Hidden Secrets of Google Glass Hint At AR Future

on Friday, May. 10th

Google Glass, will it be the next Segway, is it just a sign of "status flight"? Will everyone who wears it look stupid?

Who cares? What cool stuff can it do that we can't do now? One programmer went digging and found some hidden developer interfaces. Interfaces that one blogger at Walyou think may lead to alternate reality apps and games beyond the imagination.

Okay, okay… within the imagination:

Programmer Lance Nanek, uncovered these Google Glass sensors, a list that Google has kept hidden from the masses.

  • MPL Gyroscope
  • MPL Accelerometer
  • MPL Magnetic Field
  • MPL Orientation
  • MPL Rotation Vector
  • MPL Linear Acceleration
  • MPL Gravity
  • LTR-506ALS Light sensor
  • Rotation Vector Sensor
  • Gravity Sensor
  • Linear Acceleration Sensor
  • Orientation Sensor
  • Corrected Gyroscope Sensor

What this means is that developers, should they wish to, can use Google Glass’ hidden hardware to create large-scale alternate reality games, which means that they’ll be able to set tasks and track progress, all in the name of fun.

Google has hidden these APIs away so far, but this stuff is exactly why I find the technology interesting at all. Also: I don’t have a clue what “MPL Rotation Vector” means. Or what “MPL” means for that matter. I’m sure it is very shiny.

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