Google Glass XE12 update lets you take pics with a wink – also
introduces Hangouts, YouTube, and lots more
Currently Winky is only available as Android source code so it needs to be compiled before it can be used but since most Glass users are currently developers and other techy types that shouldn’t be a problem.
So, next time somebody winks at you it’s important to check if they’re wearing a Google headset in order to avoid embarrassment. Aside from the fact that technology seems to be turning us all into twitching loons, there would appear to be endless potential for misunderstandings here, “Honestly, officer I was only taking a photograph”.
Google said the wink feature could have various potential uses in future
Google said the feature was faster than the camera button or the voice action and works even when the display is off.
The update to Google Glass, dubbed version XE12, also adds a screen lock feature and the ability to upload and share videos on YouTube.
Technology firms have been keen to capture the wearable gadgets market, seen by many as a key growth area.
Google said the wink feature in its Glass could have various other uses in the future.
“Imagine a day where you’re riding in the back of a cab and you just wink at the meter to pay,” the firm said in a blogpost.
“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,” it added.
We’re well into December and for many Google Glass Explorers, we were wondering what the hold up was regarding Google and their monthly software updates. Well, now we know why. Turns out this month’s update is one of the biggest yet for Google Glass, cramming a boatload of new features and Glassware into the tiny headset.
Google Glass is finally iOS compatible
Highlighted in depth on the Google Glass support site, the XE12 update finally introduces iOS users to the MyGlass app (previously, an Android exclusive). It actually appeared earlier today on Apple’s App Store for a brief moment before being taken down, but we assume (or hope, rather), it will appear again shortly.
Google Glass gets a lockscreen/removes Guest Mode
Also new in XE12 is — finally — a way to actually keep prying eyes away from sensitive data on your Glass with a screen lock. The screen lock will activate whenever Glass is powered down (then powered back up), or when removed from the head providing you have “Head-on detection” enabled in the settings. No word on how you go about unlocking a device with screen lock, but we imagine it would take a series of swipes using the touchpad.
With the new screen lock, Google felt “Guest Mode” was no longer necessary, and have completely removed the feature in XE12. Apparently this was too hard for the Glass team to maintain, and it’s been done away with. The Glass team recommends using a demo Google account if you’re going to be passing around Glass with friends and family this holiday season. You can create one here
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