As Google Glass continues toward an inevitable public release, users (and developers) are still trying to puzzle out exactly what the device is best suited for. There are games, cooking apps, news alert apps, and of course a tidy bundle of Google services in the slowly expanding list of official Glassware. Of course, there's more to Glass than official Glassware. Developers are making some fairly compelling tools for Google's eyeball computer, and Brivo Labs, in an effort to "explore the future of wearable technology," recently published a demonstration of one such tool.

OKDoor, an app that beams visitors to your Glass and allows users to grant (or deny) access with a tap, is actually a demonstration of Brivo's SAM API, a tool Brivo Labs is developing as "a game changer in the way people interact and manage everyday access needs." Of course this includes opening physical doors. Brivo says SAM can authenticate visitors with various credentials, and provisioning access can be hooked into social networks like Facebook and Twitter.

As the quick video below shows, OKDoor essentially functions by beaming footage from your door's camera (assuming there is one) to your sight line, at which point you need only tap twice to unlock the door.

Further details about just how OKDoor works are unclear right now, but Brivo says they'll be showing it off - along with SAM - at SXSW this year. Does the potential of a less-than-warm yet oh-so-automated welcome for your visitors seem compelling enough to make home automation one of Glass' killer apps? Until someone comes up with an answer, check out the links below for more information.

Source: Brivo Labs via David Stallard (Google+), Glass App Source

Liam Spradlin
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  • AbbyZFresh

    What a complete joke. It seems even developers aren't finding any real practical use of Glass beyond gimmicks. I do not see these things taking off, even without the camera.

    • Dominic Powell

      how is this a gimmick? This has practical applications in a million different settings.

      THere are tons of times I am in my office alone, and someone knocks on the door and I have 0 idea who it is. With Big commercial doors there are no peep holes, I could be letting in a criminal.

      Not saying that Glass is the perfect avenue for such an app, it could just as well send the video to my cellphone as well. But this is useful, its not a gimmick if it is something you can actually use and simplify your life.

      • Gabernasher

        It doesn't have an Apple logo on it?

      • frafri

        elderly homes.
        I mean who wants to walk just to open the door when you can open it from far away :)

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      Though Glass may not be the ideal medium for an application like this, I think it's a leap to say that this specific app proves developers aren't finding uses for Glass. Check out the explorer story posted recently about Patrick Jackson, the firefighter who wants to put building floor plans on Glass (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPbZy2wrTGk).
      There are also a number of medical professionals looking to get information through Glass related to patients and procedures, or otherwise use it to augment their profession.
      It's hard to say whether Glass will be the ultimate productivity tool for average consumers who buy it as an accessory, but the product's value isn't predicated on that alone.

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  • usaff22

    What if you accidentally slide and tap the wrong way and let a stranger into your home, when you meant to press "Deny". You should have to enter a code to let them in.

    • Gabernasher

      I think you don't tap to deny, it looks like it's a 2 tap process to allow anyways.

  • Paul

    Can glass display video? I thought it was limited to lines of text and basic art only? Didn't know it can do full on color video.

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      Since Glass runs Android and has a pretty capable projection display it can display virtually anything your other mobile devices can - video, web pages, etc.

  • Paul

    I wonder how long until employers will require employees to wear glass so that they can see what their employee is doing at any given point in time. Want to know if Mark in accounting is goofing off, click a button, see through his eyes. He's playing solitaire! Fired.

    • usaff22

      Like in that Oogle Goggles Simpsons episode a while back

    • http://AndroidPolice.com/ Liam Spradlin

      Honestly, Google would have to do a lot of work on the battery before that'd be a viable option.

  • Michael Harris

    Where can I get this apk? I have a brivo system at my office and would love to try this on my glass.