Glass XE9 Teardown shows new API coming for Glass, heavy optimization.

Google finally released the XE9 factory images, and resident teardown guru Fodawim has once again made quick work of dissecting the changes. While much of the changes were heavily geared towards maintenance (with the total image being reduced by over 20Mb), there were several other notable changes, including no longer needing the wifi hotspot, and the presence of a new photo and video API.

New functions present in this image include Posting (with multiple destinations, “post an update to”), listening tasks for the media player, and enhanced note taking ability.


GlassSearch.apk has been added to the package, GlassPeople.apk removed, and a “barhopper” library has been added for barcode reading.  Additionally, new functions referencing “boutique” have appeared, likely related to native glassware in the consumer edition:

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Finally, three new API functions showed up which should make developers happy:


These seem to indicate coming enhancements in hardware access by the Mirror API, which should open up new development opportunities for apps on Glass.

Spotted anything else in your own XE9 teardowns? Let us know in the comments.

Google Glass XE9 Brings Vignettes, Sound Search, and more

In a post on Google+ the Glass team announced XE9 for Google Glass. This month’s update brings sweet new features such as “vignettes”, music search, YouTube videos in search results  and long awaited Google Apps support (still in beta and limited). The updated My Glass app can now control the device as well.  See their post below for the full details and put your Glass on the charger to get all the new hotness.

For a full list of changes, check out the official XE9 Changelog.


A Love Affair Through Glass – The Love Triangle Rocking The Upper Echelon Of Glass Development

Tawdry news reports are rocking the tech blogs today regarding Google Glass Product Manager Amanda Rosenberg and Google Principal Sergey Brin’s after hours activities. While relationships spawning in dev life cycles are old news for anyone who’s spent any time in technology, Brin’s high profile marriage (and now separation) promise to distract the conversation from wearable technology, and into the sexual foibles of the power players in Silicon Valley.



Rosenberg was most recently connected to Hugo Barra, the Vice President of Android who perhaps not coincidentally recently left Google for Chinese phone startup Xiaomi (seen together above in a photo from last year). 23andMe co-founder Anne Wojcicki can’t be thrilled, as the tech news cycle will now be focused on her and Brin’s breakup as opposed to to the work she’s trying to accomplish, but with stories coming out that the two have been living apart for months, it’s unlikely that tech blogs will be interested in anything else.


Rosenberg and Brin have been seen often together in high profile public scenarios, so it’s safe to assume that the recent San Fran transplant isn’t scared of a little limelight surrounding their relationship, although it will be interesting to see to what level Brin will acknowledge the relationship, given the high profile love fests we’ve seen from other Google associated power players.

Brin has always been one to challenge convention, stating earlier this year:

I like going to Burning Man, for example. An environment where people can try new things. I think as technologists we should have some safe places where we can try out new things and figure out the effect on society.

We’ll find out in the coming weeks if Mountain View is a safe place when it comes to something as cliche as banging the hot new hire in your product management division. As a Glass Explorer, I can only hope we don’t see a messy exit to the person who created “OK, Glass”, while the tabloids have their way with the two. No matter the outcome, the focus this week in Silicon Valley will be undeniably focused on Brin and Rosenberg, and how gracefully they navigate the muddy waters of a tech press focused on their infidelities.


Source : Valley Wag

The Web Guy samples L.A., Part 1: My Glass Pickup Experience

When I first was picked for the #ifihadglass contest, my instinct seemed to be the same as most people I’ve seen: head to NYC for pickup. However, my partner on the mission (Mike Novilla of NOVA 535) had other ideas: we were California bound. Having never been farther west than New Mexico, I knew we were in for an adventure. Given the short window to confirm our pickup, we scrambled to make arrangements, and when the day finally arrived, we jumped on the plane and chased the setting sun.

The Mighty Mrs. Jenkins found us a killer B&B in Pasadena, and hosts Justin and Mercedes were awesome. We showed up after two in the morning, and they were waiting to get us settled in and ready to go. After a few hours sleep and some breakfast, we headed out to see L.A.

Part of my #ifihadglass entry was sharing our beer tasting trips, and the city offered plenty of opportunities for that. We found Good Microbrew on Sunset, and sampled the selection.

We then headed to Ron White Inc. President Drew Edward’s condo overlooking the strip to talk plans for picking up Glass, and potentially meeting up with some of his contacts to share what Glass was all about.


The view from his balcony does not suck.

With our Glass plan solidified, we headed down to Night Market for dinner. Family style Thai food and beer cold enough to offset the spice set the stage for several hours of laughter and reverie.

We spent the next couple of days sightseeing and meeting up with family, and finally, the day of our appointment came. We’d already seen what L.A. traffic looks like, so we left early so we could we cross from Pasadena to Venice Beach with plenty of time. With the appointment a couple of hours away, we stopped for lunch at Cafe Del Rey.



When we pulled up to the Google office after lunch, there were a group of guides waiting outside to take us in. All were sporting Glass, and my excitement kicked in.


There have been a lot of write ups about the pick up experience, and mine was similar. Guide Scott Gunn was knowledgeable and thorough, and walked us through the setup while serving Lagunitas and Sierra Nevada. The office had a workshop feel, and the campus in general was everything I thought a Google office would be; comfortable, well stocked and equipped, and with lots of space dedicated to creative work and play (along with a nice selection of beers, sodas, and snacks).

Now sporting Glass, we decided to check out the beach, passing it back and forth, and checking out everything possible, and getting our first taste of how people in public would react to Glass. Despite all of the worries and concerns batted around the blogosphere and in big media, people everywhere had one word to describe Glass when they encountered it: Cool! (exclamation point theirs).

After an amazing day, we headed back to Pasadena in preparation for an early morning. Tomorrow, we were headed to Santa Barbara.

Ron White and Margo Rey through Glass: On Life, Love, and surviving Breast Cancer

Glass is all about sharing personal experiences, which is why I’m sitting on a beautiful porch at the top of a mountain in Montecito, California watching Ron White and Margo Rey try Glass out for the first time. Margo, an admitted technophile, tries them first, and lights up as the screen comes on. “Oh, cool!” She instantly begins navigating through the Timeline, intuitively swiping back and forth, and testing out the voice commands. After a minute or two, she hands them to Ron to try. The light comes on, and he cracks that million dollar smile. “Oh man, that’s cool.” I’m in heaven; I’ve just shown two of my favorite performing artists Glass, and they flat out love it.

As we snap some photos, Margo reaches for her head scarf. “Let’s do this right.” The peach fuzz of new hair growth following her final round of chemotherapy treatments for breast cancer only serves to accent her striking features. She’s a two time survivor, but it doesn’t seem to slow her down; she’s energetic and engaging while discussing all the different ways they could use Glass. Of particular interest is recording first person experiences to share; the couple are getting married later this year. They both are co-chairing the national Say “I Do” Campaign with Brides Against Breast Cancer, and giving a series of public performances benefiting The Center for Building Hope, which provides 100% free programs, information and services for those impacted by cancer.


As they pass Glass back and forth, it strikes me how much this feels like Christmas morning. Their laughter and enthusiasm is infectious, and their playful interactions together are remarkably sweet. Ron records a few videos with Glass, and asks about screencasting.

He passes it back to Margo, who appears to be an expert at this point. “I could see this becoming a habit”, she says. It’s a notable endorsement coming from someone to whom habits are so important:

We are our habits, our habits become our deeds, our deeds become who we are.

We have to wrap up, as they both have flights soon, and we close our conversation talking about specific applications of Glass: Ron wearing a pair during a show to record the audience, having members of the wedding party wear Glass during the ceremony, Margo wearing them for a behind the scenes look at love and life up close and personal while on a mission near and dear to her heart; her own Chemo-Glam video channel. We thanked them for being such gracious hosts, and packed our things to go.

As we navigated the winding drive down the mountain, it struck me that no matter how famous or successful you are, the important things don’t change; health, love, hope and dignity are of paramount importance from the mail clerk to the CEO. In sharing a moment through Glass with Ron and Margo, I was offered a brief glimpse of something personal, which reminded me how alike we all really are.

Looking to support Brides Against Breast Cancer?

Special thanks to Drew Edwards of Ron White, Inc. and Michael Novilla of NOVA 535 for making this Glass experience possible.

Are you a Glass Explorer with a jealous friend? Maybe you can make them happy with an invite.

The next phase of Google Glass’ plans for expansion prior to 2014’s consumer release came via email today. Ryan Mott got a gmail letting him know he could invite a friend to the Glass Explorer program. There are several caveats to that invite, the person must pick up in NYC, LA or SF be a US resident over 18 and have the requisite $1500 +tax to get their own Google Glass.

Hey everyone, just to clarify – this is an experiment we’re trying. It’s independent of #ifihadglass (although some #ifihadglass Explorers may receive this email). – Sarah Price

Who will you invite to the program if you get an invite? There have been ebay postings about selling #ifihadglass units in the past though Google was usually quick to put a stop to them, will they also try to squash folks trying to recoup their Glass expenses by auctioning off their invite slot?

Invite your friend to the Glass Explorer Program

Invite your friend to the Glass Explorer Program

Introducing GlassFit: A Virtual Personal Coach for Glass

Noble Ackerson loves fitness. A self described gym rat, his posts through Glass have frequently centered on physical activity and recreational sports. It comes as no surprise to anyone who follows him that his first app would be fitness related. GlassFit aims to be a personal virtual fitness coach, offering robust guidance during personalized workouts and tracking progress, all while remaining both accessible and unobtrusive.

Currently in a “Minimum Viable Product” stage, the software will prep users with video tutorials customized to their personal workout. Users can select from a wide variety of regimens including Zumba, Yoga, CrossFit, and even trail running. Future iterations will allow workout scheduling and reminders, and location aware alerts which notify you about gyms, parks, or other fitness opportunities in your close proximity according to your specifications.

Additionally, Ackerson is working on integrating the entire Glass sensor suite, which could potentially lead to feedback on form, time, and enhanced data recording allowing you to review your workouts, with suggestions for improvements in technique. FitBit integration is also in progress, which will provide an additional sensor for Cardio information.

The GlassFit Alpha is available at, which also features a prominent feedback function. Ackerson hopes that by bringing in other fitness buffs early in the process, he can get the kind of feedback needed to evolve the app into a polished personal coach suitable for folks who need a little help getting off the couch.

Follow GlassFit on Google+

Ingress gets an unofficial Google Glass app [Updated]

At a recent Google Developer Group “Glass Hackathon” in Prague, about 20 developers got together to do what they do best, develop Glassware. Alex Studnicka, the developer behind the unofficial iOS port of Ingress, just happened to be among the attendees present at the Czech Republic GDC event. The result, a working Ingress app for Glass.

Ingress for Glass allows you to see nearby portals, shown above, as well as seeing their accompanying picture, shown below. That’s not all. After you’ve used Ingress for Glass to navigate to your nearby portal, you can hack them, directly from Glass.


Since the launch of Glass, Ingress fans around the world have been waiting to bring their favorite augmented reality game to Glass. Thanks to Alex and other talented developers, this is now a reality. Alex has posted the source code for your viewing pleasure on GitHub. For you Glass Explorers out there, you can get your Ingress on by installing the Glass app.

UPDATE: It seems in the current state, the app is more of a semi-functioning prototype as many users are reporting issues. We’ll continue to watch this closely. If Alex can port Ingress to iOS, we’re excited to see how Ingress for Glass pans out.


Source : GDG Prauge

Google Glass XE6 Update Rolling Out, Brings Major Photo Improvements and more

Congrats Glass Explorers, your latest monthly update is beginning to roll out. The current OTA update is version XE6, to replace last month’s update XE5. The latest update heavily focuses on drastically improving photo quality. Glass needs to be plugged in to begin the update process, so plug your Glass into your computer or your charger to get started.

Unofficial Changelog for XE6

  • Better photos through Glass
  • Voice annotate captions to photos and videos when sharing
  • Low light detection and HDR with adequate brightness
  • Off Head notification sound changed
  • Improvements to off head detection
  • Shut down notification sound changed
  • Improved Google Now cards for Sports
  • New card for Birthdays
  • Several fixes to resolve existing issues

So, how about those photos improvement? The new camera software for Glass takes multiple photos in rapid sequence every time you use the camera. The images are then combined, bringing you the best quality picture possible. This allows for you to take HDR photos when there is ample light and take much better photos when there isn’t much light available. Don’t take my word for it. Check out a few examples below.

Project Glass announces #ifihadglass winners to start receiving pickup notifications

When Project Glass announced the “#ifihadglass” contest in February, Twitter and Google+ lit up with submissions both humorous and serious. After the winners were selected, the buzz died down, and the wait began. Over the last month, winners have watched in anxious impatience as the IO12 attendees received their units, and began sharing their experiences (and #throughGlass content). Now, for the rest of us, the wait is finally over.

Project Glass made the following announcement on their Google+ stream today:

You told us what you would do #ifihadglass, now’s your chance to show us

Our Explorer Program started last year at our I/O conference when developers signed up to be the first people to try Glass. Last Tuesday, we finished inviting these developers to officially join the Explorer Program and we’re already seeing amazing things come from them. They’ve really embraced the Explorer spirit — the spirit of someone who’s ready to jump in, get their hands dirty and take on a challenge. 

In February, we opened up the Explorer Program by asking people across Google+ and Twitter what they would do if they had Glass. We were looking for bold, creative individuals to become our next wave of Explorers — and wow, did we get them. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be slowly rolling out invitations to successful #ifihadglass applicants. If you were one of the successful applicants, please make sure you have+Project Glass in your Circles so we can send you a message.

We’re thrilled to be moving into the next phase of our Explorer Program and we hope to expand in the future. Unfortunately, we aren’t taking any more applications right now, but you can sign up here to stay informed:

To say that we’re excited here at LivingThruGlass would be an understatement. Stay tuned for breaking Glass news!