Google Glass Dev Creates 'Winky', Snap a Photo and Look Creepy Doing It

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Time was, a lecherous fellow could make strangers on the street feel uncomfortable by making eye contact and offering a little wink and a smile. Now, they can crank the creep-o-meter up several notches, because soon Google Glass wearers will be able to snap photos with that same saucy wink.

Google Glass developer Mike Giovanni announced that he’s developed Winky, an application for the specs that--all joking aside--makes it much easier for people to take photos. “You might not think it's hard to say ‘Ok, Glass Take a Picture’ or even just tap a button”, said Giovanni in a G+ post. “But it's a context switch that takes you out of the moment, even if just for a second. Winking lets you lifelog with little to no effort.”

Winky calibration
Winky calibration screen

One of Giovanni’s toughest challenges was getting around the fact that Google Glass will disable the wink feature if it’s a user build and it detects any winking, but he got around the problem by making the wink a higher priority in the system.

In the spirit of open source apps, he’s also made his Android source code available on GitHub, so any develop with Google Glass can tinker with his design.

So the next time someone wearing Google Glass winks at you in the street, know that you’re on camera. If you want to see Winky in action, check out Mike's video here.
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ajm531 replied on Thu, May 2 2013 3:43 PM

its looks like he got something in his eye. Also i sense a lot of restraining orders coming up soon

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Great idea! Nope.

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lipe123 replied on Thu, May 2 2013 4:14 PM

Love how everyone is jumping on google glass and how its invasion of privacy etc etc.

Has anyone considered that if you see something with your eyes your brain records it already and you are aware of it? How is taking a picture/video of something you are already looking at invasion of privacy?

I can understand placing hidden cameras that can be remotely controlled but something thats you as a person are already witnessing with your naked eye is not an invasion of privacy!

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Clixxer replied on Thu, May 2 2013 5:40 PM

lipe123:

Love how everyone is jumping on google glass and how its invasion of privacy etc etc.

Has anyone considered that if you see something with your eyes your brain records it already and you are aware of it? How is taking a picture/video of something you are already looking at invasion of privacy?

I can understand placing hidden cameras that can be remotely controlled but something thats you as a person are already witnessing with your naked eye is not an invasion of privacy!

Taking a picture or video can be spread to others. While when you remember it you can tell someone about it but can't "show" them.

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lipe123:

Love how everyone is jumping on google glass and how its invasion of privacy etc etc.

Has anyone considered that if you see something with your eyes your brain records it already and you are aware of it? How is taking a picture/video of something you are already looking at invasion of privacy?

I can understand placing hidden cameras that can be remotely controlled but something thats you as a person are already witnessing with your naked eye is not an invasion of privacy!

As of this moment you cannot record your memories, and upload them to facebook, twitter, tumblr, reddit, a bad website...

You cannot spread what you have seen to millions of others across the planet unless you plan on physically telling them about it, without using images.  You can't let them see for themselves what you saw.  Bring your arguement up again when we have this kind of technology and I would somewhat agree with you XD

 

The only thing this guy is going to get is a laundry list of people who have given him a restraining order, and a bunch of weird looks in public

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