Myo allows you to control Google Glass using hand gestures

Thalmic Labs has created a product that allows you to control devices by simply using hand gestures.  The Myo is an elastic armband that detects hand gestures based on muscle movements in the forearm.  Myo has been integrated with several different products already, ranging from computers, to drones.  Now it’s been recently integrated with Google Glass.

The purpose of this device is allow users to have rich interactions with their wearable device in environments where loud noise prohibits voice control, such as construction sites.  Or environments where gloves prohibit touch gestures, such as a doctors office.  There are a few benefits of using this device to communicate and interact with Glass, especially in the enterprise sector.  We’ll see how widely adopted this device will be in the next coming months.

Myo is available for pre-order now.  The consumer version of Myo will ship in September for $149.

Source: 9to5googlethalmic

Scan QR codes on Glass with QR Lens

Google uses QR codes in Wi-Fi setup on Glass however natively scanning QR codes is not supported. Glass Explorer and Developer Jonathan Warner developed a QR code scanner for Glass that goes by the name of QR Lens.

QR Lens is a very simple concept that many have executed for smartphones for years, however this is the first QR code scanner application I have seen built for Glass. Warner made a short demo video showing off how painless his application is to use.

The app uses the voice command “Ok Glass, Recognize this” to launch the QR scanner which is also used for official Glassware MusiXmatch and Shazam.

Like with many third party Glassware you will have to sideload the app via ADB on your computer. If you need a tutorial or a refresher, you can refer to our list of guides which supports both Mac and Windows. You can download QR Lens at the link below.

Source: QR Lens




Learn to develop for Google Glass at GGDevCon

GGDevCon is a technical conference for developers about programming for Google Glass. It takes place October 27 & 28 in the San Francisco Bay Area and if you register before July 11, you’ll save $350.

This intensive technical conference for developers, software engineers and architects will train you how to master the Google Glass Development Kit and create outstanding Glassware.

Classes include GDK, Mirror API, and transitioning from Android development to writing Glassware. Guest speakers include Cecilia Abadie, Allen Firstenberg and more. For more information, visit the GGDevCon site at http://www.GGDevCon.com.

Are you in the Bay Area and attending the conference? Drop us a comment if you are!

Source: GGDevCon, Cecilia Abadie

Spencer Kleyweg contributed to this post.

New TweetCinema Glassware in development provides heads-up Twitter trends

Have a first date or perhaps an important meeting with somebody that you want to impress? Stay up-to-date with all the latest trends and current events with a new social intelligence app called TweetCinema.

You’ll know exactly whats happening in the world in 10 seconds with images and trends names lightening fast in real time.

Previously just an iOS and Android app, TweetCinema has now been developed for Google Glass — giving the user small but useful tidbits of trending topics right in the heads-up display. At a glance you can be caught up with current events on Glass.

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Creator of the new Glassware posted some information about the app on Reddit to which they state this is only the first version of the app. As time progresses we should see improvements and tweaks that make this app more polished. Until then, if you want to download the app hit up the Reddit source link below.

I just finished coding this real time app that visually shows you trends in real time as they happen – think of it as a way to get the news rapidly in photos in a few seconds right in your eye… I used it like before i hang out with friends or before going to bar trivia, or even a meeting just so I know a quick visual recap of the current events happening right that second – in other words – increase my social intelligence!

Since this is not an official Glassware, you will have to sideload the app onto Glass. If you haven’t sideloaded before or need clarification check out of guides for both Mac and Windows. You can download the app via the TweetCinema website.

Sources: Reddit, TweetCinema

A quick look at Google-provided authentication in GDK Glassware

As a software developer of Google Glass software, one of the ongoing challenges I’ve faced is the authentication of users in GDK Glassware.  Glassware built using the Mirror API had native authentication methods from the beginning, but with side-loaded GDK apps, each developer has been left to their own devices when authentication to a web service was needed.

This has led to varied approaches for GDK authentication against a web service: scanning of QR codes, entering a code displayed after authentication, or the extreme measure of connecting a bluetooth keyboard to your Glass device just to enter your credentials.  Needless to say, all of these methods are a bit of a hassle.

Now Google has published a solution for user authentication against a web service in GDK Glassware.  The following diagram, published on Google’s developers page under GDK authentication, explains the process:

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As you can see, when users enable your Glassware in MyGlass they are redirected to your sign-in page for your associated web service.  Then, your web service validates the user via Mirror API using the user’s Google credentials.  This is also the step where you will present the user with the specific permissions you are requesting (aka incremental authentication).  Finally, Mirror API sends the user’s account information to the user’s Glass device.  Now your GDK Glassware can access the associate web service on behalf of the validated user account via the AccountManager object in the GDK.

Google’s published approach to GDK Glassware and web service authentication is a huge time saver and definitely the way it should be done.  Currently, the only drawback is Google’s limitation on utilizing this method.  According to Google:

Currently, you can only test and use this API after we’ve uploaded your APK to MyGlass, which happens during the review process.

That’s right!  Before you can even test this approach, your GDK Glassware must be submitted for review to MyGlass.  This, of course, means the whole time you beta test your Glassware, you still need to use an alternative web service authentication method.  However, once beta testing is finished, Google will permit you to submit your Glassware for review with the stipulation that you still need to test authentication.  You can even request a whitelist of Google users for testing purposes.

In the end, Google’s solution for GDK Glassware authentication is the perfect solution we’ve been waiting on.  Thanks Google!

Source: Google Developers Site

Analyze written text with Reader for Google Glass

Everybody reading this has had that moment in school where they needed to remember important facts or notes for a test. Perhaps you need clarification on a word or sentence. There are many methods of going about this such as flashcards or looking in dictionaries however, Reader for Google Glass is adding one more method to that list.
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Vibrand is a product discovery app for Google Glass

APIs are emerging from current software development for web applications. The trick to accelerating the adoption of APIs and reaping the massive value they can create has been convincing skeptics, and APIs have been proven over and over to be a transformative force. Continue reading “Vibrand is a product discovery app for Google Glass”

Accelerate the Glassware approval process with ‘Grow’

Grow allows you to search for and vote on apps that you would like to see developed for Google Glass.

A new website will allow you to vote on your favorite Glassware to help Google see that there is an interest among Explorers for certain apps. Grow’s goal is to accelerate the growth of the Google Glass platform. Grow was created by Glass Explorer and Shop X co-founder Ryan Kopinsky. Continue reading “Accelerate the Glassware approval process with ‘Grow’”

Good idea or horrible idea? Google DRAW stylus concept for Glass

Google’s Glass is a head-mounted computer trying to cure the common problem of digital separation from the day-to-day and the scoliosis-causing looking down at smartphones. Although using voice commands on Glass is both helpful and easy, you may land in a situation where you don’t want to speak to use Glass. A concept by the name of Google DRAW can help with just that. Continue reading “Good idea or horrible idea? Google DRAW stylus concept for Glass”