Cool Searches to Try on Google Glass

Part of the Google Glass For Dummies Cheat Sheet

When a search question pops into your head while you're using Google Glass, you have three ways to access the Google Search app no matter what screen you're viewing:

  • When you're in the Home screen, say "OK Glass, Google . . . "

  • Tap the touchpad to activate Glass, tap again to see available actions, and tap Google.

  • With the display off, tap the touchpad three times slowly.

What sorts of questions can you ask? Here are some suggestions to get you started:

  • What is the weather like today? The search results tell you whether the rainy weather you see outside your window will continue for the rest of the day or whether the clouds will break up in the afternoon.

  • Who was Hamilton on the $10 bill? When you view the photo on a $10 bill, you may wonder who Hamilton was. You may not even know his first name. But when you search for Hamilton on the $10 bill, you'll discover that Hamilton's first name was Alexander and find out why he was so important that his visage appears on every $10 bill in your wallet.

  • Where is the nearest coffee shop? You may know where all the coffee shops are in your area. If you're in an unfamiliar location, however, but Glass is connected to your smartphone and the smartphone's GPS locator is active, you can ask Google Search where the nearest coffee shop is. The search results list the nearest coffee shops and show their locations on a map. You can also search for a specific coffee shop by asking something like "Where is the nearest Starbucks?"

  • What does farrago mean? You may have a smart friend who's very good at using less-than-common words to describe things. If you don't know what your friend is talking about, you can ask Google Glass for a definition of the word. (Whether you ask Glass while your friend is talking or after your friend leaves is up to you.)

  • How much is $200 in euros? If you plan to visit a friend in Slovenia, for example, you need to figure out the equivalent of U.S. dollars in euros so you can be sure to bring enough money to spend on food, lodging, and gifts for friends and family.

  • Translate "Where is the nearest restroom?" in Chinese. If you find yourself at a business meeting at a hotel in China and need to find a restroom right away, but your colleague who speaks Chinese isn't available, Google Search can provide a phonetic translation of your question in Chinese so you can ask the nearest hotel employee.

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