Earlier this year, Google informed the world of its API go to market strategy surrounding Project Glass. Google has initiated its strategy with a private beta for the API, as well as an API name: Google Mirror API. The Mirror API, now in beta, will allow developers to create experiences for Google Glass. Google gave a live demonstration and overview of Project Glass and the Mirror API at SXSW. Google Senior Developer Advocate, Timothy Jordan, explained:
“Developing for this type of device is a little different because you’re wearing it and it’s a very intimate experience. So we also gave would-be Glass developers some recommended guidelines.”
In February of 2013, Google began taking applications for the Glass Explorer Program. Developers interested in developing on the Project Glass platform could apply for an early prototype and gain access to the Mirror API. Although applications have closed, anticipatory developers await their acceptance, and Google has already announced some early integrations with strategic partners (i.e. Evernote).
Although public documentation is not currently available, Google has revealed some details on the Mirror API. The API uses REST protocol. The API uses Timeline cards to interact with the Glass user. The API can send and receive Timeline cards to keep data realtime, up to date, and flexible. For more information, visit the Project Glass homepage.
As recent as one year ago, tech enthusiasts enjoyed seemingly futuristic talks about internet access through a contact lens. With Project Glass and the now functional Mirror API, such talks have moved from far-fetched to just around the corner. Project Glass will continue to progress and shatter our idea of mobility and connectivity. Enjoy the ride or join the ranks of developers who will drive the next frontier in technology.