My company, Engage Mobile made the news this week – we were selected by Google to participate in their Google Glass program. We were featured on dozens of websites – including our hometown newspaper – the Kansas City Star. The story talked about Engage Mobile being selected by Google for the Google Glass project. Engage Mobile will join a select group of Technology visionaries, mobile pioneers and celebrities to test and provide feedback on Google Glass.
KC Company will Test Google Glass – April 5, 2013
By STEVE ROSEN – The Kansas City Star
Kansas City-based Engage Mobile has joined a star-studded group selected to test Google Glass, the sci-fi-like wearable computer device being developed by Google.
The 3-year-old mobile strategy, development and marketing company will be testing Google Glass with the goal of preparing the
product for a 2014 launch, said Darrin Clawson, the founder and chief executive of Engage Mobile.
The eclectic list of testers includes former Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich, actor Neal Patrick Harris (of Doogie Howser fame), actress Alyssa Milano, singer Brandy Norwood and rapper Matisyahu.
With an expected price of $1,500, Google Glass is essentially a smart pair of glasses. Based on the prototype, a key element of the device is its tiny prism display that sits not in your eyeline but a little above it. Users can see what’s on the display by glancing up.
The glasses also have an embedded camera, microphone and GPS. It also reportedly will vibrate listeners’ bones to give them sound, instead of using traditional headphones. Voice control is used to operate the device. Now software developers are trying to
come up with as many uses for the device as can be invented.
Clawson said his company was chosen for the beta test because of his experience in developing software for the medical industry. Before founding Engage, Clawson worked at Cerner, the North Kansas City medical technology company.
Clawson said he proposed using the device to help patients and doctors monitor personal medical devices, such as insulin pumps, pedometers, heart rate monitors and supplemental oxygen.
“Google Glass represents the next phase of wearable computing,” Clawson said Friday in a news release.
He said his company planned to develop software to support Google Glass and other wearable computing devices currently being developed.
Engage Mobile featured in the Kansas City Star on 4-6-13.