Back in November, Google released a “sneak peak” of the Glass Development Kit (GDK) which will be in “developer release” later this year.
The GDK, and new Glassware using it, provide the first look at how native applications will be installed and used on Glass. There are a few ways a Glass app can run within Glass.
- Inline within the timeline
- As an immersive experience
- Behind the scenes
In the video below, Timothy Jordan demonstrates the GDK and several new native Glassware apps that launched with the GDK.
These guys absolutely nailed it with their Glassware app. While the visual language on the site is not exactly to my liking they have:
- A great intro to the app prior to installation
- Easy customization (on web site) after installation
- A clear mechanism to send recipes to Glass from the site
Now if I could only navigate without having to wash my raw-chicken-covered-hands.
Google Glass | KitchMe.
This demo of a Glassware app for Fancy shows what appears to be a realistic implementation of ‘augmented reality’ using the Mirror API. In it you see:
- A photo is taken of (using standard Glass camera app) and shared to Fancy via a contact added by them when the app is installed.
- Fancy servers then receive and analyse the image and send the Glass a bundle of cards featuring related products.
- The user then favorites an item and buys another using custom actions available for each card in the bundle.
- The app confirms the purchase by inserting another card with the details.