Google Glass has made an appearance at SXSWi with an API for the latest in Google’s stable of Gadgetry. Along with the API there were several applications for the new device showing their collective face for the first time. Google has a chance to get ahead of the curve in the wearable computing market with Google Glass. So, let us talk about what is new with Google Glass as of SXSWi, and as we get more excited with each snippet of Glass that Google gives at each of these events.
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Google has come forward with some impressive applications for their latest device at SXSWi. First off, the most impressive application for the computer for your face is from the New York Times in association with Page & Co. This app allows the user to browse articles published by the Times and will give the user critical information about the article such as how long it has been since the article was published, photos associated with the column, and of course the headline and byline. The application will also read the column aloud to the user if so desired. A breaking news feature for the app is also being tested and it is said to feature notifications that will be pushed to Glass as news events are published allowing the user to stay in the know on an up to the minute basis. The New York Times app is the most feature packed app that we have heard about so far, but we are sure to see more and more feature filled apps for Google Glass hitting the newsfeed as we approach Google I/O in May.
“By bringing technology closer, we can get it out of the way. This is what Glass does. It provides an experience to the user that’s there when they want it, and unobtrusive when they don’t. In doing so, Glass creates a new kind of computing that’s more about people than it is about computers. In this session, we’ll look at Glass in people’s lives with emphasis on how to use the cloud API to build new experiences and bring people closer together.” Timothy Jordan on Google Glass
Also shown off for Google Glass at SXSW were apps from the likes of Evernote, Skitch, and the not so well known, but well loved social media application, Path. These are all applications that are visually appealing and point to a very relevant application line-up for Google Glass. Most of the apps represented at the event are still in alpha phases and only have a few features available thus far, such as posting images to the web and reacting to the posts of those you follow. We are very much looking forward to seeing how these apps develop in the coming months, as this blank canvas called Google Glass just has a ton of possibilities waiting to be tapped by app developers. I for one am just itching to see what they can do with it.
Google’s very own GMail also got a bit of time in the limelight at the event as a GMail application for Google Glass was introduced, as well. Although it is expected that Google would release a GMail app first and foremost, it is still very exciting to see theses things being talked about so that maybe we can start seeing more of what Glass will be like as a finished product. It is also likely that we will see screen-shots from the rest of the G-apps, soon.
It looks like Google is starting to give us more and more of an overall impression of exactly what Glass will be capable of with every one of these events that are graced with the presence of this wearable computing device. What do you think of a future where everyone has a computer on their face or even built into the body at some point? Better yet, and a step back, have you pre-ordered Glass and how excited are you to get this screen afront your “Glass” ball?