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Google Glass has been updated. Users can now take a photograph by winking…even when the unit is turned off.

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.

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“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.(source)

Imagine the day when a pedophile doesn’t have to get out a camera or cell phone to take a picture of your child.

Imagine the day when ALL government employees wear Google Glass.

This is what had to say about Google Glass:

Cop’s-Eye View

Officers of the Byron (Ga.) Police Department agreed to field-test the system. One of the officers’ early concerns was that the head-worn display would interfere with firearms sighting and operation, so they took the Glass device to the range. The cops fired handguns and rifles while wearing the Glass headset and had zero difficulty. Vision was not obstructed, and the device stayed in place.

The next test was in the field, under real-world conditions. A Byron officer made a traffic stop, found the driver to have an outstanding warrant, and arrested her. Not exactly the stuff of which Law and Order episodes are made, but it happened to be the first arrest ever documented via Google Glass. The video captured by the Glass device was streamed back to the police department. The device has 16 GB of internal storage available as well.

The video recording is unusually clear, detailed, and not jumpy or disorienting. One of the artifacts of many body-worn recorders is that there is a lot of camera motion, obscuring detail and even inducing motion sickness for the viewer. This video is more like what one remembers when mentally reviewing an incident. Even when the frame shifts from a well-lighted area to a dimmer one, as when looking at the sky versus looking into the interior of a car, details like the contents of a purse open on the passenger seat are clearly visible. It is truly a cop’s-eye view.

The battery housed in the Glass frame isn’t especially large, and useful battery life could be a concern in a public safety setting. Shifts can run 12 hours and longer, and it’s unlikely that such a small battery will endure that long. The current remedy is to power the Glass via a small battery pack, carried in a shirt pocket and connected by a cable. In the field test, officers were able to get a full day of use with the external battery attached.

At this stage of development, there isn’t a lot of information going to the Glass display seen by the officer wearing it. Most of what does appear is in the form of short text messages that can be sent to the device in the same way texts are sent to a smartphone.

The device can also receive text alerts from the CopTrax software. The software integrates geographic metadata into the video stream, so the precise location where each frame of video captured is preserved.

Data Display in Your Sights

The CopTrax software is capable of storing proximity markers and “geosets” of areas of special interest. For example, say that a sex offender resides at 123 Oak Street. When the officer enters the zone surrounding that address, he can be notified via text message that the residence is nearby. The size of the proximity zone is user-selectable, from a few feet to several miles in radius.

Because CopTrax is a product of Stalker Radar, it’s no surprise that the output from a Stalker Radar device outputs directly to CopTrax, and can be displayed on the video frame. The same output is available to video recorded with Glass.

A fairly recent improvement in the CopTrax software is the capability of streaming live video from the patrol car to a communications center or other terminal. Although there are probably times when you would rather your boss not be seeing what you’re seeing, this can also be a valuable officer safety tool.

We know that the government and law enforcement have the ability to follow our every move, record what we say, and check on who we communicate with. Google Glass just allows the government  to take this invasion of our privacy a step further. It makes it easier for them. Those of us awake to what is going on, know that the day is coming when technology like Google Glass will give law enforcement an instant readout of who we are and everything about us from the time we were born.

What happens though when anyone can buy Google Glass? How simple it will be when half the country is wearing them, to film the habits of others.

Just think how easy it will be for someone to watch your child, monitor your routine, know when your wife is home alone, know when the store manager will be cashing up at the end of the day. There are hundreds of applications for Google Glass that are less than desirable.

Currently a person intent on gathering such information is seen, they have to physically use a camera of some sort to record information that may be useful. That won’t be the case when Google Glass is on the market.

Nobody will see people acting suspiciously, they will be just walking around like everyone else. That being the case  nobody will take any notice of the guy walking past the school at the same time every day, especially if he is wearing different jackets, on foot one day, on a cycle the next and so on.

I truly believe that crime will increase when Google Glass becomes widely available. Like all technology it will probably become cheaper over time which will make it far more accessible.

This is what Gigaom have to say:

If the $1,500 price tag for Google Glass is a budget buster for you, don’t give up hope just yet. When the wearable gadget arrives on the consumer market it could cost as little as $299 according to Topology Research’s Jason Tsai, as reported by The China Post and Phone Arena.

Google Glass could without too much of a leap make the world a much more dangerous, and a much less private place. Just the act of going about our business is big business for the technological giants such as Google, who are literally altering the fabric of the society we live in.

It seems no thought is ever given to the downside of such technology. Either that or these companies know full well what issues could occur and just don’t give a shit.

Personally I think it’s the latter.

Contributed by Chris Carrington of The Daily Sheeple.

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Chris Carrington is a writer, researcher and lecturer with a background in science, technology and environmental studies. Chris is an editor for The Daily Sheeple. Wake the flock up!