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Will new apps save Google Glass from doom?

Tech company Mind Pirate and the Canadian Film Centre's Media Lab have released four new apps available for download on Google Glass, addressing one of the complaints about the device - lack of content.
March 27, 2014

Canadian Film Centre’s Media Lab (CFC Media Lab) and Cali.-based wearable technology company Mind Pirate have launched four new apps available for download now onto Google Glass, the collaborators announced Thursday morning.

The apps, which range from immersive gameplay controlled by the nod of a head to real-time video and photo effects, were the result of a four-month long wearable accelerator, created by the CFC Media Lab and Mind Pirate, dubbed ideaBOOST. The results are an example of how entertainment and technology can be brought together to produce next-gen digital content, says Ana Serrano, chief digital officer, Canadian Film Centre, in a statement.

The apps are a much-needed addition to the device. In a widely-disseminated essay last December tech pundit Robert Scoble listed the reasons why Google Glass was “doomed,” with “not enough apps” coming in at #3.

The new apps include:

  • State of Syn: Singularity from Smokebomb Entertainment is a hybrid story-action-puzzle game in which the user plays a hacker fighting to save the lives of an elite team of covert freedom fighters. The app combines video playback, cinematic sound design, direct-to-user messaging delivered by the story’s lead character and head-gesture game control to trigger in-game events.
  • A to B from Normative allows users to record routes and times for any activity, from running to skateboarding.
  • Little Bandits from Little Guy Games is a cowboy-theme sharpshooting game that lets two players duel it out.
  • SHARD from CFC Media Lab lets users apply live filters to the world around them, from J.J. Abrams-inspired lens flares to kaleidoscopic imagery.

The entertainment companies involved were provided with a budget, mentorship and tools including early access to Mind Pirate’s wearable technology platform, Callisto.

About The Author
Todd is StreamDaily's U.S. West Coast Correspondent. He has written for a wide range of publications, including The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Post, NylonGuys and, yes, even the Weekly World News. Earlier in his career, he served as senior editor for the pioneering alternative movie magazine Film Threat. You can reach him at toddrlongwell[at]gmail.com or on twitter @toddlongwell1

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