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Google Updates Glass GDK To Support USB External Webcams

July 25, 2014 - Written By Justin Diaz

Google Glass can do some really cool things, and while the every day practical use cases for what it can do may be few and far between for some users, there are some really interesting ways that developers as well as people on the Google Glass team(i.e. Glass engineers)are making use of the Google wearable tech specs. Google has been all about putting out updates to Glass as much as they could, and that includes making updates to the GDK(glass development kit)as well as the software build updates that get pushed out to users headsets.

This latest update to the GDK adds in some really cool capabilities which Google actually demoed off at the Google I/O conference just last month in the “Innovate with Glass Platform” session. The GDK update will now allow for support of external USB webcams, and we realize that might sound a little weird to some but if you’re a developer and a Glass Explorer, you may be familiar with this and probably already know what to do with this information. You can check out the demo in the video below which shows off Hyunyoung Song giving us a sneak peek at exactly how the USB webcam support that she built works. The video is of the entire session from start to finish, so if you want to skip right to the part where you can see the demo in action jump to about 29 minutes and 52 seconds. The way she demos this, the webcam was connected up to her Glass but facing behind her and attached to her bike helmet, so she could see a rearview shot of what was behind her while she was riding a bike.

It’s actually pretty cool if you think about it and obviously while this is a great use case for this type of capability, using a rearview connected USB webcam for Glass while riding a bike to see behind you(for safety reasons like merging with traffic and switching lanes etc.) is not the only thing it could be used for. Hyunyoung explains that this sort of thing is experimental but she wanted to show it off and let developers know that they could set something like this up as well. They also state that there is no current native webcam viewer for Google Glass, so options for setting something like this up would require the use of a third party application.