Google wants you out and about in Glass, adds new travel apps to make it happen

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Three new travel-related apps have been announced for Google Glass, making the smart specs more helpful for those of us on the move. The apps in question are Foursquare, OpenTable, and TripIt. Starting with TripIt, the handy travel planner integrates itself with Google Now, so details of your flight, its status, departure gate, and takeoff time are all right in front of your eyes. While this does emulate some of Google Now’s functionality, TripIt is a very popular app with business travelers, making its inclusion on Glass welcome.

OpenTable is an app for helping you find and book restaurants. Using it on Glass is a matter of asking it to make a reservation, and you’re presented with a list of nearby possibilities. A tap completes the booking, and OpenTable remembers your previous settings, so unless you alter them prior to making the reservation, it’ll go ahead and use them again.

Finally, there’s Foursquare. The Glass version of the app contains the two most often used features, location check-in and local search. Interestingly, if you tell Glass to check you in, it’ll also show you all the spots nearby, something like the Pebble app, essentially incorporating search into the check-in feature. We’d expect the app to change in the near future, as Foursquare is set to split into two separate apps. At the very least, the name will most likely change to Swarm.

The introduction of three apps which make life a little easier for those out and about with Glass is timely. Earlier this week, Google ended the invitation system for Glass, and made the sci-fi eyewear an “open beta” and available to anyone living in the U.S. with $1500 to spend. By adding apps which will be familiar to smartphone users already, Google is helping newcomers see its potential.

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