One of the chief advantages of the smart phone is that it allows users to search for, or download, just about anything they want, provided it is legal. Knowing this, you would assume that such online freedom would be extended to wearable devices such as Google Glass, right? Wrong. Privacy issues and other concerns related to the wearable gadget have led Google to be far more careful about it will and won’t allow for Glass than it has been with is smart phone technology.
No ‘Tits And Glass’ On Google Glass
Developer MiKandi launched the very first (and what likely will be the very last) porn app on Google Glass. Dubbed ‘Tits and Glass,’ the app allowed users to browse sexually explicit photos and videos, or, if they preferred, upload their own adult content. But this ability only lasted a few hours before Google revised its Glassware policy to include a ban on any sexually explicit content. App developers are likely to try and get past this restriction in any way possible, but even if they manage to do so, users should assume that their access to adult content will be far more restricted on Google Glass than it has been on smart phones and tablets.
Bans Include Facial Recognition Software
Also banned on Google Glass is something that may seem far more innocuous than the adult content presented on MiKandi’s short-lived Tits and Glass: facial recognition software. On the smart phone, facial recognition apps utilize special sensors to identify individuals on Facebook and other social media sites. Of course, the difference between using such an app on a smart phone and using it on a wearable device is that, with the smart phone, it is instantly obvious when someone is taking a picture of someone else. On the other hand, a Google Glass user can take a picture of someone and look up his or her information without that person ever knowing. This feels like it’s straight out of a science fiction movie and is incredibly creepy for anyone hoping to maintain some semblance of privacy.
The Influence Of Third Party Developers On Google Glass
Google Glass may be party to more restrictions than other Google products, but that doesn’t mean that users need to worry about being limited if they invest in the wearable technology. A wide range of application opportunities should be available in the near future, due, in part, to the opening up of Google Glass API to third party developers. Internetserviceproviders.com predicts that consumers will soon witness all kinds of ways to interact with Google Glass than they ever thought possible. Some of these opportunities will be much like what users already have available with their smart phones and tablets, but the wearable nature of Google also will provide for plenty of hands-free experiences.
Google Glass is still in its early stages and, if anything is clear, it’s that we have no idea what to expect in this promising technology’s future. Although adult content and facial recognition apps have been banned from Google Glass, these minor losses will surely be made up for by the infinite new possibilities brought about by the product’s innovative nature.
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Morgan is an information technology expert from Corpus Christie, Texas.