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Need a place to stay? Starwood Hotels(s hot) is happy to oblige, particularly if you’re wearing Google Glass(s goog). The hotel chain has a beta app called SPG for Glass under development to be released soon. The software looks to offer the same or similar functions for the company’s apps on other mobile devices. Of course, being made for Google Glass, the app will lean heavily on voice input as well as touchscreen swipes.
For example, you can speak to the SPG for Glass app to search for the nearest Starwood property based on your spoken location or GPS data from your paired phone. After finding a nearby place to stay, you can start the booking process with a tap. Hotel phone numbers are integrated into the search results, allowing for a quick call through the Glass headset. And you’ll be able to see the hotel before booking by swiping through pictures in the app.
The software also shows your SPG account data, so using Glass you can view your member number or SPG reward point balance. And after you’ve made reservations, you can pull them up on Glass or get turn-by-turn directions to the hotel. Starwood says the app will also be “state aware” to recognize your hotel arrival and even customize your stay experience.
While you can do all of this from a smartphone or tablet, the app looks helpful for times when you have your hands full. That’s really where apps for Glass will shine: Providing useful information at a glance without needing to stop and pull a phone out of your pocket.