The possibilities for Google Glass are almost limitless, and with an enormous selection of top apps on offer from some of the world’s best developers, there's a lot to get excited about.
Now, we’re not saying Glass is a viable product right now, but as a tech concept, we applaud Google for its innovation – and unlike many fledgling ecosystems, it has a vibrant selection of apps boasting names like Facebook, Twitter and Wikipedia.
The heads-up display lets you surf the web, view emails and get informed quicker and easier than before, and there’s no sector of the app world Google haven’t touched with its Glass-integration wand.
Already, there are some great apps to choose from, and we’ve hand-picked ten apps that rewrite the limitations of what Glass can do.
Using Glass’ smart recognition function, all you need to do with this app is look at a movie poster and in seconds you’ll be watching the trailer. The success of this app depends on developers working their movie magic to update Preview’s database, but this is an ingenious must-download app for movie fans.
Ever wish you were the star of The Truman Show? Well now you can be - without the slightly sinister Ed Harris watching over you. Livelens instantly shares videos to selected friends and groups, effectively livestreaming your life. Currently there’s not enough capacity to film all day, but sharing that bungee jump just became much easier.
Facially gameify your morning jog by pitting yourself against zombies, imaginary racers or friends across town. Race Yourself transforms your pavement pounding into a video game epic. Workout stats come up on screen as virtual boulders chase you down the road, Indiana Jones-style. Fancy a run, anyone?
Hailing itself as ‘the end of small talk’, Refresh makes a profile of the people you meet, via social media and manually-added notes, and sends you a regularly updated ‘dossier’ whenever you have a scheduled meeting with them or run into them. Sounds simple, but anything that stops awkward weather-chat with the boss is welcome addition.
Get much more from your day trip or city break with Field Trip, which gives you recommendations, historical information and general facts on the places you’re visiting. Sourced from local news sources and blogs, it’s essentially a personal tour guide, without the group-guiding umbrella.
With great power comes great responsibility - and that goes for Glass wearers too. Drive Safe uses the eye sensor to detect when you’re falling asleep at the wheel, or even feeling a little drowsy, and tells you where the nearest rest area is so you can stop and grab forty winks.
Tackling one of life’s more boring chores – food shopping – KitchMe gives you a huge database of recipes to sift through and a shopping list for each, so your shop will be done in half the time. It’ll then talk you through the recipe step-by-step, making greasy-thumbed cookbooks a thing of the past.
The popular news-video site comes to Glass, bringing you personalised daily news in audio-visual format. Sourced from national and international newspapers as well as online news sources, you’ll get a complete news roundup in about the time it takes to flick through your local trashy free rag.
Pimping out the new flat just became a lot easier – take a photo of something and ask Fancy to search online for items that match the colour or room theme, then use the app to buy it online or save it to your collection to look at later. Finally put an end to torturous never-ending trips to Swedish homeware-hell.
Before you can kit out your new home, you’ll have to find one, which is where Trulia comes in. This app collates local property listings and alerts you when you’re near a property that matches your pre-determined search criteria. You can flick through the listing, see photos and even call the agent to book a viewing.