Two hackathons confirmed for Google Glass in San Francisco and New York
Invites issued to Explorer program developers for the two day events
Published: 16 January, 2013
They might not be about to take the place of smartphones as our favourite mobile devices but Google is nonetheless keen to get developers creating apps for its Glass project. That's why emails have been sent out this week inviting those in its Explorer Program to one of two hackathons which start at the end of this month.
The first event takes place in San Francisco running on January 28th & 29th , followed by one in New York on February 1st & 2nd. Each event will offer developers the chance to spend two days hacking the Google Mirror API and are the first of their kind.
Things will kick off with an introduction to Glass followed by one for the Mirror API. Afterwards the development begins with Google Engineers on hand while the invitees get to try out the hardware.
It's fairly short notice, and not surprisingly places are limited, but it's hard to imagine anyone not taking advantage of the invite to try out the tech. Especially as they were only sent out to those who had pre-ordered the $1,500 "Explorer Edition" of the hi-tech specs.
Google has yet to announce when it's going to release the developer version of the glasses and it might not be until 2014 that it's available to the general public. However if the price of the developer model is anything to go by it's not going to be the next Nexus 4.
The head-controlled device was first revealed back in June and since then it looks like its functionality has increased. Babak Parviz, head of the Google Glass project has recently said in an interview that several new features are currently being tested including voice control, a touchpad and the ability to make phone calls.