Google glasses are out in developers hands to fuel the creation of applications and the first information are starting to leak out.
One of this application, called “Winky” for the time being, wants to enable the life logging. Life logging is a way to record our life, every moment, in a digital form. Storage is no longer an issue since we can have TB of space for less than 100€, and getting cheaper as we speak. In the coming years storage may even become irrelevant as the network provides ubiquitous and unlimited capacity thus de-localizing the storage from the point of use of data.
It remains the problem of capturing the “snapshot” of our life that we want to record in a seamless way. There have been a number of proposals in this field, like the Memoto automatic lifelogging camera on sale for 279$ including any required Cloud Storage, but the problem is that these systems capture “too much”.
Of course you can lifelog by using your cell phone, and matter of fact many youngsters are doing just that by clicking and clicking and posting on twitter, Facebook and more. But it is not always convenient to pick up your phone, frame, click and post.
Here it is where Winky comes handy: provide a seamless way to capture moments of your life by … winking. It exploits the Google glass camera and its capability to recognise the eyelids movement. You wink, a photo is taken on what you are looking at.
As it gets easier to capture the world around us it gets weirder to live in such a world. We already have hundreds of security cameras taking note of what we do but at least these cameras are supposed to be regulated (not 100% true, since I doubt very much that private security cameras collected data comply to any regulation…).
In the near future we might have (we will have) thousands of cameras recording photos in which we will be part, although in most cases we will be completely unaware. Are these photos going to hunt us in the future by bringing us back to an awkward past?