thad starner

thad stamer br

first introduction to him:

reduce the time larry page

ar – having computer info with you at the right time and place – having stuff with you so that you can walk around in a free manner

now it often means registered version

wearable computing – system designed to be used – while you’re doing other things… on your body – secondary interface

14 – the ability to pull things up – to remember things

14:48 – looks at what you are typing and pulls up things that relate – telling you you have much more knowledge – reminding you of what you’ve forgotten – reload so to speak

16:36 – like what social networks do but much more real time

17 – the intellectual collective – the crowd presents

18:50 – oh wait – that’s brad’s memory – not mine

19:50 – how seamlessly brad integrated – as if it was his own memory – he could own it – all these memories shared – passively

21:20 – on multi-tasking – if it’s on the same subject – it actually keeps you focused

[ah… perhaps the more you see in fractals – and see so many things the same – the more you can appear to be multi-tasking]

24:22 – having a transparent screen – allows others to participate

25 – Larry Page said it best – google glass ..

reduces the time between intention and action

Thad’s take on the most amazing aspect – a wearable supercomputer at 45 grams

30 – ability to converse with others while doing other things – with intention – like dashboard of car –

[life becomes prep mode – no?]

33 – huge – didn’t want to live behind the lens of a camera – wanted to live my life. but now – since it’s part of me – i take them all the time – that speed – going from intention to action – anytime i want to remember something – click – that’s life changing

34:20 – split second interactions with support

change how you interact with the world – frees you up

46 – passive learning of these mechanical skills

47 – ability to refresh

52 – ar in education

best advice – prototype, iterate


find/follow Thad’s work:

thad's site

his cv


jan 2014:

thad on 20 yrs


“Glass is much more honest than what you’re wearing now,” he said to one onlooker. “I’m referring to your cell phone. You do not know if you’re recording me. Let me say that again: You do not know if you’re recording me. Your phone can be turned on remotely by your service provider. China has admitted to doing this. The FBI has admitted to doing this. It’s a service that’s been built into cell phones since the 1980s.” 



Alex Hayes

Clive Thompson – great insight – specifically on Thad and his glasses

Clive on Thad Starner:

Perhaps most interesting is his distinction between the psychology of finding something and refinding it. If he’s alone and doing research, he’ll use his wearable to google documents, just like any of us sitting at a computer. But when he’s talking to someone, he’ll mostly just ping his notes; he searches online much less often. That’s because his notes are his personal semantic stores; he’s recuing facts, refreshing the details of what he already generally knows. That process is fast and doesn’t distract. But trying to imbibe a new fact requires focus and attention, so he avoids doing it while in conversation.

Starner doesn’t think his use of on-tap recall has eroded his own memory. “It’s actually the opposite,” he argues. His recall of arcane is strengthened by repetition. “If you pull up the same fact seven or eight times, eventually you’ve been reencountering it so often that you wind up remembering it unaided,” he says. That is indeed what technological pioneers envisioned in their dreamy, visionary manifestos.

He uses it his wearable only to look up information that augments a conversation he’s having.

[have to find yet – must be in his book – about his first f to f with Thad]

Jerry Michalski


wear able ness