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MIT Researchers Bring JavaScript To Google Glass 70

Posted by samzenpus
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colinneagle (2544914) writes "Earlier this week, Brandyn White, a PhD candidate at the University of Maryland, and Scott Greenberg, a PhD candidate at MIT, led a workshop at the MIT Media Lab to showcase an open source project called WearScript, a JavaScript environment that runs on Google Glass. White demonstrated how Glass's UI extends beyond its touchpad, winks, and head movements by adding a homemade eye tracker to Glass as an input device. The camera and controller were dissected from a $25 PC video camera and attached to the Glass frame with a 3D-printed mount. A few modifications were made, such as replacing the obtrusively bright LEDs with infrared LEDs, and a cable was added with a little soldering. The whole process takes about 15 minutes for someone with component soldering skills. With this eye tracker and a few lines of WearScript, the researchers demonstrated a new interface by playing Super Mario on Google Glass with just eye movements."
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MIT Researchers Bring JavaScript To Google Glass

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  • Headache (Score:5, Funny)

    by Dan East (318230) on Thursday March 27, 2014 @08:33PM (#46598679) Homepage Journal

    the researchers demonstrated a new interface by playing Super Mario on Google Glass with just eye movements

    Followed by the researchers demonstrating how to try and relieve a headache by massaging their temples with their thumbs.

    • by TubeSteak (669689)

      Speaking of headaches, TFA didn't bother linking to the website of what we're all talking about
      http://www.wearscript.com/en/latest/ [wearscript.com]

    • Sir, this is no time for quips and jests. This is a serious and devastating moment.

      My heart goes out to all "Glassholes" (From my readings I believe that is what they prefer to be called) and the exquisitely priced fandanglery they prefer to wear on their futuristic heads.
      The evil that JavaScript will unleash upon their world will be terrifying and its effects widespread - the limited power of their Glasshole devices will be naught a match for the mighty appetite of the beast that is known as JS.
      Mark my wor
    • Re:Headache (Score:5, Funny)

      by Mashiki (184564) <mashiki&gmail,com> on Thursday March 27, 2014 @11:06PM (#46599577) Homepage

      First two things showing up on Google glass after JS showing up:
      Popup ads.
      The second? UR PENIS TOO SMALL! VIAGRA CHEAP!!!!111!

    • No joke, that was seriously tedious and took me hours to get right (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSn6s3DPTSg). The real point of the video was to show that we made a cheap eye tracker ($25) add-on for Glass along with a better pupil detection algorithm than was previously available (https://github.com/wearscript/wearscript-eyetracking). We're working with accessibility labs to use it as an input device for users who can't use the touchpad on Glass. The goal is to make it widely available for people to
      • It's a little light on detail. It's a shame no one recorded your work, maybe using the Glass ware? You might want to talk to someone in the Signing community, your interface might "pick up" some "pointers" there.
  • by BrendaEM (871664) on Thursday March 27, 2014 @08:43PM (#46598749) Homepage

    Flash will be next.

  • MIT researchers? (Score:4, Informative)

    by oneiros27 (46144) on Thursday March 27, 2014 @08:45PM (#46598757) Homepage

    ... Brandyn White, a PhD candidate at the University of Maryland, and Scott Greenberg, a PhD candidate at MIT ...

    At least this time we can blame Network World for the crappy headline, and not someone here at Slashdot. We can just blame them for not bothering to read the summary, much less the article.

    • by godrik (1287354)

      Welcome to the world of PR and marketing. If there is any kind of involvement from a famous party, no matter how small the involvement, the famous party always gets the credit. MIT is more famous than University of Maryland so they get the credit.

      Note that I have no clue how much each person contributed to this particular project. But if it is done by somebody famous (or at a famous entity), it becomes great, if you had done the same thing, nobody would talk about it.

    • Brandyn here, it can be annoying but in this instance MIT sponsored the event (it was at the Media Lab) so it's an easy mistake. No harm, anyone who looks into it knows that I'm at Maryland.
    • In academia, most of the actual research is done by PhD candidates. The PIs get the funding and then disappear from the project for three years until it's time to get more funding.
  • Javascript should not be received Pig in the 'Poke style.
  • by Kardos (1348077) on Thursday March 27, 2014 @09:09PM (#46598915)

    So how long is it going to be before someone writes some sort of java script that blinds the user?

  • by PPH (736903)

    We attach something to the thing we attached to our glasses.

  • I didn't know soldering some electronics together and porting a language to a platform is Ph.D. level work.

    • Re:Ph.D.? (Score:5, Interesting)

      by e133tc1pher (752949) on Thursday March 27, 2014 @11:25PM (#46599657) Homepage

      I didn't know soldering some electronics together and porting a language to a platform is Ph.D. level work.

      Agreed. This is my research http://scholar.google.com/cita... [google.com] . WearScript is a tool that helps us in our current research (which is an extension of this https://www.youtube.com/watch?... [youtube.com] ). When you do research you can either use tools that already exist or you can take a detour and invest in making better tools so you can do more effective research, that's what this is.

    • Well, now maybe the PISA results start to make sense?

      Give it another 20 years and you'll probably get your Ph.D. for being able to assemble a computer (and of course write a 100+ page essay about it).

      • The only way that PISA results can ever make sense is if you understand their primary flaw: they do not control for admissions standards and thus penalize more open admission systems (like the US), versus more closed admissions systems (about everywhere else, namely Europe and Asia).

        As for assembling a computer from the parts up, it would require a lot more than one might think.

        • Well, technically the admission standards in the US are not more permissive, just different. Brains don't matter, just money does.

          • by sethstorm (512897)

            Well, technically the admission standards in the US are not more permissive, just different. Brains don't matter, just money does.

            Some of the features of the US system that make it more permissive:
            Highly permeable education tracks - moving between each is performance based(and sometimes not even that), not specifically test-based.
            Three named tracks exist(Honors/AP,Regular,Remedial), but all provide the same opportunity to access post-secondary education.
            Post-secondary options provide the same opportunity to all participants - a 4 year degree.

            In short, one test score at one point in your life won't determine the

  • just to play super mario.
  • With Javascript on Glass, can malware be far behind? Would affected users be stumbling around blinded? Would IT-conscious Glassholes get tired of having to say "OK, Glass: Yes to the umpteenth fucking Java update dialog today!"

    • Well, considering we just had a story today how texting is one of the leading causes of accidents, I dare predict that Glass users won't really need JS to stumble around blindly...

  • When Glass is available in a full and free form for the Rest of Us, then maybe some of this might be of good use. It seems like about every interesting use is being removed from it until it is turned into something that pales in comparison to the developer units.

    Of course, some Glasshole (or a few of them) would take that as a personal offense instead of responding to the top shortcoming of Glass - lack of general availability.

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