As we reported earlier Google Glass can be controlled by winking with your right eye.
Still many people were in doubt if this is a true google glass feature or “some code, just in case” and something that might be available with later hardware versions of google glass.
Mike DiGiovanni has proven them wrong. He released a native android app for google glass on github called Winky that is doing just what we expected. It takes pictures with a wink of an eye. He had to alter the code of the current google glass software to enable the wink and also calibrate the function, so it doesn’t fire at any blink.
Mike says it really changed his behavior taking pictures
Winking really changes things. You might not thing it’s hard to say “Ok, Glass Take a Picture” or even just tap a button. 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. I’ve taken more pictures today than I have the past 5 days thanks to this. Sure, they are mostly silly, but my timeline has now truly become a timeline of where I’ve been.
The current version of Winky for Google Glass does not work out of the box. Google Glass Explorer need to compile and and run it as an APK.
Winky Videos demonstration
What is next on Google Glass
Now that we know that taking pictures without a word on google glass is possible, what are the implications for the privacy concerns?
Will there even be other ways to take pictures? What if one programmed google glass to react to sudden sound changes, so it takes a picture if there is an explosion, a loud cry or a siren. We would definitely have a better coverage of certain high interest events.
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