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Google Glass Travel Guides Act Like Helpful Locals [Video]

Real-time ]tips save people the trouble of carrying around a guidebook.

Ross Brooks
Ross Brooks on August 7, 2013. @greenidealism

Guidebooks and travel apps might be useful for getting around, but they still struggle to compete with the knowledge possessed by most local people. That’s why one South African software startup is trying to turn Google Glass into a real-time tour guide that can react depending on the situation you find yourself in.

Having built a number of apps – as well as in-car audio guides – that cover 20 cities around the world and multiple languages, the company has a wealth of information to draw on for this latest project. All that remains is adapting it to work seamlessly with Google Glass.

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Tourism Radio is made up of Chris Goldswain, the project creator who has been working in IT project management for the past 15 years in the U.K, and Mark Allewell, a former journalist. They’re currently seeking £35,000 in funding from a Kickstarter campaign, and have set a ship date of April 2014.

You can watch a video that outlines the potential this kind of project has for the tourism industry:

Tourism Radio

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Ross is a freelance writer who specializes in topics about the environment, architecture, art, design and creative tech. He is passionate about making a difference with his writing, whether that’s to encourage social change, promote a great idea, or just share a little bit of beauty with the world. You can also find his work on Inhabitat and Techly.com.au.

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