Tesco’s Google Glass app is the most bizarre way to do your shopping

Smart devices have made out lives infinitely easier, and one of the ways they’ve done that is by letting us do our shopping away from both the computer and the supermarket. Tesco has gone one step further by implementing that app on Google Glass.

The app functions in exactly the same way as a barcode-scanning shopping app on your phone. You hold an item’s barcode within view of the camera, and then you can add it to your shopping basket to be delivered straight to your door.

That sounds great until you realise the only difference between this new app and the Tesco Groceries app on Android and iOS is that the camera is attached to your face rather than sitting in your hands. What’s more is that you actually need a computer or a smartphone to place your order.

Seeing the new app in action in the video also doesn’t do it any favours. The whole process doesn’t seem any faster than using a phone, and since you have to tap at the headset to actually add items to your basket it’s not even got the advantage of being hands free.

Obviously this app is in the early stages, and maybe one day you’ll be able to do it all via voice commands. That said, it’s current incarnation certainly won’t be encouraging anyone to go out and spend ¬£1,000 on a Google Glass headset for themselves.

If you do already own a Google Glass of your own, and you want to try it for yourself, you can download it here.

Tom Pritchard