Google pushes forward with Project Glass development

News 16 Jan, 2013

Developers will get their hands on headsets and API tools from the end of January.

Google will be holding two developer events at the end of January and early February as it looks to push ahead with its Project Glass concept.

The web giant has confirmed the two separate events held in San Francisco and New York will allow developers to get early access to a glass headset and also start using the Mirror API.

The Mirror API is based on a collection of RESTful Web services, Google explained in an update for developers. Users will be able to developer using languages such as PHP, Java or Python.

Google noted that the events will be limited to those who have forked out $1,500 to join the Glass Explorer program.

The event will no doubt generate some buzz surrounding the augmented reality technology, which has yet to take off despite being pushed on devices such as smartphones.

Google introduced Project Glass at its I/O developer event in 2012 and there are many potential uses including the ability to share images and videos as well as set reminders and reply to messages – hands free.

The web giant also aims to allow users to get weather/transport updates and directions in real-time.

There is no firm release date for Project Glass headsets, and development is likely to continue throughout most of 2013.

Despite the usefulness of the glasses - there will be some major hurdles which Google will have to overcome.

The ability of glasses to record video content is likely to raise plenty of security and privacy concerns. With developers having to pay $1,500 it looks likely that the final product is likely to have a high price.

Still Juniper Networks predicts there will be a market for technology such as Project Glass. The firm estimates that 70 million smart wearable devices will be sold in 2017 - made up of smart glasses, health and fitness devices along and enterprise tools.