Google Glass Demands Attention Even Though Hands-Free

Google Glass in action. (Photo by flickr user EricaJoy via cc by sa 2.0)
Google Glass in action. (Photo by flickr user EricaJoy via cc by sa 2.0)

Mitigating the high hopes some have for Google Glass and other wearable interactive media, new research indicates that the attention we direct to the information in a projected display (such as Google Glass) is sufficient distraction to endanger the person’s navigating or other activities.

Google Glass is intended to reduce problems such as trying to walk safely while also glancing down at a smartphone, and does so by putting the display in the corner of the lens of a pair of glasses. Similar thinking goes into designs for hands-free controls for phones in cars, and heads-up displays for pilots in planes.

However, research indicates that people can be so focused on thoughts or communication that they fail to notice obvious objects in their field of view.

Furthermore, we also tend to stretch our normal safe threshold for taking our eyes off the path ahead when we are involved in a communication task such as texting. To read about this research and more details on its implications for Google Glass and related technologies, see this New York Times article, “Is Google Glass Dangerous?”.

Regulating What We Eat: Helpful or Harmful?

How many of these do you drink in a week? Photo by Flickr user Majiscup via CC.

On Tuesday the Walt Disney Company made an announcement at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.  First Lady Michelle Obama was on hand to offer supporting remarks. Piggybacking on their Magic of Healthy Living program, Disney is taking further steps to inspire Americans to make healthy food choices, from food choices at their parks and resorts…to their branded food products marketed in grocery stores…to their choices in advertising in their media when it targets children under age 12.

Disney plans to impose strict self-imposed nutrition standards on the foods being advertised during programming for children under age 12 on all of the Walt Disney Company’s television stations, which includes ABC, ABC Family, The Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior, and ESPN‘s multiple networks. The plan is for this to go into effect in 2015.

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It May Be Time to Get a Scientific Tattoo

Photo: Kevin Bonham

Having lived in several different states, I’ve heard many different philosophies when it comes to tattoos. A young friend of mine from Missouri once described to me a person who had many tattoos, and said, “You know…like a bad guy!”

I had to chuckle to myself, as we were sitting around the fire pit behind my house in New York and most of the people I knew in New York – young, old, rich, poor, liberal, conservative – had a tattoo somewhere on their body. Neighborhoods and cultures differ, depending on where you happen to reside.

But I think most of us here on GeekMom can agree that this recent slide show of science related tattoos are nothing, if not awesome. Forget the token butterfly or skull and crossbones. These are tattoos worth paying attention to. It makes me wonder what amazing picture (or concept) I’d choose to carry around on my body, once I got brave enough to go under the knife.

GeekDad did a post, a few years ago, about many of the places you can find science related, geeky (and awesome!) tattoo ideas. With a recent slideshow, offered by The New York Times, I thought maybe it was time to revisit this seldom discussed aspect of living a creative life.

Do you have a tattoo? Is it related to your geeky hobbies? If so, tell us all about it!