Google invites devs for a peek at Project Glass

Google invites devs for a peek at Project Glass

Summary: Google is giving a select group of developers the first chance to experiment with its wearable Glass platform.

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Later this month Google will give a select group of developers a first peak at the framework they will use to build applications for the wearable glasses being developed under Project Glass.

Google on Tuesday sent out the invite for the two-day hackathon to developers who had ordered the $1,500 'Explorer Edition' of the glasses that were on offer to attendees at last July’s Google I/O conference.

Google is calling the hackathons in New York and San Francisco the 'Glass Foundry'. Over the course of the two days, developers will get an early look at Google's Mirror API for the glasses and get to view a "lively round of demos" with some special guest judges.

Members of Google's developer relations team described the API as "a collection of RESTful web services" that will allow developers to build using familiar languages, such as PHP, Python or Java.

Recently, the company has been working on making both the software and hardware behind the glasses "more robust", head of Google's Glass project, Babak Parviz, said earlier this month.

The headset that Google showed off at I/O sported a built-in compass and accelerometer and supported video and audio, however more recently the company has been working on adding call and voice command features, and has already added a touchpad to allow users to change settings.

A consumer version of product of the device is not expected to be available until at least 2014.

Topics: Google, Software Development

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  • Did someone say Python support for Glass?

    Great, now I need another cold shower...

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