Google, Glass and Gallimore

A UVa-Wise student has recently introduced a piece of Silicon Valley to the UVa-Wise campus that for the majority of the world is still unknown.

In early November, se­nior computer science and software engineering major Dakota Gallimore applied for and received one of the 10,000 testing slots in the world for the Google Glass, a wearable computer product that will re­lease next year.

Gallimore, who also serves as webmaster for The Highland Cavalier, applied for the product on the basis he would develop a real-time lan­guage translator and offer tu­torials for when Google Glass launches.

“Instead of asking how to say something to a different person you’ll actually be able to understand what they’re saying and then say, ‘How do I say this back?’ and it will tell you how to say it back to them,” Gallimore said.

Gallimore said the real-time language translator, which he’s dubbed Language Loop, has already worked for Spanish, French, English and German. He said he’s current­ly testing Chinese, Japanese and Korean and hopes to have seven languages at the prod­uct’s release.

Some challenges do exist for Gallimore in creating an app for a product not yet re­leased.

“They give developers a sneak peek of what it can do, so they can go ahead and start programming apps for it but they don’t have full function­ality, so they can’t do every­thing,” he said.

Gallimore said the cre­ation of an app doesn’t de­termine whether or not it will be active in the Google store when Glass is released.

He said developers must adhere to a strict set of guide­lines so that the app doesn’t interfere with other Glass functions and is intuitive.

Gallimore said that with a new product like Glass, a whole new set of apps are needed and for developers like him it’s really a race to develop.

“[Google Glass] is basi­cally in its infancy,” he said. “All apps are starting over and it’s a ‘who gets there first’ type of situation.”

Gallimore said he’s per­sonally had some fun with Glass getting driving direc­tions, watching Youtube vid­eos and enjoying his favorite activity with the device, lis­tening to music.

“Always having a headset on is great and just whenever I’m feeling Christmas music I just say, ‘OK, Glass, listen to Christmas music,’ and it just automatically generates a playlist of Christmas music for me and plays it,” Gallimore said. “I don’t have to put anything in my ear; it has a speaker and uses bone conduction.”

UVa-Wise students have flocked to Gallimore, amazed about the new tech­nology.

“They’re just genuinely curious,” Gallimore said. “When I let them try it on and they do it for the first time most of the time they just say, “OK, Glass, take a picture,’ and it does and their jaw just drops to the ground.”

Junior computer science major, Cyn­thia James, is one of those students who has been wowed by Google Glass and she says she hopes to be one of its future owners.

“It is seriously the coolest thing ever,” James said. “It’s still a work in progress, but getting to experience it first hand is awesome.”

Glass has wowed Gallimore and the student body, but, as with any pioneering product, he realizes there is some opposi­tion.

“People combated cell phones back in the day saying it was a big privacy problem and now people cannot live without them,” Gallimore said. “But whether you like it or not wearable computing is coming and it may not just be Google Glass. That’s just the next step.”

Gallimore said he thinks the pros definitely outweigh the cons with Glass.

Gallimore cited an example of a point of view knee surgery done over the summer where a surgeon wearing Glass was able to confer with other surgeons at a different location. Gallimore also added Glass’s ability to bring technology users back into a real social connection.

“Devices that are going to be more accom­modating to the human body and our lifestyles rather than having to accommodate within our lifestyle for the technology we use is the future,” he said. “With Glass, it’s built to be there when you want it and out of the way when you don’t.”

Gallimore said that in its early beginnings Google Glass is already a phenomenal tool and a window into the future, a future he can’t wait to see.

“What’s exciting is not what it can do today, but the possibilities of what we all can do with it tomorrow. That’s what’s really exciting about Google Glass,” he said.

Todd Galyean

Senior political science major Todd Galyean served as editor-in-chief for The Highland Cavalier for the fall semester of 2013. He previously served as new/features editor and opinion editor.

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