Google Glass Partners Up with Ray-Ban, Gets New Layar App
MOUNTAIN VIEW, USA – Google Glass has gotten a new Layar app that takes the wearable to the next level. Its maker has partnered up with the Ray-Ban parent group Luxottica to bring a style quotient to Glass.
Google Glass has been the talk-of-the-town and it is believed that this year we could possibly get a glimpse of the official commercial version soon either this year end or the start of 2015. However, the developers of Layar have shown their creativity and explored the true potential of the device with their own concept, different from conventional augmented-reality apps.
Layar has designed an app that adds an AR layer to the Glass that provides wide information like location of a certain place, and displays video apps by simply scanning magazines. This is quite simple and upon installation of the app, users gives a voice command “Okay Glass, scan this,” and the unit will scan images in the real world. On recognizing an advert, Layar will even show videos and slideshows.
While using AR features, Layar’s “Geo Layers” will show real-time information on looking upon the points of interest, as visible in the video below.
Google teamed up with Ray-Ban’s maker Luxottica group to give its Google Glass the much required shape and style quotient, hoping to make it an attractive blend of style and technology. Luxottica will work on the design of the Glass eyewear accessory.
The Google Glass developer unit is priced at $1,500, but if Google wishes to cater to a wider consumer market, it will have to lower its price.
Luxottica’s two big major brands, Ray-Ban and Oakley, are believed to be working on this project. There have been no published sketches of potential accessories.