Watch this: Google Glass shows trailers when you look at a movie poster

Can’t decide what movie to see? You could search through reviews or ask your friends. Or you could use Google Glass and a new Glassware app called Preview.

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The software officially left beta status this week according to GlassAppSource and can be manually installed to Google(s goog) Glass. After that, simply look at a movie poster — or an image of one — and you’ll see the flick’s preview trailer right on Glass. When in “preview” mode, you can even move from poster to poster and the app will switch to the appropriate trailer. Here’s a demonstration:


Preview is the effort of Takahiro Horikawa, who debuted an early version of the software in January and has been tweaking it ever since. The idea is that you can just go to a theater and use the movie posters there to see trailers and decide which film to watch:

Preview for glass is a future application for Google Glass that changes your movie life. With Preview, when you are go to the theater and look for a good movie, you don’t need to take your smartphone out and type a movie title in search box to see if you are interested in it. Preview allows you to watch a movie trailer instantly by just looking at a movie poster.”

Horikawa notes that the movie database used by Preview can easily be updated remotely as new films become available, so you shouldn’t have to worry about missing the latest trailers.

I love the idea behind this although there’s just one thing I might suggest for a future version: The ability to screencast the trailer or send a link to it from Glass to a nearby smartphone. That way instead of just one person with Glass figuring out which movie to watch, a group could do the same.