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Hackers get busy with Glass at Google's invitation

Running desktop operating system apps on Google Glass may be possible, but not necessarily a good idea, Google warns.

Google got a leg up on those who would tinker with its digital peepers by demonstrating its own hacks of its gadget at the I/O show for developers this week.

Among the hacks was rooting Google Glass to run Linux Ubuntu--although doing so may not be a good idea.

Unlike some hardware makers, Google encouraged Glass users to hack their wearable computers by showing them how to gain root access to them and running things like Bluetooth keyboards, Android apps, and even the Ubuntu version of Linux.

Getting Glassy-eyed

Running an operating system on the smart cheaters, though, isn't quite how their design team envisioned them being used. When using the glasses, the ideas is to interact with them through brief glances or "micro intereactions"--not the way folks interact with programs running in a desktop operating system.

Prolonged staring at information in the glasses could be very unsettling. "That would be painful," Glass lead designer Isabelle Olsson told All Things Digital this week.

"We don't want to create zombies staring into the screen for long periods of time," she added.

If that's the case, all the developers for Glass haven't gotten the memo on it. Social network Path, for instance, is preparing an app for Glass that sends a stream of updates from friends and families to the glasses, which could lead to interacting with the peepers with more than just casual glances.

In a similar fashion, the New York Times app floods the device with news headlines and photos.


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