Gaming on Glass, a new canvas for developers

My two favorite technology products of 2013 were both from Google: Glass and Chromecast. A Glass Development team, Byte an Atom, has brought the two together in what I believe is the next advancement in Glassware. Their Glass app, LynxFit, is an amazing Glassware that helps motivate users to work out by providing notifications and reminders, as well as training programs, directly on Glass. Their newest feature allows Glass Explorers to cast workouts to their television using Chromecast.
lynxfit
I had the opportunity to interview CEO of Byte an Atom, Noble Ackerson, about LynxFit and Chromecasting on Glass. He discussed how Glass has the opportunity to revolutionize the gaming industry by connecting the virtual and real worlds:
As an emerging computing platform, the Glass device is different enough to give developers a fresh new way to interact with the world through gaming. Some of the advantages are obviously the hands free interaction and multiple inputs for interaction like voice, motion tracking, winking, touch gestures…
I asked him about his company’s vision for LynxFit, Glassware, and Chromecast:
“At Byte an Atom Research, we aim to improve wellness through wearable computers by making fitness fun with our LynxFit product. It’s because of this mission we launched LynxCast, a clever Google Glass integration with ChromeCast. So now, armed with the sensors in your Google Glass device, we deliver interactive gamified fitness content on the big screen TV for you to enjoy by yourself or to challenge your friends. Imagine playing Super Mario Brothers from Mario’s perspective, by using the motion tracking functionality in Glass we want to deliver an experience where you go through a 30 day fitness program, while you jump, dodge, duck and high knee run in place in your living room, out in the park, during your work break in your hotel room, etc.”
“The connected nature of Glass invites new forms of gaming, fitness, and educational apps; in our case LynxFit aims to do all three. It’s a clean canvas for us and it’s just the beginning. Cecilia, Mauro, and I are excited to see what the future brings.”

I, for one, love LynxFit and am excited to see how the gaming industry explodes with wearable computing by connecting Google Glass to Chromecast.
DISCLOSURE: Noble Ackerson is a Technical Advisor for LivingThruGlass.com

Driving with Google Glass

“ok glass, get directions”

When I first put on Glass, as I believe is the same for everyone, I took a picture. Taking photos is a very natural use of Google Glass; the camera is in your face, so taking a photo immediately comes to mind. For me, the second thing I asked my Glass was for directions. I was really curious about the Navigation interface, but my first impression was that the interface is negligible. The Google Maps Voice told me every turn I needed to make and the display, while rarely active, was magically there when I needed it and gone when I didn’t. My first real use of Glass, after the most basic “ok glass, take a picture,” was “ok glass, get directions Home.” And in fact the entire drive home, I was amazed at how easy it was to drive with Glass.

Recently there has been a lot of buzz about driving with Glass and whether it is or should be illegal. Take a look at these photos and let me know your opinion in the comments:

Driving Without Glass
Driving With Glass

Glass Explorer Cecilia Abadie recently fought back against a ticket that was issued to her for wearing Glass while driving and she won! She was pulled over originally for speeding, but was later assessed a ticket for “driving with a monitor visible.” Now, even though Glass could potentially display video or other content, it is not ideal due to battery life and usability and Cecilia stood by her claim that she was not actively using her Glass while she was driving. Glass can supply audio notifications (which are totally legal) without needing the screen to ever activate. And if Glass were being used for Navigation, wouldn’t that be legal?

Check out the press conference through Cecilia’s Glass:

I hope we can overcome our fear of driving with Glass and see the amazing possibilities the device can bring. Another Explorer, Det Ansin has been developing an application that connects his Glass to his car through Bluetooth. The added information he receives can surely make him a better, more responsive driver. Take a look at the his YouTube video showcasing his Glassware:

Another team of Glass Explorers, Jake Steinerman, Victor Kaiser-Pendergrast, Ryan Spletzer, and designer Jeremy Avery, have developed an app called DriveSafe for Glass. This app uses the Glass sensors to warn drivers when they fall asleep and their head dips. It then provides directions to the nearest rest stop so that the driver can rest until they’re ready to continue on their journey. Surely Glass is valuable while driving when applications like these are available.

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My opinion hasn’t changed throughout my entire experience as a Glass Explorer. I feel very strongly that not only is it safe to drive with Glass, but it’s safer than driving without.