Google has announced a new feature for Google Glass allowing users to take photos by winking. The company has said that this feature is faster than a camera button or a voice command and can work even when the display is turned off.
Google think that this wink feature could have other uses in the future.”Imagine a day where you’re riding in the back of a cab and you just wink at the meter to pay,” the firm said in a blogpost.
“You wink at a pair of shoes in a shop window 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,” it added.
However, the issue of privacy has reared its head again. Just recently a Seattle restaurant banned Google Glass from its premises, over fears that diners could have their photo taken without their knowledge and consent.
The idea of being able to just wink to take a photo has only fuelled this fire. “It is a remarkable progress of technology and the possibilities of innovation around it limitless,” said Manoj Menon, managing director of consulting firm Frost & Sullivan.
“However, it comes with new issues that we need to understand, not least the worries over security and privacy. Galaxy Gear Firms have introduced a range of products in the wearable technology sector in recent months. There needs to be discussion about how, and in what environments, gadgets like these can be used openly,” he said.
This update to Google Glass, also has an added screen lock feature and the ability to upload and share videos on YouTube.