Sponsored by Oregon Business

5 Things I Learned About Google Glass

| Print |  Email
Monday, September 16, 2013

Designing and Developing for Glass

The design area for Glass is 50x50 pixels. Since the device has to account for broad swings in lighting scenarios — from broad daylight to dark boardroom — design panels need to be high contrast, such as white or yellow text on a black background. Subtle designs, such as blue interacting with yellow, are currently not recommended.

Developers can create their own local apps in preparation for a likely Glass app store. Writing native apps involves the GDK (Glass Development Kit), using the Java coding language.

Since the GDK, Redmonds says, is 90% similar to the ADK (Android Development Kit), the ADK is a great place to start.

The current list of authorized apps is fairly small, featuring familiar names such as Facebook, CNN, and Tumblr among others. One surprising addition was an authorized app for Elle magazine, the French lifestyle magazine.

Redmond spoke of one independently created app similar to a 3D "Space Invaders." Looking into the display area in any part of a user's environment, he said, showed the invaders all around, closing in, and the user battled them with Glass activations.

LESSON LEARNED:
4. Keep designs high contrast and simple, develop now to get a head start.



 

More Articles

Green Rush: Cashing in on legal marijuana

March 2015
Friday, February 20, 2015
BY COURTNEY SHERWOOD | OB CONTRIBUTOR

Marijuana is big business in Oregon, and it’s about to get bigger.


Read more...

How a Utah-based essential oils company cornered the Oregon market

March 2015
Friday, February 20, 2015
BY AMY MILSHTEIN | OB CONTRIBUTOR

Multilevel marketing, health claims and zyto scanner biofeedback machines: How dōTERRA thrives in Oregon. 


Read more...

The Road to Reinvention

April 2015
Friday, March 27, 2015
BY AMY MILSHTEIN

Damian Smith bets on changing himself — and Portland — through consulting.


Read more...

Opening soon: 3 of the coolest new breweries in Oregon

The Latest
Thursday, March 19, 2015
brewthumbBY JACOB PALMER | DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR

There are 278 companies licensed to operate as brewery, according to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. Here are three new beer-making hubs slated to open soon.


Read more...

5 ways successful people kickstart the day

The Latest
Thursday, April 02, 2015
coffeethumbBY JACOB PALMER | DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR

Are mornings the most productive part of the day?  We ask five successful executives how they get off to a good start.


Read more...

Epitaph for a Boondoggle

April 2015
Friday, March 27, 2015
BY JOE CORTRIGHT

The CRC is a cautionary tale about how we plan for, finance and invest in transportation infrastructure.


Read more...

5 questions about the FLIR FX

The Latest
Wednesday, April 08, 2015
FLIR-FX-IndoorBY JACOB PALMER | DIGITAL NEWS EDITOR

The Wilsonville-based company is targeting GoPro enthusiasts with its latest release. Is spy gear poised to go mainstream?


Read more...
Oregon Business magazinetitle-sponsored-links-02
SPONSORED LINKS