According to Engadget, some developers who previously expressed interest in the high-tech eyewear are now receiving invitations to become a part of the company’s Explorer program. The move comes on the heels of Google rolling out a preview of its SDK and opening up Mirror API to developers, giving anyone who wants to create apps for the high-tech specs the opportunity to do so.
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“When you asked us how to get Glass on this site, we told you there would be more chances to join the Explorer Program … someday. Well, today’s the day,” the email read. “The sneak peek of the Glass Developer Kit (GDK) is available now, making it possible to build new and innovative kinds of Glassware. We’re now inviting you, as a developer, to purchase Glass, become an Explorer and join us in taking the next step in developing for Glass.”
The cost to “begin your adventures with Glass” is $1,500.
Google has not confirmed when Glass will hit the consumer market, but inviting more developers to the program indicates that it is ready to move forward with ramping up its app offerings.
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Google Glass POV
The virtual screen that Google Glass shows you through the prism appears to be a display floating a few feet in front of you. Although it’s obviously very tiny, Google says it’s the equivalent of a 25-inch screen seen from 8 feet away.
The message screen “ok glass” is the most common one you see, since it activates whenever you tap the side or tilt your head up. The screen lets you know Glass is on and actively listening to your voice.
The most recent sports scores are just a single swipe away.
The screen is big enough to display a single sentence or simple text feedback extremely well. The font gets smaller for longer results, although it maxes out at about two sentences.
Although photos don’t look great on Glass, you can easily discern the content, and they look much better when exported to other displays.
Most notifications involve both a headline and a photo, as with this one from Reddit.
The multicolor “spectrum” effect isn’t visible to the eye — it appears in this photo because it was taken outside and some sunlight was refracted.
New York Times Notification
The New York Times’ notifications tell you how many articles are waiting. You can see them in a manner similar to the Reddit headlines by tapping the touchpad on the temple.
Here’s what you see when you want to share something via Twitter. GlassTweet is a third-party app.
When you ask for directions, Glass first confirms the address.
Here’s the UI for navigating with maps. The arrow moves as you turn your head.
Navigation in 2D gives you a bird’s-eye view of the map.
Error messages are very clear.
The main settings screen lets you know if you’re connected to Wi-Fi and how much battery power is left.
Settings, Alternate View