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Google releases Glass minigames to entice game developers
January 29, 2014 | By Alex Wawro

January 29, 2014 | By Alex Wawro
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Google is trying to encourage developers to make games for Glass headsets, and earlier this week the company published a blog post with five downloadable Glass minigames that demonstrate the hardware's capabilities.

The lion's share of the game demos appear to rely on the accelerometer and gyroscopes built into Glass -- tracking the movement of your head to control the racket in a first-person tennis match, for example, or listening for voice commands to know when to fire a gun in a skeet shooting game.

Google's demo reel makes the minigames appear relatively sedate, though it's not hard to envision developers experimenting with fast-paced Google Glass games that literally make your head spin. Thankfully, the demo reel also includes a Fruit Ninja homage that tasks players with slicing shapes to pieces by slashing their hands in front of the Glass camera.

Google is hoping that more developers will take up the challenge, and has published a "sneak peek" of the Glass Developer Kit -- which functions as an add-on to the existing Android SDK -- in advance of the official Developer Preview release.


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Katy Smith
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And people worried about looking goofy playing the Wii... :)

Josh Charles
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Zing!

James Coote
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Hoping to get my hands on a pair of Google Glasses and experiment with them some time later this year.

I think actually, although everyone is going raving mad over Oculus Rift, that Google Glass connected to your console could make for some really cool uses. (Obvious one being to have a HUD on the google glass instead of on the TV screen itself, but I bet there'll be other ways it could be used as well)

Luis Blondet
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I'll just leave this right here.

http://youtu.be/I3ih-sm6hxA


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