A cool story for Google Glass followers in the UK; grocery retailer Tesco has created an app (glassware) which can assist users while they shop. It’s a great example of Google Glass’ heads-up information being put to use for consumers!
Heads-up, Hands-free Shopping
The app helps users find items through voice search, view nutritional data, track a shopping list, and more. It’s a useful suite of shopping tools, and there are a few apps that offer similar services for smartphones. The defining advantage of the glassware solution is, of course, the hands free element. You don’t need to have a hand available to operate your app if the whole thing is available in your line of sight.
Grocery shopping is an excellent test-case for the real-world applications of Google Glass. It melds physical and digital in a valuable way, and makes excellent use of hands-free. When you’re going about the store with your arms full collecting your groceries, Glass really is a great chance to incorporate digital tools into the process.
It’s a formula that can work well in many environments, just imagine any situation where you can’t keep a hand free to operate your smartphone—cooking, home maintenance, gardening—or where you want to avoid looking down at a phone to get the information you need—as in driving, operating machinery, playing sports, or what have you.
Trends for the Future of Computing
In related news, it’s hard not to make comparisons to Microsoft’s recently announced HoloLens, which is an Augmented Reality headset that certainly shares some similarities with Glass. They are very different products when you get down to it, though. Compared to the HoloLens’ large display and bulky hardware, Google Glass is a slimmed down for use while out and about. Where HoloLens brings dominant hardware for home or office use, there’s really no comparison when it comes to mobile use. I think the two devices show their potential in different areas, but put them together and it is clear that line-of-sight, augmented reality, and hands-free technologies are the next big trend in computing.
Glass has been available in the UK for less than a year, and (as expected) the user-base consists mainly of techies who are interested in the platform and early-adopters who like to play with the latest toys. With new consumer Glass apps launching, such as this Tesco solution, the value that Glass provides is becoming more concrete and polished.
Adopting new hardware is always a big deal, especially things that so fundamentally balk the paradigms of the previous generation as Glass does. It may be a long road, but Glass is just a first step toward the next big thing in computing.
Software Developers UK has been part of the Google Glass app development movement since the beginning, and we’re always interested to real-world examples of the device being put to use, especially now that it has come to the UK. Local entrepreneurs and businesses that are interested in Glass development are encouraged to get in touch with our Birmingham team to learn more about building apps for the Glass platform.
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