Creating apps for Google Glass is more involved than simply learning how to navigate its hardware, APIs, and SDK. You also need the right mindset. While this practical book delivers the information and techniques you need to build and deploy Glass applications, it also helps you to think for Glass by showing you how the platform works in, and affects, its environment.
In three parts—Discover, Design, and Develop—Glass pioneers guide you through the Glass ecosystem and demonstrate what this wearable computer means for users, developers, and society as a whole. You’ll learn how to create rich functionality for a consumer technology that’s radically different than anything currently available.
Learn the Five Noble Truths of great Glassware design
Understand the Glass ecosystem and learn why it’s different
Sidestep Glass’s societal concerns in your projects
Learn how Glass adapts to the user’s world, rather than the other way around
Avoid poor design by identifying Glassware antipatterns
Build cloud services with the Google Mirror API
Use the Glass Development Kit to develop client applications
Submit your project for review in the MyGlass directory
Chapter 1The Revolution Will Be Wearable
What Does It Mean to Think for Glass?
Chapter 2The Glass Ecosystem: What It Is and How It Is Different
What You See and What You Get
Glass Is a Platform, Not a Product
The Glass Application Model
Actions, Not Apps
Reinventing Human–Computer Interaction
The Science Behind the Projection
How Glass Gets Audio into Your Ear
Using the System
The Camera: Photos, Videos, and More!
Glass Is a Great Listener
Content Creation in a POV World
Which Hue Is for You?
Welcome to Wearable Computing!
Chapter 3Societal Issues with Glass and How to Avoid Them in Your Projects
Issue #1: Privacy
Issue #2: Facial Recognition
Issue #3: Using Glass While Driving
Issue #4: Aesthetic Appeal—Is Glass Fashionable?
Issue #5: Augmented Reality
Issue #6: Glass Analytics
Issue #7: Regulatory Environment—Glass and Public Policy
The Business of Producing Glassware
What Glass Isn’t
Chapter 4Thinking for Glass: How Glass Is, and Should Be, Personal
Glass as Personal Technology
Best in Show
Winning Glassware Design Takeaways
Designing with the Think for Glass Mindset
Glass for Gaming
Design for the Cloud
Are You Starting to Think for Glass?
Chapter 5The Five Noble Truths of Great Glassware Design
By day, Allen is a Senior Project Engineer at http://spiders.com/ where he has been instrumental in creating websites and mobile apps for companies and organizations from the American Booksellers Association to the National Science Foundation. By night he dons his super-coder cloak and creates tools, software, and tutorials to help people share their stories and improve their digital lives.
Allen holds a BS in Computer Science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
He was inspired to join the Glass Explorers program when he realized how intimate and personal Glass would be, yet at the same time be inherently social. His goal is to help people find the experiences with Glass that can be done by nothing else on the market today, to watch people look at each other as they discover new ways to play games together with Glass, and to watch (and record) his son’s face as the two of them roll in laughter during a tickle fight.
A software developer, marketer, broadcaster, sportswriter and filmmaker, Jason enjoys perpetual summer living on the island of Guam. He fell in love with the Web the moment he first got online in 1994, seeing it as the world’s biggest toy, and began helping people embrace the Internet before shifting his focus to content development and ultimately to designing data-driven systems. In the last few years he’s been concentrating on Google Glass, Hangout extensions, HTML5 games, and Chromecast apps. Since 1999 he’s worked at http://kuam.com, where he runs the company’s R&D group and also co-anchors the nightly news http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WIlG6gCPSt8[(no, really)].
Jason was twice named a Microsoft MVP for his involvement with the ASP.NET community, is a four-time winner of the Edward R. Murrow Award for cutting-edge web development in the news industry, and is constantly interacting in Google+ Communities for Glass users and developers. He’s served as technical editor for a book on Microsoft Hailstorm, has written for .NET Magazine, MSDN and Wrox, and authored an e-book about the trials and tribulations of a semi-pro football league. He holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Guam and an MBA with emphasis in technology management from the University of Phoenix. He’s also an adjunct professor of MIS and business at the University of Guam and a member of the Football Writers Association of America.
He wants to make good on his public promise to be the first man on the planet to do three distinct things with Glass: host a Hangout On Air from Epcot Center, call play-by-play for a game while broadcasting his POV video to give viewers a behind-the-scenes look at a live sports production, and direct a stage version of Hamlet with all actors performing the tragedy of the troubled Prince of Denmark through their own first-person perspectives.
The animals on the cover of Designing and Developing for Google Glass are red-billedblue magpies (Urocissa erythrorhyncha). These birds live around the Indian subcontinentand Southeast Asia, including in the lower-altitude western Himalayas. Red-billedblue magpies can dwell in subtropical, moist, or human-modified environments (suchas farmland), and their range includes forest, scrubland, and hills.
The red-billed blue magpie has the longest tail of any member of the crow familyCorvidae. Its body is a little over two feet long; the tail is over half of the entire length(it takes up 17 out of 26 inches, on average). Its head, neck, and chest are black withblue spots, while the lower body is off-white (there are no bonus points for guessing itsbeak color). The legs, feet, and a ring around the eye also tend to be a vivid orange-red,but some birds have yellow feet and legs. The long, bright blue tail has a broad whitetip, and is a striking feature of this bird. The red-billed blue magpie’s diet is made up ofsmall animals, especially invertebrates, which are then supplemented by fruits, seeds,and nectar.
This bird’s cries are varied and unique, and they are known to be excellent mimickersof other species’ calls. Red-billed blue magpies make shallow nests in trees and shrubsand go out to hunt for food in packs. After reproduction, the female magpie incubatesthree to five eggs on her own while the male provides food. In the wild, red-billed bluemagpies have even been observed cleaning the teeth of Malayan tapirs, which providesthe birds with an easy meal of bugs and uneaten vegetation.
Comments about oreilly Designing and Developing for Google Glass:
Since I am a developer, I was looking forward to seeing how glass applications were designed and written. Unfortunately this book seems aimed at business/product owners and contains almost no code whatsoever. There are no examples, you will not walk away from this book one minute closer to having a working prototype of your GlassWare.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend