Google Shows Off Gaming Potential Of Glass With Five Simple Games

Google released five simple games for Glass, the company’s buzz-worthy wearable computing device.

In a post on the Glass Developers blog, a spokesperson wrote, “We hacked together five simple games that experiment with the unique features of Glass and demonstrate some of the possibilities for gaming.”

With Tennis, Balance, Clay Shooter, Matcher, and Shape Splitter, Google is making a play for the profitable mobile game market, one that regularly outpaces both traditional gaming revenue as well as other forms of media.

Google Glass has accelerometers and gyroscopes in it, making the head-controlled Tennis and Balance–you need to keep a stack of books from falling off a cartoon character’s head–fairly obvious. Clay Shooter takes a cue from skeet shooting, but in this game, your voice is your trigger. Shape Shifter lets players slice their hands through Glass-displayed objects like Fruit Ninja, and Matcher asks players to match shapes within a grid, similar to something like Bejeweled or Puzzles and Dragons.

Basic though they may be, this move by the Google Glass development team signals an early interest in gaming apps, something that Apple never quite supported early on.

It’s only a matter of time before we start to see gaming take over wearable computing devices like Glass, though the safety issues are important to pay attention to, as well.

“We intentionally wanted games that are quick to get into when you have a few, free minutes,” says the blog post, “and just as easy to get out of when you want to turn your attention back to reality.”

Developers wanting to make games for Google Glass are encouraged to the Glass Development Kit (GDK) for documentation and coding tools.