Tesco launch app for Google Glass

15 January 2015

Google-Glass_4 You'd think they'd have other issues more pressing to deal with, but Tesco have launched a shopping app for Google Glass.

It is hoped that it make it a faster method for shoppers to add items to their online baskets.

Tesco Groceries is a free download for the £1,000 smartglasses, which went on sale in the UK in June 2014. That's either demented thinking from the mad, or some proper well-thought out futurism.

You can operate the app by speaking commands, like "Glass, find me a Snickers" or via the scanning of barcodes that are in the sight of the shopper. Or, you could stand in a shop and find it yourself, put it in a basket and be stood outside eating it before Google Glass does anything useful.

Shoppers will also be able to look at how much fat or salt something has. Dullards.

The chain had prototyped it back in June 2014, probably imagining that Google Glass would become quite the thing. “We thought about how our colleagues might be able to use Glass to check stock hands-free, or how our customers might be able to add a product to their grocery delivery basket while making a cup of tea,” blogged Tesco’s Pablo Coberly at the time.

“Getting to that stage has been a journey into entirely new areas of user interaction: new gestures, user interface elements, and input mechanisms.”

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Coberly has bugled about Google's genius again in an updated post too: “The Glass Development Kit (GDK) documentation is good and getting better. The community is helpful and proactive about sharing knowledge, especially on stackoverflow. The Glass team at Google does all they can to try to make sure the glassware delivers the best experience possible.”

"This is a challenge given how Glass is still being developed, so it can be somewhat of a moving target. The Glass software platform went through 6 updates in the time we worked with it, which shows how much Google is still investing in the platform. Given the steady flow of software updates, and the various articles that have been published alluding to updated Glass hardware, I can’t help but feel this is still the beginning of the journey for Glass and for Tesco.”

Admittedly Coberly is not expecting it to happen overnight, allowing five to 10 years for our new eyewear overlords to enslave us all.

TOPICS:   Technology   High Street News   Gadgets

3 comments

  • BRody
    Tesco - always ahead of the times!!! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-30831128 There goes glass!
  • Dacouch
    Great timing by Tesco spending money develop an app for Google Glass and releasing it on the day that Google announce they will stop selling Google Glass
  • Paul
    Tesco behind the curve as usual. Deathwatch : Google Glass http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-30831128

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