by Ned T. Sahin and John Bowler.
Welcome, fellow Glass Explorer!
Congratulations – you have been invited to apply for our beta program.
Paint My World is glassware that enhances your world and lets you share snapshots – just for fun:
Snapshots of the MA statehouse taken from within PaintMyWorld while flipping through the Paint modes.
Oh, and then there is the John Malkovich mode, which turns everyone facing you into Malkovich!
(This will make more sense if you saw the movie).
Paint My World is not just about the snapshots you can take, but the real-time video experience. You can get some sense from this screencast recording, taken while I was coding it:
Also, check out this video – a cool one from San Francisco:
Apply here for the beta program.
Why might you want PaintMyWorld?
Without PaintMyWorld, Google Glass lets you take a picture or video of the world, how you would naturally see it, and store it so you can experience it later.
With Paint My World you get the experience now: viewing the world in real time, and in a way that you could never otherwise see it — re•painted.
It is simple, whimsical fun; and immediate gratification! 🙂
Why did we make PaintMyWorld?
We are a team of neuroscientists, neurologists, coders, engineers, educators, and others, making brain-based educational and wellbeing software for Google Glass. We needed to gain access to the Glass camera and determine if we could process the low-level camera data, as part of a larger project.
In early fall, 2013, John wrote the core code: to grab the low-level video stream and transform into a cartoon using some cool libraries. This was purely for internal purposes, as a proof-of-concept demo. Interestingly, however, everyone on the team who tried it thought it was really cool, and really fun.
Then we tried it on others. Same thing – other Glass users (and eve Glass Guides) thought it was fun. Ned got the idea to turn it into actual Glassware when more explorers kept asking for a copy of our little demo. It seemed like a nice way to share something with the Glass community sooner than later, while we at Brain Power continue work on our longer-term neuro-assistive tools.
So, Ned coded a bunch more paint modes, John wrestled with and solved some key challenges in the code, and then John and Ned worked on some other features … and Paint My World was born! Then we sat on it for a few months while Brain Power concentrated on the larger projects. Finally, we want to release it!
Beta: to make it really fun for everyone, we are inviting a few explorers to be beta testers. We will count on you to find the bugs, and to suggest new features.
Why else might you want PaintMyWorld?
Paint My World is something fun to do with Glass, to pass the time.
Paint My World is also something fun to show, when you pass the Glass!
We find that when people see Glass they often want to try it on, but they don’t know what to do with it or how to use it; and the texts and photos you have on there can be kind of personal. Sometimes, if you tell them to ask Google something or get directions they don’t know what to ask and just freeze up and get a bit embarrased. Sometimes, network connectivity is down and most features don’t work. Therefore, for an instant demo of Glass, just launch Paint My World and give it to your new friend that way: there is a good chance that (s)he will immediately smile and say “That’s SO cool!”. Feels nice to get that reaction. And it is good for Glass, too.
Go ahead, try it!
(Apply for the beta.)
Some more examples: these were series of images taken on the train and on the street. When I uploaded them, Google worked its “auto-awesome” magic…
note: to learn to make your own auto-awesome like animated GIFs, with free software, see Antonio Herrera’s tutorial.
- Starting the Glassware:
- Launch with “OK, Glass, Paint My World…”.
- Then choose your initial mode, for instance “…as a Cartoon”.
- Look around your world, and enjoy the new view.
- Changing modes:
- With one finger, tap or swipe for a menu of visual modes.
- You will see mode names, one at a time. Swipe to scroll them, and tap to select.
- Malkovich mode:
- In this mode, look directly at your friends who are facing you, in good lighting, and their faces will suddenly become John Malkovich’s face!
- Capture Pictures:
- You can take pictures of what you see! Share with friends, or just record life, re•painted.
- Pressing the camera button takes a picture.
- Tapping the touchpad with two fingers simultaneously takes a picture.
- Touching and holding with two fingers records a short video. [feature currently disabled.]
- While video is disabled, I have mapped this gesture to an ultra-burst of pictures (20). Thus, two-touch-and-hold for a series of 20 shots.
- Tapping with three fingers takes a burst of 5 pictures.
- Touching and holding with three fingers takes a burst of 10 pictures. (This is good for a motion series or to move your head and capure what you see all around you.)
- Animated Gifs! If you upload series of images to your Google+ account (which you can do privately), the “auto-awesome” system will turn them into animated files like the ones just above. Or follow beta-tester Antonio Herrera’s tutorial to make GIFs on any computer. Fun!
- Please share some photos and GIFs on Google+, and include #paintmyworld and +Paint My World. Our favorites will get re-shared on the +Paint My World page. Show the other beta testers what you have created!
- Some modes, like impressionistic, rock some serious math. They run Glass’s CPU to the max and can be slow.
- Glass gets all hot and bothered after some minutes of this and needs to breathe, so for now you can’t paint your whole life.
- Don’t use it while driving … or while free-climbing the half-dome.
- It has Google Analytics built in.
- It is beta – we want your feedback; and your patience!
- Pictures you take used to show up in your timeline, but XE16 broke the code for that and I have not devoted the time to fix it.
- Your pictures live in a folder called PaintMyWorld next to the folder for regular camera pictures.
- Specifically: /mnt/sdcard/DCIM/PaintMyWorld/, or if you connect e.g. via Windows, just Glass:/DCIM/PaintMyWorld.
- Glass tends not to rescan or index pictures very often, so you might not see your pictures until you reboot Glass if you are using the Windows file manager (ADB should always work). We have no control over this yet, but hopefully a future Glass/GDK update will help.
- OK, have fun! Enjoy your Painted World!
Get Your Copy!
Thanks for your interest! Apply here for a free beta APK of Paint My World (PMW):