While working on a project last night, I stumbled across something I thought was pretty cool. In fact, I thought it was so cool that I decided to share it with all of you. Did you know that you can search Google using an image? Yep, whereas most people (myself included) search Google by typing keywords into the search box, you can actually perform searches using images instead. Before learning the neat little trick I’m about to share with you, I used to search for things in images by textually describing what was in the pictures. For example, whenever I am working on websites and need some information about a picture I am using in the page, I would head over to Google.com and search for whatever was in the picture. Now, I can perform searches even easier than trying to textually describe what is displayed in the image. I did a little research after stumbling across this and have found that there are actually 4 ways to search by image.
Ever since receiving my new Google Glass, I’ve been hard at work creating all kinds of new apps for it. Yesterday, I showed you a demo of an app I wrote that allows me to use my Glass to control my home automation system. Late last night, I wrote another app that allows me to use the built-in camera as a way to view stuff from a distance by zooming in on it. It’s just a simple app that takes whatever the camera sees and shows it on the Glass display. I know this doesn’t sound like much, but it could really be helpful for a lot of people. Imagine seeing something at a distance, but not having great eye sight. All you would have to do is say, “Ok Glass, focus” and my app will launch. Once it is launched, you can swipe the touchpad to zoom in close enough to better see whatever it is that you’re looking at. Later tonight I’ll be adding the ability to take pictures and record videos using my app. I’ll be using this app as a starting base for building my computer vision apps that will allow me to do things like monitor traffic signs & signals, augmented reality, facial recognition, etc… Until then, here is the video of me demonstrating my super vision app with Google Glass.
Alrighty. As promised, I have created and uploaded a video to YouTube showing my Google Glass app controlling my home automation system. In this video, I demonstrate how I can turn my Christmas tree on & off using voice commands in Google Glass. As soon as I get the code to a shareable state, I’ll post it for all of you to download. I’ll also post the actual compiled app itself in case you’d like to try it for yourself without having to recompile the code.
Just minutes after posting my first article about my new Google Glass, I received an email from one of my readers telling me about a supposed Easter Egg hidden within Google Glass. So, armed with his instructions, I checked for myself to see if this Easter Egg existed and it did. Since I found this to be very cool, I went ahead and posted a video of it on YouTube and now I’m going to post the instructions for it here for all of you to checkout when you get your hands on Glass for the first time. Here are the instructions.
Here are this week’s articles:
- December 02, 2013: Notify Other Sites About Updates to Your Blog Using Python
- December 02, 2013: Cyber Monday
- December 03, 2013: Cronus Game Controller API Wrapper for C#
- December 04, 2013: Create Short URLs with Python and YOURLS
- December 05, 2013: Auto Generate Periodic Blog Post Roundups with Python
- December 06, 2013: Home Automation with X10, Insteon, & Python – Part 5
- December 07, 2013: Google Glass First Looks and Review