It’s official, there is now a version of Layar for Google Glass. Now we get to see what AR (augmented reality) is like on Glass. When I heard this I got really excited and immediately went to Layar.com/Glass to download the app. Since this was not developed using the Mirror API there is a small amount of installation that needs to be done to get the application running on Glass.
So I played around with the app briefly before going on to do a few more things. I started working on a draft of a blog post and as I looked at the preview on my site I saw an opportunity to try something with Layar. I have a Google+ widget that has a QR code that is linked to my profile. So I decided to scan it with Layar and see. I have been wanting something capable of scanning QR codes for a long time.
The Good: Finally something to scan QR codes with. Fast response from scans.
The Bad: Doesn’t leave the info I want in my timeline on Glass. There is no way to reference any of the Layar information once you navigate away from it inside Glass.
The Ugly: Within a few minutes of playing with the app and taking the screenshots for this blog post Glass got very hot and I had to take it off.
This is only one of many uses for Layar. However I think the app has a ways to go before it is really Glass ready. I want to be able to vignette and share the things I do with Layar. I don’t know about you but what fun is an app that you can’t share with anyone?