Canada’s First Google Glass Hackathon Yields Four New Apps

The organizer of the first Google Glass Hackathon, Macy Kuang, brought explorers and developers together last weekend to understand the new wearable technology and develop new platforms for it.

Four teams of about ten members set off during the weekend in Toronto to conceptualize and create useable application for a device that at time still feels like science fiction. But the result is pure fact, and at the end of the weekend each group had a chance to demo their new app.

Kuang’s team developed Words with Glass, an application that helps teach users new languages. The concept is simple, all the user has to do is a say a word in their native tongue and Google Glass will repeat it in a language of choice, but it is currently only available in Mandarin. By using Microsoft Translate API to develop the app, Kuang and teammate Pearl Chen are hoping that Words with Glass will not only be a lifestyle app, but a transformative one.

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Jean-Luc David of CTO of Spently led a team in developing a music-streaming app that plays music from SoundCloud called Stereo. But due to audio streaming’s finicky coding, the app created many challenges for the team. Still Stereo reached demo completion and displayed its practical usage for those wanting to search up artists or music genres using the voice search feature on Glass. After the song or playlist has been located on SoundCloud, Glass will play back the songs through the bone-conducting headset.

Happy Belly, developed by the team at Bnotions led by Matthew Patience, is an app that offers nutritional information and provides users the ability to count calories on the go.

The fourth app developed at the first Canadian Google Glass Hackathon was Glass Eats. The team with Genesys software developer, Aaron Surtry and writer and Google Glass explorer Tom Emrich created a interactive platform that assist users with restaurant choices, categories and directions via Yelp results.

“We have made four apps for Glass in three days,” said Kuang, “so this Hackathon was definitely a success. Hopefully we can make an impact with our apps and we should definitely do this again.”

After tweaking the apps and getting rid of the bugs and glitches, all four apps will be available to the 10,000 Glass Explorers.