Wink! I Took Your Picture!
So you're walking down the street and a cute guy winks at you. OK, a little creepy but at least he was cute. He just took a picture of you.
The latest Google Glass software update now includes an app called Wink, and yes, it can take your picture. Google Glass, you may recall, is a wearable computer with an optical head-mounted display that is being developed by Google.
The company's actually not the first to do this. "Users had the capability to wink and take a photo months ago," Kirsten Korosec reports at smartplanet.com. She notes that developer Mike DiGiovanni released a pure Android source code called Winky in May. But it wasn't part of the Google Glass software.
The app may be developed to do more than take photos, Korosec says, including wink at the meter riding in a cab and pay, or, and I like this, wink at a pair of shoes in a shop window and your size will be sent to you.
But where's the privacy in all this? Many see it as an invasion of one of our last rights to our bodies and personhood. I guess you could get a little crazy about this, but, like all fads, it will probably die out soon. Remember the Harlem Shake?