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Google Glass' First Start-Up Innovators
 

More and more start-ups are creating products and technologies specifically for the wearable tech but one is making a profit.

Google Co-Founder Sergey Brin sports the new Google Glasses at a benefit for the foundation Fighting Blindness in San Francisco, CA.

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When the first murmurings of Google Glass surfaced, the idea took some time to get used to. But now more and more start-ups have adapted and created new technologies and to fit the interface--and one in particular is on its way to making money from this fresh technology. 

The New York-based online shopping start-up, The Fancy, is apparently the "first company cashing in on the Google Glass app,” --at least that's what The Verge reported on Monday.

Founded in 2009, the start-up--which has been referred to in the past as the Pinterest for shopping and has a reported $50 million in funding--launched an app for Google Glass that allows users to take photos of goods they encounter and then the app finds similar products users can purchase, reported the outlet. However, the app does not bring in much revenue for the company.

Though the Fancy is reportedly the only company making a buck off the Glass technology--that doesn’t mean other start-ups aren't innovating for the wearable tech. Here are two examples of such companies: 

Augmedix a medical start-up has been using Google Glass since the summer of 2012 when it received an early version of Glass. The company focuses on using Google Glass technology to aid doctors in treating patients. 

Perfect is a start-up that just launched a video blogging service made specifically for Google Glass. The fresh start-up presented its product--a service that allows Google Glass users to record video, which is then uploaded to Perfect’s platform--at TechStars Seattle Demo Day at the end of last month. 

In other Glass news, Google announced Tuesday it will unveil a new set of features for Google Glass that will allow users to listen to music while sporting the lens less wearable tech, according to a New York Times article and the company’s website

According to the article, the tech giant will release a set of headphones made specifically for Google Glass by the end of the month for $85 to go along with the new music functions. The new features will allow wearers to search through songs, shuffle through playlists and listen to music in response to voice commands.  

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Last updated: Nov 12, 2013

ABIGAIL TRACY is a staff reporter for Inc. magazine. Previously, she worked for Seattle Metropolitan magazine and Chicago magazine.
@abigailtracy




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