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Full Course: Intro to Glass Design and Development

Hands-on Full Course: Intro to Glass Design and Development

Taught by Allen Firstenberg 

Goal: An introduction to “thinking for Glass”, highlighting design concepts for the Glass form factor and how to get started with the Mirror API.

Intended Audience: Developers and designers who don’t know where to begin when it comes to creating Glassware. Although we will be using code to illustrate some of the examples, many of the topics are taught at a slightly higher level and intended to get you started and help you understand Google’s documentation.

Prerequisites: Participants do not need to bring a laptop, but may wish to do so to follow along with some examples or references. Participants should be familiar with Google Glass and the apps currently available from Google.

Schedule: 3 hour course + Catered Lunch & Q&A

Design - Focusing on micro-interactions and how to adapt what we know to the Glass UX. [30 min]

Security and Servers - What you need to know about OAuth, running your own Glassware service, and timeline permissions [30 min]

Cards and the Timeline - What makes up a card and how you control it [45 min]

- Break [15 min]

Sharing, Commands, Contacts - How you interact with your Glassware from Glass [30 min]

MyGlass - What it is like getting into the “store” [15 min]

GDK vs Mirror - When should you use one or the other? What is the difference? Why should you care? [15 min]

- Catered Lunch [60 min]


Allen “Prisoner” Firstenberg - By day, Allen Firstenberg is a Senior Project Engineer at Objective Consulting where he has been instrumental in creating websites and mobile apps for companies and organizations from the American Booksellers Association to the National Science Foundation. Allen is a Google Developer Expert, recognized by Google as one of the leaders in the developer community for Google+, and is a Glass Explorer and Pioneer. Appearing on the YouTube shows Our Android Week and Google Plus Week (which he co-hosts), he is one of the first to heap praise on good ideas, one of the most brutal to criticize problems, and is relentlessly focused on helping people understand the grand vision.

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  • Allen "Prisoner" F.

    Those of you who attended (and those who couldn't make it) asked for something that might be a little more thorough and self-paced.

    The book that I've co-authored with Jason Salas about Designing and Developing for Google Glass is now available in Early Release:

    4 · May 6, 2014

  • Wilber H.

    Great introductory course.

    1 · April 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    What's on the lunch menu - anything calorically dense?

    April 4, 2014

    • Katy K.

      Lol Pat. I was thinking dietary sensitivities/allergies.­ But I will ask if the caterer has pancakes. :-)

      April 5, 2014

    • Katy K.

      Pat, unfortunately the caterer doesn't have pancakes on the menu. Maybe we can all go out afterwards and get some... :-D

      April 7, 2014

  • Eva A.

    Hi, would it be possible to purchase a second seat to attend?If so, how should I do so? Feel free to message me privately. Thanks in advance!

    March 30, 2014

    • Katy K.

      Hopefully you received my message via meetup. Please have the attendee signup via Meetup; if this is not possible please message me.

      April 4, 2014

  • Mark R.

    What technical skill should someone attending have?
    Any coding skills or other more specific skills this course assumes attendees have?

    April 4, 2014

    • Allen "Prisoner" F.

      (Is that clear? Is there anything specific I can answer for you?)

      1 · April 4, 2014

    • Mark R.

      That is clear and thank you for explanation. I'm interested in developing and have some very basic skills but the exciting part is learning as I go.

      1 · April 4, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, can i attend in streaming?

    April 3, 2014

    • Katy K.

      Unfortunately not, this is a hands on course and requires in person attendance.

      April 3, 2014

  • Mike P.

    I'm so mad I'm out of town that weekend. Hopefully I'll catch the next one!

    1 · April 1, 2014

  • Wilber H.

    Can we see a list of the areas/material to be covered for this course?

    1 · March 26, 2014

    • Allen "Prisoner" F.

      (That answer your question? Is there something specific you're looking for?)

      March 27, 2014

    • Wilber H.

      That's perfect. Thanks Allen.

      March 27, 2014

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