As you travel around town, or country, Field Trip lets you know what’s nearby that’s interesting in History, Art, Food, Architecture, Lifestyle, and Cool Stuff. The app uses blogs and other sources of information—especially those focused on the very local, like a food blogger from Amsterdam or an architecture expert in Chicago—to hook you up with what’s going on around you. As you get close to something of interest, you should get a notification. Tap for more information, or just go explore it for yourself. I compared what came up on the Field Trip app on my phone to what came up on the Glass app and found that I got fewer results on Glass, but hopefully it will catch up over time.
As interpreted for Google Glass, Foursquare is as stripped-down as possible. From the Glass menu, select “Check in.” A list of nearby places pops up. Swipe through, tap the one you’re visiting, and you get the option to “Check In.” Tap again and you’re done. Simple, but there’s also no opportunity to do anything else like provide a rating or post details. You can also select “Find place” from the Glass menu to locate restaurants, attractions, and other types of places you like to check into.
If you’re traveling in a foreign country and worried about being able to read road or shop signs, try Word Lens. Look at the sign, ask Glass to “Translate,” and a window will show up where you should center the words. Then tell Glass what language the words are in and what language you want them translated to. The words will show up on the sign in that language. For example, if you’re in Germany and you see a sign that says “Bahnhof,” ask Google to translate the German to English, and the word “Station” will show up in that Glass window. Everything on the sign looks the same, except the words are in your chosen language. Word Lens translates English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish.