OpenGlass, a team that’s working on an open-source library for Google Glass, has been working on an augmented reality project which they managed to demo. and are two Google Glass Explorers and developers.
The augmented reality project is based on the Mirror API provided by Google and it does show what Google Glass can do. Unfortunately the Mirror API doesn’t provide access to all of Glass’ functions, so their project is pretty basic, but in the future Google is going to extend the API and offer more possibilities to developers.
OpenGlass used the camera to take a photo and then used third-party services like , which is a Computer Vision and Machine Learning web service and library.
In the future, the team hopes to be able to use only the Google Glass SDK in order to make the augmented reality a real-time app. And we believe they will be able to do so, as Google promised they are going to improve the API and grant access to more functions of the device. We expect this to happen once it gets officially released, probably later this year.
At the moment, the app is not very straightforward, neither user-friendly, but it does work. You can see in the video below that it’s able to tell you how tall a building is and even translate signs.
The Augmented reality app could be installed on any Google Glass device just like any other app and it doesn’t even require root access.
Watch the video below to see how it works.