Google announced a bunch of Glass updates today, the most befuddling of which is Wink, a setting that lets you snap a picture simply by winking. Convenient? Perhaps. Especially if you're the kind of creep that likes to wink at strangers.
Google's intentions are ostensibly good — instant, one-step camera access is super convenient for capturing a fleeting moment. And Google hopes to make wink-activation a bigger part of Glass operation:
Imagine a day where you're riding in the back of a cab and you just wink at the meter to pay. 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. Pretty cool, right?
Sure, that's cool. But Glass is increasingly sounding like the go-to device for creepshots. That's not entirely Google's fault — in fact, a non-Google developer already created a similar wink-to-snap app earlier this year. But now Google is actively helping. So if you see a Glass-wearing stranger winking at you like crazy, maybe walk in the other direction. [Google via TechCrunch]