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This is What Google Glass Teaches Us

This is What Google Glass Teaches Us

Google Glass is an interesting concept that has made a lot of waves, if not a whole lot of sales. The emergence of the futuristic eyewear technology from one of the biggest software and hardware companies in the world has drawn a lot of attention from the media and tech fans, but since its introduction, Google Glass has been plagued with a number of missteps that now leave its future dubious. However, that doesn’t mean there isn’t a lot to learn from the history of Google Glass. Here are five lessons the wearable technology has taught us in the past few years.

1. Privacy still matters to people

Glasshole: A person who constantly talks to their Google Glass, ignoring the outside world.

That definition is courtesy of Urban Dictionary. It’s a pretty good one for the name given to Google Glass wearers by the unimpressed, but it leaves out probably the number one reason people are opposed to Glass: it invades their privacy. A Google Glass Explorer, the descriptor for someone who purchased an early (and expensive) version of the hardware, described being harassed in February of 2014 for wearing her Glass. Sarah Slocum went to a bar in San Francisco and, while showing it off, had her Google Glass literally taken off her face by someone unhappy with the new tech. She was able to recover her hardware but, when she went back inside the bar, she found that her purse had been stolen. There’s a really visceral reaction to Glass from a not-small percentage of people afraid of being recorded without their consent. The Bay Area incident is a fairly extreme example of the problems that can be caused if people feel like their privacy is being violated.

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2. Technology needs to be subtle

As amazing as the technology is, Google Glass still looks like you’re wearing a small computer on your face. That’s less than ideal, to say the least. The most successful products tend to be ones that fit seamlessly into people’s lives, instead of sticking out. A number of Google Glass owners say they’re leaving their Glass at home nowadays because they’re embarrassed to be seen in public with it.

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3. Third-Party support is crucial

One of the major occurrences that made people doubt the future of Google Glass was when Twitter stopped updating its app for its operated system. That’s the most prominent service to discontinue its support, but not the only one, and even more are likely to drop out if progress isn’t made soon. That so many people think this signals doom for Google Glass highlights how important it is that smart devices inspire confidence in those who are adding extra value to their product. Namely, the third-party software developers. In this case, Twitter lost hope in Google Glass, and that’s cause for concern. Be sure to inspire confidence in the people who provide value for you.

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4. You have to be patient

Google Glass probably debuted too early. It was released as a Beta product, with more than its share of software issues in the past two years. Even worse, the people Google disappointed were the ones most excited to use its product. The Glass Explorers who paid a lofty $1,500 for the privilege of owning a Google Glass before the rest of the world dealt with all the kinks that come with a beta and then some. Keep in mind that, either in the business world or your personal life, it’s often better to deliver something of high quality eventually than something of shoddy quality a little sooner.

5. Something doesn’t have to be successful to be inspirational

No, Google Glass wasn’t a success. But it certainly inspired developers to continue working on wearable technology. Google itself has their Android Wear, and the Apple Watch is supposed to come out at some point in 2015. Even though Google Glass doesn’t seem to have a bright future ahead of it (after all, creator Babak Parviz left the project and Google for a job at Amazon), the work was hardly in vain. Remember that, even if something you do doesn’t take off initially, some ideas just don’t die.

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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