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A Day at Droiders: Smartglass and Wearable Technology

Friday

08

May

a day at droiders

We are located in Murcia’s financial district, it’s 8:30 a.m. and Droiders opens its doors. When the lift doors open, the first things we perceive are a delicious smell of coffee and laughter. So, as we enter a wide open-plan office, we gape at the biggest Google Glass in history hanging from the ceiling. This is how work starts at Droiders every morning, having breakfast while gazing at a spectacular view from the tower, where Droiders headquarters are.

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Droiders Headquarters

After a quick coffee together, the Development team crosses a hallway into the heart of the company. This is where engineers, designers and developers work on Augmented Reality software and hardware, such as Epson Moverio; Virtual Reality and cutting edge wearables.

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Developers testing Epson Moverio and Google Glass

Around 9:30 a.m., after spending some time in front of a computer screen, the Marketing team enters the Meeting Room; they report on daily subjects and objectives as well as feedback on yesterday’s work. An overhead projector turns on and, from a pair of Google Glass in which there is a Streye Checkr tasks list, starts showing slides; in order to achieve this, we use Streye Live Pro, a smartglass software we have designed, developed and patented ourselves. Then, today’s subject turns out to be about the strategy and campaign of our new product. After the meeting, the team returns to its section, moving forward with new ideas for the project.

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Google Glass and Streye Live Pro presentation

It’s 11:00 a.m., time for a quick brunch.  You see people walking back and forth from all directions. Some take over the kitchen to get toasties ready, while others take advantage of having a pair of Oculus Rift goggles to leave this world for a brief time. They become immersed into a virtual world. Then, there is a Formula 1 Race challenge, to find out who’s fastest…and who will have to bring food for the rest!

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Immersed in a Formula 1 Race

A visitor comes into the office; senior managers and clients head for the Meeting Room. All the rest return to their posts so to keep working on new concepts, on developments that shall bring the future a bit closer. The streets are about to be invaded by devices way beyond smartphones. Wearables are clothing that store, broadcast and receive information. Hyper-connectivity is here to stay.

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Working on new concepts

Lunch is here! There is an avalanche and people cue for two microwave ovens; the open-plan office is empty. Now food tables are the place to be. Comments and laughter between bites and mouthfuls. A courier service package arrives and one of the engineers opens it as was typical of Steve Jobs, and he introduces a brand-new smartwatch being long awaited by the team.

It’s 3:30 p.m. Two more hours to go in which the design and Web usability teams work on the web pages and display banners to be used in the commercial campaign. Marketing analyses performance, past and present.  Just before off-duty time, the last meeting of the day, commenting on real-time results and tomorrow’s objectives.

At Droiders, our sights are set on that which exists though always looking at what is to come. By working here, one realizes that the future is not far from the present. It is right here, within the following minute and we are heading straight into it.

Droiders ¡Performing Apps!

Google Glass, more alive than ever

Thursday

26

Feb

Since the news came out that Google closed it’s Glass Explorer program – that’s the name for those users who paid $1.500 to become trialists of the device – many have leapt to the conclusion that the entire project has been canned. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Google Glass Explorer Edition

 

It’s not that Google wishes to sunset the project by any means, the reality is that have graduated to another division, out of Google X under the guidance of Tony Fadell, otherwise known as “the father” of the iPod, and, Ivy Ross, of prior retail fame and success. Fadell aims to position Google Glass as an everday device.

He is counting on the support of the Italian Luxottica giant, the manufacturer of the famous Ray-Ban, Oakley and Arnette sunglasses, to design new frames and materials for a beautiful and desirable end product.

Not all efforts will be focused on the exterior appearance though. Fadell also wants to change the guts of the system, by partnering with the chip giant: Intel. So, where can we expect to notice the change?: in the performance (4 hours more battery life) and a reduced working temperature.

Google’s objective is a Glass that weighs the same as a regular pair of glasses, so for it to be truly wearable it needs to feel part of your outfit.

But alas, this does not rule out developers continuing to develop on the platform. The modification of the hardware aspect of the device will not affect the programming of Glass.

Google Glass

As of now, Glass Explorer Edition is no longer available in United States or UK, the only territories where Explorers could obtain Glass untill now, But those with Glass freely continue to use them and develop on the platform.

In fact, at Droiders we’re developing glassware, and our goal is to keep investigating and working on various projects, just as we have been doing since 2012, speaking at different public events and working on public and undisclosed Glass for work projects.

For example, this week, Julián Beltrán, CEO of Droiders, gave a talk at the second Clinical Simulation Conference held in Dubai, talking about Glass and other wearable technologies in the mhealth sector with Dr. Homero Rivas of Stanford Universtiy Medical Center.

We’ve also recently launched official MyGlass Glassware: Nativo and Streye Live.

Finally we’re also proud to exhibit at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, March 2-5th in the Congress square Hall, stand CS121 where we will be unveiling even more Glassware. We hope to see you there!

Google Glass Explorer Edition