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Published on Jun 20, 2013
Maximiliano Firtman, O'Reilly Media, at O'Reilly Velocity Conference 2013, with John Furrier and Dave Vellante
Maximiliano Firtman an Author with O'Reilly Media, shared his experience with Google Glass and his take on development around the device with theCube co-hosts John Furrier and Dave Vellante, live at O'Reilly Velocity in Santa Clara.
Wearing his Google Glass device throughout the interview, Firtman said: "I've been using it for three weeks now, it's a really nice device. It's still like an empty box, I want do do more with it," but it still needs development.
Explaining where Google Glass development is, Firtman said that "right now you can create only cloud based apps," but, in the following months, it will be possible to also develop native apps. Asked to comment on the development strategy, Firtman explained that, basically, with the API currently available, developers can create web apps using any server side technology, not HTML. "It's really simple," there are a lot of examples that you can start from. "With maybe 10 lines of code you have your first Google Glass app up and running."
The biggest challenge with Google Glass right is direction. "This is cloud-based, so the live interaction is not simple. Hopefully in a couple of months we'll have any kind of apps."
John Furrier stated he saw Google Glass as a "very relevant companion device," as "your phone becomes your base station." Firtman added that "a lot of people see it [Google Glass] as a replacement of the phone," while right now it is just a companion. "I cannot do just anything I could do with my phone."
As Google Glass gains more hype and development around it, Firtman believes Google will not be selling them as you would a smartphone, but that they'd rather partner with smartphone makers or have it sold as a normal pair of glasses by companies manufacturing such consumer products.