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Google’s Field Trip App Lands on Glass

by Jacob Kleinman | August 28, 2013August 28, 2013 11:00 pm PST

We’re huge fans of Field Trip, a Google-made app that shows you cool information, history and points of interest based on your location. The app has been available on iOS and Android for a while, but now it’s making the leap to Google Glass. We’ve seen some cool apps for the wearable device already, but based on this new promotional video, Glass and Field Trip look like a match made in heaven.

If you’re unfamiliar with Field Trip, it’s an app that usually runs quietly behind the scenes on your smartphone—though it’s got a reputation for eating up battery life—shooting out a push notification whenever you’re near an interesting location. Open Field Trip and it will show you a card with relevant information.

The one problem with using the app on a phone is that you are constantly pulling out your handset and then burying your nose in the display to read up on the history of your surroundings. With Google Glass, however, the app simply pulls up an old image of whatever you’re looking at before quickly sliding open a card with more information. It’s honestly the most beautiful design we’ve seen from any Google Glass app so far, and shows how useful the technology might be in certain situations.

Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...