Proposed Google Glass App Allows You To See Into the Past
Could Google Glass provide a literal window into the past? Australian tech company Intec has begun trialling a Glass app that would show the wearer images of their surroundings as they were throughout history.
The proposed app, called "When the Heck Am I?", would show the wearer pictures of buildings and historical landmarks based on both location from GPS coordinates and orientation, so he or she would be looking into the past. The app takes data from libraries and various departments of local governments in order to synthesize the images. The user also has the option to find out more about the historical photo by swiping the right-hand arm of the glasses or searching a database from the National Library of Australia. The app won three different awards at the national GovHack competition, which strives to make government data sets available for use by private companies.
There are no immediate plans to release the app yet, but Intec has already built a working prototype for the Australian city of Adelaide that accesses a database of 1,200 historical photos. Although the app is primarily meant for Google Glass, quality assurance analyst Stephen Mee claimed that it could also be adapted for smartphones and tablets. Intec developers also believe that it will be relatively simple to adapt the app to work in many different locations, possibly worldwide.