Wink to take a photo: code reveals clues about possible eye gesture in Glass

April 22, 2013
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google glass girl Credit: DVF

Imagine a world where you no longer need to use your voice or fingers to control or manipulate your devices. How awesome would that be, right?

Well, that is exactly what Google has in mind, if a code snippet found in the MyGlass Android companion app is any indication.

The clue was uncovered by a Redditor who stumbled across a code fragment containing apparent references to “eye gesture” functionality:

  • EYE_GESTURES_WINK_ENABLED

  • EYE_GESTURES_WINK_DISABLED

  • EYE_GESTURES_WINK_CALIBRATION_SUCCESS

  • EYE_GESTURES_WINK_CALIBRATION_FAILURE

  • EYE_GESTURES_WINK_TAKE_PHOTO

Looking at the events uncovered in the MyGlass code, we can infer that Google is planning to make it possible for Glass users to take pictures with a blink of an eye. That certainly makes sense from the usability point of view, but privacy advocates argue that Glass users shouldn’t be allowed to record or photograph their peers without their knowledge.

But for now, all of this is just speculation, and judging from Eric Schmidt’s statement today, it could be another year until regular people actually get to purchase Glass.

Comments

  • Key Lime 3.14

    *wink*

    Creep alert.