Google Glass gets TripIt, Foursquare and OpenTable apps

Steven Loeb · May 15, 2014 · Short URL: https://vator.tv/n/36f5

Google is specifically aiming these new integrations at travelers

Hey, did you hear the news? As of this week, anyone in the United States can own their very own Google Glass and can now be a Glass Explorer. Exciting, right? You know that you went and bought yours right away!

Ok, so now that you've gone out and plunked down your $1,500 (because you either make a lot more money than I do, or you don't pay rent) and now you're sitting on your couch wearing your new device and... well, now what do you do with it? 

If it were up to Google, you'd be out exploring with it right now, not sitting around reading this article (though I appreciate that you are, I really am). So, to help get you moving, Google has added integrations with three apps that it says will appeal especially to those who are traveling.

Glass users can now add "Glassware," or what the company calls the apps on Google Glass, for TripIt, Foursquare and OpenTable, it was announced on Wednesday night.

"Some of the most exciting experiences that our Explorers have shared with us are from their travels with Glass," the company wrote. "Glass has become a favorite travel companion because it helps you enjoy your vacation without getting lost in your technology, and now we have new Glassware that will continue to help you discover and explore with ease."

The news apps are in addition to some of the existing travel-related apps that have already been added, including Field Trip, Word Lens, Google Now, Search and Maps.

The company added Word Lens, an app that allows users to translate printed foreign words into English using the Google Glass camera, back in November. Field Trip, an app that acts like a virtual tour guide, showing users cards and notifications about different locations, was added in August of last year.

"Whether you’re trying to find your gate at the airport, the best coffee shop in Austin or a reservation for 2 in New York City, Glass has you covered," said Google.

On some level I get why Google is adding these types of apps: they give people even more incentive to buy the device. But, honestly, if you were willing to spend that much on it at this point anyway, where both the hardware and software sides are not yet completed, I don't know how much more reason you actually needed.

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About TripIt

TripIt, the trip management company, helps people organize and share their travel plans no matter where they book. Travelers simply forward their travel confirmation emails from over 1,000 sites to plans@tripit.com. TripIt automatically creates a master itinerary that combines all their travel plans plus weather, maps, restaurants and more.

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TripIt was founded in San Francisco in October 2006 and launched in September 2007. The company has raised $13.1 million from investors that include O’Reilly AlphaTech Ventures (OATV) and Azure Capital Partners. The TripIt co-founders are an experienced team of travel and technology executives:

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Scott Hintz, VP Business Development– Former senior vice president of product at Hotwire, and strategy consultant at Accenture.

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TripIt Technology

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