Google Glass real estate app enables house hunting on the go
Trulia for Glass alerts users when they're near an open house that matches search criteria
A U.S. real estate listings website has developed an app for Google Glass eyewear to help its clients find properties more easily and conveniently while they are on the go.
The Trulia for Glass app was developed by the San Francisco-based company Trulia, which operates listings in several major U.S. cities.
The app does more than just display property listings right before the eyes of someone who is wearing Google's augmented-reality glasses. It also alerts home seekers when they are close to an open house that matches their search criteria, gives them directions to a property, enables them to call or email an agent directly through the application and can read out a property description.
The company hopes to launch the app in July.
Google Glass technology enhances the wearer's visual experience by displaying information about what they are seeing on the viewing surface of the glasses or in audio form. The eyewear is equipped with a camera and responds to verbal commands and taps and swipes of the finger on the side of the frame.
In a blog post earlier this month, the software engineer who developed the app, Jeff McConathy, said the technology is perfectly suited to the real estate business because "real estate shopping is such an inherently mobile experience."
"What makes the technology incredibly powerful is that it allows users to either continue what they are doing or engage with new information being provided to them," wrote McConathy, who is Trulia's vice-president of engineering & consumer services.
"The idea is to provide just enough fresh information that is personalized for me and relevant to my location. It's a very different experience than having your head buried in your phone while the world passes by."
Avoid information overload
McConathy said it only took him about a week to build the app, which is significantly less time than it takes most developers to create apps for smartphones and tablets.
Technology news website CNet said aspects of Trulia's app could be a model for other developers looking to find practical applications for Google Glass technology.
McConathy's emphasis on curating the information that users see instead of just bombarding them with any and all available data off the internet "could become a key determinant in what makes one Glassware app successful while other competitors fail," CNet said.