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Google Glass Apps Revealed at SXSW in Austin

Authored by: Loie Favre — Mar 12, 2013

The recent flood of the many uses of Google Glass over YouTube have stirred up nightmares of men jokingly taking pictures of each others nether regions or secretly watching sports while their girlfriends nag them. These parodies are currently bombarding YouTube, since Google Glass is such hot topic. This device could really change our day-to-day life and I'm not sure for the better.

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Yesterday, at the SXSW Interactive conference in Austin, Texas, Google's developer Timothy Jordan presented Google Glass and demo-ed it and its various new apps in front of a crowd of reporters. I think the challenge ahead of Google Glass is creating a balanced functionality, where using Google Glass doesn’t overwhelm the user. Timothy eluded to keeping the functionality of Glass apps stripped, so it doesn't become too obstructive. I can only imagine that this new hardware will create a shit in a society: imagine sitting in the metro, everyone looking straight-forward and reading the newspaper, which is being flashed right before their eyes. Or even worse, the kinky-type secretly watching nudie flicks, as he eats his morning baguette. It's a Sci-Fi nightmare.

App Facts

That's my opinion, but here are the facts. Timothy revealed some of the apps that Google Glass will feature, like Evernote for reminders, capturing pictures, accessing information and finding out facts. There will also be Skitch for posting quick and colorful messages with annotations, shapes and sketches. Glass will also be boasting Path for private messages and sharing words, voice messages, your location, photos and stickers with friends and family; even sharing it with various social networks. Imagine being connected to the world-wide-web 24/7. It's enough to make a person go crazy (and they'll look it too, when they start talking to themselves).

Breaking News 24/7

Page and Co. are allegedly cooperation with the New York Times in the creation of an application, which will preview breaking news via headlines, bylines or images, merely a few hours after they've been written. Not only that, you'll be able to tap on Glass and the story will be read aloud for you. Glass will also offer Gmail.

I think what Google is creating here are the next superheroes, where you will be omniscient, meaning knowing everything, anywhere anytime. I think they need to be careful, even in the beginning stages of this device, while they ''build new paradigms for how info and technology work for people’s lives''.

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That's all they revealed about the apps to come. I'm interested to see what else they have up their sleeves.

Will you buy Google Glass when it comes out? How would you use this in your everyday life?

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Loie Favre found her way to her present passion for Android and smartphone technology after experiencing an epiphany when she held her Galaxy Note 2. From that point onwards, you can find her with her nose buried in countless Android apps and different smartphone models, and thanking her lucky stars that she gets to work at something she loves.


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  • CJ Brown Mar 14, 2013 Link to comment

    Its a start towards what could appear in motorcycle helmets / front shields & the front windows of automobiles (starting with police & military vehicles) .... we're getting closer to RoboCop ;-)

  • Seizures, here i come!!.

  • Great now i can text while googlin while,operating heavy mechineary

  • Ill follow you with them on, and google you!!

  • This would ne nice for public porn vids!!!

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    For me it would be great to have this glasses when I go Geocaching. It would be much like using a GoPro camera in your head but much lighter and you could easily record videos and take pictures of all the crazy spots Geocaching takes you.
    For me, that would be my main usage of the device.

  • David H. Mar 12, 2013 Link to comment

    There are actually some very useful applications which can't be easily sim mulated on any other type of device.
    For example, a heads up display for navigation, overlaying images, data and orientation information.

    Of course this type of device will be abused by those that typically abuse any type of device available, that doesn't mean others should be deprived of it.

    For example, a motor vehicle can be used as an ambulance or rescue vehicle, or as a getaway car in a crime. Plastics can be used to make medical devices or a phalus... do we ban plastics or cars?

    The only way to stop it is to change the people using the devices, not the technology.

  • Loie Favre
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    Mar 12, 2013 Link to comment

    @Ti mo: yes, i think this is going one step too far. But most people will go nuts over this new toy.

    @Mark R: I sure how that this doesn't become some sort of military weapon, I think it could do a lot of damage in the wrong hands....or maybe I've watched too many movies ;)

  • Ti Mo Mar 12, 2013 Link to comment

    Creeps me the Fuck out... I truly believe in Google but this is just creepy.

  • Mark R. Mar 12, 2013 Link to comment

    do we really need such a device in our lives? I can see a role in military or emergency services but that's about all.

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