Google has regularly wowed the on-looking tech world over the past year with snippets of its upcoming Google Glass product, but today, the company dispelled some of the mystery, instead offering some clarity on how developers can create some truly remarkable experiences for the digitally-charged spectacles. During its SXSW presentation on Project Glass, senior developer advocate Timothy Jordan gave an extensive overview on Mirror API, a new interface which developers will be able to use to bring new and exciting content to Glass.
As you might expect from the search giant, it’s very much Web orientated. In fact, to all intents and purposes, it’s basically a Web app, and will provide devs with some respite compared with the challenging, oft cumbersome Android APIs.
Those using Glass will simply sign in with OAuth 2, which will in turn authorize the posting of content to their timeline from the various services. For example, it could allow your favorite news service or publication to post through the latest reports and headlines straight to your timeline, and alongside this feature, Timeline Cards will present little nuggets of Web info such as text, images and markup.
The clip is 50 minutes long in total, but if you’re interested in how Glass might will work from the inside out, it’s certainly worth checking out.
For those less intrigued by such under-the-hood aspects, the first wrung of Google Glass is expected to hit the market later this year, with Q3 being touted by several sources. With the developer version costing a whopping $1,500, it’s certainly not going to be cheap, but considering the unique possibilities this technology could bring, it’s likely Google will have very little trouble seeing off the initial batch.
Voice recognition software has been widely instilled into the mobile industry during the past couple of years, and as we’ve already seen from the various demonstrations, Glass’s ability to detect the "okay, Glass" commands and act upon them, is an integral part of the entire infrastructure.
We’re certainly pretty hyped about Glass hitting the market later this year, and although the prospect of one, maybe two next-gen consoles would usually be enough to satisfy even the most ardent geek, both could well be upstaged by this very, very exciting product.