Google On Developing For Google Glass

Apr 5, 2013 - 8:21 am 3 by
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Google Glass DeveloperTimothy Jordan, Senior Developer Advocate at Google, presented at SXSW on how developers can build apps for Google Glass.

There is a 50 minute video that is now available with his presentation. It is pretty interesting to watch how you can use the Google Glass Mirror API, which is not available yet, to build apps for Google Glass.

Timothy posted the video on Google+ and explained "Mirror API is a cloud platform that uses OAuth 2.0 and REST as an architecture for delivering a new class of experiences to people using Glass." The API currently supports what are called timeline cards, menu options, share contacts, and subscriptions.

Here is the video:

Here are the developer guidelines:

  • Design for Glass - The Glass design is unique and fundamentally different than existing mobile platforms. It's important to build and test specifically for Glass to create a great service.
  • Don't get in the way - Services should be there when you want them and out of the way when you don't. They should never take precedence over what else the user may be doing.
  • Keep it timely - Glass is most effective when in-the-moment and up-to-date. User requests should be handled immediately and information should always be fresh.
  • Avoid the unexpected - Giving users unexpected and unpleasant functionality is bad on any platform, but particularly bad on Glass given how close it is to the user's senses.

Note, I post this here because search will be deeply embedded here in the future and we should start thinking about it from an SEO perspective.

Forum discussion at Google+.


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