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Google adds Wink photo taking to Glass, promises an iPhone app

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Wed Dec 18 2013, 14:10
Google Glass is now available in the UK for 1000

WEARABLE HARDWARE DESIGNER Google has rolled out some Glass updates including Wink, a flirty photo taking feature.

The firm announced the updates in a blog post with a Christmas flavour. It said that people have made a number of requests over the year, and its additions are the result of its listening.

"You've shared your wishes, we've made our list and checked it twice, and now we're closing out 2013 with some of your most popular requests," it said.

Added features include a lock screen, which presumably is for use when the glasses are not on your face. You can set this up in the settings, but from the sounds of it you are going to need to wipe down your lenses after each use.

"Just like with your laptop or phone, no one can use your locked Glass until you enter your secret Glass handshake using taps and swipes," added Google.

Google also added the Wink feature for taking photographs. This is limited to still images for now, but Google suggested that soon a wink might be an action that enables Glass wearers to pay for things or buy things from shop windows.

"We're starting with pictures, but just think about what else is possible. Imagine a day where you're riding in the back of a cab and you just wink at the meter to pay," it said. "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."

The firm has added hangouts to the Glass system, and users can enable this, again, through the settings. It has also improved video uploads, and tapping on a video you have recorded will display an upload to Youtube option.

Google also gave out some information about an iPhone app, saying that iOS software is ready. It added that it will release download information about the app "later this week". µ

 

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