Wink feature allows Google Glass owners to take photos

Google has added wink functionality to Google Glass which will make it easier than ever to take photos with a wink of an eye.

The device’s display does not even have to be on for the feature to work and is said to be more efficient than other means of image capturing with the gadget.

In a blog post, Google hopes the feature could eventually create endless possibilities in day-to-day life.

“Imagine a day where you’re riding in the back of a cab and you just wink at the meter to pay. You wink at a pair of shoes in a shop and your size is shipped to your door. You wink at a cookbook recipe and the instructions appear right in front of you - hands-free, no mess, no fuss.”

The added function has raised further privacy concern issues. In May 2013, the US Congress wrote to Google Chief Larry Page asking what the company was doing to ensure privacy was not being breached. Blogger Ayesha Perera says the new wink feature will only cause more concern for groups who oppose the device. “Now that taking photographs can be done with as discreet a gesture as winking, the outcry over privacy is only likely to grow louder”, she said.

Some restaurants have even banned the use of the gadgets by customers while in the premises.

However, Google has dismissed fears of widespread privacy invasion as it was accounted for throughout the design process. Google engineer Charles Mendis says stalkers can’t be discreet about capturing images.

“I'm recording you, I have to stare at you — as a human being. And when someone is staring at you, you have to notice. If you walk into a restroom and someone's just looking at you — I don't know about you but I'm getting the hell out of there."

The device is currently in BETA and a consumer version is expected to be launched next year.

Source: Digital Spy | Image via Google

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Imagine.......blah, blah, blah...........boring. Google glasses are only worthwhile for a very very miniscule amount of things. It`s possible a lot of people will get headaches and nosebleeds after using them, just like when using an apache lens.

Imagine a day where you're riding in the back of a cab and you just wink at the meter to pay. You wink at a pair of shoes in a shop and your size is shipped to your door. You wink at a cookbook recipe and the instructions appear right in front of you - hands-free, no mess, no fuss

That actually sounds horrid.

They should just release a version without a camera/mic to quiet the privacy crowd. Still a lot of stuff you could do with it without those

How does one control this? I know that when I wear my contacts I blink more...probably a reflex from having a foreign object on my eye. If I were to wear google glasses when I wear my contacts I probably would be taking massive amount of pictures every day. Doesn't sound very practical.

#Michael said,
How does one control this? I know that when I wear my contacts I blink more...probably a reflex from having a foreign object on my eye. If I were to wear google glasses when I wear my contacts I probably would be taking massive amount of pictures every day. Doesn't sound very practical.

It requires you close your eye and hold for perhaps a second... and then when you open your eye, Glass shows the reticules and it takes a picture. There is not any chance to cancel, and dealing with accidentally taken shots on Glass is truly obnoxious... but I wear contacts too, and so far so good... I've not taken any accidental pictures.

Soon every police officer you encounter will be wearing these (they already use their own tech with spy pens, mics etc to protect themselves). Public acceptance will increase exponentially. The stupid TV "news" will then begin about convincing the rest of the lemmings they should want this and in under ten years, it will be absolutely everywhere...and you can be sure most here will be wearing their very own MS branded version of it touting how much better it is than anything else. At least the GoPro crowd won't look so ridiculous in the future right? Privacy was so 1990s.

Hahaiah said,
Soon every police officer you encounter will be wearing these (they already use their own tech with spy pens, mics etc to protect themselves). Public acceptance will increase exponentially. The stupid TV "news" will then begin about convincing the rest of the lemmings they should want this and in under ten years, it will be absolutely everywhere...and you can be sure most here will be wearing their very own MS branded version of it touting how much better it is than anything else. At least the GoPro crowd won't look so ridiculous in the future right? Privacy was so 1990s.

I'm sure you forgot the "/s" tag, right?

Dot Matrix said,

I'm sure you forgot the "/s" tag, right?

Come on now. You know there is some truth to all that. The trollish comment about most users here are MS fanboys wasn't needed though.

Edited by NightmarE D, Dec 19 2013, 3:32pm :

NightmarE D said,
Come on now. You know there is some truth to all that. The trollish comment about most users here are MS fanboys wasn't needed though.

Yea, sure, but there will always be people who rant & preach about how the next new "thing" is going to bring about some sort of apocalypse. I guess in some ways it's true, but no more so than the mobile phone, the internet, the airplane, the video camera... etc.

Not sure how well these will sell. Yea, they look silly but I remember a few other things that were silly when they were first announced but are now main stream. Or things that were said will never amount to anything.

Yea, but several other companies have prototypes of glasses similar to Glass. So there is interest in it so I don't think it will go away anytime soon...if at all. Google may not be the one to make it main stream, but I think the tech is here to stay.

As if wearing these wasn't already an invitation to be punched in the face, now go around winking at people.

Mister Chief said,
If I ever see a glas*hole looking at my kid for more than 0.000000000000000000001 seconds, it's going to end badly for him.

him?

Mister Chief said,
If I ever see a glas*hole looking at my kid for more than 0.000000000000000000001 seconds, it's going to end badly for him.

Meanwhile, the real perverts with cell phones/video cameras will be filming away.....

Will people abuse Glass? Sure, but they abuse current tech right now the same way. To simply say it will end badly for anyone looking at your kid with Glass is silly. And how do you know if they are even filming or doing something different.

People are getting way to paranoid.

techbeck said,
And how do you know if they are even filming or doing something different.

People are getting way to paranoid.

If someone is holding up a cameraphone pointed at you or your kids you know when they are not just checking their coverage. When someone wearing Glass is staring in he general direction of your kid there is no telling what he/she is doing. So no this is not a case of being paranoid.

Glass is inherently invasive and secretive. We will see people get smacked in the head because of it.

That said, I very much doubt Glass will take off that big. It will be more like a cool gadget for some. In general I find the average person wearing and using it (unlike the models just pretending) looking totally like an idiot geek, might as well have their pen collection in a shirtpocket.

paulheu said,

If someone is holding up a cameraphone pointed at you or your kids you know when they are not just checking their coverage.

Or they could be taking a picture of something else and the kid got in the frame. Lots of people go out and take pictures of things with people in it. Doesnt mean they are doing it for perverted reasons.

Mister Chief said,
If I ever see a glas*hole looking at my kid for more than 0.000000000000000000001 seconds, it's going to end badly for him.

Why not simply ignore them? Or, if you feel "threatened" tell them not to look at you. The future is fast approaching. You will be assimilated if wearable tech becomes cheap and popular, unless you are a hermit or some such.

LOL

I nearly chocked on my coffee when I read your reply. Because I was thinking on the lines of what you said. Now they just need to make the glasses tinted and make the camera more covertly hidden and then you have a pare of "Google PurvGlasses".

I was kidding mind...

Just thought that I would add this to the post.