MiKandi making Google Glass porn, app imminent

MiKandi making Google Glass porn, app imminent

Summary: Adult Android app store MiKandi are making porn with Google Glass and expect an app launch as soon as this week.

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Leading adult Android app creators and distributors MiKandi (mikandi.com, link NSFW) have confirmed it is busy making Google Glass porn. The first Glass app will be in the MiKandi app store as soon as this week.

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MiKandi Co-founder Jennifer McEwen told me,

Google Glass Porn has been making its rounds, and while studios are intrigued, no one seems to be doing anything about it.

So I wanted to let you know that we picked up our Glass and, yup, we're making content for it.

As far as I know, we're one of the few, if not the only, adult companies with the device right now. So far, it's really fun!

Personally, I can't wait to see what they do.

MiKandi (Twitter link) quickly became the top Android adult app provider when Apple dumped over 5,000 previously-approved "naughty" apps, and MiKandi seized the moment. It's a nimble business with a rep for having more than a few tasteful adult apps.

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Ms. McEwen explained that while some aspects of playing dirty with Glass might be obvious, MiKandi is aiming to innovate:

We’re experimenting with the features of Glass. From our initial use of the device, photo and video recording is more powerful than we expected.

Obviously, Glass is perfect for shooting POV video, so we’re experimenting with that first. But what’s really interesting about Glass is that it’s not just a hands free camera. It can receive and send data, so there are a lot of interesting interactions that we want to explore.

Being hands-free and hassle-free is a simple but big difference Glass has over other similar devices. It’s so easy and familiar to wear, that from a shooter’s perspective it feels like you’re recording with your own eyes. Because it feels so natural, you can forget about the technology and just be in the moment.

On top of that, with Glass you can share and interact with fans and followers, allowing them intimate access to your experiences. It’s like being John Malkovich where you’re viewing the world through someone else’s eyes.

However excited as I am to see what Mikandi does with Glass, I think I'm not the only one wondering if Google is going to pull an Apple  and send MiKiandi a cease-and-desist -- or worse. 

(In 2011, in Apple's quest to exclusively own use of the term "app store," Apple sent its legal team after MiKandi to force the Android adult app store to stop calling itself the "world's first app store for adults.")

If Google Glass isn't the most over-flogged and annoying topic on tech blogs right now (IT IS), Glass most certainly is one of the top user-engagement innovations for the mobile app space.

The merging of Google Glass and adult content was as predictable as the ending of every porn scene, and so is the zomg-porn hyperbole. In fact, before Google I/O last week, BizJournals published a not-awful puff piece that got some smart commentary from Kink.com CEO and Founder Peter Acworth about Google Glass "changing porn forever."

Making something (actually, anything) sexually explicit is so simple it's boring -- but will MiKandi's foray into Google Glass be nearly as clever as their previous appventures?

I also wanted to know if this was just going to be another "[trendy tech buzz biz of the day]... but for porn."

Their video teaser made me curious - and optimistic [only slightly NSFW]:

MiKandi's developers and partners seem determined not to waste users' time promoting any gimmick that users don't really care about, like the "next Pinterest for porn."

In 2011, MiKandi released the first app to combine game mechanics and explicit content - I actually found the Femjoy Android App to be tasteful and sexy.

The Femjoy Pure Nude App cleverly combined the gameplay of check-ins, the openness of Android and the sexiness of uninhibited, beautiful European models. It's a playable, all-girl model-fest with drop-dead gorgeous women - pretty cool.

When Apple unexpectedly purged over 5,000 previously-approved "naughty" apps in 2010 (thanks in large part to The Parent's Television Council's 2010 Apple app "cleanup" campaign), they did more than rip the rug out from under iOS developers whose income streams disappeared overnight.

Android's Market became a place where racy and adult apps could swim, sink, or soak up all the money Apple had just walked away from - and probably make much more.

MiKandi reacted to Apple's dev-devastating actions with an open call to devs, posting this offer to its company blog: “We look forward to working with any developer who has been displaced by Apple in recent weeks. Don’t worry, developers - MiKandi supports you and your sexy apps. Come to the dark side. We have cookies.”

I asked MiKandi if Google Glass is a new direction for MiKandi, or just an experiment?

For us, it’s not really a shift in direction, but the natural progression of the types of products and content we want to offer at MiKandi. We’re always focused on offering the best experiences in adult entertainment, so it’s important for us to stay on top of immerging technologies and push the industry forward.

MiKandi told me, "We’ll make an announcement on our blog [link NSFW] and Twitter when the video is ready, and we are currently developing an app (or two) for Google Glass..."

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  • Glass privacy backlash was easy to prevent

    Google, when they announced Glass, should of immediately stated:

    1. The video-on LED indicator light is not hackable. It cannot be turned off via software or hardware means or even by covering it up with tape. If it is, the video camera will NOT function. This makes Glass equivalent to what we already have today, the video-on LED indicator is equivalent to a person a holding up a cellphone to record video. It is that obvious.

    2. Any facial recognition apps for Glass will be permitted to only pull in data from social networking sites that have ONLY opt-in facial recognition. For users who have no social networking profiles but who want Glass to facially recognize them they can log into their Google account and choose to OPT-IN to facial recognition by Glass.

    3. Augmented reality apps that will put an overlay onto the real-world via the camera WILL NOT be allowed to do facial recognition at all or any recording at all-just processing (and processing ONLY) on the server side when doing AR-and consequently the video-on LED indicator is not necessary ONLY when using AR apps. Facial recognition will be facial recognition apps only and AR will be AR apps only, not both, as AR and facial recognition are two different things.

    I hope this makes sense, because it is the truth. When we seek the truth we always look at the "seed", and from there we look for the "agreement transaction". When the agreement transaction is not honored, and thus no agreement has been made, one cannot fall back on the BS line of "no one has any expectation of privacy when out in public", because we all know that we do, as seen by the backlash.

    If these things had been said first as Glass came out, and were honored, then the free-for-all privacy backlash would not be happening, at least not with any truth behind it. Some people even talk about smashing other peoples Glass units on the street- which would be just called criminal and nothing else - if not for the silence from Google on the "seed" issues I've said here. If Google needs anything it is someone that understands what the "seed" is, because for a long time now I think they have forgotten what it is like to be human or even to know what is moral or immoral. They need a chief morality officer who knows what the "seed" is and can work from there.

    As everyone instinctively knows and is at the heart of all that is true and honest it is not the specific action taken that is moral or immoral but whether it was agreed upon or not agreed upon beforehand that is moral or immoral. For if two or more people get together and agree to do whatever they want together, harming no one else, and each not breaking previous agreements made with other people, then what they do is moral. Likewise, if one person is all alone, harming no one else, and not breaking previous agreements made with other people, then whatever it is they do all alone is moral. Many have understood this over time and have understood that there is no such thing as division or exclusion, only truth and lies. We are to be the good seed and work from there, which is truth, agreement, empathy, and love.

    I hate to see wonderful things fail out the gate because of missteps. If I had Glass I'd speak to other people that used different languages I did not understand and if they had Glass they too, I'd understand American Sign Language and they would "see" my words if they had Glass. One day these things will do more for us than we understand now or can even comprehend, if only people's privacy were to be respected and cherished.
    TehGoldenRule
    • LED is Not Hackable???

      Piece of tape? Crush it with pliers? Replace it with a non-functioning LED. Surface Mount LEDs are not that that difficult to re-work.
      Patrickgood1
      • Google "should of"

        I was trying to articulate that Google "should of made" the LED non-hackable, perhaps by making the LED as part of the camera lens, so that it is not software hackable. If the LED were then to be messed with the camera wouldn't function. The LED could be so close to the lens, that to cover it you would cover the camera also.

        What I have laid out are the fixes that Google should of thought of beforehand, and then emphasized these facts FIRST AND FOREMOST, avoiding unnecessary backlash. I'm not an engineer but what I wrote is at the seed of what is the problem. Obviously, if engineers worked from here they would be able to come up with something that is acceptable to privacy advocates.
        TehGoldenRule
        • "should of"

          Incorrect english. It should be, "should've", as in, "should have."
          b757doc
        • amazing

          5 weeks ago my brother's mom in law basically also made the small fortune of $8842 grafting fifteen hours a week in their apartment and there buddy's sister`s neighbour done this for 10-months and got more than $8842 part-time from there mac. follow the guide on this link.. http://goo.gl/FPmnA
          Eilteradd
          • really!!?!!

            wow, 8 grand a week is a lot for a prostitute. what they must be willing to do... giggle...
            Jay--Man
    • For Users With No Social Networking Profiles???

      Just another example of Google's deception. They want you to believe that. As well as they want you to believe that they will only disclose your personal data to 3rd parties with your consent.

      The statements are true and yet truly deceptive.

      In their terms of service Google requires that Glass users allow Google to post all Glass photos and video to your Google+. This policy is not like to change as Glass is publicly released.

      Not so different from their front line Terms of Service block page which is very successful at putting Google users at ease when they state up front they will not disclose your personal information to 3rdf parties with out you consent.

      This gives the users a warm fuzzy feeling when using Google "free" services. Google uses this to thwart users desire to actually read the Terms of Service to discover the use of a service constitutes consent. That is unequivocally deceptive. Why say to a user Google will not disclose without consent? To be a user you have to have given consent according to the Terms of Service.

      What about Google's Required use of Goolge+ to use Glass.


      Glass Terms currently require for most Glass purchases, Google Wallet. That too is unlikely to change unless it stymies too many purchases.

      Google says you are allowed to disable cookies in your Browser when using their services. This too is deceptive, try to log in to Google with cookies disabled. Deceptive?? No? Then log in and then disable cookies. Site's such as Google+ will not function without cookies. But you are allowed to disable cookies. Wow, thanks Google.
      Patrickgood1
      • Google are pricks I concede

        What I was trying to articulate is that from my 3 points in my original post Google could have worked from them, because they are at the seed of the privacy debate that is going on right now regarding Glass: 1. surreptitious video taking = non-hackable hardware based LED video-on indicator 2. facial recognition of people around Glass users that don't want to be facially recongnized = make it ALL opt-in facial recognition 3. augmented reality apps will overlay an interface over what the Glass user is looking at, thus needing to see through the camera what the Glass user is seeing in order to put up the overlay on Glass' screen. This will require that the camera stay on for the whole AR session, but who would want the LED indicator on when doing AR, which could be a common feature in the future, yet who would want to be filmed surreptitiously (not being able to see LED). The solution as I see it would to allow AR apps to use the camera only for processing, not recording, and definitely not for facial recognition.

        I don't trust Google either. I won't use Google Plus since when it came out they tried to make me use my real name, and even asked for "papers" (government issued ID pic to be sent to them). I then went and ditched everything Google. To me they won't respect privacy because they don't want to. They know what to do yet they won't do, so they'll fall back on "no one has the right to privacy when out in public". Yet this equals a failed product. Ironic really.
        TehGoldenRule
    • #3 Overlays and Facial Recognician

      Google does not make this restriction for the good of the public. They just do not want anything to interfere with their Facial Recognician technology used when indexing your personal information.

      Google uses Facial Recognician with photos attached to Gmail when indexing all your Gmail content.

      Want to see for yourself how good their Facial Recognician technology is? Just put the face only pic of a porn model on your Website. Watch for a warning in your Webmaster tools or see how your site get indexed in Google Search as a porn site (Safe Search).

      BTW, use of Safe Search give Google addition rights to snoop on you while Browsing. Use is consent. See Terms of Service.
      Patrickgood1
      • Amazing

        Did not know that the safe search browser feature which one can turn off and then see porn in search results and image searches etc actually indexed porn actors/actresses faces and if a website owner put only the face on their site that it would affect their site from being indexed in safe search, which is Google searches default setting.

        If someone uses Chrome browser Chrome begs you to log into Chrome, which is a separate login from normal Google services ie Gmail. So you can logged out of Google but logged into Chrome, which then records your web history and what not. I use Firefox and tell everyone I know that uses Chrome the trick that Google has played on them. If it weren't so egregious it would be funny.

        My mom has Gmail and got suckered into signing up for Google Plus, as millions of others, which she never even used. She is the type that never signs out of her Gmail and doesn't clear cookies often. On her birthday last December the Google search page "Doodle" was an image of I think a cake or whatever wishing her a happy birthday. I guess at some point she gave Google her real info, probably Google profile stuff that they want you to fill out. She got creeped out and asked me to fix it so I went in and nuked the Google Plus account, and web history, and her cell phone number from recovery options, and the little ad above the inbox (web clip), and every other setting relating to her privacy. She still uses Gmail though but at least it doesn't creep her out anymore. A friend of mine got creeped out at Gmail reading his emails and immediately putting up ads that reflected what were in his emails. I explained to him how it worked but he still uses Gmail.

        It's all so funny I don't even know why I care, except that I care about technology and good products. Perhaps Apple, who doesn't seem to want to spy, but rather to make money off of hardware and services, will make something similar to Glass that respects privacy? I know Microsoft won't since the Xbox One is a privacy and used game nightmare.
        TehGoldenRule
        • Wrong

          >>I know Microsoft won't since the Xbox One is a privacy and used game nightmare.
          do you have proof for it? It is nothing but FUD by people and media. wait until E3 to learn more on this and Major Nelson already said all these media outlets are wrong when it comes to used game and privacy issues that they are saying like FUDded here.
          Ram U
          • Fear Uncertainty and Doubt

            I DO NOT have proof for it, so you are correct, at least for now...

            However, it seems that there are going to be limitations placed on users that weren't present with Xbox 360, such as additional mechanisms and probably fees put in place when you want to sell or trade your used games. Also the Kinect camera/mic has to be always attached, which is uncomfortable for many people. We'll see what comes out of E3 and how this goes, but as of right now, you are correct, I DO NOT have proof of it, but at the same time Microsoft is holding back at a time that they should be answering these questions.
            TehGoldenRule
    • Expectation of Privacy is a Legal Term

      and it is applied to legal interpretation and US Supreme Court opinions. The Supreme Court has ruled that photographs taken in public, with few exceptions, do not constitute an invasion of privacy, and cannot be ruled inadmissible in the way photos taken in private may not be admissible.

      What Glass developers and users must understand are the exceptions to no expectation of privacy in public places.

      It would be a shame if someone expends great effort to develop a Glass App, only to have its use ruled unconstitutional or be the target of Lawsuits.

      Audio recording is sometimes exempt by wiretap and eavesdropping laws. Audio recording without consent of all parties being record is illegal in many state. In all states at least single party consent is required. Although very recent US Appeals Circuit Court decisions have struck down law making it illegal to record cops in the performance of their duties (see ACLU v Alvarez, US 7th Circuit Appeals Court).

      Recording in a restaurant is not an invasion of privacy ONLY IF the patrons are not in a secluded area of the restaurant.

      The workplace has diminished expectations of privacy similar to public locations. Yet if a "reasonable person" would believe they would not expect someone to be recording their conversation that could be overheard by others (a major criteria for privacy law), it can be ruled an invasion of privacy.

      Invasion of privacy is the act of making the recording. Whether or not the recording is broadcast has no bearing on invasion of seclusion. It would play a part in damages. Although the Plaintiff in an Invasion suit may not be required to show damages in some states as a prerequisite to filling the suit. Failure to show damages is an often used lawsuit defense.

      Glass Developers are at risk that their app may not be marketable based on the outcome of court decisions.

      Glass users are at high risk for charges of Invasion of Privacy. These type of suits do not have the same requirements to go to trial as other suits (e.g. damages). This could be used by anyone to use for punitive use. They don't care about the damages they just want to punish their use.
      Patrickgood1
      • great info

        I like the overview of privacy law you have said here. Imagine if Glass were widely adopted and someone could easily turn off the LED when recording. There will be all sorts of websites of people unwittingly recorded, you know, for the lulz. Upskirt vids, vids showing what guys (and women!) actually look at when conversing with others, generally people doing stuff they don't think is being recorded. Also, vids of people trying to take the Glass units from its owner for privacy's sake, as the owner runs away, lol. It's a privacy nightmare if these things aren't fleshed out. Makes for interesting times when the technology is moving so fast that the frog realizes that the water is actually starting to boil.

        On another note, Patrickgood1, I think that you are indeed a good one. I wonder if you understand truth, equality, and humanity, and can escape the bonds of servitude and embrace truth in all its forms, in all people, without division, and can understood the "seeds" of all that is good and all that is not good. Enjoy (maybe):

        Before our words we have two choices and before our actions we have two more. These are the seeds of peace and conflict.

        When you speak, speak the truth.

        When you do something to someone else be sure to get their agreement first.

        When you see someone in need, help them when and where you can.

        Do these things always. They bring peace.

        Lying brings conflict.

        Doing what you want to other people without getting their agreement first brings conflict.

        Never helping anyone in need, and no one ever helping anyone in need, brings conflict.

        Bring peace, not conflict. Be the good seed, not the bad seed.

        A liar hides his lies in darkness hoping that no one finds out the truth whereas the one that tells the truth tells the truth in the light of day for all to see.

        Be the children of light and be reborn. Do these things everyday.

        * * * * * * *

        With every action taken there is an agreement transaction that is either honored, not sought, or broken.

        It’s not the specific action taken that is moral or immoral but whether it was agreed upon or not agreed upon beforehand that is moral or immoral. For if two or more people get together and agree to do whatever they want together, affecting no one else, and each not breaking previous agreements made with other people, then what they do is moral. Likewise, if one person is all alone, affecting no one else, and not breaking previous agreements made with other people, then whatever it is they do all alone is moral.

        And an agreement is only an agreement if it is based on true words. We cannot have agreement if it is based on a lie, usually with one side lying and the other side agreeing to something that was a lie, making it not an agreement at all. We are to honor only actual agreements.
        TehGoldenRule
    • LED has already been hacked

      They are already working on full AOSP roms for Google glass. Very soon the aplications will be endless..
      Jimster480
  • Does Google Glass

    Come equipped with a 'windshield wiper" ?
    :-P
    SunFire23
    • Why to Wipe the Blood Off...

      after someone punches them in the nose?

      You know it IS going to happen if Glass catches on.
      Patrickgood1
      • LoL

        I think he was referring to something else, ie "Mikandi Android PORN app store" + windshield wiper, haha

        Blood would be the other bodily fluid that comes to mind.
        TehGoldenRule
  • apple pah...

    And Apple wonders why it is losing market share, customers and developers. I will never buy for nor develop for any Apple product.. What SANE company cuts its very lifeline buy cutting out 5000 developers? Oh wait Microsoft! Hope someday someone comes out with a real tech company with a new OS that fully supports what computing ultimately should be about.. the users.
    MalakieUSN
    • @MalakieUSN What????????

      MS is cutting off developers. How so? I am concerned as I have been developing MS Apps for 30 years. All my MS Windows Apps (some from 3.1, recompiled to 32 bit) have been installed and run on a Surface Pro with no interference from MS.

      Obviously I do not use MS development tools. MS development tools suck.

      I use Clarion Topspeed compilers developed by Niels Jensen (Turbo Pascal). all my windows apps run trouble free issue on all versions of windows from 95 through Win 8.

      So trouble free, I provide free support for free apps I developed for use with a Telecom Caller ID unit I had manufactured for 18 years. Even though I discontinued manufacturing a few years ago I still provide free support to 10's of thousands of users in the rare event they need support.

      So if MS is cutting me off some how I would like to know how they are doing it.

      When production of smartphones begins with Intel's new Silvermont Atom processors which will allow Win 8 to be run on smartphones and tablets, will MS interfere with my apps being run on a Win8 phone?
      Patrickgood1