Google Glass

Yo Hive!

Google just announced a new contest for their ‘Project Glass’ (formerly ‘Google Goggles’) that will allow a select group of contest-winners to try out the device in real-world situations. Until now the device was tested only by Google employees, but the company has unveiled that they are ready to hand out the glasses to a select group of consumers who will aid in the product’s development and to identify first-gen bugs.

Those who want to get their hands on the prototype and become Google’s “Glass Explorers” have until February 27th to submit their applications. This seems like a perfect project for the Hive and between all of the members, I’m sure at least one of us (or all of us working together) could come up with a pretty convincing presentation to get Google’s attention.

The Contest is here:

The ‘FAQ’ is here:

The ‘Terms’ are here:

I’m not even going to attempt to win this by myself, as I’m sure that (between the engineers and programmers among us) there are far better-qualified people in the Hive than me.
However, if we made the application a collaborative process, we might be able to really WOW Google into picking the Hive as product testers.

Anyway, I would be remiss in my duties as your comrade and fellow maker were I to not share this info with the entire group.
I only ask that if any one of you win the contest, you let everyone else participate in the Google Glass experience.
I am available and happy to help if anyone wants to try and shoot a Hive13 application video or has any other ideas,

Better hustle though, we only have a week.


I am on board with this! Definately up for helping to make a submission and work on the project if we win.
(Although, my programming experience is pretty minimal, so I’d be less helpful on some projects)
An important note: if you win, to get the glasses you still need to pay $1500 and travel to a “pick-up experience” in NY, LA, or San Fran.

A few ideas off the bat:

  • Enhanced “instructable” videos recorded with the glasses showing how to solder, weld, make origami, etc.

  • give one pair to Cindy-Lou (recording video) and one for yourself, and program voice-activated commands through your pair, for a creepy telepresence experience.

  • Create an app to feed frames into a service such as “123 catch”, and then 3D print it

  • Create a waterproof housing allowing recording of scuba-diving

  • Record experiments as an enhanced “lab notebook”. As a biology grad student, I think this could actually be super helpful.

Mike H