North Adds Google Fit, Google Slides to Focals
North is known for being pretty generous with providing regular updates to its Focals smart glasses. Last month the company tacked on Spotify and transit functions to the glasses. Now the focus has shifted to helping users stay motivated and on-track with their daily fitness and health goals, as well as offering a new way to deliver stronger presentations.
The newly added Google Fit function on Version 1.94 will allow users to monitor their daily and weekly activity metrics at any time. Adding the new feature to a pair of Focals is done by simply downloading the Google Fit app and switching over to the Focals app to enable Google Fit. Once the two are in sync, you’ll be able to access progress graphics including step counts, Move Minutes, and Heart Points detailing both vigorous and moderate activity.
New on Focals: Two new features to help you stay motivated and on-track with your daily fitness and health goals while staying heads up: activity tracking with @Google Fit and, screen time tracking. Learn more 🏃 👉 https://t.co/kzvPtM2d69 #smartglasses pic.twitter.com/1nQ8QTuxDK
— North (@focalsbynorth) May 22, 2019
North also added a cool feature specifically for Android users. The smart glasses will be able to track screen time and digital health within the Focals app. Although it seems a bit like an oxymoron, users will find a detailed report about how much screen time was saved by wearing the glasses.
North also added Google Slides integration to the Focals this week. By downloading the Focals Connect Chrome Extension and generating a Connect Code, users can view speaker notes and toggle between slides using the control ring. This feature eliminates the need for speakers look down at notes, thus making for a more engaging presentation with their audience.
The latest software update marks number 14 for the Focals, and from the looks of it, North has no intention of slowing down. And based on what has been released so far, it's pretty much a guarantee that whatever comes next will not disappoint.