How will people get their news in the future? Here at Watchup we are strong believers in the power of wearable devices. That is why we’re announcing the private beta of Watchup for Glass, the first ever multi-channel experience on wearables.
The announcement will be made at the Online News Association’s Conference in Atlanta at 4:15 today.
“Watchup is bringing the newscast to the age of wearable devices, ” said cofounder and CEO Adriano Farano, a former entrepreneur in residence at Stanford’s startup accelerator StartX, where the company was incubated. Initially the app will feature highly selected content from premier news sources such as Associated Press, Euronews, Reuters, and the PBS Newshour.
“We’re excited to be partnering with Watchup. Reuters has great video content on several platforms and the chance to experiment with Google Glass is just another step in bringing the news to viewers any way they want it,” said Dan Colarusso, the newly appointed Executive Editor of Reuters Digital.
“The vast majority of apps launch on iOS first and then on Android,” noted Farano. “The reason why, after the iPad, Watchup has now come to Glass instead, is because we believe that wearables will reshape the way we enjoy information. The wearable revolution has just begun and Watchup is at its forefront”.
First launched on iPad with an app that allows users to create their personalized newscast from 200 channels, Watchup is the only video app that has been constantly featured in the news category of the iPad AppStore since February.
Watchup’s cofounder Adriano Farano, will make the announcement during a workshop at the Online News Association Conference on the topic: “OK Glass What’s News” this Friday at 4:15 pm EST. In addition to Farano, panelists include pioneering TV producer and Glass enthusiast Sarah Hill and journalism educator Rober Hernandez who’s the author of Glass Journalism blog. Conference seats are currently sold out but Twitter users are invited to follow the hashtag #ONA13.
Glass Explorers can request to join Watchup’s private beta by signing in at Watchupforglass.com While a public beta will be announced by the end of the year, Watchup anticipates to release a final version of its world-class ‘glassware’ as soon as Google Glass will be released to the general public. A date has yet to be announced by Google.
Watchup, Your Daily Newscast
Watchup’s vision is to bring the power of video journalism to every emerging screen. Featured by Apple, Watchup for iPad allows users to enjoy their personal newscast based on high quality news videos that play continuously. During a ceremony at the MIT Media Lab, Watchup received a coveted Knight News Challenge Award and was the only company to be a finalist simultaneously at SXSW’s Interactive Awards and Accelerator competition in 2013.
Watchup was accelerated at StartX, in Palo Alto, CA. The mission of StartX is to accelerate the development of Stanford startup founders with experiential education and community building. The organization recently announced a $3.6M grant from Stanford University with whom it also launched an investment fund.
Online News Association
The Online News Association is the oldest and biggest organization of digital journalists in the world. Every year, ONA members gather for three days of conferences, workshops and award ceremonies to celebrate and discuss media innovation.