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Developing Apps for Google’s Wearable Equipment—Google Glass

14 Jul Developing Apps for Google’s Wearable Equipment—Google Glass

First Launch Only for Selects

Looking at the classy features of Google’s new head-mounted computer, Google Glass, I was more than anxious to debit my bank account by $1,500 to fancy my skull with this hottest gadget. However, the strings of hope were cut down when the update flashed: This link was created to accommodate potential Explorers who were still in the pipeline from last week’s sale. We’re shutting it down shortly. As always, we will continue to experiment with ways to expand the Explorer program in the weeks and months ahead.

Yes, with all models now sold out as per the latest update, Google is accepting orders for its stylish head strap mount computer only for those buyers (to complete their purchasing procedure) who had joined the “one day” exclusive sale dated April 15, 2014. Unfortunately, the Glass store still displays “closed” for general public and we are eagerly waiting to see the “open” signboard until now. Nonetheless, Google Glasses applications development is still a hot topic among developers worldwide.

Principles to Follow for Glassware Designing

Google has made it quite clear with its guidelines on how to go about the process of building Glassware that will allow the users to enjoy the best possible experience. Turning to the “Principles (Design)” page of Google Developers portal, I came across these Google Glass team recommended principles for app designing. We as developers should be acquainted with these guiding principles to enhance our Google Glasses apps development to create apps that extend the usability of Glass.

  • Design for Glass
  • Don’t get in the way
  • Keep it relevant
  • Avoid the unexpected
  • Build for people

Suggestions on Programming Languages

With popular programming languages available viz., Objective-C, Ruby, and Go, I was desperate to find out the best suited ones to further my Glassware development plans. Well, there they are – Python and Java! Google boldly suggests using either of these sophisticated languages for producing new-age and innovative apps for the forthcoming Glasses. Java App Engine SDK, Apache Maven, and Java 1.6 should give a good direction to your Google Glasses apps development in an IDE such as Eclipse.

The Newborn “Glass at Work”

Besides all the good talk about Google Glass, my ears also heard some negative buzz about this wearable technology. A few business firms have rejected the idea of employing Glass in their daily operations while some have found it to be a “cool” wearable technology for their employees. Of course, Google wants its reach to spread even in the business sector as it has been successful in doing so in other sectors. Glass at Work, a new program, is generally figured out as an effort to achieve this objective by providing capable tools and tech support for various business companies.

Your Google Glasses applications development will be on the right track if your follow the starter project of Google Mirror API. It will enlighten you about the detailed functionality of Mirror API, which is an initial step towards Glassware development.

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