DJ Glassware, a new Google Glass app developed by Lance Nanek, will control the media on your HTC One smartphone using voice commands. Since the developer release of the Google Glass smart glasses, rudimentary apps have begun to surface showing proof of concept for anticipated new features. DJ Glassware is one of the first Glass apps to actually serve a practical purpose: voice commanded control of connected media.
The DJ Glassware media control app uses the Google Glass wearable heads up display’s microphone to receive voice commands from the user, which in turn controls the media player on the HTC One smartphone. For example, the user activates the DJ Glassware app with a swipe and says, “Play Three Little Birds.” Google Glass processes the command and tells the HTC One to play the Song Three Little Birds from the smartphone’s list of media files. Simple. The app also supports other verbal commands such as Stop, Volume Up, and Volume Down. This is a very useful feature for when you are running or engaged in other physical activity that renders touch control inconvenient … or if you are just super lazy.
The programmer was disappointed that Google Glass has no integrated media control function, a seemingly no-brainer for such cutting edge technology. Accordingly, he wrote the app for AngelHackSF using Google’s Mirror API, Google’s AppEngine server, and Google Cloud Messaging to channel the command from his mouth to its final destination in the HTC One. Eventually, an SDK will be released which should make the journey less complicated and require less imagination. For now, it takes a creative hop, skip, and a jump to get the job done.
DJ Glassware is the first step toward complete reliance on voice and gesture control, and the tech presented by Mr. Nanek appears surprisingly polished and reliable.
Voice control is going to be a mandatory feature on forthcoming wearable computing devices as surface area is at a premium and touch control is cumbersome on such diminutive technology. DJ Glassware is the first step toward complete reliance on voice and gesture control, and the tech presented by Mr. Nanek appears surprisingly polished and reliable. Ultimately, we would like to see such apps completely integrated with Siri, or one of the many Siri alternative Android apps, in order to further reduce the need for swipes and taps. In the mean time, DJ Glassware is a great step in the right direction.