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Pic as a Wink
A developer has created an app that lets Google Glass wearers take a photo -- in the wink of an eye, reports Glass Apps. Mike DiGiovanni released a native android app for Google Glass called Winky. Code is available on Github.
(Source: Mike DiGiovanni)
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Google Glass sounds like an amazing piece of technology. Unfortunately, it can be exploited and used in ways that should be made illegal. I wonder how Google will eventually address this because I imagine the backlash to be massive if people just run off and use it for all the wrong (and illegal) reasons.
As I said somewhere else on the boards -- and perhaps I'm repeating myself here: My misgivings abou Google Glass stemp from not wanting to be THAT connected to the Internet. I already have trouble resisting the tug of Facebook and Twitter.
For the short term: The applications of Glass are limited so far. You can take photos or pictures, search on Google, do messages, and get travel directions. That's about it. That's a pretty limited menu for $1,500!
Of the four, the travel directions seem most tempting. You don't have to look away from the road to look at the map, which might be safer. On the other hand, you always have the map in front of you, which might make you less safe. And either way -- it's not worth $1,500 to me.
But this version is for developers. I expect if it sold for $500 or under I'd buy it.
I'm less worried about first-generation Google Glass. It's the third, fourth, fifth generation that concerns me more. Imagine how small they're going to, how unobtrusive. We'll be at a point where everyone and they're uncle will have easy access to stuff that's now expensively sold pretty much only through spy stores.
Good point. Annoying enough (but in public, quite legal) to have people taking sneak photos with their cell cams, but you're going to have no idea if someone is taking photos when they're wearing these head sets.
@Mitch - I don't mind the intrusiveness if self-chosen. It's when someone else's intrusiveness becomes an invasion of my privacy that I get upset. Personally, I cannot imagine ever wearing Google Glass, simply because I don't like wearing glasses -- even when I need them for distance or for the sun.
Some states -- like New York -- require that only one person know a conversation is being recorded. Other states -- like Florida -- mandate that both parties know a conversation is being recorded. That's why you'll find, in Florida for example, that many security systems have video but no audio. A friend of mine was robbed; she knew her daughter's boyfriend was the culprit and captured him confessing on hidden tape. When Candice took the recording to the police department and demanded his arrest, the officer told her to "lose the tape," as her actions were "more criminal" than the thief's. Yeah... crazy -- at least in this instance... I wonder how often Google Glass owners will be sued or hauled into criminal court once/if these devices get more prevalent in two-party recording states?
The camera IS glaringly obvious, but not everyone will know what they are, for one thing. Do the glasses show a red light or other indiciator when they're recording? (And even if they do, we know darn well that someone will soon figure out a way to disable that -- or cover the red light with tape!) I guess it becomes incumbent, then, on us all to assume -- always dangerous -- that if someone is wearing Google Glass, they are recording. That would cause me to treat someone with this device as something of a pariah.
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