Google’s monthly Glass software update for the month of August is said to make the augmented reality visor a bit more robust as it injects Glass with voice command support for third party apps, giving users the ability to add commands for these services to the main menu.
The first two apps to take advantage of this new feature are Evernote and Path. You can now update your Path feed by saying ‘OK Glass, post an update.’ Similarly, sending a note to Evernote is as easy as saying ‘OK Glass, take a note.’ To see the new voice actions in your voice action menu, you’ll need Path and Evernote Glassware turned on from the MyGlass Android app or website. This is just the beginning. More Glassware will support these and new voice actions over time.
Glass support for Google Now, the company’s real-time personal assistant service, has been expanded with Cards that offer reminders about concerts, hotel bookings and dinner reservations. The device will also now present proximity-based Google Now Cards providing movie show times when the wearer is near a movie theater or with Google public alerts when there’s an emergency situation nearby.
Google shared details on a number of new Google Now cards:
Restaurants, hotels, events – Be reminded of dinner reservations, hotel bookings and concerts. You’ll see these reminders for places that sent you an email confirmation.
Movies – Find show times and movie information for nearby theaters.
Emergency alerts – Change your plans on the fly when severe thunderstorm or flash flood warnings are in effect.
These new cards join other useful Now updates, including:
Traffic – Get traffic conditions and alternate routes before you leave for work.
Weather – Know how to dress before stepping out the door.
Sports – See live scores for your favorite teams.
Finally, there is the video player feature that is new on Glass. Wearers can use this feature to skip to the moment they care about the most. When users are watching their videos or video updates, they can tap to pause, play and swipe to fast forward or rewind, to get to the desired moment. Those controls probably should have been there from the start, but they’re finally here now.