48 hours with Google Glass

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A couple weeks back I was able to borrow Google Glass for 48 hours, and I wanted to maximize my time – so besides sleeping (and showering) – I wore them non-stop. Even when my wife kept asking “Are you really going to wear those out?” and my kids saying “Where did you get those cool glasses!” (they still ask about them) – I wore them, talked to them, tapped them, and scrolled through the virtual interface floating in front of my face.

There is no better way to share something than with photos – so here are 48 hours of photos and videos from Glass:
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LTE made me do it…

I was wondering if LTE on the iPhone 5 would change my mobile internet consumption habits. Here in the Dallas area I’ve seen speeds that just about equal my Verizon Fios service. And the below was without Facetime being enabled (still hoping it will come to grandfathered plans!).

I’m wondering what has changed? I can view more, faster? Not as timid about watching streaming videos on the go? Whatever it is, I’d be surprised as iPhone 5 usage goes up, the LTE network doesn’t start to drag. Guess we’ll see how it fares in Austin during SXSW next year :-)

Game On! Gamification @ Big Design 2011

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I’m a little behind on this, but it’s always interesting to look back. In 2011 I gave a talk to a couple local groups and at the Big Design Conference on Gamification. We were hot off the heals of SXSW, where we had a great many talks, startups, and guests from the gaming world. But after more than a year, it’s still gaining ground, and we’ve yet to see the hockey stick growth in adoption – but I think it’s still coming.
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I think AT&T is trying to break up with me

A good number of people I know have gotten “the text message”. You know, the one that tells you – “Hey you, quit hogging all the bandwidth, why don’t you use more Wi-Fi and stay out of my yard”. Yes, I love to be told by a company that I’m using their services, which I pay for, so much I need to be punished.
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Tintin in America


I’ve been a fan since I found Tintin as a child in my local library in Noblesville, IN. I used to check them out over and over again, and I can still remember the torn pages of a book that’s been on the shelf way too long. I’ve been able to pass on the joy of reading Tintin to my 7 year old – who loves the adventure, laughs at the well timed slapstick humor – and mimics the Captain’s endearing outbursts.
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Why I followed Gowalla like a teenage girl follows Justin Bieber

I’m Gowalla user #91. They’re at about 2 million now. But, alas… they are no more. I’ve been easing into the idea for months now – my slow decline in usage started with a series of events: taking away my (yes my) icons, demoting check-ins, and my social graph moving on to other apps/sites. Gowalla is one of my first true “must have services” that have disappeared. Why am I sad, because Gowalla was meaningful to me.
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Gamification 101 @ Refresh Dallas this week


Back in July I gave a talk during Big Design’s Gaming track on… what else, but one of the hottest UX topics around: Gamification. This was kind of a Gamification 101, to get everyone tuned into what’s going on, what people are doing with it, where you can learn more, etc… With over 150 slides of Gamification goodness – you got a good high-level view – and I’m giving the 101 again – with some updated tweaks at this month’s Refresh Dallas.
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