Glass to get streaming video, official development kit

Fear not, Glass fans. Google is working on video streaming and a development kit for Project Glass, the company promised on the second day of its annual I/O conference.

Senior Developer Advocate for Project Glass Timothy Jordan talks up the headset on the second day of Google I/O 2013. Seth Rosenblatt/CNET

SAN FRANCISCO--Google's got video streaming and a development kit for Glass in the works, the company confirmed on Thursday in front of an overflow crowd at Google I/O 2013.

In addition to those features, Timothy Jordan, a senior developer advocate for Project Glass, said that offline support and media access will also be coming to Glass. Jordan did not reveal a release date for the improvements, only saying that they would all be "coming soon" to the wearable Internet-connected headset.

Google, he said, wants to hear from developers about what they want in the Glass Development Kit. "We're focusing on developers, that's you, what you're doing with Glass," he said.

"Glass is a very now device," Jordan said as he offered some development suggestions. "Glass is really about what you're doing right now. You want to deliver content [to the user]," he said, but he also had some words of caution.

"Avoid the unexpected," he said. "It's bad on any platform, but particularly dangerous on Glass." Jordan did not go into the specifics of that danger, but it's probably safe to assume that unexpected surprises on Glass could result in physical harm to the user, and possibly legal action against the developer.

"Be honest about the intention of the application, of your Glassware. Be sure people know what they're going to get when they sign up."

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