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Google Glass Adds 'Wink' Gesture To Take Pictures

18/12/2013 11:47 | Updated 25 January 2014

In an apparent effort to be either as effortless, or as creepy, as possible, Google Glass has just got a new feature:

Winking.

That's right, a new software update to Google's wearable computer lets users 'wink' to take pictures using the built in camera. Even when the screen is off.

The new gesture is part of a wide-ranging update to the device, which is still only available in America to a select group of beta-testers known as 'Explorers'.

The new software - 'XE12' - also lets users upload videos straight to Google's YouTube service, and adds screen locks and other features.

Google said in a blog post:

"Glass is about helping you look up and experience the world around you without getting bogged down by technology. Based on this philosophy, we've got a new setting that lets you quickly and easily capture the moments you care about with a simple wink of the eye. Whether it's capturing an amazing sunset on an evening walk, or photographing your receipt for the lunch you'll need to expense, you can now stay in the moment and wink to take a picture instantly. If you want to turn it on, just swipe over to Settings.

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. 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. Pretty cool, right?"

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