Top 10 Google Glass Apps for the Summer of 2014

Summer is a very enjoyable season, despite it being the hottest one. Summer is the perfect time to fire up the grill, to pop open a cold beer, to relax in the sun with friends, and to put Google Glass to good use.

While hanging out with family and friends is probably going to be enough to keep you entertained during the summer season, you also have Google Glass that can help keep you entertained during boring days and to help you do an assortment of other things. In this post, we are going to cover some of the best apps for Google Glass that you can put to use this summer. These apps are all different in the way that they function, but they all provide all sorts of fun and features to help make this summer the best summer ever.

AllTheCooks Recipes

AllTheCooks

Summer provides lengthy periods of warm, sunny weather which means it’s the perfect time to invite some friends over and to fire up the grill. With that being said, not everyone knows how to grill the perfect piece of chicken or how to create a delicious bowl of potato salad. So, that’s where this app comes in.

AllTheCooks is an application that can help any noob, or master-griller make the perfect meal for their family and friends. This app has a library of over 150,000 recipes and provides step-by-step directions for each of them. So, no matter what type of dish you’re looking to create it’ll have your back.

Shop X

Shop X

If you’re going to be cooking up some food, then you’re going to be grocery shopping. Grocery shopping isn’t that hard of a task, but this application can make sure that you don’t forget a single item that you need. You definitely need to add this application to your Google Glass app arsenal because, let’s face it, with the summer heat and constant supply of beer (or soda) you will be drinking, you’re going to be a bit loopy and forgetful.

Shop X helps you create shopping lists via voice commands, sorts them by category, and allows you to check off items once you get them. It’s a very simple application, but one that will be very handy for when you need to hit up a local store.

OpenTable

OpenTable

The combined heat of the summer and a grill can be too much for some people. If you’re one of those people who can’t take the heat, instead of cooking up a delicious meal at home for your family, friends or significant other, how about you take them out to a high class restaurant? There’s no better way to share a summer night than over a delicious meal with a significant other.

OpenTable can help you make reservations at thousands of restaurants. Simply saying “Ok Glass, Make a reservation” followed by the restaurant’s name will make a reservation at said restaurant. If you’re not sure what restaurant you would like to go to, then you can say the Ok glass command followed by “nearby” to find out what’s available near you. Pretty cool stuff.

Strava Apps

Strava

All that cooking, grocery shopping, meat and beer consumption is going to cause you to pack on a few pounds. Believe it or not, Google Glass has an incredible selection of fitness apps that you can take advantage of this summer. Summer is a great time to relax, but great weather also makes it the perfect time to exercise.

If you’re feeling a bit weighed down after a family barbecue, then consider downloading an app from the Strava series. There’s Strava Run and Strava Cycling. Strava Run is obviously meant for people who plan to run, and Strava Cycling is obviously meant for people who plan on cycling. With that being said, while the two apps are for two different activities, they do the same thing.

Strava apps track performance, allow you to set personal records, and allow you to compare your performance to friends. The applications are basically stat machines that will help you push forward to obtain certain goals. Definitely download the Strava Run or Strava Cycling app if you feel you’re starting to develop a beer / soda belly.

Star Chart

Star Chart

All that eating, running, and beer is going to have you pretty tired by the end of the day. Luckily, summer nights are almost always awesome. Summer nights offer you the opportunity to relax and gaze at some stars. While staring at the stars is fun, you will probably have no idea what you are staring at unless you have a background in astronomy. This is where Star Chart comes in. With Star Chart you don’t need a background in astronomy to know what you’re looking at.

Star Chart is a Google Glass App (Glassware) that uses augmented reality to teach its users about what’s in the sky. The application helps users locate visible stars, planets, and constellations. Not only does Star Chart offer users a way to find stars and planets, but it also describes many of them via audio. It’s definitely a great app to use and to relax to if you’ve had a long summer day.

Field Trip

Field Trip

While spending time with your family and friends during the summer is awesome, you have to ditch them at least once. Summer is a great time to go visit a new city, or to experience new things in your own town. Field Trip is the perfect application for helping you find awesome new things to check out.

It doesn’t matter if you’re traveling to a new city or traveling around your own town, Field Trip will help you explore and will teach you the history of the area you’re in. It’s pretty much a travel guide, but right on your face. Definitely an application to install if you’re going on a summer trip.

The Traveler

The Traveler

Field Trip isn’t the only thing that can help you out during your summer travels. During your travels you’re probably going to want to keep a record of your favorite things, whether it be statues, restaurants, or whatever else. The Traveler is a Google Glass application that can help you keep track of discoveries and help capture awesome moments in your life.

The Traveler app for Google Glass is a companion app for The Traveler smart phone app. It helps you keep a digital sketchbook of your travels. The application can help you quickly snap photos, add captions to them, share them, and securely store them. Basically, the application can help you capture and share new experiences really quickly.

Shazam

Shazam

When there’s great weather, there’s great music. Summer is the time where radio stations and clubs break out their best hits. Since the weather is awesome in the summer, you might be planning to spend some of your time at a random music festival, or listening to the radio. Whether you are constantly listening to music on the radio or going to music festivals, this application can serve you well.

Shazam recognizes the songs that are playing around you. After saying a simple command, the application will detect what song is playing around you and provide you with the track information. For some songs, Shazam also lets you sing along. Overall, it’s just a handy application for finding the names of those summer tunes playing around you.

OVGuide

OVGuide

While summer is an amazing season, it can sometimes be too much. Some days you will just want to relax indoors with the air conditioning for a bit. OVGuide for Google Glass can help you with that.

OVGuide is a simple application that provides you with the latest in entertainment. The application can provide you with a constant feed of new movie trailers, celebrity news, interviews, tv clips, college sports videos, and more, right on your timeline. So, if you need to stay inside and cool down for a bit, this application can help you with that. You literally can’t go wrong with a little extra entertainment during the summer.

Umano

Umano

Like I said above, summer is an amazing season. But, it can quickly become too much because of the heat. Umano is another one of those applications that you can use while you’re trying to cool down indoors.

Umano is an application that will send you trending articles and read them to you. Articles are narrated by professional voice over actors, which makes for an amazing listening experience. You can choose the topics you’re interested in and listen to them while you’re relaxing on the couch with a nice cold glass of water or while you’re outside grilling up some meats. It’s an awesome application to use to kill some time. The good thing is, while you’re killing time, you will also be learning about what is going on in the world. You really can’t go wrong with installing this.

Conclusion

So, those are all the applications that I recommend you install for this summer. Obviously, these applications are still useful outside of the summer season. With that being said, all the apps offer something that will help make your summer an even more awesome experience. I hope you enjoyed the recommendations above, and I hope you enjoy using Google Glass this summer.

If you can think of any apps that people should install this summer, then feel free to suggest them below. Anyway, don’t forget to +1 and share this article with your friends. I really appreciate it!