How Google Glass is hoping to become a traveller's constant companion


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  • Tuesday, 20 May 2014

INDISPENSABLE GUIDE: Travellers can book restaurant reservations and pull up flight details on newly released apps for Google Glass.

On the heels of Google Glass sales opening in the US this week, travel app developers have been tripping over themselves releasing smartwear versions of their services for mobile globetrotters. 

Geolocating service Foursquare, travel organising app TripIt and restaurant reservation service OpenTable, for instance, have all released ‘Glassware’ editions of their mobile apps for early adopters. Glassware is the name coined for Google Glass apps. 

Developers are hoping that the idea of hands-free, wireless smartwear technology will appeal to travellers: Instead of carrying heavy travel guides and disorderly itineraries in their bags, globetrotters can ask Glass to book a table for two and pull up their flight details with a few simple voice commands and head movements. 

“Whether you’re trying to find your gate at the airport, the best coffee shop in Austin or a reservation for 2 in New York City, Glass has you covered,” reads a post by Google Glass. 

For users of TripIt, the Glass technology will display travel itineraries ranging from real-time flight status notifications, check-in reminders, gate changes, car rental and hotel reservations — a service that could come in handy when juggling carry-on and laptop bags. 

For users of translation service Word Lens, that means translating signs and menus in real-time. Google Glass hit the US market this week and retails for US$1,500 (RM4,827.75). — ©AFP/Relaxnews 2014 

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