Finally, A Google Glass App That Makes Sense

December 31st, 2013 by Staff

( Sullivan Solar Power reports it has developed a Google Glass app that gives its field technicians “volumes” of electrical system data in a hands’ free, or close to it, manner—which I would imagine to be a welcome delivery mode for someone wrestling with heavy equipment on a rooftop.

Sullivan Solar Power also plans to use the device for training, solar system design, and other purposes, it said in an announcement.

So far, much of the press about Google Glass has detailed the trials and tribulations of its early adopters, most of whom find themselves looked at in askance, or worse, by general society.

As Wired‘s Mat Honan put it in his excellent post about his year wearing Google Glass:

I think Google Glass’ story line will shift a bit in 2014 to one more like Sullivan Solar Power’s app than Honan and his adventures (spoiler alert: he was going to wear Glass during the birth of his child).

Some of these apps, or Glassware as Google calls them, will fall flat, as apparently happened with the Wells Fargo Google Glass app—but at least the narrative will be about what Google Glass can do besides invade people’s personal space*. In December Miranda Hill, vice president and product management manager for Wells Fargo Labs told The Wall Street Journal’s CIO Journal that the bank’s Google Glass app wasn’t gaining much traction among internal testers, in large part because the real estate for financial data is so tiny.

A Google spokesperson’s response to Wells Fargo’s experience was actually spot on: ”The best applications, or what we call Glassware, give people the information they need, right when they need it without taking them out of the moment.”

* Not that this will likely ever stop happening.

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