Five real-life apps of Google Glass


by Amy-jo Crowley| 11 February 2014

Virgin Atlantic is the latest company to test the technology.

If you think Google Glass is merely a vanity product with no meaningful application, perhaps it is time to think again. CBR presents five real-life examples of Google Glass in action, starting with the most recently announced initiative.

1. Virgin Atlantic

The airline has started a six-week trial at Heathrow airport in efforts to speed up check-ins for business class passengers and customer service.

Virgin Atlantic staff will be wearing Google Glass and other wearable technology starting from today to update passengers on the latest flight information, weather and local events at their destination and translate foreign languages. Virgin Atlantic, which is working with air transport specialists SITA, said the technology could also be used to tell airline staff their passengers' dietary and refreshments requirements.

2. Fire Fighter App


A firefighter and engineer from the Rocky Mount Fire Department in North California is working on a Google Glass app that would give firefighters access to real-time data they would need in emergency situations.

Patrick Jackson said the goal of the app is to help firefighters to work faster and safer with the hope of saving more lives. The app would provide maps and building floor plans for when firefighters need to rescue people in unfamiliar buildings. It could also show them rescue procedures for vehicle-related accidents. A version of the app will be ready for use in the next six months, according to Jackson.

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