Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Dart App Wins Google Glass Hackathon

High-fives to team GlassFrogger, who used Dart and HTML5 to win the Breaking Glass hackathon on August 18th, 2013. They ported the classic arcade game Frogger to Google Glass and its embedded web browser.


"A lot of this was discovery...we wanted to see what we could exploit without having to write a native app. How can we reuse our code? We can write this once and deploy it anywhere [with Dart and HTML5].", said Adam Singer, developer on GlassFrogger.

Hop on over to the video of the demo pitch and a bit of game play. Engadget and Robert Scoble covered the winners, and were impressed by the effort.

The game, while not complete, was built entirely during the 48-hour hackathon. Luckily, the Dart code is open source and you can try it with or without glass (try spacebar to move forward, not sure there's a move backward yet. Did we mention it's open source?) The Dart app is compiled to JavaScript, so that it can run across Glass and modern web browsers.

The Dart code uses the Google Mirror API package and the Google Plus API package, both from the pub package manager.

The GlassFrogger team consisted of +Jeff Bond +Jonathan Fearn +Steven Mautone +Ryan Weaving +Adam Singer.


Winners? Dartisans? Both! Pic courtesy of Noble Ackerson
Congrats to all the participants of Breaking Glass. We hope to see more interactive web experiences for Google Glass in the future. Keep on hacking!