Nerdy Grrl Report: Google Glasses

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If you haven’t heard of Project Glass or Google Glasses by now I’m not sure where you’ve been. I’m not here to judge you but to inform you, so I’ll try to refrain from stating the obvious which is that you must be living under a rock.

According to a guy named Roger Friedman who writes for ShowBiz411 as well as founded Showbiz411, he tried on these glasses and they do work. He went to some awesome and exclusive party where two employees of Google brought the glasses to show the stars. He explained how they work in a language we can all understand. So here are the basic uses for the glasses. There’s a speaker in the glasses that allows you to search on the internet via talking out loud and the mouse is built into the side of the glasses near you r temple that comes up in the screen on the right lens. In this, you’ll be able to read your e-mails, messages, navigate and see what’s going on around you if for some reason you don’t feel like turning your head left and right.

This will probably be one of those what-seemed-impossible feats when it does come to the market (supposedly in 2014), the price will be too high for anyone to buy. Unless $1,500 is in your budget, then you should buy hundreds of them and sell them to the less fortunate.

Yesterday, Google sent out invitations to their Project Glass hackathons that are taking place in both New York February 1st and 2nd and San Francisco January 28th and 29th.  This basically means Google is starting to show off the Glasses themselves, the development and the Mirror API. Mirror API is basically what makes the program for the technology work.  The Mirror API is how the glasses are getting developed and the ‘hackathon’ that’s about to take place will allow a bunch of brilliant developers to create language and applications for Google Glasses as trial runs. These will be looked over by judges who are yet to be identified and I’m sure many of them will be incorporated into the development for all of us to trial ourselves in the future.

You know that annoying pop-up that says your JAVA is ready to be updated? That’s a language, so is Python that one of my old co-workers tried to get me to learn that I never had the time for. There are a lot of them and there was some talk about what kind of ‘language’ they’re using for Google Glasses. Because of the way the Glasses are designed with RESTful web services (REST stands for Representational State Transfer) you can use any ‘language’ most comfortable for you.  This whole complicated sounding web service thing is a design model used for the web.

Of course, not everyone reading this (sorry for assuming, I’m sure all of you are capable of developing applications for Project Glass and that you also got an invite to this event) are developers so nobody really cares. If this is the case for you as it mostly is for me, just sit back, relax and wait until you can afford the damn things.

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