.
Obama birth control plan angers church Roman Catholic church angry after US president orders it to offer its employees free contraceptive coverage. - Aljazeera
In the 1930s, Hitler tried to nationalize churches too.  In case you are unaware of what that means, Hitler (with Ludwig Müller) tried to tell various religions what they were to do for the National Socialist State.  It did not work out so well.  Also, if that is supposed to be evidence that Hitler was a Christian in his adult life, then absolutely anything counts as evidence of, well, absolutely anything these days.

Obama's most recent attempt at directly nationalizing places of worship failed too, but he had a backup plan at the ready.  He ordered all insurance companies to provide contraceptives, including those owned and operated by Catholic, Jewish, and Islamic organizations that service only those religious institutions.

Again, an adage about the Socialists is appropriate here, they like word games. When they got enough resistance from infringing on religious freedom, they targeted federally required insurance programs and *poof* they are no longer ordering Mosques what to do, they are only telling insurance companies what to do.  Either way, it is still National Socialism and this episode is definitely Hitlerian.

So, what is next in the Obama regime's goose-stepping march over individual rights on the way to the next election?  One can speculate something along these lines for school lunches.  Of course, that is not ordering people what to do, it is just providing much needed birth control for preschoolers.  If their condoms and chewable birth control pills don't work, they can always get some RU-486 at communion.
Obama actually believes that Jesus would approve of his National Socialist blending of government and religion.  Here is a clip of him at the National Prayer Breakfast, February 3rd, 2012: (full transcript | Download Video: mp4 (216MB) | mp3 (21MB))

But while I petition God for a whole range of things, there are a few common themes that do recur. The first category of prayer comes out of the urgency of the Old Testament prophets and the Gospel itself. I pray for my ability to help those who are struggling. Christian tradition teaches that one day the world will be turned right side up and everything will return as it should be. But until that day, we're called to work on behalf of a God that chose justice and mercy and compassion to the most vulnerable.

We've seen a lot of hardship these past two years. Not a day passes when I don't get a letter from somebody or meet someone who’s out of work or lost their home or without health care. The story Randall told about his father -- that's a story that a whole lot of Americans have gone through over these past couple of years.

Sometimes I can't help right away. Sometimes what I can do to try to improve the economy or to curb foreclosures or to help deal with the health care system -- sometimes it seems so distant and so remote, so profoundly inadequate to the enormity of the need. And it is my faith, then, that biblical injunction to serve the least of these, that keeps me going and that keeps me from being overwhelmed. It’s faith that reminds me that despite being just one very imperfect man, I can still help whoever I can, however I can, wherever I can, for as long as I can, and that somehow God will buttress these efforts.

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