Review: Ups and downs with Google Glass apps

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Glass began searching for “aundora mint,” whatever that is. Let’s try this again.

“OK, Glass, get directions to the laundromat,” I said.

Glass returned with nine options in my neighborhood, but it didn’t include my standby, KT Laundromat.

“OK, Glass, get directions to KT Laundromat,” I said.

I got Katie’s Clean & Green Laundry in Lakewood, Ohio. At this point I started to get frustrated. Turns out that KT isn’t in Google’s maps database.

“OK, Glass, get directions to 500 Henry Street,” I said, using the KT’s street address.

Glass gave me 500 Henry Street in Manhattan, not Brooklyn.

I finally got directions after specifying Brooklyn.

I was on my way, Glass on my face, sun in my eyes and directions in my ears - that is, until I walked out of my apartment’s Wi-Fi range. Without an Internet connection, Glass is just a really expensive headset with a camera. No maps, no apps and no directions. Good thing I know my way home.

Glass is supposed to connect online through your phone. I called tech support and reset the Glass and its connection with my phone. That didn’t help. Turns out I need either an Android phone or a personal mobile hotspot. My iPhone plan doesn’t let me create a hotspot. Oh.

- COOKING

Glass has a couple of cooking apps, which need to be installed separately. You get Google-approved “Glassware” apps by scrolling through a MyGlass app on your phone. KitchMe lets people search for recipes and plan meals. Allthecooks does that and also lets you share personal recipes with others. I gave the latter a spin.

“OK, Glass, find a recipe for carrot ginger soup,” I said.

After the maps debacle, I was excited to see carrot and ginger soup pop up as the first result. I tapped the photo of it and got Step One of the recipe.

Hmmm. I still had no idea what ingredients I needed. I swiped back and forth on the Glass’s touchpad above my right cheek. I said, “OK, Glass, get the ingredients.” Nope.

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