Google Glass usage is being defined by incoming Glassware

By Robert J Nelson on 28 Jun 2014 02:36 pm
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Google Glass gets a fair amount of criticism. Interestingly, the criticism comes due to the privacy concerns people have as well as general use issues. I've been wearing Glass on a regular basis for several months now, and despite being happy with the overall experience, I sometimes wonder what I am really getting by wearing Glass.

Sure, Glass makes it convenient to read and reply to text messages and emails. I also enjoy taking pictures, and doing so with Glass provides another way for me to capture things. But truth be told, these probably aren't what many would consider the 'killer' features. We've seen Google release several XE software updates for Glass, but it seems the third party Glassware releases will ultimately define how this wearable should be used.

Glass has had some useful apps in the past. One example would be the Evernote app, which makes it easy to capture quick notes. As well, apps such as Foursquare and Field Trip have been solid. But just like being able to reply to messages and take pictures with a smartphone, you can easily capture a note in Evernote, check-in with Foursquare or see what is around with Field Trip using a phone or tablet.

Then there is the Glassware that seems to stand above and beyond what can be done with a smartphone. The feature set may be the same across both platforms, but using the app with Glass improves the experience tenfold. Two apps in particular (both recently released) are Star Chart and Zombies, Run. These apps are both available for mobile devices, however they really shine on Glass.

Taking Star Chart as the first example - using this app on Glass offers a much more natural feel. Granted, that natural feel means you have to wear a computer on your face, but it seems to beat having to hold your arm up in the air while holding a smartphone or tablet. Using Star Chart on Glass means you only need to look around at the sky…just like you would if you were simply staring up at the stars (without the face computer).

Similarly, Zombies, Run seems to offer a more natural experience as compared to the smartphone version of the app. Having the details of the story, as well as your distance, time and pace shown on the heads-up display makes it much more convenient as compared to trying to look down at a smartphone screen. That thought will ring especially true for those who keep their smartphone in an armband while running.

Anyway, the real point here is that Google Glass is still very much an early stage device. The ideas behind how (and where) to use Glass are still being defined, but it is apps like Star Chart and Zombies, Run that are beginning to show some real potential for the wearable. Who knows, maybe Glass will end up being more of a device you own but only wear for certain types of activities, as opposed to something you try to wear all day long. The price would certainly have to be much lower than $1,500 for that to be possible, but again, Glass should still be considered an early stage device.

Star Chart and Zombies, Run may have stood out for us, but we would like to hear about any similar experiences you have had with Glass. Are there any standout Glass apps that you have come across?

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