With wearable devices such as Google Glass becoming technology’s next big thing, it’s little surprise developers are going after the travel market. Smart, sophisticated, worldly, open to new ideas and new ways of doing things—both travelers and those whom the Google Glass marketers are targeting seem to have a lot in common. To support the travelers worldwide, designers have already created some amazing Glasswares for the high-tech frames, from familiar applications like OpenTable to ingenious new developments such as Word Lens that could only work on Google Glass. Take a look at some of our favorites:
Wish you could just bring your tour guide everywhere? Field Trip for Google Glass is a great alternative, and you don’t even have to tip at the end of the tour. The app gives insider insights on whatever your interests are—architecture, history, hidden gems, best places to eat or drink, or all of the above—as you walk by these sights in real time. Information pops up automatically, making sure you don’t walk past a piece of history without even realizing it, and in the Glass format, the info is less distracting than grabbing your guide book or your phone to read up every few blocks. Real users love it, too. Says Kevin from the Glassware team: "When I travel, I like to wander around with this Glassware just to see what I can learn." Learn more: www.fieldtripper.com/glass
Using results culled directly from Yelp, Glass Eats helps you find nearby restaurants, dig through the options and reserve a table while on the go. Choose to search by nearby restaurants or filter by the cuisine for which you’re in the mood, and Glass Eats will send you the information on five of the places best suited for your supper. Once you select your favorite, Glass Eats gives you directions to the spot and helps you call to make sure the table is waiting. The only thing Glass Eats can’t help you with? Eyes (or lenses) that are bigger than your stomach. Learn more: www.glasseats.com
Essentially, this glassware puts a personal travel guide right along with you. With more than 250 guided tours of 27 locations and the ability to create your own guide for friends and family, GuidiGo shows you (or your followers) the most important spots. Embedded with audio insights and onscreen maps guiding your path along the tour, feel free to pick a tour specializing in, well, anything. Throw in even more fun by trying out a guided tour with challenges such as treasure hunts or trivia quests. Learn more: www.guidigo.com/Glass
Hotel Near Me
Hotel Near Me delivers exactly what it says; it aims to be the solution for people looking to keep travel plans spontaneous and exhilarating. The glassware guides users to the nearest hotel with rooms available. Scan your eyes around the area and the names and price points of hotels nearby will pop out. Narrow the results by searching for distance, commanding Glass to find hotels that are cheaper or better, or selecting the amenities you’re going to need, such as a gym, pool or window facing the skyline. Scroll through photos of the hotel, and once you’re set, book directly from the app in Google Glass and follow its directions to get to your hotel. Learn more: www.hotelnearme.com
Map 2 Glass
Everyone has seen that guy, the one yelling at his smart phone, trying to get his voice recognition to work, only to have the noises of the street interrupt or have the phone misunderstand him every time. Don’t be that guy. Map 2 Glass makes sure you’re never left standing there yelling addresses or wasting time trying to enunciate “Twen-Ty Th-IRD street” instead of catching that cab. Simply type the address and the place you’re going into your mobile device, look through the auto-suggestions supplied straight from Google Maps, send the location’s pin to your Glass, open Google Glass navigation and you’re on your way, no screaming necessary. Learn more: www.map2glass.com
If you’re already one of the many racking up rewards points on OpenTable.com or the OpenTable mobile app, you’ll be glad to know the restaurant-reservation extraordinaire have adapted their app to Google Glass. Best of all, using OpenTable on your Glass couldn’t be easier—simply say “make a reservation” and the restaurant name, or “nearby,” then look through the list of times available. Tap “Book it” to confirm the reservation, and you’re set for your meal. Unlike the web version, the Glassware version even helps you get to the door with directions that activate instantly when you’re getting close. Learn more: www.opentable.com
Starwood Hotels SPG
Starwood's Google Glass app is all about getting you a room. With the power to immediately book hotel rooms at any of the nine Starwood brands of hotels (St. Regis, The Luxury Collection, W, Westin, Le Méridien, Sheraton, Four Points by Sheraton, Aloft and Element), the SPG app also allows you to see extensive photos before you reserve anything—and even allows you to take your Glass on a virtual walkthrough of any Starwood hotel. You get to see the décor, check out the pool, put your eyes on the lobby and make sure the carpet pattern is to your liking before you book, a treat we greatly appreciate.
We’ve all been that person at the airport, frantically watching the screen for flight delays or rushing through the place as fast as possible, trying to figure out your gate number while hauling around an armful of luggage. TripIt makes it simple—keeping track of gate changes, flight delays and your whole itinerary, notifying you through the Glass so your hands stay free. Less time worrying about transportation means more time actually traveling. Learn more: www.tripit.com
For anyone who’s been to a country where you can’t read the language, you know the struggle. See sign, then grab the guidebook. Page through guidebook, find word, and if there’s more than a word or two, repeat. That’s why, maybe more than any of the other apps on the list, we truly believe Word Lens is magic. All you have to do is hold your head still and focus on signs or text written in French, Spanish, Italian, German or Portuguese, and Word Lens will show you what they say in English, instantly. How does it do it? We wish we knew. The only thing that’s certain: We’ll be using this on our next trip to Europe. Learn more: www.questvisual.com
Travel tip: Google Glass users are hashtagging their travel experiences on Twitter with #travelthroughglass.