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

Ok Glass, submit new Glassware

Today’s post by Tim Jordan moves us one step closer to the rumored Glassware Boutique in XE10 which should be coming at some point this month. Tim announced several new Glassware (SportsYapper, Fancy, Mashable, KitchMe and Thuuz) have passed through the new development system and should be available in the MyGlass App. These new apps cover a broad range of interests from sports to news to shopping to cooking.

Ok Glass let's cook

Ok Glass let’s cook

The upside of going through the new submittal process is that by completing the Glassware review process, you will make your Glassware eligible to show on the MyGlass app. You’ll also be eligible to receive quota beyond the testing limit, which for a developer  like Thuuz which deals with sports data is probably a welcome relief.

Keep up with all things sports via Thuuz

Keep up with all things sports via Thuuz

The developer site is setup to help folks with a Launch Checklist and getting you through the submission process. It covers branding, context, icon requirements, screenshot needs and design concepts including menus, settings, and sharing.

Screenshot requirements for submission

Screenshot requirements for submission

The site also lays out some rules on using personal data, keeping information up to date, security and privacy regulations. Content policies are also clearly defined, with the usual prohibitions of adult/illegal/gambling content.

What not to do with Glass

What not to do with Glass

With the Boutique rumored to be launching with XE10, one has to wonder how quickly the submission to approval process will take. With an expected early 2014 consumer release, many developers seem to foresee a potential new app store gold rush. If consumers can walk into a robust app market with Glass from day 1 (along with some efficiency and battery life enhancements), their experience will be very different from the initial limited experiences of Glass Explorers, and may be just the market motivator Glass needs to break into the mainstream.