Google appears to be redesigning Glass to make the wearable computer look less nerdy and more like ordinary eyeglasses.
With the company's computerized eyeglasses, users can take photos and video, view maps and weather reports and read news stories with a tiny see-through display screen that sits above the user's right eye.
It seems like every post about Google Glass is dripping with bias either for or against the device, so before we get into it here's a little transparency: I'm Google Glass Explorer #1499. I paid $1500 of my own money to get Glass, and I've owned the device for over a year. I thought Glass was really amazing when it first showed up, and I wrote a review after about a month and half of ownership. Once the novelty wore off though, Glass spent most of its life in a drawer, only to occasionally be dusted off to try out the newest update.
Google is steadily increasing Google Glass' cache of apps. The company announced Tuesday that it has made 11 new apps available on the device, including Shazam, Duolingo, Livestream, Runtastic, and more.
A handful of the new Glassware apps are exercise and sports focused, like 94Fifty Basketball, which helps people with their shots; Runtastic, which assists users with fitness goals; Zombies Run, which helps runners keep going; and Goal.com, which lets users keep up to date with the World Cup and other soccer events.
Google announced that its Glass Explorer Programme is now available in the UK on Monday, meaning that Britons aged 18 and over can buy the augmented reality spectacles.
Google Glass, for those who have been living in a box for the past year, is "a lightweight frame and display that rests above your eyes" that allows users to perform tasks such as internet search and navigation by barking at it. For example, saying "OK Glass, give me directions to Oxford Circus," will fire up a map onto the screen, while giving users the option of voice-guided navigation.
A day after Google announced that it will sell Google Glass to anyone in the United States, the company is unveiling some new “Glassware” (basically, Google Glass apps) that’s supposed to be particularly useful for travelers.