Accenture and KPN Show Google Glass Proof of Concept at MWC
Could TV-watching be the killer apps for Google Glass?
There doesn't seem to be a huge wave of enthusiasm for Google Glass, largely because potential buyers aren't sure what they would do with it. Providing an answer is technology services company Accenture and Netherlands telecommunications technology service provider KPN. The pair are showing off a proof of concept solution at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, that makes Glass a hands-free TV room companion.
The offering combines KPN's interactive TV technology and with an Accenture platform for watching TV on multiple devices. The result is a wireless connection between the television and the Google Glass.
The companies are showing off three use cases for the combined technology, First, Google Glass works as a voice-operated remote, letting viewers change the channel and fast-forward or rewind. Next, the solution lets viewers see second-screen contextual information without looking away from the main screen. Finally, Google Glass can stream video stored in a cloud DVR, letting viewers watch even when away from their TV.
“This sort of innovation has enormous potential to offer users real-time access to an extra dimension of personalized functionality and information,” says Tom Loozen, managing director for Accenture’s communications industry group.
Accenture surveyed video viewers around the globe, and found that the preference for video viewing on a television set is sharply declining.
While native digital services are growing fast and gaining subscribers, Accenture says broadcasters have a significant advantage.
Companies that have videoconference end-points are all set to start creating online video messages starring their senior executives.