Google's startup brings sightseeing app to Glass 

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  • AP Photo/Chattanooga Times Free Press, Doug Strickland
  • In this photo taken Friday, July 26, 2013, Taylor Jones, principal partner at the web development company Whiteboard, demonstrates how to use Google Glass, a device which offers video recording, photographic, and internet access capabilities while worn like a pair of glasses, in their offices in Chattanooga, Tenn.

The spectacle-like computing device Google Glass can serve as an automated tour guide with the help of a new application from a little-known startup hatched within the Internet's most powerful company.

The app, called "Field Trip," is being released Wednesday by Google-owned Niantic Labs for the 10,000 people currently testing an early model of Glass known as the Explorer edition. It becomes just the ninth app to be approved by Google Inc. for use on Glass before the device's anticipated mass market release early next year.

Once given permission, Field Trip tracks users' whereabouts so it can automatically deliver alerts and informational snapshots about the world around them.

Field Trip creator Niantic Labs is a Google division set up to operate as an independent startup.

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