The Explorer Edition of Google Glass is finally rolling out to developers and early adopters, and a number of interesting experiments and hacks have already appeared. But one new Glass app is certain to raise eyebrows, figuratively and literally, because it allows you to take photos with just a wink.
Winky is an app that bypasses the side-mounted touch control panel on Glass to take a photo. The app also does away with the need to speak the photo-taking command: "OK, Glass, take a picture." Instead, the user simply winks slowly after firing up the app, and the device instantly and discreetly takes photos of whatever the wearer has in Glass' sights.
"Winking really changes things. You might not think 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," developer Mike DiGiovanni from Roundarch Isobar said in a Google+ post.
"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."
And while the ability to simply wink to take a photo may seem more convenient for the small group of people currently in possession of the device, this kind of covert photo taking is exactly what many have been concerned about since the debut of Glass.
With smartphones, the act of taking a photo is relatively obvious given that would-be photographers need to hold up their device.
Winky for Glass would essentially obscure this commonly accepted visual cue, whether on a public street or in a private establishment. Clearly, despite the ingenuity of the app, Winky opens up a whole new set of issues with regards to Google Glass privacy.