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The Field Trip app on Android is a fun little diversion. It pops up location-based cards that tell you about interesting things nearby. It could be a landmark, a historical event, or a place to grab a bite. But the app requires you to whip out your phone to see the notification. Field Trip has just been announced for Google Glass, and it looks like the perfect platform for it – this is what augmented reality is supposed to be.

The video shows Field Trip feeding information into Glass as the user wanders around doing considerably more interesting stuff than you are. It looks like a completely frictionless experience – walk around, see interesting bits of trivia. Frankly, it could give some Explorers an excuse to wear Glass around more often.

The regular app has different modes to control how aggressive it is with the notifications. Presumably the Glassware app will have the same. Since it's always going to have access to your eyeballs, Field Trip could get annoying if it's too free with the pop ups. Now all you need is Glass.

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Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • Matt

    Considering how much of an effect Field Trip has on my Nexus 4 if I leave it in "Explore" mode (i.e., a hell of a lot), I'd love to see some battery tests with Field Trip on Glass.

    • Matthew Fry

      yeah... would be less awesome if it had a low battery notification then later shut off in the video...

  • Matthew Fry

    Instead of location based, it should be reverse image lookup. Look at something, take a picture and find out info about it. No battery hog. (unless of course you have to take 10 pictures for it to recognize the object).

    • Pradeep Viswanathan R

      Well Google goggles does that on Android, it should be easy for Google to do it in glass.

  • Tim Gueusquin

    With this thing running like its suppose to be you'll only get 1hr (MAYBE) of use before the battery is dead. Put another battery on the other side Google! Make it look symmetrical at least.

    • Fatty Bunter

      "Make it look symmetrical at least"

      This was intentially created to be assymetical for aesthetic reasons.

  • JLishere

    The original promo for Field Trip (Sept 2012) already hinted at Glass integration - I'm actually surprised it's already on Glass 10 months later! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zusjUjaiWJQ

  • Andrew Kachaniwsky

    FieldTrip sucks real bad in Canada... hoping they expand the sources, it's been a poor experience since launch.

    • http://www.dylanmccall.com/ dylan-m

      Hm, it's been awesome for me in Vancouver. Pulls from all kinds of interesting sources, and it even brings up current events fairly often. It definitely gets a lot less content when I'm in the suburbs, though. Some Open Buildings stuff, and that's about it.

  • http://404err0r.com/ Henry Park

    Does this mean Ingress is coming soon?
    IT WOULD MAKE IT WORTH $1500 if it meant that I didn't have to get my phone out every time i wanted to hack or attack portals 0.0

  • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

    Erm... I don't know. It seemed to me that Field Trip actually distracted him from his soon-to-be girlfriend, his experience with his friends... It didn't seem to complement it nicely, it seemed to be very annoying. I'm not sure I'd like to go on a field trip like this if a friend of mine keeps staring away for no reason, whispering eerily "... oh... interesting..." and then we'd ask him the same question twice and he'd finally notice and say "I'm sorry, what?", and so forth.

    I like Glass, but I'm not sure that's how I'd use it.