Slide 2: The Who, What, Why, Where, How of Google Glass

(Take me to the beginning of these slides, from my Society for Health Systems Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference presentation on Google Glass and health IT workflow, immediately before HIMSS14. Text accompanying slides is colloquial because it was transcribed from audio recording.)


The first part of this presentation follows Kipling’s six servants.

I keep six honest serving-men
(They taught me all I knew);
Their names are What and Why and When
And How and Where and Who.

Who, what, why, when, where, and how is Glass?

Note that I modeled these Power Point slides on Google Glass’s own user interface and user interface guidelines, which I’ll cover later. The emphasis in on minimalism, just the info and options you need when you need it, and never otherwise. In fact, this slide is busier than most Glass cards. A glass card is often just an image and a phrase, such as a music album cover and that name of a song. The home screen is just the time and “OK Glass” in quotes, meaning that is the command to initiate a conversation with Glass. The virtual dog ear in the upper right means that we can tap on this card and drill down to a bundle of cards.

In fact, I was tempted to do this presentation directly from Glass, using cards as slides. I create an Glassware app that even allowed me to point with a cursor controlled by head gestures. I ultimately decided too much could go wrong, not with Glass, but with the several video cables and video interfaces that’d be involved.

Where all of these slides have “Just Now” in the lower right Glass usually tells you how long ago the card was inserted into your timeline. Sweeping your finger along the temple touch pad moves card focus along the time line. The timeline even has momentum, as lists have on smartphones, so you can, in a couple quick swipes, move through hundreds of cards.

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