Starwood’s “SPG For Glass” App Brings Hotel Search To Google Glass

spg-glass-640 Starwood Hotels & Resorts is the latest travel brand to land on Google Glass. The company has launched a Glass app called SPG for Glass that's now available for Explorers in the official Glassware app directory. Starwood becomes the first major hospitality brand with a Google Glass app. SPG stands for "Starwood Preferred Guest," the company's loyalty program. Non-members can install the app, but in my limited testing, the hotel search didn't work unless I first connected my SPG account during the install process. If you don't have an account, the installer offers a link to create one [...]


How Google Glass Will Change Search — And What It Means For You

google-glass-local-search-featured Last week, Google officially announced that Glass will be made available for purchase to the general public by the end of the year. The impending launch of Glass is exciting, but it does present some new challenges for search marketers. Given the differences between how Google Glass handles search versus a desktop or traditional mobile device, we can predict that optimizing for search on Glass will require marketers to devise new strategies and tactics. So what exactly makes search different on Glass? And what can we, as marketers, do to prepare for the Glass invasion? To find out, che [...]


Google Adds Glassware Page For Glass Apps But Missing A Search Box

google-glass-featured Google has quietly added a new section to the MyGlass site for Glassware. This section will be the location Google Glass users will be able to discover and manage the apps (i.e., Glassware) they can add to their Google Glass. As you know, Google opened up Glassware submissions to developers and when that opens up, Google needs to give Glass users and easy way to find these apps. The link is available via the top navigation under the MyGlass page: Then it loads a page that shows "Featured Glassware" and "All Glassware." What is interesting is that there is no search box to searc [...]


People+, A People Search Directory App, Coming To Google Glass In 2014

people-plus-icon People+, a people directory and search app that's available now on iOS, is coming to Google Glass in 2014. The company bills its service as a "Wikipedia about professionals and companies," and its unreleased Glass app was selected as a finalist this week at the DEMO Fall conference for emerging technology. As the company's website explains, People+ builds its database of companies and individuals via volunteer contributors and from publicly available sources. It takes that information and creates what it calls "an intelligent, curated directory of people and companies" that "helps you fi [...]


Google Glass Gets Universal Search: News, Video, Sound Results & More

google-my-glass-icon Google is giving Glass a taste of universal search results. The latest software update for Google Glass is out, and this one offers a significant expansion of the device's search capabilities. Google sends out one major software update to Glass owners each month. The latest is known as XE9 (XE stands for Explorer Edition, the first version of Google Glass) and it's a step toward bringing "universal search" results to Google's head-mounted mobile device. As explained below, Glass now shows news, videos and even sound matches in its search results. It also offers new Google Now predictive [...]


Two Local & Voice Search Improvements In Latest Google Glass Update

glass-local-bundle Two search-related improvements made their way into the latest Google Glass software update. Google announced the XE7 software update last week, but the public post about it focused on the device's first web browser and several new "OK Glass" voice commands. The detailed release notes, however, also mention improvements to local search and voice search. Voice search: On the voice side, Glass now functions more like the recently announced conversational search on Chrome. Glass owners can use pronouns like "it" when referring to a recent search subject, as shown in this example. Lo [...]


KitchMe Launches Recipe Search Engine For Google Glass

kitchme-glass-app KitchMe, a recipe and meal-planning website recently acquired by Coupons.com, has launched what appears to be the first recipe search engine and cooking assistant app for Google Glass. The app is free and currently available at kitchme.com/googleglass. I wore Glass in my own kitchen about a month ago and immediately thought it would be fun to be able to use it to get cooking directions, and that's the main thing KitchMe's app does. There are a few extra bells and whistles for existing KitchMe users, but I'm not one, so my testing is focused primarily on the recipe search engine. The a [...]


Trulia Is Making A Real Estate Search App For Google Glass

trulia-logo Google Glass may never become a popular consumer device, but that's not stopping Trulia from making what should be the first real estate search app for Glass. The real estate search engine revealed its plans to San Francisco's NBC affiliate over the weekend and shared more details in a blog post Monday. When available, the app will tap into property listings in Trulia's database, look for those that match a user's home search preferences, and send matches to Glass. And, the app looks like it'll have some added functionality such as saving properties to a "My Trulia" account, receiving no [...]


Google Glass Diary, Part 4: Local Search & Navigation

google-glass-local-search-featured Remember that first Google Glass video? It was published a little more than a year ago and gave the world its first glimpse at what Google had in mind for Glass. Even though Google described it as "an early concept video," you can clearly see that local search and navigation was a key aspect of Google's concept. The first two minutes of the 2:30 video practically center on local stuff: search, information, businesses and navigation. And, that's smart because since Glass is a mobile device, local search and navigation is bound to be an even more common use case than the more traditional G [...]


Google Glass Diary, Part 3: How Search Works On Google Glass

google-glass-featured There are seven voice commands built into this first "Explorers" edition of Google Glass. Two of those six are search-related: "google..." and "get directions to...." The others are "take a photo," "record a video," "send a message to," "make a call to" and "start a Hangout with." There's also the predictive search aspect of Google Now, where the device automatically shows me the kind of information Google thinks I'm looking for. So, the chances are pretty strong that a good amount of Google Glass activity is going to involve searching. Or "googling" as Glass suggests. Yep. Even though G [...]


Meet Project Glass: Google’s Siri For Your Eyes

google-glasses-featured We've heard rumors that Google was working on "augmented reality" eyeglasses that would display information relevant to wearers as they go through their daily routine. Now Google itself has confirmed this as Project Glass, complete with a video of what they might be able to do. The video is pretty cool. You see someone starting their day, getting information about subway closures, walking directions with heads-up display of turns to take, speaking to the glasses to make a reminder to buy concert tickets, speaking to take a picture, taking a phone call with video and more. Watch it yourself [...]


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