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Lead Author Type

CIS Masters Student


Dr. Robert Adams,

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This project involves a thorough investigation of the Google Glass platform. The project involves three parts: identification of key platform capabilities, exploration of the developer API, and a business use-case evaluation. In the first part, the hardware capabilities were identified, with special emphasis on those features that separate Glass from traditional mobile platforms (i.e., smart phones). Second, the Google Development Toolkit (GDK)I is examined, again with special emphasis on the APIs specific to Glass. Finally, the project evaluates the suitability of Google Glass compared with other mobile or wearable platforms. In summary, Glass seems to have a place for certain niche use-cases, but doesn’t seem to offer significant advantages for a mass market.