iPhone users are preparing for the launch of an app designed to replicate the functionality of the Android app for Google Glass, in a move that will enable more tech fans to make the most of the new technology.
At present, the Google app is available only for Android phones, and early tests of the technology have only been compatible with handsets using the Android platform. The comparable iPhone app will introduce swathes of new potential users, ahead of a more widespread rollout of the technology.
The Google Glass eyewear projects visual data as wearers look through its lenses, and can also take photos and record video. The eyewear connects to the smartphone via Bluetooth, at which point the user will be able to access the full range of functionality and control through their iPhone, thanks to the new app.
Multi-platform app developers, such as Simplikate.com in Miami FL, should soon expect to receive ballooning order books as businesses look for ways to connect Google Glass to mobile apps.
As one of the most eagerly anticipated new technologies in recent years, Google Glass has captured the imagination of the tech world. While the current test models encompass a smaller range of existing features, the potential for smart glasses remains intriguing across a variety of personal and commercial applications.
It is anticipated that Google Glass will in time benefit from a healthy collection of apps with increasingly sophisticated abilities. The Google Glass technology is still in its early stages, and analysts still point to some of the limitations of the technology.
Even the iPhone app when released will be shy of the full product, restricting users to features that are compatible with the iPhone. As a result of iPhone security measures, some functionality still remains out of reach.
News of the iPhone app comes from a conversation between tech journalist Frederic Lardinois and a Google rep, in discussion over how the technology will work. The hope is that, in the near future, the app becomes a reality for iPhone users to allow enhanced engagement with Google Glass.
The Glass eyewear lacks sophistication in some areas, although Google insists the technology is still in its infancy. The device is currently being trialed by a small cross-section of developers and consumers, ahead of its final development phase before release.
Google Glass provides wearers with ‘smart glasses,’ allowing for augmented reality through the display lens. The technology is still young, but analysts are already excited about the potential applications it could hold in store.
In 2012, Google Glass was rated one of the ‘Best Inventions of the Year’ by Time Magazine. Its media reception has been generally positive, but with strong opposition from privacy advocates. A large number of analysts believe the design is too intrusive, and societal pressure will hold back Google Glass’ success.
The product is currently being tested by a small band of Google ‘Explorers,’ hand-picked to provide feedback and suggestions for the next phase of its development. Analysts are hoping the technology will be ready for a full commercial rollout by the end of this year.
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