California establishments seemed to have been the most lenient when it comes to Google Glass policies, but recent news from a San Francisco bar would prove otherwise.
A new prototype Google Glass app from Emotient, a San Diego based startup, is designed for reading specific emotions and facial cues through Glass’s camera. Any face that passes into a Glass wearer’s field of view can be recognized, and the app is able to recognize general sentiment, such as positive, negative, or neutral, and different emotions ranging from simple emotions like joy, surprise, sadness, fear, to more complex emotions like frustration and confusion.
The app doesn’t record or send off any information it interprets, so there isn’t much of a privacy concern here. Emotient said a prime example of how its app could be used would be in a retail environment, where a store could gauge guest’s emotions and reactions to find pain points in their retail experience, or to help employees who aren’t great at picking up on social cues.
The idea behind this app seems a little crazy, but at the same time, it’s amazing how advanced Google Glass can really be.
source: PC Magazine
If you own Google Glass or are simply interested in it and its updates, you may have noticed that Glass didn’t get any usual major monthly updates in the months of January and February. Well according to a post on the Google Glass community Glass Almanac, monthly updates stopped after XE12 was released last year.
This isn’t necessarily bad though, as it means that the team behind Glass is focusing more heavily on bigger updates, such as updating from Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) to Android 4.4 (KitKat). The goal behind updating to KitKat is to make things “smoother and better”, according to Glass team member Teresa Zazenski.
There is an old saying that goes “one bad apple spoils the whole bunch.” To try to help make sure Google Glass devices don’t become a pariah amongst wearable tech devices, Google has come out with a list of do’s and don’ts for the devices. They include an admonishment to not be a “glasshole” when wearing the devices. » Read the rest
The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in Washington DC is using Google Glass to create a very unique exhibit for President’s Day. Titled “Portrait of America,” the exhibit is made up of tons of eye glass lenses across an American Flag, and they’ve integrated Glass into the exhibit in a pretty amazing way.
Behind each lens is an icon of a famous America from history, ranging from JFK to Lady Gaga, which visitors can see when wearing Google Glass. Not only are the images of the icons revealed, but you can also watch short clips and videos about the person you’re looking at. It’s a pretty complex and interesting take on combining art and technology. » Read the rest
Every day, it seems like there’s a new organization testing and using Google Glass in day-to-day operations. Add Virgin Atlantic Airlines to that list. The airline is integrating Google Glass as part of a trial program to “enhance the passenger experience.” Right now the program is limited to just customer who purchase Upper Class airfares for departures out of London’s Heathrow Airport over the next six weeks.
Airline agents are able to give customers updates on flight information, weather and other relevant information related to the flier’s destination through the headset, along with language translation.
Ever wondered how difficult it would be to install Google Glass onto your own prescription frames yourself? Truth be told, it’s actually not as difficult as we would first imagine. Thanks to Matt Coddington, we are shown a step by step process in achieving this feat. Check out the video after the break and take a look!
Metasploit, a popular vulnerability testing framework, added a new test module that would allow users to test how vulnerable some versions of the Android browser are to being hacked from shell access, and that’s when this exploit was found in Glass. The exploit would involve a man-in-the-middle hijacking that WebView instance, which wouldn’t be too difficult to do if you’re on a public WiFi or anything that isn’t well secured. At that point, the malicious code could do anything from taking photos with your device to remotely turning on your microphone. Definitely not a good thing. » Read the rest
The New York Police Department is testing the use of Google Glass to find out if it aids in criminal or terrorist investigations. According to VentureBeat, the Police Department received a few pairs of Google Glass to test out.
“We signed up, got a few pairs of the Google glasses, and we’re trying them out, seeing if they have any value in investigations, mostly for patrol purposes. We’re looking at them, you know, seeing how they work.”, a NYC law enforcement official told VentureBeat.
A number of U.S. states including Wyoming, Illinois and New Jersey, are looking at a ban on wearable computing devices while the user is driving. Among the affected devices is Google Glass.
Wyoming state senator, Floyd Esquibel, drafted the bill, saying that he wanted to ensure safeguards are in place before Google Glass is widely available. “Common sense would tell you that really you don’t need to look at a little computer while driving, that it endangers you, your passengers and other drivers,” Esquibel stated at the introduction of the bill.