Google Bans Facial Recognition on Google Glass To Avoid Spamming Celebrities
Google will not allow apps that implement facial recognition on its Google Glass product, the company says, citing privacy concerns, after an American company said it would offer a commercial service to recognise celebrities and others.
Developers have pointed out though that it is possible to load apps – which Google calls “Glassware” – onto the wearable system without needing Google’s permission. Those could then communicate with any of a growing number of services which say they can connect a name with a face once given a photo.
What is Google Glass?
Google Glass (styled “GL?SS”) is a wearable computer with a head-mounted display (HMD) that is being developed by Google in the Project Glass research and development project, with the mission of producing a mass-market ubiquitous computer. Google Glass displays information in a smartphone-like hands-free format, that can interact with the Internet via natural language voice commands While the frames do not currently have lenses fitted to them, Google is considering partnerships with sunglass retailers such as Ray-Ban or Warby Parker, and may also open retail stores to allow customers to try on the device. The Explorer Edition cannot be used by people who wear prescription glasses, but Google has confirmed that Glass will eventually work with frames and lenses that match the wearer’s prescription; the glasses will be modular and therefore possibly attachable to normal prescription glasses.
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