Archive for April, 2013

Google Glass: How will users who wear spectacles use Google Glass?

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

A question that I asked myself,  Google Glass: How will users who wear spectacles use Google Glass?

Answer:

Users who wear spectacles will need to purchase custom designer frames that mount the corrective optics to the glass hardware. Example:

Google has publicly stated that the factory-standard aluminum band is easily detachable from the core electronics. This implies that the core electronics can be attached to any number of third-party OEM frames. It is highly likely that upon public launch, several designer eye-wear brands will release “Glass-compatible” frames.

A similar approach is implemented by Recon Instruments for their I/O Recon heads-up-display for skiers and snowboarders.

UPDATES:
Isabelle Olssen, chief industrial designer on the project, is quoted as saying:

We ideally want Project Glass to work for everyone, and we’re  experimenting with designs that are meant to be extendable to different  types of frames. Many of our team members wear glasses, too, so it’s  definitely something we’re thinking about.

 

EPBD changes affecting Part L in 2013

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Approved Document L – Conservation of fuel and power

The current version of ‘Approved Document L: Conservation of fuel and power’ is split into four parts, click the links below to access the individual parts or the archived versions:

EPBD changes affecting Part L in 2013

DCLG has published the 2013 Amendments to Approved Documents for use with a number of current Approved Documents.

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The changes listed in this document for Approved Documents L1a, L1B, L2A, L2B are made to take account of a recast of the European Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (Directive 2010/31/EU) with amended guidance for:

  • Energy Performance Certificates that comes into force on 9 January 2013; (all 4 ADLs)
  • the analysis of high efficiency alternative systems for new buildings occupied by public authorities on 9 January 2013 and for all other new buildings on 9 July 2013; (ADL1A and ADL2A)
  • the major renovation of existing buildings that comes into force for buildings occupied by public authorities on 9 January 2013 and for all buildings on 9 July 2013. (ADL1B and ADL2B)

The changes also take account of the introduction of a new Approved Document 7 that comes into effect on 1 July 2013, this has been updated to reflect the European Construction Products Regulation which will come fully into force on 1 July 2013. (common to all ADLs and other ADs)