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Google Glass gets translation, game apps

At its Hackathon, the company also offers a software developer kit sneak peak

Google gave developers at its Hackathon in the company's San Francisco offices Tuesday a look at its upcoming Glass Development Kit.

The Glass Development Kit, or GDK, is a tool box to help developers create apps for Google's computerized eyeglasses, which are due to be officially released in 2014. Google made a sneak peak version of the GDK available to developers in the hopes they'll try it out and find any bugs.

A full developer preview should be out in "the next few weeks," according to a Google spokesman. The official release is expected after that, but no specific date has been publicly set.

"As of today, developers can now do more with Glass," Google wrote in a Google+ post on Tuesday. "This means that the people who build the services that you love can create even more Glassware."

And to show off what developers can build with the new GDK, Google launched five new Glassware apps from Strava, Allthecooks Recipes, Word Lens, GLU and GolfSight.

"These were all built on the new platform and have transformed some of our favorite activities in really exciting ways," Google noted.

The Wordlens app, for instance, translates printed words for the user. Look at a sign printed in Spanish and Glass now can give you the English translation (or vice versa) and even overlays it right where you're looking.

The Spellista app by GLU is a simple and social word jumble game for Glass, while the GolfSight app from SkyDroid gives a golfer information on distances, course info and keeps score.

The app from Allthecooks lets users view recipes and cooking directions on Glass, keeping their hands free for chopping and stirring or even posting their own recipes. And the Strava app, built for athletes, records the user's rides or runs, tracks his or her progress and calculates results.

Just last week, Google added music features to Glass' inventory. The company rolled out a voice command that lets users call up songs or tracks to listen to on Google Glass.

Google is also updating Glass prototypes to allow users to pull up music simply by saying, "OK, Glass, listen to...."

The new Wordlens app for Google Glass translates printed words for the user. (Image: Google)

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