Google Glass Investigated at UNC at Chapel Hill

Release date: 

March 5, 2014

CHAPEL HILL, NC - Members of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science (SILS) community actively participate in the use and development of today’s newest technologies. Google Glass is one of the latest forms of technology that’s becoming increasingly important. SILS faculty and students have prepared sample applications on Google Glass and have set up a development environment with Glass operating on UNC's WiFi network. 

On February 21, 2014, SILS hosted a special research meeting that included a presentation on Google Glass led by Dr. Brad Hemminger, associate professor. The presentation was followed by a discussion about program ideas and experiments with Google Glass.

“Glass is a wearable computing device, that projects video onto your right eye, while allowing you normal vision of the world,” said Hemminger. “You interact with it via voice commands, motion or touching the headset.”

Dr. Brad HemmingerThe presentation was the second in a series that is open to anyone interested in working with this technology. Following Hemminger’s initial presentation, attendees shared ideas for applications that could be created for Google Glass. So far, there are 40 people involved with the group mailing list, and a core group of 8-10 people are working on application development.

“My idea is to build a community around interest in Glass and wearable computing at UNC,” Hemminger said.  “My goal is to empower people by getting them to work together, and build off of each other’s enthusiasm and skills.   We're building some common foundational frameworks that will make it easier for others to build more advanced applications by using our foundational work.  I believe people are most productive in open supportive communities where they are working on exciting things.”

Meetings are held regularly on Fridays at 1:15 p.m. in Manning Hall room 214. To be added to the e-mail list and receive announcements about meetings, contact Dr. Brad Hemminger at

To view more information on google glass and learn how to obtain a pair, visit