Google is gearing up to release some new Glass features on Tuesday, most of which are apparently aimed at music lovers interested in its face-based computer.
The added functionality will, for example, allow users to easily search through a database of tracks and explore playlists in their Google Play Music account, the NY Times reported late Monday.
A “listen to” command will be added to its list of displayed actions – visible when Glass boots up – allowing the wearer of the high-tech specs to simply call out the name of the track, or artist, they want to play.
In addition, the Times also expects the Mountain View company to unveil a set of stereo earbuds with interchangeable colored caps, likely to hit the recently launched Glass accessory store before the end of the month with an $85 price tag.
A couple of weeks back Google took the wraps off a mono earbud, which it says provides high-quality sound for phone and video calls, for $50. Before that you had to rely on your skull for audio delivery (we’re talking bone conduction technology here).
The new features will join Glass’s Sound Search, a tool similar to Shazam that helps you identify a piece of music playing nearby, for example on TV or in a movie theater.
“With these new features, we’re now building a great music experience on Glass, whether you’re a classical music professor, an acclaimed sound engineer and hip-hop producer, or someone who wants to listen to their favorite tunes anytime, anywhere,” Ed Sanders, the director of marketing for Google Glass, said in a statement seen by the Times.
Ahead of Tuesday’s expected unveil, the Web giant has posted a video on YouTube showing off some of Glass’s music-related features. Look carefully and you’ll spot the new stereo earbuds (yes, they’re wedged in Young Guru’s ears).
Google has been rolling out software updates on a monthly basis to improve Glass’s functionality. Currently tested by an army of users known as Explorers, the company’s long-awaited wearable tech is expected hit stores in the first half of 2014.