IPaT Hosts Local Designers and Developers for Google Glass Design Sprint on Urban Storytelling

On February 6th, the Institute for People and Technology joined with the Google Glass Developer Relations team to hold the first everGoogle Glass Design Sprint at Georgia Tech.  The event brought together over 100 local designers, developers, students, and faculty members in the IPaT offices to explore how Glass could be used to tell the story of Midtown Atlanta. The event was hosted in partnership with Midtown Alliance as part of the ongoing Midtown Buzz project, an experiment in mobile innovation focused on engaging urban communities. Midtown Buzz includes mobile platform and app development, open-source data curation, contextually aware environments, social navigation (via authentic tastemaker personas to 'feel like a local'), developer workshops, hackathons, trials, needs assessments and the creation of a Live-Work-Play "Laboratory" for exploring the potential of media technologies in creating a climate for continual innovation.

The evening kicked off with live demonstrations, as attendees tried on and played with Glass while learning more about its capabilities from the Google team members. The demonstrations were followed by a presentation from Timothy Jordan, Senior Developer Advocate for Project Glass, who described the principles behind great Glassware (apps for Glass) to give attendees a deeper understanding of Glass as well as a design for a great Glass storytelling experience. He encouraged the attendees to focus on how Glass and other services could complement each other to deliver a unique experience and to consider functionality that would supplement the user’s life.

Following the presentation, attendees put these principles to use immediately by breaking into small groups to brainstorm ideas on how Glass could be used for the Midtown community. The teams were directed to keep their ideas relevant, to avoid the unexpected, and to build for people by designing interfaces that use imagery, voice interactions, and natural gestures. After a few rounds of conversation and hundreds of scribbled notes, the teams presented their ideas to the crowd. Many of these ideas were expanded on further the following day for the Midtown Buzz Hackathon, which offered attendees an opportunity to turn their designs into applications and win prizes from local businesses.

Additionally, the Georgia Tech Contexual Computing Group (CCG) invited design sprint attendees, hackathon participants, and the Google Glass team back to their lab in the Technology Square Research Building for wearable computing demonstrations on February 8th. The CCG combines wearable and ubiquitous computing technologies with techniques from the fields of artificial intelligence (AI), pattern recognition, and human computer interaction (HCI) in an effort to continually develop new interfaces for mobile computing (and mobile phones) with an emphasis on gestures. There were about a dozen demonstrations from students and researchers that incorporated Glass technology that attendees were able to interface with.

Midtown Alliance 
999 Peachtree Street
Suite 730
Atlanta, GA 30309

P) 404.892.0050
F) 404.809.2129

Institute for People and Technology (IPaT)
Georgia Tech, Suite 600
75 5th St NW, 6th Floor
Atlanta, GA 30308

P) 404-894-IPAT (4728)

Email IPaT