Westpac app could go wearable with Google Glass trial

WESTPAC is trialling applications for Google Glass and smart watches, in anticipation of new technology becoming widely available in Australia and New Zealand.

Google Glass is a device that is worn like a pair of spectacles but allows users to take photos, receive video calls and get translations with the wearable technology.

Westpac in New Zealand said it would trial an application for Google Glass that would allow users to check their bank balance on the device without needing to log on.

"By the end of this year our customers will be able to walk into a shop wearing their Google Glasses, see something they like and instantly check their bank balance which will be displayed in their peripheral vision - that's pretty cool," said Westpac chief digital office Simon Pomeroy.

In Australia, Westpac's general manager of digital, Harry Wendt, said the company was exploring the possibility of a Westpac app on Google Glass and on other wearable gadgets. 

"We are currently trialling a version of the St.George MoneyMeter app on both smartwatches and Google Glass," Mr Wendt said.

"We are also trialling the branch and ATM locator on Smart Watch in the Westpac brand.

"Our intention is to test and learn and then use what we have learnt to introduce it into our other brands.

"We also have a Proof of Concept using iBeacon technology under way which will be trialled in three branches in the next few months.

"We look forward to seeing how these trials go in both Australia and New Zealand as we continually look for new ways bring these technologies to life for customers."

The Google Glass devices are presently only available to a limited number of people as part of an "explorer" program but are due to be released to consumers sometime this year.