How often do you find yourself in unfamiliar areas? As a young adult, I find myself venturing in unfamiliar territory more often than not. As I clench to the GPS on my phone (for fear of being lost), there is not a way for me to search for good quality restaurants nearby. I could effortlessly make my way to the nearest McDonald’s, but I would rather try that 5 star brunch restaurant right around the corner. Thank goodness for the technology of Google Glass and Yelp, allowing Tom Emrich to create this useful app known as Glass Eats.
Glass Eats is based off the popular Android app, Yelp. Visit Glass Eats website for step by step instructions on how to use this app. When searching for restaurants, you can choose from 13 different types, including Chinese, Italian, Brunch, and more. Yelp has over 100 restaurant categories, but for Glass, I think 13 is plenty. After selecting the restaurant type, you will receive a bundle of five different cards. These cards include the name of the restaurant, a picture from the restaurant, and the Yelp rating. This is a quick and nice representation of the restaurant. If you tap on one of these cards, you have the option to call for reservations, or have directions sent to your Glasses. A few years ago, I had the great pleasure to bike the Katy Trail, stretching 237 miles. This glassware would have been perfect while I was searching for restaurants along the trail because the directions can be switched to driving, biking, or walking. If only I had Glass a few years ago.
Glass Eats has the potential to be one of the best glass apps available. This app is extremely easy to use, but it is limited at the moment. I would like to see a few more of the Yelp features applied in some way. On the individual restaurant cards, the dollar signs that symbolize the price range could be next to the rating. Yes, I am looking for a quality restaurant, but I am also looking for affordable. I would also like to see how far away I am from this restaurant before deciding I want the directions sent to my Glass. When you tap on the restaurant card, the options to call and get directions appear. I would like the option to see the hours of the restaurant. I would hate to get to all the way to this unfamiliar restaurant, just to find out they were not open. Nevertheless, this is a fantastic app that works flawlessly. Tom Emrich did a fabulous job at creating Glass Eats. I have seen two glass apps developed by Emrich so far. I am curious if he has any other glassware in store for us in the near future.
For many Glass Explorers, GlassFrogger is the first game we had a chance to play on Google Glass. This impressive application was created using Dart and HTML5 during the Breaking Glass Hackathon in only 48 hours. Team Frogger recreated the classic arcade game Frogger with an interesting twist. This is a game that you will want to put on your face and try. Jeff Bond, Jonathan Fearn, Steven Mautone, Ryan Weaving, and Adam Singer (members of Team Frogger), took first place and the prize the money home that day. Here is a video of the team presenting their game.
Team Frogger took what Glass could do, and turned it into what Glass did do. The user has to jump in the real world to make the frog jump in the virtual world. GlassFrogger uses sensors and the camera in order to tell when the player is jumping. This jumping idea is nice because it makes the game more interactive, and it gets users out of their seats. I tried to actually jump while playing this game, but it did not work out so well. Instead, I had to do more of a head bang to make the frog jump. As you have probably figured out, looking silly is inevitable. I would advise you not to play this in public, and especially not around traffic. You just might end up embarrassing yourself, or becoming the roadkill.
In order to win GlassFrogger, you have to maneuver your way past semi-trucks, fast cars, and dangerous logs to get to the lily pads. If you can safely get to the other side, you receive one point in the upper left corner. Every time you die, you lose a point. Despite what number 3 says in the Instructions, do not hop on the logs. They will kill your frog. The graphics are simple, but this game is fun and addictive. Anyone with Glass should try this game, and if you don’t, here is what you are missing out on!
According to the FRAC, almost 70% of adults are overweight or obese. I cannot say this percentage is surprising, but it is alarming. Perhaps the first fitness glass app can aid in reducing this high percentage. GlassFit™ makes all the excuses irrelevant, considering it is almost always with you. These workouts do not take much space or planning to complete, so you can start working out almost anywhere at anytime.
In order to start working out, you must first visit the website, and send the welcome card to your Glass timeline. If you plan to use GlassFit™ frequently, pin it for easy access. Tap on the welcome card bundle to see three different workout types to choose from. The three workouts are relatively similar. Lasting only two minutes, the beginner workout is quick and easy with only 10 reps of 4 different exercises. The intermediate workout lasts three and a half minutes with 15 reps of 7 workouts. With 20 reps of 10 different exercises, the advanced workout is more challenging lasting a total of five minutes. All three workout types are rather simple and easy, so almost anyone can complete them.
Noble Ackerson has created a simple, well-made virtual fitness guide that can be used by almost anyone. After selecting your preferred workout type, the exercise cards will start appearing in your timeline. Each exercise card is labeled at the top, and below is a nice visual representation. On the left is the amount of reps you should complete and a 30 second timer. Once you have finished the exercise, scroll over to see the notification card. I like seeing this card in my timeline because it is encouraging and motivational, and it notifies me of the next workout. Are these notification cards necessary though? With the exercise and notification cards, my timeline is becoming cluttered. The option to delete individual cards is available, but it takes awhile to delete 20 cards. In the future I would like to see the option to delete the entire workout from my timeline, or see the workout as a bundle. After finishing the workout, you will receive a congratulations card. You can share this card, and let every one know that you exercised, because that’s exciting news.
On a more serious note, GlassFit™ is a great start for Google Glass. This idea can change the way people work out forever. You could have a personal fitness coach or a complete workout at the blink of an eye. That being said, these workouts are short, and should be done with other physical activity through out the day. It sounds like Ackerson plans to make a lot of changes to this application, so make sure to leave your feedback. If you want to see yoga, zumba, or cardio kick-boxing workouts appear in your timeline, let GlassFit™ know. I cannot wait to see the possibilities GlassFit™ will bring to Glass!
Do you wish to create content for Google Glass, but you are not a developer? Your wish has been granted! Kevin Burson helps non-developers create content for Glass by creating the app SlideshowU. At the moment, only the beta version is available, and Burson says he plans to add many more features. When visiting the website, anyone can create a slideshow, even if they are not a Glass owner.
About 20 slideshows have been created on this website. There are a few slideshows that look like they are not completed. I recommend going through all four slideshows in the Intro category before you start creating any. These slideshows will walk you through the whole process. Besides the Intro category, there are Reference, How-To Guides, Checklists, Mock-Ups Recipes, Other, and Feedback categories. I have created two slideshows in the Other category.
The two slideshows I have created through this application are Tesseract Mobile and GlassAppZ. The two slideshows were fairly easy to create. Before you start creating a slideshow, you must select which category it fits, create a title, write a description, and agree to the terms. SlideshowU provides thirteen different templates to choose from. Use caution when choosing which template you will use. A couple of the templates use a smaller font that can be difficult to read while using Glass. Select the normal or larger fonts while creating slides, otherwise you might strain your eyes trying to read through the Glasses. After selecting the appropriate template, you can add content. On this slide, I uploaded a picture to left of the text. Zoom in and out until the picture fits accordingly in the provided space. Adding text can be a little tricky. As of now, you cannot delete all text because the ability to add new text will disappear. I will usually leave at least one letter of the provided text, and delete it after adding new text. This is a rather small issue, but hopefully it will be changed soon. After completing the slide, save it by clicking the green check mark.
Overall this application is a great concept. The website is simple, and has a clean, organized layout. Above the slideshows are different sharing icons, so you can share these slideshows with anyone. When I shared my slideshow to Google+, there was not a picture. Instead, it looks like it is trying to load a picture. In future updates, it would be nice to see the first slide when sharing. After seeing a slideshow you like, send it to your Glass. A card will appear in the Glass timeline with the first slide displayed. Tap on the card, and the rest of the slideshow will appear. This is convenient because it does not clutter your timeline. I am curious about how many people have sent my slideshows to their Glass. I am not sure if this information is available, but maybe in the future the number could be displayed somewhere near the description. Even though this is still a beta version, SlideshowU is a wonderful application. Many thanks to Burson for creating an application so useful for non-developers, like myself!
There are several news apps available to Google Glass now, so how is Marketing Land different? First of all, it is the only app that covers marketing related news exclusively. Marketing is crucial for most Google Glass users, and most people in general. Finally some news that can benefit everyone. Not to mention this is the first Glass app Rusty Brick created, and it works like a charm.
When arriving to the Marketing Land website, a preview of the app appears. It describes how the app will perform, provides a couple of screenshots, and a link to connect your Glass.
After going through the standard connecting process, a list of 13 different marketing channels will appear that you can subscribe to. The app automatically subscribes to all channels, so make sure to check the channels that interest you. Shortly after updating your marketing news feed, a Marketing Land card will appear in your timeline.
As soon as an article appears on the website, a card appears in your timeline. Depending on how busy the day is, depends on how many cards you will receive. If more than one article is posted around the same time, the app will create a bundle. This feature is nice because it prevents clutter in your timeline.
Tap on the Marketing Land card, and a new card will appear. This card includes the headline of the article, the author, how long ago it was posted, and sometimes a picture. Tap on that card, and the full article will appear. Just a few more taps, and the article will be read aloud. In the future it would be nice to see some pictures included in the articles, and a sharing option. Nevertheless, this is great glassware that I look forward to using. Marketing Land is a simple, easy to use news application that stands out among the rest.