Project Glass Hackathons Scheduled For Later This Month; Developers will Receive Units on Site

January 15, 2013 - Written By Alexander Maxham

We’ve heard a lot about Google’s Project Glass over the past year or so. We’ve also seen a ton of competitors trying to get their own version of Project Glass out, in fact we saw a few at CES last week. Last year, at Google I/O, Google allowed developers to get on their waiting list and plunk down $1,500 for Project Glass. Now, after months of silence. Those developers who pre-ordered the so-called Project Glass Explorer Edition are getting invitations to New York and San Francisco to finally try out the kit and get their hands on Google’s Project Glass.

The event is taking place on January 28-29 in San Francisco and in New York on February 1-2nd. Both are indeed Hackathon’s, so attendees will primarily be expected to play around with the Project Glass API, which has been dubbed “mirror” and write some code for the device. Here’s the complete text of the invitation from Google:

Join us for an early look at Glass and two full days of hacking on the upcoming Google Mirror API in San Francisco or New York. These hackathons are just for developers in the Explorer program and we’re calling them the Glass Foundry. It’s the first opportunity for a group of developers to get together and develop for Glass.

We’ll begin the first day with an introduction to Glass. You’ll have a device to use while on-site. Next we’ll take a look at the Mirror API, which gives you the ability to exchange data and interact with the user over REST. We’ll then dive into development with Google engineers on site to help you at any point. At the end of the second day we’ll have a lively round of demos with some special guest judges.

There is limited space. If you are accepted, you will receive a confirmation letter with additional details and terms after registration closes. Please don’t make any travel arrangements until your attendance is confirmed.

Augmented Reality has really become a big topic these days, mostly thanks to Ingress. Virtual reality has also become quite popular, thanks to some devices we saw at CES. And with Project Glass both can become a quick reality. Here’s a video of the Glass Developer Update from the Google Developers Channel.

Who ordered their pair of Project Glass last year at Google I/O? And who’s planning on attending one of these hackathon’s? Let us know in the comments below. We’d love to know what you think of Project Glass after getting to play around with them.