Spain's Banco Sabadell is inviting third party developers to generate fresh ideas for mobile banking through an 'Open Apps' innovation programme, with an ATM location application for Google Glass first off the production line.
The Google Glass app has been developed by local company Droiders and uses GPS technology to guide Glass wearers to the nearest ATM. It also allows users to consult their current account and hold video-conferences (24x7) with the bank's contact centre. Other applications in the pipeline include mobile cheque deposit via Glass.
Julian Beltran, a director at Droiders demonstrates the Glass app to Sabadell executives in this Spanish language YouTube video:
Pol Navarro, Sabadell's head of innovation, says the bank plans to open up its APIs to other development shops and start-ups following the success of the pilot programme with Droiders.
"Over the next few weeks we'll announce the details and requirements that must be followed by all firms that want to send us their proposals," he says. "We're convinced it can offer us excellent results, significantly enhancing our ability to interact with customers at the same time as supporting the launch of new business projects and consolidating the talent available in our country."