Momentum is building for Google’s Glass hardware, due for a wider consumer launch later this year. The internet giant has lauded its virtues as a travel buddy and has introduced Glassware travel apps from TripIt, Foursquare and OpenTable.
This week Google’s distinctive eyewear went on sale for US$1,500 in the US, while stocks last.
However, when the device eventually goes on sale to the wider public, it will more than likely be for a fraction of that, in the US$300 to US$500 range for a basic device.
Google has already created four prescription frame choices and has entered into partnerships with firms such as Luxottica, owner of the Ray-Ban and Oakley sunglasses brands.
However, just like with the iPhone it is apps that really will command Google Glass’s destiny and until now there have been few in existence.
But that is changing. Last night, Google revealed that new Glassware – that’s Googlish for Glass software – has been launched by TripIt, Foursquare and OpenTable.
TripIt through Glass
“Some of the most exciting experiences that our Explorers have shared with us are from their travels with Glass,” Google stated.
“Glass has become a favourite travel companion because it helps you enjoy your vacation without getting lost in your technology, and now we have new Glassware that will continue to help you discover and explore with ease.
“You will also find our travel favourites: Field Trip, Word Lens, Google Now, Search and Maps. Whether you’re trying to find your gate at the airport, the best coffee shop in Austin or a reservation for two in New York City, Glass has you covered.”
The expectation is that with the launch of Glass the arrival of the wearable computing device could set off the same kind of spark that the iPhone from Apple did when it debuted in 2007.
It’s hard to believe it is nearly seven years since Apple ignited the smartphone revolution. Back then there were no apps.
Google appears to be taking no chances and is intent on ensuring a vibrant apps ecosystem exists for when its next signature device graces faces in 2014.
Foursquare through Glass