Google Glass Gets News Reader, Blogging Apps
Over the past week 2 new apps have been announced for Google’s heads up display which will enable users to create and read blog posts. I’m still not quite sure how that is going to work out on the Glass’s fraction of an inch display, but clearly it works well enough for the projects to be released.
First up is an unofficial WordPress app called wpForGlass. This is the latest project from the technologists at Weber Shandwick, and Glassheads can use it to post to any WordPress blog directly from Glass – once you’ve jumped through some hoops. This app requires an extensive set up process, but once that’s done users will be able to dictate a blog post and upload it.
Check out the promo video:
I suspect that if wpForGlass does see widespread use it’s mainly going to be used for short content like photos and videos shot with the Glass’s camera; the voice dictation seems too likely to cause bystanders to tell the blogger to shut up. Perhaps this app might be a better fit for Tumblr?
I might also suggest Twitter, but that service already has a Glass app (and yes, you can tweet from Glass).
In any case, while a blogger is going to be limited to only Glass-blogging on WordPress blog, readers will have the option of reading all their news feeds on Glass – at a price. Thanks to the recently launched early November), readers can sign up to pay $11 a month for the privilege of reading blog posts on their Google Glass.service (which first showed up in
That’s a pretty high price tag, I must say, but the team atwhich developed Wearab.ly defend their cost with the explanation that their service converts the content into snippets which display better on Glass and other wearable displays like the Pebble smartwatch and the Sony Smartwatch 2, both of which are supported.
Wearab.ly is also trying to get publishers to pay $449 a month to get their content converted so it works better on wearable displays; I don’t see very many sites taking them up on this, not unless the Apple iWatch (or some other breakthrough product) makes an appearance.