Pandora for Glass: from Hack-a-thon to Explorer Edition

Twice a year, in the spring and in the fall, everyone in the technology organization here at Pandora puts our day jobs on hold and comes together for a Hack-a-thon.  The 72-hour event culminates with employees gathering around (with keg beer) to watch each team demo their hack. Winners are awarded for Best Demo, Most Creative Idea, Best Improvement to Pandora and Best Project Not Related to Pandora.

During the Hack-a-thon this spring, one team developed a hack for Pandora on Glass. It was such a hit that we decided to show it to Google, and we’re excited to announce today’s launch of Pandora for Glass.

Pandora_GoogleGlass_Mock_FINAL_NowPlaying

Glass is smart eyewear: A lightweight frame and tiny display that rests neatly above your eyes that makes exploring and sharing the world around you faster and easier.

Built by Pandora, our Glassware allows you to access your personalized radio stations from wherever you are, interacting with the service through voice command or by using the touchpad. Supported voice commands for Pandora include selecting an existing station and creating a new one. For a more advanced experience, you can use the touchpad, which offers the ability to thumb-up and thumb-down tracks, as well as access standard controls like pause, skip and stop.

For those of you currently in the Explorer program, it’s easy to add Pandora to Glass:

  1. Go to http://google.com/myglass on your computer or device
  2. Go to the Glassware page and find Pandora
  3. On the detail page, turn ON Pandora and sign in
  4. Give permission to access basic information
  5. Pandora will be added automatically over the air; enjoy!

Pandora_GoogleGlass_Mock_FINAL_PlainYou can enjoy music from Pandora on Glass by listening in the following ways:

  • Built-in speaker + bone conduction (no headphones required)
  • Single earbud included in Explorer kit
  • Double earbud accessory (micro-USB)

Launching on the Glass Explorer edition marks the latest wearable technology device that Pandora is available on (we announced on the Pebble SmartWatch for both iOS and Android a few months ago). We look forward to learning more about the wearables space from our launch on Glass and will continue to explore how we can develop meaningful Pandora experiences for our listeners on new devices and technologies.

For those of you interested in learning more about Glass, here is a link to get you started: http://www.google.com/glass/start/

Carl Edwards

Director, Device Engineering http://carledwards.wordpress.com

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