Google hosts Glass Foundry to generate Project Glass content
Google is hosting an event called Glass Foundry to get developers creating apps for its quirky Android-powered specs
Google has announced it will host its Glass Foundry event, described as a 'hackathon' to get app developers creating interesting things for Project Glass, Google's Android-powered glasses.
The event will be taking place in San Franciso and New York at the end of January and will allow developers the most hands-on time with Google's experimental kit so far - we're sure to see some interesting previews and opinions coming out of this in the coming weeks.
Reports indicate the first day will introduce developers to the Project Glass device and its capabilities, while day two will allow them to get to grips with the Mirror API. All of this will occur with Google's own engineers in attendance to guide the way.
So far we've seen Google demonstrate Project Glass' capabilities, which include video and image capture, messaging services and weather reports, all beamed directly in front of your eyeballs.
It's clear Google hopes the event will achieve a number of goals.
Firstly, it'll generate developer enthusiasm for the hardware while secondly some of this is sure to leak out into the consumer sphere and this exposure can only be a positive thing.
Thirdly, it'll start to generate content for Project Glass' unique capabilities ahead of a possible launch, and we all know new platforms need content right out the gate to appeal to consumers.
Developers who've already committed to buying Explorer Edition headsets are expected to receive their hardware this year, though Google hasn't said exactly when.
The Glass Foundry event will ensure that when they get hold of their dev models they can start churning out content straight away.
The end result of this is that when Google finally decides to release a consumer-facing model of Project Glass it should have some really interesting apps already, which really is necessary for such an alien product to gain a foothold.