news\ Jan 16, 2013 at 10:30 pm

Developers invited to 'hack' Google's Project Glass


Remember way back last year when Google unveiled its new Project Glass technology? Let me refresh your memory. Project Glass is a new piece of technology that displays all of the information you once received via smartphone directly in front of you in a see-through lens. This wearable device, which resembles eyeglasses, allows you to see everything from text messages to maps to reminders, and an early concept video showed the capabilities of having video chats, providing turn-by-turn directions, taking photos, and recording messages - all through simple voice commands.

Pretty impressive stuff? Of course, back then it was merely a concept. Now, it appears that concept is turning into reality as Google has invited those who signed up for the $1,500 developer edition to a set of developer events in San Francisco and New York City. The events are being held at the end of January and beginning of February, respectively. 

The most exciting part about this is that developers will "have a device to use while on-site." The purpose of the event is to allow "two days of full-on hacking" for those who have signed up for the Glass Explorer Edition, appropriately being called "Glass Foundry". 

For the Glass Foundry, this is the first time they'll have an opportunity to develop for Glass, which is said to use a Mirror API coding language. For those unfamiliar, the Mirror API is "basically a collection of RESTful Web services," Glass developer programs engineer Jenny Murphy said in a developer update video (which you can view below).

Representational state transfer, or REST, provides a standardized way for clients and servers to exchange data. Information Week explained "because REST isn't tied to a specific platform or technology, developers should be able to create Glass-compatible services using their favorite programming language, whether that's PHP, Python, Ruby, Java or something else."

While news of these developer's conferences are sure to spark more conversation surrounding Project Glass, there's still no release date for the device Hopefully with developers getting some hands on time, we'll hear more about this intriguing technology.

And here's the full email invite, courtesy of AllThingsD:

Join us for an early look at Glass and two full days of hacking on the upcoming Google Mirror API in San Francisco or New York. These hackathons are just for developers in the Explorer program and we’re calling them the Glass Foundry. It’s the first opportunity for a group of developers to get together and develop for Glass.

We’ll begin the first day with an introduction to Glass. You’ll have a device to use while on-site. Next we’ll take a look at the Mirror API, which gives you the ability to exchange data and interact with the user over REST. We’ll then dive into development with Google engineers on site to help you at any point. At the end of the second day we’ll have a lively round of demos with some special guest judges.

If you’d like to attend this first Glass Foundry, please choose and register by Friday, January 18th at 4pm PT. There is limited space. If you are accepted, you will receive a confirmation letter with additional details and required terms after registration closes. Please don’t make any travel arrangements until your attendance is confirmed.

Glass Foundry San Francisco
January 28th & 29th at Google SF

Glass Foundry New York
February 1st & 2nd and Google NYC

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