Google Glass introduces games

SAMANTHA MURPHY KELLY
Last updated 05:00 31/01/2014

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This post was originally published on Mashable.

Google has launched a series of mini-games for Google Glass that allows players to use their heads as racquets to play a round of virtual tennis or slice shapes out of thin air like a karate master.

The company posted a new video on YouTube that reveals how we will be able to play video games with Google Glass. The clip also encourages developers to build games for Glass.

The mini-games take advantage of Google Glass' voice recognition software and sensors, so you can fire weapons with your voice, slice with your hands or tilt your head back to maintain balance.

"Each game is visually simple and straightforward to play," the company said in a blog post. "We intentionally wanted games that are quick to get into when you have a few free minutes and just as easy to get out of when you want to turn your attention back to reality."

Glass Explorers can access their Glass dashboards via the web or the MyGlass app to try the mini-games, and can activate them with a simple click.

The games come after Google introduced an optional attachment for prescription lenses and new styles of detachable sunglasses for Glass on Wednesday.

Here is a look at the games, as demonstrated in the video below.

Tennis

Players use their heads as racquets in this rally game. The device's built-in gyroscope and accelerometer work together to read the location and tilt of the player's head as it moves left and right.

Balance

Players once again use their heads by shifting left and right – but this time it's to keep a pile of shapes from falling over.

Clay Shooter

This classic shooting game uses voice commands. For example, saying "pull" launches a clay pigeon in the direction you're looking; saying "bang" will shoot a virtual missile its way.

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Matcher

This card-matching memory game is also played by gently moving one's head. The gyroscope and accelerometer team up to precisely follow the position of the player's head.

Shape Splitter

By moving hands in front of the Google Glass camera, players can slice and dice shapes to earn points.

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