#JewGlass: A Boon for Jewish Travelers (that own Google Glass)


Last updated: July 31, 2013

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Hillel Fuld, a tech evangelist in Israel, testing out Google Glass

Hillel Fuld, a tech evangelist in Israel, testing out Google Glass (Image courtesy of Hillel Fuld)

To the few who currently own Google Glass, they now have a smart phone on their face instead of in their hand or pocket, dictating commands and viewing information without taking their eyes off of whatever is in front of them, including the road if they’re driving.

[Another new Google product (Chromecast) is also great for travelers]

Developers have been playing with the device for the last few months and Jewish app developer, Rusty Brick, has developed a Jewish app for the Google product allowing users to:

  • Get notified on Tefillah times / Shabbat times
  • Display the prayer in Hebrew + prayer add-ons (i.e. Hallel, etc.)
  • Finding a local Synagogue (plus directions)
  • Finding a local Kosher restaurant (plus directions)
  • Translate Hebrew to English (possibly the opposite as well?)

While these are the current use cases for the app, all extremely helpful for the kosher traveler, I can only imagine what other additional feature will be added to assist Jewish and kosher observant travelers. Some ideas include:

  • Locating a local mikvah
  • Identifying and reading up on a restaurant’s hashgacha
  • … as well as many others that are less “travel” related, but still useful

If you have Jewish / Kosher travel ideas to add to the #JewGlass app, tweet at me below using the #JewGlass hashtag OR comment below.


Screenshots below from Rusty Brick:

#JewGlass Shabbat reminders

#JewGlass Shabbat reminders

#JewGlass identifying a nearby Kosher restaurant

#JewGlass identifying a nearby Kosher restaurant

Only problem here: Kosher Delight closed before Google Glass was even announced. Rusty Brick should know that :)

#JewGlass prayer reminders

#JewGlass prayer reminders

#JewGlass Prayers in Hebrew

#JewGlass Prayers in Hebrew

#JewGlass Finding a Synagogue nearby

#JewGlass Finding a Synagogue nearby

#JewGlass Prayer add-on reminder

#JewGlass Prayer add-on reminder

H/T @EFink

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  • Alison @ Alibabka

    Cool!

  • Whit @ jewhungry.wordpress.com

    What an interesting idea.