Google Glass Users Can Now Get Three New Travel Apps

By Todd R. Weiss  |  Posted 2014-05-16 Print this article Print
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On April 15, Google held a one-day-only event where anyone in the United States could buy a Glass device as long as they paid the $1,500. Some reports after the event said that Google never actually shut the doors to that one-day store and continued to take orders for a few days until the devices were gone.

For excited users, the reality of the Glass beta program is that it is still a product that is under development and it is not finished.

Controversies still continue about the product, as well. There have already been bars and restaurants that have banned Glass wearing in their establishments, as well as reports about several people being physically attacked while wearing Glass, though those reports have sometimes been sketchy.

Also in April, Google launched a new "Glass at Work" program to try to build interest in the business community about the possibilities of using Google Glass on the job.

Two businesses that are already experimenting with Glass are the Washington Capitals NHL hockey club and oil field services company Schlumberger, according to Google. The Capitals selected several hundred fans at a Jan. 14 game against the San Jose Sharks to try out a Glass app called Skybox that was built by APX Labs.

Using Skybox, the fans were able to see real-time instant replays on the devices, view different camera angles, pull up player stats and information with simple commands, share game highlights on social media, and receive other customized and specialized information through a high-performance content management system serving the Verizon Center, according to an eWEEK report.  

Schlumberger partnered with a company called Wearable Intelligence to use Glass to increase safety and efficiency for their employees in the field, according to Google. Both Glass projects are only the start of what is possible for businesses and the enterprise, according to Google.

Google Glass has been a topic of conversation among techies since news of it first surfaced in 2012. The first Google Glass units began shipping in April 2013 to developers who signed up at the June 2012 Google I/O developers conference to buy an early set for $1,500 for testing and development; the new technology was the hit of the conference. Google also then began shipping Glass units to lucky users who were given the privilege to buy their own early versions of the wearable devices.

Each Google Glass device includes adjustable nose pads and a high-resolution display that Google said is the equivalent of a 25-inch high-definition screen from 8 feet away. The glasses also feature a built-in camera that takes 5-megapixel photos and video at 720p. Audio is delivered to wearers through their bones, using bone-conduction transducers.


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