Google Glass could allow control via winks and two fingers

Leaked code for a Google Glass app reveals ways to perform certain actions via your head, eyes, and fingers.

Lance Whitney Contributing Writer
Lance Whitney is a freelance technology writer and trainer and a former IT professional. He's written for Time, CNET, PCMag, and several other publications. He's the author of two tech books--one on Windows and another on LinkedIn.
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Google Glass users may be able to snap a photo just by winking.

Code uncovered in the MyGlass companion app by a Reddit user named fodawim lists several intriguing options for users of the high-tech specs.

One snippet of code reads "EYE_GESTURES_WINK_TAKE_PHOTO," which clearly sounds like a mere wink of your eye would be enough to take a photograph. Another line says "BROWSER_TWO_FINGER_ZOOM," which suggests the ability to zoom in and out of the browser simply by moving your thumb and index finger, just like on a touch-screen device.

Two more slices of code called HEAD_GESTURES_HEAD_WAKE_ENABLED and HEAD_GESTURES_HEAD_WAKE_DISABLED imply a way to put Google Glass to sleep and wake it up just by moving your head.

Available through Google Play, the MyGlass app will let people configure and manage their Google Glass eyeware. The app itself delivers GPS and SMS messaging but will run only on devices with Android 4.0.3 or higher.

On April 15, Google announced that the Google Glass Explorer Edition would start shipping to developers and others who preordered the prototype to the tune of $1,500 a piece.

At the same time, Google revealed many of the technical features for Glass, including a high-resolution display equivalent to a 25-inch high-definition screen from eight feet away, 12GB of usable memory, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, and a camera capable of capturing 5-megapixel photos and 720p videos.

Google Glass is expected to reach consumers by year's end -- for less than $1,500.

(Via The Next Web)