Mar 21

Google Glass gets Layar augmented reality

It’s official, there is now a version of Layar for Google Glass.  Now we get to see what AR (augmented reality) is like on Glass. When I heard this I got really excited and immediately went to to download the app.  Since this was not developed using the Mirror API there is a small amount of installation that needs to be done to get the application running on Glass.

So I played around with the app briefly before going on to do a few more things. I started working on a draft of a blog post and as I looked at the preview on my site I saw an opportunity to try something with Layar.  I have a Google+ widget that has a QR code that is linked to my profile. So I decided to scan it with Layar and see.  I have been wanting something capable of scanning QR codes for a long time.

The Good: Finally something to scan QR codes with. Fast response from scans.

The Bad: Doesn’t leave the info I want in my timeline on Glass. There is no way to reference any of the Layar information once you navigate away from it inside Glass.

The Ugly: Within a few minutes of playing with the app and taking the screenshots for this blog post Glass got very hot and I had to take it off.


This is only one of many uses for Layar. However I think the app has a ways to go before it is really Glass ready.  I want to be able to vignette and share the things I do with Layar. I don’t know about you but what fun is an app that you can’t share with anyone?


Mar 21

Quick and easy Layar installation for Google Glass

Here is the easy way to get Layar installed on Glass. Layar has official install instructions but by using the ChromeADB it will be a lot faster and easier. If you already have ADB install you can skip steps 2&3.

  1. Download the .apk file from Layar
  2. On your Glass, turn on Debug mode by going to Settings > Device Info and tapping “Turn on Debug”.
  3. Download and install Android SDK for your platform (needed for ADB connection)
  4. Install ChromeADB by +Brick Simple
  5. Plug your Glass into your computer
  6. Open a terminal and type “adb start-server”
  7. Launch ChromeADB from Google chrome 
  8. Click the “Install package” and select the Layar APK downloaded in step 1

Once you are ready to disconnect your Glass from your computer you can use the terminal to run the “adb kill-server” command.

You should now be able to launch Layar by saying “Ok, Glass” “Scan this