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New York Times Releases Google Glass App

by Adriana Lee | April 26, 2013April 26, 2013 3:00 pm PDT


So what will you be able to do with Google Glass, other than shoot pics and vids hands-free? Well, The New York Times is hoping you’ll read headlines on the go with merely a tilt of your head.

nyt-glass2The news organization released its Glass-ready app Thursday, making it the first user-installable third-party app designed for the upcoming smart headset. Technically, it’s not the very first third-party app — Path was pre-loaded on previous versions of Glass — but it’s still quite an early show of support. And it’s not the first time the newspaper jumped on a new tech. Back when the original iPad was first released, the NYT app was of the first available for it as well. 

In this version, the app flows news stories in to the headset at regular intervals. Users can navigate full articles and pics by tilting their heads, or tap the device to have headlines and article summaries read aloud. The input mechanisms seem very future-forward, if not a little distracting in real life. But it does seem like a cool way to kill time while you’re waiting for the bus.

For a peep at Google developer Timothy Jordan demoing an early version of the app at SXSW, click here. (The action starts at 31:43.)

Now that Path and The New York Times have gotten on board, it’s just a matter of time until we see more offerings from names you already know. Apparently Evernote and Twitter are in the midst of working up their own Glass apps. So it may not be long before we see our own full-blown eco-system around this device. 

Assuming Glass takes off, which applications would you most want to see and how do you envision them working? Let us now in the comments. 


Adriana Lee

Adriana is the resident writer-slash-culture vulture who has written about everything from smartphones, tablets, apps, accessories, and small biz...