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Capture and Display a Google Glass Screen

If you don’t want to give your Google Glass to someone else to demonstrate it, or if you want to demonstrate Glass functionality to a group of people, you can connect Glass to your computer and show its screen on your computer monitor. Then you can take screen shots of the current Glass screen so that screen appears on your computer monitor. Here’s how:

  1. Download and install the Android Software Development Kit (SDK) on the computer that will display the Glass screen.

    You can download the SDK from the Android Developers website.

  2. In the file management app you use on your computer, such as File Explorer in Windows, navigate to the \Android SDK\adt-bundle-[name]\sdk\tools\ folder.

    The [name] in the adt-bundle-[name] subdirectory depends on the operating system you’re using. In 64-bit Windows, for example, the name of the subdirectory is adb-bundle-windows-x86_64-20130917.

  3. Double-click the monitor icon or filename.

    The ADB Monitor screen appears as a window on your computer.

  4. Connect Glass to your computer, using the micro USB cable that came with your Glass.

    Your computer recognizes your Glass as a new device and installs the necessary device-driver software.

  5. Turn Glass on, if it isn’t on already.

  6. On the timeline screen, select the Settings card.

  7. On the Settings screen, select the Device Info Settings card.

  8. Open the Device Info menu by tapping the touchpad.

  9. Choose Turn on Debug from the menu.

    In the ADB Monitor screen, you see Glass in the Devices list as google_glass followed by the current release number.

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  10. Open DDMS view, if it isn’t open already, by clicking DDMS in the top-right corner of the window.

  11. Click the Glass device in the Devices list.

  12. On your Glass, open the screen that you want to display on your monitor.

  13. On your computer, click the Screen Capture button.

    This button looks like a little camera and appears just below the DDMS button. After you click the button, the Glass’s screen appears within the Device Screen Capture window on your computer.

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  14. Save the screen shot to your computer for later viewing by clicking Save and then entering folder and filename information in the Save Image As window.

  15. Close the Device Screen Shot window by clicking Done.

    You need to close the window by clicking Done whether or not you’ve saved the screen shot to your computer.

If you find that the screen doesn’t display right side up, you can rotate the image 90 degrees counterclockwise by clicking Rotate. Repeat as many times as necessary until the screen looks the way you expect.

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