‘Glass Genius’ app Displays Information to Users Based on the Discussions At Hand

12 Students at the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism have created an application for Google Glass that, while active, displays information relating to topics and words said near Google Glass.


The application was created and worked on during a three-month hackathon. The application is named “Glass Genius” and it uses voice recognition and specialized content to provide users with almost real-time information about topics that are being discussed. Basically, while Glass Genius is active, the application uses the microphone inside of Google Glass to listen for words and it displays relevant information based on the words that it picks up from the microphone.

It’s a “real-time audio knowledge engine” that hears a conversation and adds contextual information by displaying cards on Glass’ prism.

During the app’s testing phase, the team of students loaded the application with a bunch of information relating to ebola and tested the application on a bunch of random volunteers. According to the blog post on GlassJournalism.io, most of the volunteers agreed that the app has potential.

After building it for weeks, we finally got a chance to user test the app with people outside of the class. We got interesting reactions ranging from, “Knowledge is now a buzzword away” to “felt like a robot.”

Almost all of them were excited when the first card came up during the conversation. Almost everyone agreed that the app has great potential and liked the way it personalized information. They also gave constructive criticism about the amount of text in the cards, fonts, images and the speed of the cards. Some of the users were wearing glass for the first time and their discomfort with glass also influenced their reactions.

The application still needs some work, but the students will be presenting the application at an event this Saturday, December 6 at USC Annenberg. Besides Glass Genius, the students will also be presenting some of the other projects that they’ve been working on. If you can’t attend the event, you can still follow the project at GlassJournalism.io

So, what are your thoughts on Glass Genius? Would you use something like it? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section down below!

Source: GlassJournalism