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Developers Begin Hunt For a Killer App For Google Glass

timothy posted about a year ago | from the ok-cupid-are-you-listening dept.

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holy_calamity writes "Companies large and small are working to create the first "killer app" for Google Glass, the wearable display to go on sale later this year, reports MIT Technology Review. Evernote is among large companies that got early access to prototypes and has been testing ideas for some time, but is staying quiet about its plans. Meanwhile new startups with apps for Glass are being created and funded, although uncertainty about whether consumers will embrace the technology has steered them towards commercial and industrial ideas, such as apps for for doctors and maintenance technicians."

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x-ray, duh (0)

Shivetya (243324) | about a year ago | (#43125231)

virtual or not.....

or straight out of Dilbert, imagining being able to shoot torpedoes and such at people annoying you....

on a more serious side, if they had the ability to track multiple moving objects you could have all sorts of uses.. even for the blind by simply outing audio. They would be less obtrusive than a dog

Re:x-ray, duh (0)

lxs (131946) | about a year ago | (#43125297)

outing audio

Is this some sort of automatic gaydar you are proposing?

Re:x-ray, duh (1)

Rambo Tribble (1273454) | about a year ago | (#43125617)

I believe the TSA may have dibs on the X-ray app.

porn during meetings, duh (1)

sanman2 (928866) | about a year ago | (#43125999)

who wants to look at ugly regular people nekkid?

actually, this would require tethering to handheld touchscreen device, since you don't want to be shouting "Next Porn Vid!" during a meeting.

Angry Birds? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43125237)

Angry Birds.

Alcohol/Bar industry (5, Funny)

flyneye (84093) | about a year ago | (#43125479)

Need beer goggles
Better yet, an app that shows which women in a bar have the highest basal temperature indicating fertile time and willingness to breed.
It could be modified to show which have had the most to drink in order to save you money. Perhaps there could be a ratings system linked to a database to see which particular preferences and mileage are involved and any disease. The point of technology is to save human time and effort so it can be expended toward more fruitful pursuits.
This is legitimate and a giant step for mankind that should receive a lions share of startup and government funding, providing benefits for all.(friends with benefits , that is)

Save the short run, spend in the long run (2)

way2trivial (601132) | about a year ago | (#43126007)

Go ahead, save a buck by finding the girl who has had 8-10 drinks already

who will be the ones needing the most drinks on your dime for future outings.

Re:Save the short run, spend in the long run (1)

ZombieBraintrust (1685608) | about a year ago | (#43126505)

Go ahead, save a buck by finding the girl who has had 8-10 drinks already

who will be the ones needing the most drinks on your dime for future outings.

I think he is looking for a one night stand.

Re:Alcohol/Bar industry (2)

SpeedBump0619 (324581) | about a year ago | (#43126315)

Need beer goggles

I would think anti-beer-goggles would be preferred. The more drunk you are the uglier it makes everyone look. That way your brain does its thing and everyone returns to normal.

Programmer's App? (-1, Redundant)

craznar (710808) | about a year ago | (#43125247)

Detects syntax errors in any code of any computer language you look at on screen.

Worth it ?
Can it even do that ?

Re:Programmer's App? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43125283)

Why can't your "dev tool/editor" do that? Why the need to have an additional device do this? It's a classic looking for a problem for our solution.

Re:Programmer's App? (1)

zedrdave (1978512) | about a year ago | (#43125291)

Right... Because 'video capture' -> 'OCR' -> 'syntax parsing' (without language context) -> 'syntax correction' -> 'overlay video rendering'... would make so much more sense than a language-sensitive syntax-highlighting plugin in your text editor of choice.

Re:Programmer's App? (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43125359)

Yes, but now you will be able to detect syntax errors in all of your printed physical copies of your code!

Re:Programmer's App? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43126645)

Or in books when learning about code, or on websites without needing a plugin or to cut and paste into your own editor, etc., etc.

Re:Programmer's App? (1)

BasilBrush (643681) | about a year ago | (#43125365)

It would when you're leaning over the shoulder of a cow-orker and pointing out his mistakes.

Re:Programmer's App? (0)

PopeRatzo (965947) | about a year ago | (#43125433)

a cow-orker

What does bestiality have to do with Google Glass?

Re:Programmer's App? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43126303)

Why are you such a retarded douchebag? I mean, seriously... do you work at it, or does it just come naturally? Whatever your method is, your execution is flawless.

Re:Programmer's App? (2)

citizenr (871508) | about a year ago | (#43125465)

awww how cute, you are one of those people perpetuating Google Glass lie about video overlay

THERE IS NO OVERLAY, there is small square in right top corner of your right eye.

Re:Programmer's App? (1)

Shavano (2541114) | about a year ago | (#43125709)

There is no overlay YET.

Privacy and etiquette (5, Interesting)

markdavis (642305) | about a year ago | (#43125251)

>"although uncertainty about whether consumers will embrace the technology"

Personally, I think people are rude enough with their phones (and even tablets) as it sits now. I can't imagine it with a bunch of people with those stupid things on their heads. Now they can even look at you and still not be looking at you.

Then add the aspect that someone looking at you wearing one is "recording" or at least "analyzing" everything seen and heard and sharing it with Google or whomever is quite invasive. It is one thing to give away your own privacy... and quite another to violate the privacy of everyone around you all the time.

And please don't bother replying to this with crap like "but you are in public". It doesn't matter if you are in public or not. And quite frankly, sitting in a booth at a restaurant with a few friends, there is way more than a reasonable expectation that your conversations, your body expressions, what you are wearing and eating, etc are not shared with Big Brother or the entire world.

I will try to keep an open mind. But I doubt I would be comfortable with people using those around me. It is beyond spooky. And I can't imagine I am alone. So that might be the answer to the summary's question about if consumers will "embrace" the technology.

Re:Privacy and etiquette (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43125321)

I'm with you 100%. I hope restaurants ask people to take these off or leave. No different than a guy with a camcorder panning back and forth, or a smart phone doing obviously the same thing.

Re:Privacy and etiquette (2)

pittaxx (2003818) | about a year ago | (#43125323)

Well, I imagine that they would be slightly "rude" than phones and tablets, but not by much:

As the screen is positioned near the top of the eye, you would still be clearly able to tell quite clearly when the person is looking at you and when his eyes jump upwards towards their small screen (unless you on a significantly elevated surface),

They would not be recording all the time either - I imagine that would just kill the battery life. In fact, given that the batteries on these are bound to be rather small, I imagine you will probably be able to do much less recording with these than with your smartphone. Not to mention, that by looking at this it seems that the recording etc is voice activated (or will involve some fiddling with with the glasses, which might give you a hint).

As far as "analyzing" goes, there was an article about app that will try to identify people based on what they are wearing , but I'm very skeptical when people begin to talk how good it is, but anything beyond human shape recognition is still borderline fiction these days ( at least for the consumer devices).

Re:Privacy and etiquette (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43125727)

There looking at when Google glass can act like a Cassie mod, and every single person you talk to is analyzing you with an optical polygraph, gesture recognition system, a full dossier, and thertz imagery giving away every tell you have. All you need then is synthetic pheremone (axe is a crude approximation) and you can start actively playing others like a violin. Its very hard to function in society when every single person you meet is trying to manipulate you and has more Intel then a cold war spy beureau.

Re:Privacy and etiquette (1)

binarybum (468664) | about a year ago | (#43126669)

Axe is a very crude approximation - you know those commercials aren't real right??

  "Its very hard to function in society when every single person you meet is trying to manipulate you and has more Intel then a cold war spy beureau."

agreed, but it's hard to see this NOT happening and relatively soon. Counter-measures will need to be employed. Security will become paramount.

Re:Privacy and etiquette (3, Interesting)

ceoyoyo (59147) | about a year ago | (#43125363)

I see a growing market in clothing with integrated IR LEDs.

Re:Privacy and etiquette (5, Interesting)

macklin01 (760841) | about a year ago | (#43125383)

Personally, as a guy with hearing loss that's really cutting into those handy consonant sounds above 2000 Hz, I'm thrilled at the idea of real-time "closed captioning" placed under each speaker. Right now, noisy restaurants and lectures can be a bit of a nightmare, even with top-of-the-line hearing aids.

Re:Privacy and etiquette (1)

tfigment (2425764) | about a year ago | (#43125537)

This is the single best idea I've heard of regarding this technology so far and not one that immediately came to mind for what ever reason. I also suspect that people like the GP and myself would accept the technology if it was for a legitimate need like CC. Its far more likely to be used for voyeuristic purposes and I think that is what is objected to.

I remember the iPhone app that translated signs you pointed the camera at from a couple of years ago. Not sure if that was real or not but that's the other killer app I see for this. Unfortunately the big money is likely in less noble endeavours.

Re:Privacy and etiquette (1)

Peganthyrus (713645) | about a year ago | (#43126731)

> the iPhone app that translated signs you pointed the camera at

It's real, I've played with it.

Re:Privacy and etiquette (1)

nospam007 (722110) | about a year ago | (#43125605)

"Personally, as a guy with hearing loss that's really cutting into those handy consonant sounds above 2000 Hz, I'm thrilled at the idea of real-time "closed captioning" placed under each speaker. "

Albeit my hearing is not that bad, I'd prefer the built-in Picasa compare their faces to the database of sex-offenders, criminal record holders, persons who do have a FaceBook account and other low life and alert me to the fact.

Re:Privacy and etiquette (1)

ukemike (956477) | about a year ago | (#43126165)

I'm thrilled at the idea of real-time "closed captioning" placed under each speaker.

Translated closed captions for foreign vacations!

Re:Privacy and etiquette (1)

PopeRatzo (965947) | about a year ago | (#43125441)

Then add the aspect that someone looking at you wearing one is "recording" or at least "analyzing" everything seen and heard and sharing it with Google or whomever is quite invasive.

Do what I do: never leave the house.

Re:Privacy and etiquette (1)

DrEldarion (114072) | about a year ago | (#43125519)

This is just the start - what are you going to do when the technology progresses further and this is all built into a contact lens? Or a cybernetic eyeball? Power and storage technologies will have increased greatly by then as well, so in 20 years you could have people trading in their biological eyes for electronic ones that are always recording, can zoom, provide facial recognition, etc.

The march of technology is not going to stop just because some are uncomfortable with it, and the visibility of that technology is only going to get lower. At some point the world is going to have to accept that public = public domain, simply because they won't have much of a choice. Today's notion of "privacy" isn't going to last much further into the future.

Re:Privacy and etiquette (1)

swillden (191260) | about a year ago | (#43125583)

Now they can even look at you and still not be looking at you.

Actually, it's very clear when a Glass user is looking at their display vs looking at you. In order to look at the screen they have to look up and to the right. When their eyes are focused on you, they're looking at you. When their eyes are focused somewhere above your left shoulder, they're looking at the screen. (I've had the chance to play with one for a few minutes.)

Then add the aspect that someone looking at you wearing one is "recording" or at least "analyzing" everything seen and heard and sharing it with Google or whomever is quite invasive.

I like the idea of having a continuously-recording camera on my head. I don't want it to save everything because that would just be a huge amount of very boring footage, but I would very much like to be able to speak a command and have it save, say, the last n seconds. I miss most of the things I'd like to record because I don't know I want to record it until after it's happened.

However, I don't think that will be practical for the first few generations. I suspect that battery life will be a major limitation.

Re:Privacy and etiquette (1)

way2trivial (601132) | about a year ago | (#43126041)

um, another device does this.

http://looxcie.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/65/related/1 [custhelp.com]
"Looxcie's Capture to Buffer feature that let's you "go back" and grab video moments from the past. Often times when recording you will see something that just happened and want to grab what you just saw.
In this case, you are simply accessing the last 30 seconds of our continous video buffer to create this "instant clip"."

Re:Privacy and etiquette (1)

Tom (822) | about a year ago | (#43125595)

I'm so with the parent on this one.

If this were a standalone product that uses my smartphone or even a small wearable computer for its data processing, I would be totally thrilled and would've probably pre-ordered one already.

But the simple fact that it will share everything I see with a 3rd party is enough to make me not want them. Both for my own privacy and that of others around me.

Re:Privacy and etiquette (3, Insightful)

timholman (71886) | about a year ago | (#43126151)

Then add the aspect that someone looking at you wearing one is "recording" or at least "analyzing" everything seen and heard and sharing it with Google or whomever is quite invasive. It is one thing to give away your own privacy... and quite another to violate the privacy of everyone around you all the time.

And please don't bother replying to this with crap like "but you are in public". It doesn't matter if you are in public or not. And quite frankly, sitting in a booth at a restaurant with a few friends, there is way more than a reasonable expectation that your conversations, your body expressions, what you are wearing and eating, etc are not shared with Big Brother or the entire world.

While I agree that wearable computing will have many drawbacks just as you describe, there will be benefits as well. It is not a black or white issue.

Consider a world where no child will be able to bully another without leaving irrefutable video evidence, or a world where no public servant will be able to act like a thug or a rude asshole without leaving a video trail. Consider a world where no supervisor will be able to sexually harass a subordinate without having video evidence sent straight to the subordinate's attorney. And for that matter, consider a world where accusations, true or false, will no longer depend on one person's word versus another's.

Most anti-social behavior takes place in private between two people (perpetrator and victim); by effectively taking away that privacy, you are exposing that perpetrator's behavior to the world. There's the old saying of "an armed society is a polite society", and when everyone is effectively "armed" with video surveillance tech that sends data straight to the cloud, the bullies and low-lifes of the world will indeed be forced to be more polite, whether they like it or not.

The world of wearable computing will indeed be very different, and there will good and bad aspects to it, just as there is with any transformative technology. But that world will be inevitable in any case, because the technology will be too cheap and useful not to be exploited in every conceivable manner.

Re:Privacy and etiquette (1)

pmotuja (787913) | about a year ago | (#43126381)

Based on observation of the mobile device phenomena, the devices work people more than the people work the devices. So I predict you may need to alter your identity akin to something out of minority report in order to get your restaurant/public places privacy. Maybe this could be a new market of sorts even?

Re:Privacy and etiquette (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43126709)

It doesn't matter what you or anyone else on this website thinks.

The same thing happened with the iPad, everyone on Slashdork whined and grumbled and said it would fail, and it was a hit because surprise! Not everyone likes to fuck with config files and stupid bullshit just to do everyday work.

Once again you tools are bringing up a redundant point which will be ignored and soon forgotten when the device becomes popular.

You are the minority. Deal with it.

Random Blackout (4, Funny)

Fnord666 (889225) | about a year ago | (#43125255)

A good "killer" app would be to randomly black out the display for a second or three, particularly when GPS indicates a speed greater than 60 mph.

If you want something beneficial to the wearer instead, how about a targeting reticle?

Re:Random Blackout (1)

lxs (131946) | about a year ago | (#43125307)

Real life Joo-Janta 3000 peril sensitive sunglasses! The estate of DNA will have your hide.

Re:Random Blackout (1)

swillden (191260) | about a year ago | (#43125493)

A good "killer" app would be to randomly black out the display for a second or three, particularly when GPS indicates a speed greater than 60 mph

FYI, the glass display doesn't cover a significant -- or particularly important -- portion of your field of view.

hot-or-not, gaydar, or chick-is-a-dude (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43125279)

Things where you want "someone else" with "no bias" to give you "confirmation" of your own thoughts even if driven by a "random number generator".

nudie vision (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43125293)

Being able to selectively and instantly see others nude. Selectively is key

Face labeling (3, Insightful)

Coward Anonymous (110649) | about a year ago | (#43125299)

So I don't need to remember my best friends' names.

Sarcasm aside, pasting people's names over their heads would make Dale Carnegie warm all over. It would be useful for bosses, politicians and other people who need to fake caring about others.

Re:Face labeling (2)

Greyfox (87712) | about a year ago | (#43125607)

Imagine being able to walk up to any random person and strike up a conversation with them, talking about details of their lives as if you'd know them for years. That's what I'm shooting for.

Re:Face labeling (1)

markdavis (642305) | about a year ago | (#43126157)

Except people won't because they are too busy and absorbed in their virtual world to interact with people around them.

Re:Face labeling (1)

MMC Monster (602931) | about a year ago | (#43125647)

Many people I know come to me and tell me that they initially thought I was a cold bastard. Turns out it's just that I have a really hard time remembering names and even conditions about how I previously interacted with them. Once they get to know me, they realize I really care for my friends and am genuinely a good guy (just a bit on the quiet side) that they like being around.

It gets better the more I interact with them, but it's always a struggle for me.

I would love to have an unobtrusive heads up display that could at least remind me of the person's name and a couple cues about them (spouse's & kids names, what town they live in, etc.). And I don't even mind if I have to manually add that info after I see them. It would at least populate for the next time.

if you know you should know their name (3, Interesting)

way2trivial (601132) | about a year ago | (#43126051)

Apologize and ask for the name, they'll be hurt and say "john"

then say, "No, I'm sorry, your last name"
they'll be relieved and supply the last name

there, you've got both, and they're relieved....

Re:if you know you should know their name (1)

SpeedBump0619 (324581) | about a year ago | (#43126187)

So, for those of us who can remember exactly how many times we've met someone but never manage to remember names, what's the maximum number of times this trick works before they catch on? Eight? Nine?

#Tagging (1)

ryzvonusef (1151717) | about a year ago | (#43126619)

Admit it, we want to tag people (things too, but mostly people).

So we see someone whom we perceive to be a douchebag, we can tag him as #AbsoluteDouche and every body will know, when they view that person, that he has been tagged as such, and be prepared to deal him pre-emptively.

Relevant XKCD: http://xkcd.com/796/ [xkcd.com]

Also, relevant, if you have seen the anime Eden of the East [tvtropes.org] , it revolves around a cellphone app with a similar tagging feature.

Whatever the killer app is (1)

Spy Handler (822350) | about a year ago | (#43125301)

it had better be real killer. Otherwise I don't see people spending $1500 to buy this thing when they already own smartphones and desktop computers.

Fast video record on command (4, Interesting)

timholman (71886) | about a year ago | (#43125313)

For me, the killer app for Google Glass is obvious. I want to be able to activate high resolution video recording in an instant, either with a single spoken word or a gesture/shrug.

I have had many instances while driving/walking/jogging when I've seen some imminent accident/collision/crime where I needed a picture right now and not three seconds later. Fumbling for your cell phone camera takes too long; the moment has passed.

Give me that capability and I'll be an early adopter.

Re:Fast video record on command (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43125345)

Wear a distracting thing while driving, get all your alerts popping up in the corner of your vision. Imminent accident, raise your head (or touch the side) and shout 'Glass, record video!', instead of focusing on your safety or those around you. Real smart. You anti-social IT drones are so out of touch with sensibility it's just sad.

Re:Fast video record on command (1)

gunnaraztek (1077439) | about a year ago | (#43125353)

this.

I've always hated how slow some camera apps are, when i want to take a picture i want it to take the picture the same microsecond i give the command, not 1-3 seconds later...

Re:Fast video record on command (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43125377)

Or instead of just recording something for youtube hits or suing someone, you could have it voice-activiated by phrases like "watch out!" or "mind the traffic!" or "hey stop that" or any number of other possibilities, and prevent the bad thing from happening in the first place.

Re:Fast video record on command (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43125529)

I believe I read that the Glass had a video buffer so even if you were too late to say start recording, you'll still be able to catch it. I believe I saw it from the demo video of the product a long while back. ...

Seems to be a 10 minute buffer but having difficulties finding a direct source on that info, mostly random comments by other user.

Re:Fast video record on command (1)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | about a year ago | (#43126057)

I have had many instances while driving/walking/jogging when I've seen some imminent accident/collision/crime where I needed a picture right now and not three seconds later. Fumbling for your cell phone camera takes too long; the moment has passed.

Are you sure "fumbling for your cell phone" isn't what caused the accident in the first place?

I kid, I kid...

Re:Fast video record on command (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43126443)

Or even better, rolling 30 second of video recording. Command it to save the last 30 sec clip, command it to start a new recording now, or command it to keep the last 30 and continue recording.

Re:Fast video record on command (2)

amanaplanacanalpanam (685672) | about a year ago | (#43126445)

I have had many instances while driving/walking/jogging when I've seen some big ol' titties/whaletail/overall hot chick where I needed a picture right now

FTFY

Re:Fast video record on command (1)

ZombieBraintrust (1685608) | about a year ago | (#43126475)

Protestors will wear Google Glass and get punched in the face by cops.

Robocop UI (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43125333)

The glasses recognize people and associate them with their criminal records, helping Police officers.

Clearly POV (2)

SpaghettiPattern (609814) | about a year ago | (#43125347)

Clearly POV is the killer application. I have seen one or two samples of it's outcome by various artists, who mostly remain anonymous, and are merely recognizable by the occasional body part coming, into view.

Parolees and those out on bail (1)

The Second Horseman (121958) | about a year ago | (#43125371)

Someone is going to try to market a version of something like this as add-on or replacement for the ankle bracelet. Allows for a lot more monitoring.

Terminator style overlay! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43125373)

For those times when I'm taking a stroll naked and wander into some biker bar. Now I'll know right away whose clothes to steal. What could possibly go wrong?

That's easy, pattern recognition based AR apps (1)

accessbob (962147) | about a year ago | (#43125379)

Add horns to the tops of people's heads.

Analyze body shape based on the clothes and then re-draw without them.

Color the sky polkadot.

Play Where's Wally? in VR,

Have an animated Mitt Romney stalk women in your line of sight.

No end to the apps once you have fast/live pattern recognition.
There may even be really useful things to do with Glass, you never know.

Re:That's easy, pattern recognition based AR apps (1)

citizenr (871508) | about a year ago | (#43125473)

aww we have another oblivious one, re-draw where? in the corner of your eye? Google Glass DOESNT do video overlay,

eye sight damaged by Google glass? (1)

zaax (637433) | about a year ago | (#43125399)

The killer app is going to be when Google gets sued for billions by users who have had there eye sight damaged by Google glass, also the payments they are going to have to pay the original designer

History (2)

Jaktar (975138) | about a year ago | (#43125427)

The 'killer' app is likely to involve PoV porn.

Re:History (1)

Greyfox (87712) | about a year ago | (#43125609)

Ooh yeah! We could call it... "sex"! Oh wait, no, they already have that...

Re:History (1)

CODiNE (27417) | about a year ago | (#43126063)

Like overlaying size and color matched boobs on every woman you see?

Yeah that's pretty creepy.

Killer-App? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43125455)

Social-Droning. You can nominate a target, and if one target get's more than 100'000 nominations, they'll send a MQ9....

There is no problem (1)

Aethedor (973725) | about a year ago | (#43125469)

"Developers Begin Hunt For a Killer App For Google Glass" can also be described as "there is no problem, but we have a cool gadget that needs a purpose". And once a developer has found this 'killer app', Google will use it to market it as a solution to a non-existing problem. But, that's also not a problem, because when it comes to cool gadgets, we all want to be fooled.

Language translator like Word Lens (1)

trout007 (975317) | about a year ago | (#43125517)

If it has video overlay.

Grocery Stores (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43125533)

Want to know what a Killer app for this would be?

Going into a grocery story, looking at the various items and knowing:
a) How long it's been on the shelf
b) Which store has the best deal
c) Grocery Store Shrink ray http://i45.tinypic.com/2irfyx.jpg , http://i45.tinypic.com/1078l1l.jpg (these were on consecutive weeks, in the same store)
(Also note that 475g is the same as their website http://www.kelloggs.ca/content/dam/common/products/SpecialKOriginalcereal_219.jpg , but the box on the right is the smaller box AND has a newer freshness date. The Pringles is also the same way, the taller tin on the right is older stock than the tin on the left which is smaller. What's more damning is that the tins for all the other flavors are 150g and the same price, while these are 168g and and 181g. )

Personally I'd like to kick all the grocery manufacturers into sticking to 100g, 250g, 500g and 1kg package sizes and no more of this bullshit weird-ass package sizes designed to disguise price hikes. Google glass is exactly the kind of thing that would do this if it were affordable which I doubt it will be.

First find the one for Google TV. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43125543)

Where is the killer app for Google TV. Developers find that one first !!!!

Pervs will adopt these (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43125545)

Pervs will like these glasses. No need to hide you are recording everything because you are just being cool.

it has to be porn related... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43125561)

...there is such potential with Google Glass !!!!! :)

Duh (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43125579)

Porn. Seriously, that is what drives technology. New ways to see the boobies. Porn paves & pays the way.

They already have it (2)

gmuslera (3436) | about a year ago | (#43125589)

is called Ingress [ingress.com] .

Unless they meant killer in another context, an augumented reality FPS should work too.

Software developer (2)

Fuzzums (250400) | about a year ago | (#43125601)

Think about this: you're coding a nice algorithm. Meanwhile your goggles read your code and suggest improvements.
Needless to say a copy of your code is sent to Google and patented even before you press "compile".

Re:Software developer (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43126265)

I don't get it. This makes no special use of the glasses. Software right now can read the code you write without the hassles of OCR.

Three words. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43125633)

Ass. Recognition. Software.

Re:Three words. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43126173)

Are you male? I recognize chicks far faster from behind then in-front....

It's Manna time (1)

CODiNE (27417) | about a year ago | (#43125669)

Looks like it's time for Joe Garcia to automate the first Burger-G as in the sci-fi short story Manna. [marshallbrain.com] The only question is... when will Google buy Australia? Or is that somebody else's problem?

help playing pool (2)

Dan9999 (679463) | about a year ago | (#43125691)

An app to show when you have the right angle. Although im sure this won't go over too well once it's been found out.

I can think of a few apps...social intel ftw! (1)

rocket rancher (447670) | about a year ago | (#43125735)

1) Threat meter (h/t to Omen from my WoW days). An app that scans public databases to build a threat profile (criminal and civil convictions, restraining orders, presence on sexual predator lists, bankruptcies, etc) and tags each person in view with their threat level and the axis of the threat. There are companies that do this right now; HR departments routinely engage their services to screen potential employment candidates.

2) Snopes-o-matic. Parses assertions from people you are conversing with and bounces them against snopes, factcheck, and other debunking sites returning a credibility score, tagging these people appropriately when you meet them again.

3) Continuity checker. Remembers every encounter you have (when, where, what was said by whom) and tags people with a precis of your previous conversations should you meet them again. Helps to keep your story straight and flags people who like to mis-remember things.

I guess I should point out that all of these apps would require a redefinition (at minimum!) of what constitutes civil etiquette, but currently acceptable modes of social intelligence gathering is already in a high state of flux thanks to the internet. I don't see politeness and/or the reverence/fetish for privacy being a significant barrier to these kinds of apps once people get a taste for the potential leverage they provide during social encounters.

Their R&D need to discover the internet... (2)

Lumpy (12016) | about a year ago | (#43125783)

All you have to do is read all the papers from Prof Steve mann and Prof Thad Starner. The two guys that INVENTED the technology that Glass is based on. Both of them have been wearing the real first prototypes for well over 2 decades now. and they both already figured out the "killer apps" that need to be written.

Come at me, bro! (1)

Impy the Impiuos Imp (442658) | about a year ago | (#43125917)

Come on, Slashdot loudmouths! Let's hear all the "obvious" apps you'll all be complaining are obvious a few years from now.

No, I want to know what they are now, not after the fact, if they're so obvious.

They Live app (1)

PenguinJeff (1248208) | about a year ago | (#43126059)

Makes everyone with an iphone look like an alien.

My Killer App... (3, Insightful)

VirginMary (123020) | about a year ago | (#43126069)

...would be translation, à la Google Translate. When I was in Japan on a vacation, I would have killed for something like that! Imagine having signs that you look at translated. Or menus, comics, etc.

Too bad it's only available in the US. (1)

boorack (1345877) | about a year ago | (#43126179)

Is there any way for non-US citizens to get their hands on Google Glasses ?

Assistive device for the deaf (2)

TDDPirate (689284) | about a year ago | (#43126185)

Make it easier to lipread speaking people by displaying hints next to their mouths. The hints would for example show degree of vocalization of the speech sound.

Sales, Police (1)

ZombieBraintrust (1685608) | about a year ago | (#43126425)

People who sell things can use it to identify customers who walk into the store. The pushy sales people at Best Buy will wear these. It will tell them what items you were shopping for on Amazon earlier in the day.
Police will use it to search for wanted criminals. They will have about 1000 local wanted posters downloaded on their phones. Google Glass will check everyone's face against those 1000 photos in real time.

Two words (1)

amanaplanacanalpanam (685672) | about a year ago | (#43126497)

Accidental porn [google.com] .

Re:Two words (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43126539)

no... fully immersive, interactive, point of view pornography... Let's face it, this is what will make these kinds of devices affordable and ordinary.

Where do I sign? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43126651)

I would happily contribute funds to an app that killed the wearers of these ridiculous glasses.

Price Comparison (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43126713)

So many terrible suggestions. The real killer app would compare prices.

Pick up a can of soup at the grocery store and the glasses tell you the prices at competing stores nearby. Same for any other product. How often have you bought something and then happened to see it for less at a different store?

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Re:MONTOONA's PORCKOOL EYE !!!! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43126761)

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