You've got to love these developers who get down and dirty into the code of the latest gadgets and find these interesting things that either will be part of the hardware in the future, or will be a full-fledged option when the gadget arrives for mass consumption, or is just there as an idea that may never come to fruition. But at glass-apps.org, they've found a possible operation where you'll be winking to do some things in Google Glass, most likely to take a photo. So if you're staring at someone through Google Glass and they say, "Why don't you take a picture, it'll last longer," you'll be able to give them a wink.
The Continuing Curiosity That Is Google Glass
I'm not sure whether to be excited or scared about Google Glass. There are so many things about it that make me not want to ever use it. I'm not sure if I'd like to be like The Terminator walking around and a pair of glasses just gives me constant info and updates. I mean, this is getting us closer to a cyborg nation, isn't it?
And think about this stuff with the winking, which will, gladly, be optional. Powered by the little sensor on the side of the unit, which will be able to tell whether you have the glasses on in the first place, winking apparently also will be possible through it. You're going to be seeing people who have vacant stares and possibly, seemingly, winking for no reason. Just imagine if something else is added to this gadget, where you can shake your head, or roll your eyes, or some other kind of gesture to get something to work. People are going to look like they're having seizures.
Anyway, there's not much in the way of an official announcement on this. But glass-apps.org is citing the patent Google is trying to land concerning eye-tracking. It goes like this:
Methods and systems for unlocking a screen using eye tracking information are described. A computing system may include a display screen. The computing system may be in a locked mode of operation after a period of inactivity by a user. Locked mode of operation may include a locked screen and reduced functionality of the computing system. The user may attempt to unlock the screen. The computing system may generate a display of a moving object on the display screen of the computing system. An eye tracking system may be coupled to the computing system. The eye tracking system may track eye movement of the user. The computing system may determine that a path associated with the eye movement of the user substantially matches a path associated with the moving object on the display and switch to be in an unlocked mode of operation including unlocking the screen.
In this case, it would be a simple unlocking of the screen with certain eye movements. But considering this little piece of code is in the ether: EYE_GESTURES_WINK_TAKE_PHOTO, that sounds like only the beginning of what other kind of "eye gestures" might be taking place later.
For more looks into this, read the glass-apps.org piece.