Google Glass Just Made Winking the Creepiest Way to Creepshot

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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]


To be fair, you have to do a slow wink, and so far its pretty easy to see that I was winking to take a picture.

They need to enforce a camera sound or led or something.