Google Glass Gets News Reader, Blogging Apps
Google Glass might still be the purview of a few rich techies thanks to its $1,500 price tag but it is gaining new features at an impressive rate (no coincidence there, I’m sure).
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 Wearab.ly service (which first showed up in early November), readers can sign up to pay $11 a month for the privilege of reading blog posts on their Google Glass.
That’s a pretty high price tag, I must say, but the team at Silica Labs which 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.
Syed Faris Hussain December 11, 2013 um 12:08 am
Google will take over world very soon haha just kidding.
Michelle Louring December 11, 2013 um 5:13 am
I’m getting a laugh out of the thought of people dictating entire blog posts to their glasses in public. New technology is putting the crazy guys in the subway out of work!
Nate Hoffelder December 11, 2013 um 8:45 am
That is a funny image, yes.
John Taylor December 17, 2013 um 7:13 am
Well, when any new technology comes, we resist to accept, especially when Google comes with something new!! No matter what; if we want to accept it or not, but Google made us using their products anyhow. Just think about days when Google+ launched, so many bad reviews and now the whole world is using it. the reason is Google Dominates Web Market clearly.
Now since the Google Glass has launched, we are seeing all criticizing comments from technology blogs, geeks etc, but it is continuously coming with new apps.
It looks like this is going to be Future hit device by Google!
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Chris January 12, 2014 um 6:03 pm
Something a few will be wondering about wearable computers is whether they’ll replace eReaders – if they’re suitable for reading ebooks ? Is the display high enough resolution / can the memory hold a number of ebooks / and is gesture interaction suitable for turning pages in an ebook etc ? Just what sort of computer is Glass ?
Nate Hoffelder January 12, 2014 um 6:39 pm
Tablets and smartphones have already replaced ebook readers, and I don’t see wearables replacing either. Complimenting, perhaps, but not replacing.