If necessity is the mother of invention then it surely is promoting new apps for Google Glass.
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If you are Israeli and own a set of Google Glass, then you may be in luck regarding those air raid sirens.
Israelis have been reeling from rocket attacks out of Gaza for more than a week now. Sirens sound to warn people when a rocket has been launched, but that is not always sufficient to ensure finding shelter in time. The average siren only offers 15 to 90 seconds’ warning.
The new Israeli app Yo recently added a new service to warn people when a rocket has been launched and now Google Glass is offering a similar service.
The new Glass app provides the wearer with a visual alert whenever there’s a rocket attack on Israel. It was developed by RustyBrick Software.
Based in the Gaza Strip, the Hamas organization has succeeded at launching rockets against targets as far away as Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Just yesterday, rockets were also fired at Israel from Lebanon and Syria.
RustyBrick CEO Barry Schwarz told The Times of Israel, “The alerts will provide the (predicted) time and location of the attack, giving Israeli Glass users time to head for shelter. Be it bomb shelters, safe rooms” or finding cover on the highway, “this app will allow them to get notifications of those missile attacks so they can seek shelter.”
Google Glass provides users with a hands free device for communications as well as Internet surfing.
Established in 1994 and based in Rockland County, New York, RustyBrick has been creating Web software for businesses and organizations of all kinds. Using the latest Web technologies, they develop websites and mobile device apps.
The company, which deals with Jewish themes, has already developed four other apps for Google Glass, including a Jewish Guide for Glass which gives the wearer notifications of prayer times and alerts that Shabbat will soon begin.
RustyBrick is also the developer of an assortment of Apps for mobile devices, both iPhone and Android. These include prayer books, Hebrew/English bibles, books of Jewish law and the complete Talmud.
Barry Schwartz is the founder of the Search Engine Roundtable and has covered search for over 10 years. He also serves as an Advisor for Google, Yahoo! and Microsoft.