During the Project Glass developer panel at the SXSW event, Google demoed a few apps that were specifically built for the Google Glass device including Gmail, Evernote, Path and The New York Times.
These apps are all meant to offer quick access to snippets of information without disrupting what you’re doing. The information is placed in your peripheral vision while wearing Google Glass and varies depending on what apps you use.
Gmail for example will notify you when receiving important emails, and you’ll be able to dictate responses straight to the device.
With Evernote, you’ll be able to snap pictures, save them to Skitch and then access them later on other devices where you can further edit and/or annotate them.
With Path, you can browse through pictures posted by your friends, comment on them, but also share your own stuff straight from Glass.
Finally, The New York Times app for Glass sends you updates on what’s happening right now, so you can keep up with the news without having to check for it on additional devices. Glass can even read you the story if want to know more about a certain headline.
As you’ll see in the following videos, Search and Google+ are also included in Google Glass – obviously all Google products will have plenty of Google services built in, especially Search.
Furthermore, it’s worth pointing out the Timeline feature, which lets you see all your Google Glass actions in chronological order – yes that’s a bit scary – by simply swiping back and forth between the apps you have used.
To control the Glass apps, you’ll need your voice and your touch. Some actions require you to talk to Glass, while others will need a swipe and a touch, especially when going through Timeline cards or photos.
As the project evolves and Google lets in more developers to access the Mirror API which is used to display the information, we can expect more apps to be ported to Google Glass in addition to what was demoed earlier today, as long as devs abide by four Google Glass apps principles: “design for glass, don’t get in the way, keep it timely, and avoid the unexpected.”
With such Google Glass apps, Google says that “you can still have access to the technology that you love, but it doesn’t take you out of the moment,” although we’ll point out that navigating through Glass menus and focusing on the content that’s brought to our attention while doing other things, especially in various social instances, will still be a multitasking challenge.
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