Class Projects - Fall 2013

Spectacle

A Google Glass an application that allows users to see the history — both recent and not so recent — of locations they visit at Northwestern University.

Spectacle is a proof of concept technology that uses Google Glass to allows users to see the history - both recent and not so recent - of locations they visit at Northwestern University.
What it does
Spectacle brings the history of a place directly to the user. Spectacle users open the app to a What’s This? page, which shows them a list of nearby locations. The user picks a location, such as the Norris University Center, and is shown the official University description and photos of the location as well as historical photos from the University archives. Users can also see what students have said about the place through an Off-the-Record page, which brings up geo-tagged Instagram photos, Foursquare posts, and “Footprints” left by other Spectacle users. To leave a Footprint themselves, users select the Footprint option from a menu and answer a random prompt from Spectacle, such as “What’s the funniest thing you’ve ever done in Norris?” The user replies via a voice recording that Glass transcribes into text and posts to Foursquare.


How it works

Spectacle runs on the Mirror API and uses the Google recommended AppEngine platform, which hosts the app directly on Google’s servers. The Mirror API works as a message courier between the app and the device. We can push content to the device, receive updates on how the user has interacted, and also receive device information such as user location.


Next Steps
  • Extend the app beyond the Northwestern campus or to new specific use cases (e.g. historical tours of neighborhoods, walking guides of important architecture, etc.)
  • Personalize the experience by learning more about the users and their social connections.

Connect