Exclusive Interview: Ryan Kopinsky tells us about Shop X for Google Glass

Everybody goes to the market, but not everyone makes a shopping list to help them find their items. For those of you that do make a list before heading to the store, where do you put it? Do you use an app on your smartphone? A Post-It note? If you’re lucky enough to have your hands on Google Glass, you should check out Shop X.

Shop X is an app that gives you the ability to make a shopping list, quickly and efficiently, directly on Glass. Luckily for me, I was invited to test out Shop X through its alpha program. Ever since then, I have been in touch with +Ryan Kopinsky, the creator of this helpful new app. And I asked him if he could take some time out of his busy college schedule to answer some questions for the readers of GoogleGlassFans.

Can you explain a little bit about yourself?

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I grew up in Suriname, South America – the only dutch-speaking country on the continent. About six years ago I moved to Tallahassee, FL to attend college. I obtained my Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Florida A&M University and I am currently pursuing my PhD in Robotics at Florida State University.

Some interesting facts about me:
• I code more than I sleep
• I developed walking, sitting and standing algorithms for the NASA-IHMC X1 exoskeleton
• I absolutely love tech and cars

What is Shop X for Glass?

Shop X is the first shopping list Glassware (i.e. app) for Google Glass and soon also Android Wear devices. Shop X enables Glass users to create a shopping list by voice command. Your shopping items are conveniently sorted by category and soon aisles as well. Shop X syncs your shopping list with the cloud so you can access and manage it from any device.

How did you come up with Shop X?

Tallahassee’s Domi Ventures hosted a Google Glass focus group on January 25, 2014. We brainstormed about ideas and a shopping list app got the most votes. I went home and created the Shop X Alpha release to see if Glass users wanted such a Glassware. Within 2 weeks I had over 300 Alpha signups and even media coverage on GigaOm.

Can you tell us your future plans for Shop X?

When I received all the great initial feedback, I decided to move forward with the project. In order to make Shop X accessible to more users, I decided to switch to Mirror API and partner with my good friend and Ruby on Rails mentor, John Perkins.
In recent years, online shopping has been more convenient and fun than in-store shopping. E-commerce provides stores with powerful tools to provide customers with a streamlined shopping e[x]perience online. It is our goal to bring similar tools to the physical world using wearable devices such as Google Glass. Once Shop X gets approved for MyGlass, we will have more details about our future plans.

What computer and smartphone do you use?

I use an 11 inch, mid-2012 Macbook Air. I recently switched from an iPhone 5 to a Nexus 5 and I absolutely love the Android Kit Kat experience.

 What is your favorite app for Glass that isn’t Shop X?

I absolutely love Google Now. It gives me the right info at the right time. I also really enjoy Allthecooks. I use Shop X to buy the groceries, and Allthecooks to make an awesome meal.

If you would like to see what Ryan or the Shop [X] team is up to check them out at the social media links below:                        

Google+ : Shop XRyan Kopinsky
Twitter: Shop XRyan Kopinsky

Let us know what you think about Shop X for Glass. Are you excited to start making shopping lists on your Google Glass? Let us know in the comments down below.