Google has shown off how some of the most popular third party apps could be integrated into its augmented reality Google Glass technology.
At the company’s Project Glass developer panel at SXSW Interactive, Google displayed how more apps would be utilised with Google Glass, with Path, Skitch, Gmail and the New York Times taking centre stage.
All new apps would have to operate using the Google Glass’ “Timeline Cards” interface, which works by projecting short bursts of information in the wearer’s field of vision.
The New York Times app could deliver hourly news headlines to the Google Glass headset, allowing the user to use the “look up” gesture to bring up the story’s full text and accompanying photos, even reading the story to them as well.
Evernote is also shown to be on-board with Google’s augmented reality technology, allowing the Google Glass user to share their photographs using Skitch. After instructing Google Glass to take a picture, starting with the phrase “Okay Glass”, a swipe on the headset’s trackpad displays the Share mode, another switch offers a Skitch sharing option and a tap posts the picture. Google’s Senior Developer Advocate Timothy Jordan suggested that users could take a photo at a meeting, use the Skitch sharing feature to later annotate it on their tablet and save it to Evernote.
Another useful addition to the Google Glass repertoire is the Android private messaging app, Path. After a user’s friends or contacts posts a picture, Google Glass displays a notification in the HUD. Another quick swipe on the touchpad offer the user a range of emoticons to comment on their reaction to said picture.
“Path sends me pictures from the people I know really well and the people that I love,” said Jordan. “It’s made for Glass, it’s timely, and it’s never really unexpected. It’s a community I already curated on Path.”
Gmail notifications can be streamlined to only push those from the most important contacts too, meaning Google Glass won't constantly be posting pop-ups in front of your eyes.
All integrated Google Glass apps will have to follow Google’s four Timeline Cards criteria: “design for glass”, “don’t get in the way”, “keep it timely” and “avoid the unexpected”.
“You can still have access to the technology that you love, but it doesn’t take you out of the moment,” said Google’s Senior Developer Advocate, Timothy Jordan.
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Via: The Verge