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City Ride helps Google Glass users find Citi Bikes in New York City

Citi Bike NYC

As the most populous city in the United States, New York City has a big transportation challenge on its hands. The arrival of the bike sharing system Citi Bike aims to solve that problem, but New Yorkers still need to be able to track down these bikes for the program to be useful. Enter City Ride for Glass, an upcoming app that aims to be a simple and effective way of finding Citi Bikes using Google Glass.

Google Glass users can use the standard “OK, Glass” prompt to find bikes, including the address, distance and how many bikes are available at the given location. Glass users can also discover nearby docking stations throughout the New York metropolitan area, with a map illustrating where each is located. The glassware includes commands for refreshing, stopping and calling support.

Glass NYC co-founder Katy Kasmai recently provided an update on the app:

“We wanted to take Glass mainstream in the NYC tech scene, so we all got together and created, a Glass app for effortlessly finding a Citibike Docking Station, hands-free.

If you’ve been to NYC, then you know that transportation is one of our biggest challenges. When Citibike came to town last year, we all breathed a sigh of relief. But now we want to take it to the next level and make finding a dock easy as pie, and just plain cool.”

According to Kasmai, the APK for City Ride for Glass will be made available in less than a couple of days. Kasmai and her nine-person team have also submitted the glassware in the BigApps NYC challenge, with an underlying goal of making New York City a better place to live. If you find the app interesting, you can vote for it in the contest on the BigApps website.

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