Thursday, April 10, 2014

A summer of baseball productivity experiment

Since last summer, I've been on a semi-constant search for "noise" generators to help improve my productivity. I think I first came across the concept of background noise being used to help improve concentration, and thus productivity, when I ran across focus@will and coffitivity.com. Apparently studies have been done to show that the background noise generated in a typical coffee shop can help you stay focused on a task that requires some mental concentration. Meanwhile, focus@will operates on the theory that certain types of music are more suitable for certain types of situations, like trying to focus on a task.

It doesn't stop with coffee shops though. There are all kinds of sound generators out there, not only to aid concentration and focus, but to help people relax, fall asleep, and probably other stuff. My favorites tend to be the sounds of thunderstorms or rain.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

A Google Glass, Indiegogo update

Just sharing a couple things I've run across as I try to get myself more up to speed on Google Glass while my Indiegogo campaign continues.

Yesterday, the Livestream service announced the availability of streaming live events from Google Glass using their new app. All it will take is a simple command, "OK Glass, Livestream". I think that could be pretty useful for me. I could do things like stream portions of a soccer games so folks could watch what is happening in real time. I know last year during some State Cup matches those who were present had to text updates to those who had to be in other places. I can also see using this for some MINI events possibly just to be able to share the fun we have.

I also ran across a funny parody of Google Glass you can check out below. Hopefully I won't turn out like this!


If you want to help out with my campaign, be sure to hit the Indiegogo site. It has been rather slow since the last update, although great progress has already been made. If you can't help financially, keep spreading the word. It is much appreciated.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Crowd funding Google Glass

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I got this posted on Facebook and Google+ and Twitter, but figured I better add it here on the blog. I've received an invite to be an "Explorer" in the Google Glass beta program. That's the good news. The bad news is this means I need to come up with the $1,500 needed to purchase the device.

Since Google in their own post about Glass myths says some people have used crowd funding to pay for Glass, I thought I might give it a try. In fact, it was that bit of information that got me to sign up for Google Glass. I thought I might have a few months before getting accepted (if I even got accepted). Instead, it was a few days.

To try to make it happen, I decided to setup a project on Indiegogo. Hopefully enough people will decide to help make this happen as I really would like to take advantage of the opportunity.