First Google Glass games released


January 30, 2014

Google has released five games for Glass

Google has released five games for Glass

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Following the launch earlier this week of a collection of frames for Glass, Google has launched the first handful of games for the device. In total, five simple mini games have been released that make use of its smartglass features.

Tennis employs the player's head a racket. The onboard gyroscope and accelerometer are used to control the game as the player tilts their head. Balance is also based on head movements, requiring the player to keep a pile of shapes from toppling over.

In Clay Shooter, players call, "Pull!" and Glass uses the device's accelerometer, along with some programmed physics, to help determine the flight of a clay pigeon. The player is then required to get the pigeon in their sights and shoot it out of the sky by saying, "Bang!"

Shape Splitter is a Fruit Ninja-esque game that requires players to slice through flying objects with their hands, and Matcher is a memory and concentration game based a classic card-matching game. It uses Glass' gyroscope and accelerometer to follow the position of the player’s head.

Google says the games experiment with the features of Glass and demonstrate some of the possibilities for gaming with the device. It says they are aimed at inspiring developers to create more apps that take advantage of the device's capabilities.

The video below shows some of the games being played.

Source: Google

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I can see how these devices can be useful, even life-saving, such as being able to say "Get me to the nearest A & E department." But that fades into insignificance if your need arises because you had been distracted by playing a game when you should have been concentrating on your driving and as a result have badly injured a pedestrian or other road-user or even yourself.

I imagine that it would be easy to limit their functionality if the wearer is driving or riding because their behaviour - head movement, what is being looked at etc. - would be different to that of a passenger. Speed of travel would also flag up the need to check such matters. I just hope that Google have thought it through.

I think we need to be wary of where this particular technology might lead. That it is possible to link all these devices to the NSA and the like so that they can check what any wearer is doing and where they are doing it is bad enough. But couple that with face and voice recognition, and even if you are not wearing one of these, others in your vicinity will be, which means that you would need to wear a disguise if you really wanted to be free of being snooped upon by such a system. (Only 30 years behind schedule! Never mind, George, you got it right in the end.)

Mel Tisdale

Mass produce for use : Tourism for those needing prescription glasses PD, FD use Security Guides Hosts etc Many users for IF EZ to use & store./

Stephen Russell
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