Google Glass app lets users wink to take a photo

Google Glass app lets users wink to take a photo

Summary: Code for an app that allows users to take a photo by winking has been published on online code repository GitHub.

TOPICS: Hardware, Mobile OS

A Google Glass app that allow users to take a photo just by winking has been made available online.

Code for the Winky app was published on GitHub by developer Mike DiGiovanni yesterday.

The app will allow users to take a photo without using the side-mounted button or voice commands usually needed, Giovanni said.

"Winking really changes things. You might not think it's hard to say "Ok, Glass Take a Picture" or even just tap a button," he said on his Google+ page.

"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."

Giovanni's code bypasses code in the Glass OS that limits when the wink gesture should be recognised by the system and takes a photo every time the wink gesture is picked up by Glass.

A video of the app in action shows that the wink gesture is slower than the average unconcious blink, which should help prevent photos being taken accidentally.

The debate over whether privacy concerns will harm uptake of Google Glass was the subject of a recent Great Debate on ZDNet, with the majority of readers supporting the assertion that privacy concerns would hamper adoption.

Topics: Hardware, Mobile OS


Nick Heath is chief reporter for TechRepublic UK. He writes about the technology that IT-decision makers need to know about, and the latest happenings in the European tech scene.

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  • Am I the onlybone who think

    That this product is a whole new problem for our society? I can already imagine the number of pictures taken from people who don't even know that the stupid face they made is now on the internet and everybody is laughing at it. I might be old-school, but its not the kind of product I want to see anywhere near me.
    Throw All The Things
  • this is just another threat to

    Private life, by making it so discrete. I might be old-school but this is just not something I dont want to see on people's head.
    Throw All The Things
    • the first comment i made didnt show up

      I don't know if it does now but anyway
      Throw All The Things
    • hidden cameras better?

      oh, so you'd rather have all those cameras hidden, as they already are. At least with this you can see people may be filming and not to do anything embarassing. Yes, currently you can feel comfortable when you pass out in public with a lampshade on your head if you don't see all those watchers having google glass on their heads.
      • google glass is something

        Google wants on every head. Almost nobody has hidden cameras.
        Throw All The Things
        • There are cameras a lot more discrete

          A mobile phone can be more discrete..
  • Errrr.....

    And what if someone has a [nervous] tick? That's a lot of pictures. will surely beat Apple's claim that more pictures are taken on an iPhone than any other camera [how did they get that information?].