Google Glass for Business

April 11, 2014 Timothy Mobile Apps

Google just announced this week they are making Google Glass available for purchase by anyone…Anyone with $1,500 burning a hole in your pocket, that is.

Google Glass, by the way, is Google’s cutting-edge mobile computing device that appears as a pair of reading glasses. The device projects onto the clear lenses like a fighter pilot’s heads up display, but also responds to voice and tap commands and has multimedia recording capabilities.

Google released a limited amount of Glass devices as a public beta test. The New York City health inspectors use Glass to document restaurant inspections. Glass is being used in oil fields to provide just-in-time technical and safety information on rigs. The U.S. Air Force bought two Glass devices and is researching forward air controllers using them on the battlefield to direct aircraft to targets and landing zones.

While many people found useful uses for Glass, many non-Glass wearers reacted, often violently, to their perceived loss of privacy to the device’s recording and research capabilities. However, after over a year of use by the beta testers, a killer app that would drive millions of sales and make the Glass device common as a TV remote control has yet to emerge.

Glass at Work

In response, Google has also announced a new program for software developers called Glass at Work. Glass at Work provides companies and their developers with demos, tools, and downloads to get started developing novel uses for Glass devices.

So, what will be the Angry Birds equivalent for Glass? Feel free to leave your ideas below in the comments.


About Timothy Lee

Tim, the Arkansas Small Business and Technology Development Center's webmaster and technical training specialist, has been with ASBTDC since 1995. He retired from the U.S. Air Force with the rank of master sergeant. He's a bit gung-ho, turns cat food cans into cook stoves, and keeps packing ASBTDC equipment for rapid worldwide deployment, but he's your "go to" guy for technical solutions and full-scale disasters.

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