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Google Glasses Transforming the Travel Experience

Posted by Josh King on Mar 24, 2013 @ 04:10 PM


Google recently started a contest awarding the winner with a pair of their Google Glasses. In order to win, contestants submit 50 words to explain how they would use the glasses. With these revolutionary glasses, you can access everything from the type of plant you’re staring at to the menus and Yelp reviews of every restaurant in site as you walk down the street. With an imagination, the possibilities seem to be endless with the Google Glasses, and this creativity is exactly Google was trying to tap into with their recent contest.

But how could these glasses revolutionize the stress-filled traveling experience? JetBlue entered the contest and took a stab addressing this age-old question of how the airport experience can be improved. JetBlue surmised that these glasses will allow the traveler to be better-informed by having access to all sorts of travel-related information right in front of their face, literally.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, JetBlue significantly exceeded the contest’s word limit. Here are some of the concepts that JetBlue included in their contest submission.

Google Glass Travel Experience

Check your flight status


Google Glass Travel Experience

Find an outlet!


Google Glass Travel Experience

Find out the cab fare


While these glasses won’t make the security line faster or sing to sleep the crying baby who’s sitting next to you, some of these applications are quite practical. Have I often done reconnaissance missions to find available outlets? Yes. Have I often been wondering what the most recent flight status is as I’m walking through the terminal? Of course. I’ve even been scammed by a cab driver in Australia who offered to take me to my destination for a flat fee of $50.00. With the Google Glasses (as well as some simple math), I probably could’ve easily figured out that at a distance of .4 miles from my destination, the hourly cab fare I was being quoted was probably around the price of a Ferrari. To answer your question, yes, I accepted the cab driver’s offer and am clearly still sour about it.

Regardless of the technology available, the airport and traveling experience is always going to be filled with moments of stress: flights being delayed, sitting next to the toddler throwing a temper tantrum, and Emilio Estevez’s Oscar-worthy “Mighty Ducks” performances not being the featured in-flight movie. But by being better informed at all stages of your trip, I’d say it’s easy to see how the Google Glasses will offer some improvements to your day of travel.

Topics: experience, airport, mobile, technology, Google, travel, Google Glass

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