I’ve been using Google Glass for a few months now and am really getting on well with it. Of course it has its limitations and there is room for improvement, in fact below I’ve outlined ten of my top ‘wish list’ items from the Glass Community Wishlist.
1) Bring Video Call back to Glass
When Glass originally hit the market a feature that appealed to me was the ability to join Hangouts and have a video chat with Glass. This feature has since been removed as it was ‘unreliable’. As an example, this would have been great just the other day when, in a meeting at work, someone who joined via phone was unable to see the whiteboard we’d been working on. A Hangout with Glass would have given him a much better idea of what was going on. In the end we used Hangouts over the phone instead.
2) Sync with Contacts already on my phone
I raised a similar ‘wish’ myself. Google already knows who my contacts are, in fact as I use an Android phone, it knows who my ‘favourite’ contacts are, why can’t it automatically sync these to Glass?
3) Battery Indicator on "Ok Glass" screen
Very little that needs expanding here really, it’d be great to have a battery indicator on the main display.
4) Bring back "OK, Glass remind me" option
Again, a great function that seems to have been removed. Although this does work brilliantly for me with “Take a note" and Evernote.
5) Stream Music from iPhone (or any phone) and Bluetooth a2dp client profile on Glass, aka use Glass as stereo Bluetooth headphones
I realise this is technically two items but they are very closely linked. I’d like to be able to make better use of the bone conduction speaker (or stereo headphones) to playback any content from my phone, podcasts for example.
6) Screencast to ChromeCast
This would be awesome for demo’s…. and not much else, still it’d be great!
7) MyGlass App Keyboard
This strikes me as a bit of an oversight, not just for the reasons in the original post, but for any text input requirements. The voice dictation is ok at best and even if it was perfect, it wouldn’t always be appropriate to use it. A keyboard input option would be great.
8) OK Glass, Where am I? and then show map of current location
If I had to pick one standout feature it would be the excellent use of navigation on Glass. This is a brilliant feature, well implemented. This would take it a step further. I’m often in an area I sort of know but need to just check a map to be sure where I’m heading, this would stop me having to reach for my phone, that is the basis of Glass after all.
9) Google+ Notifications
One thing I really can not understand it is the lack of G+ integration with Glass. Twitter has better notification integration. This needs to get better.
10) Head Movement navigation
OK, maybe not head movement detection (you’d look a little crazy) but some way to navigate cards without having to use the touchpad would be great, maybe with the Myo or Nod?
One final extra....
11) OK, Whats New
I appreciate this would take some significant work but a recap of what you’d missed since you’d taken of Glass would be an excellent additional feature. Sometimes I take of Glass for a meeting or a particular conversation, particularly if I know it might make the other person feel uncomfortable. In this case, having a quick summary of what I’d missed would be very useful.
I’m sure there are plenty of others, but these are my current top picks to improve Glass from its current iteration.