This afternoon at SXSW Google introduced their new project Google Glass. They showed the main interface, Google’s servers and applications that the developers will work on. They even showed the first applications which can work on the Glass, including the way of working with Gmail, integrations with Evernote, Path, the New York Times etc.
So how does it work? Very simple, it talks with the Google’s servers and the applications of the developers, gets the data and then it’s presenting it on the Glass through timeline cards. Timeline cards can include text, pictures, HTML and video. Beside this, Google allows using bundles, navigational sets of cards which can be navigated with voice or the touchpad positioned on the side. From the presentation we can notice that the Mirror API has some built-in features like sharing on Google+, voice recognition, text to speech engine and camera.
Jordan, the presenter of Google Glass at SXSW, says that using the Mirror API has a few rules that the glass applications should follow. They are for the developers who will be working on the applications and they are very strict and easy to follow.
- The applications on the glass should show only headlines, not the full stories
- Developers can use the Glass to read the full text to others
- The developers must be sure that they would not disturb the users with too many notifications
- Everything that is shown on the glass must be the thing that users expect to see
The interesting feature is that the Glass is made easy to use for everyone. The Glass shows only the headline and you give them order to read it aloud the full text. You can use the voice recognition for reading mails, taking pictures with Evernote‘s Skitch and use Path to share something with your friends. If you want to input some text, first you must say “Ok, Glass” than the next thing coming from your mouth will be calculated from the headset like a command.
This is just a first step of this new big thing from Google. How it will perform out in the wild we’ll see in the future.