Google Glass
3 years agoPublic
Glass and Facial Recognition

When we started the Explorer Program nearly a year ago our goal was simple: we wanted to make people active participants in shaping the future of this technology ahead of a broader consumer launch.  We've been listening closely to you, and many have expressed both interest and concern around the possibilities of facial recognition in Glass. As Google has said for several years, we won’t add facial recognition features to our products without having strong privacy protections in place. With that in mind, we won’t be approving any facial recognition Glassware at this time.

We’ve learned a lot from you in just a few weeks and we’ll continue to learn more as we update the software and evolve our policies in the weeks and months ahead.
Blade Bambach3 years ago
Yeeeesss! Bring on the broader consumer launch! Also, Glass apps should be called Glassware. Sounds neat.+78
Harry Yoon3 years ago
wow. big news. i have a mixed feeling about this. need time to digest the implications...+1
Scott Howell3 years ago
This is the type of project I would love to be a part of #IFIHADGLASS  ...  I so want to get developing....
Well, I can certainly understand that position.   For my part, I relied on partial facial recognition when I was a Media Lab cyborg to make notes on who I was talking to.

Privacy++ is a good policy, and I can abide.
(Pssst.. still waiting)  *chuckle*+11
Good idea to calm some luddites. But seriously y'all should get Glass on some celebrities!+3
Eddie Daniels3 years ago
I haven't been this excited for a new technology in such a long time. The anticipation for my invite to purchase is excruciating (as I'm sure it is for everyone). I can't wait to get my hands (eyes?) on this and start the march into the future! I think I may have had a mini panic attack when I saw that I had a message from +Project Glass. +11
Darrin Brownlee3 years ago
Good to place this message out in the open.  My heart was racing as I looked on my phone and thought it was my pickup invite notification for Glass. :)+9
I would +Glass on Brent Spiner.  He LOVED glass, and even without a #glassexplorer  or #ifihadglass  invitation .. I think both he, and LeVar Burton, would make excellent candidates.+5
Gregg Lantz3 years ago
Thank you! Facial recognition would be a public relations nightmare!+3
Dan Russell3 years ago
There goes that idea.+2
Drew Bannister3 years ago
Silly stuff.
Sean Jackson3 years ago
I can see why they did this. By saying no it probably sets a lot of people at ease who were worried about the facial recognition capabilities of Glass.+3
Sad that we live in a world that holds technology back.  +51
Tyson Quick3 years ago
It'll be hacked +13
Google Glass3 years ago
+Claudio Ibarra We're still excited about how Glass might help people with a variety of different conditions, but the technology needs to mature.+11
Connor Shea3 years ago
+christopher rizzo On the one hand I agree, in many cases technology is held back by ignorance and an inability to move forward because of excuses people make. "It's not the way nature intended", etc.

In this case, though, I think that there's a reasonable concern for privacy with something like this. I wouldn't mind and would in fact like it, but I can understand why others wouldn't.
All this policy will do is make the technology hidden. Hidden, but, unfortunately, not non-existent. I for one wouldn't like to know any stranger can look at my face and immediately see my name and home address - unfortunately, not all people are good, caring and law-abiding.+3
+Connor Shea  if only it worked "Glass to Glass" as in the facial stuff would only work if it recognized the other person had Glass on. +5
Cameron Harris3 years ago
Policy won't stop it. The thing has already been hacked and will be again for those that want facial recognition. Social peer pressure is probably the only way to get better behavior out of the users of technology (like since we invented the club and the wheel).+6
Ben Smith3 years ago
Yeah but I want facial recognition. +27
Connor Shea3 years ago
+christopher rizzo I think that'd be the best possible way to go about this. Especially with a toggle to turn it off should you wish.+2
Victor Mendez3 years ago
Can't wait for the consumer version!
+Ben Smith And I want your clothes, boots and motorcycle glasses.+3
Connor Shea3 years ago
+Victor Mendez As someone with glasses who already has to deal with this, this is going to be incredibly annoying for users. Everyone will want to try on your glasses! :P
Maybe not just technology that needs to mature +Project Glass society also is still very young in developing social mores that will expand easily to embrace the future dreams of technological marvels like Glass.+9
Ric Crockett3 years ago
I'm interested in Glass X where my Moto X phone saves recordings and handles mobile data.
I personally am not sure the world is ready for "everybody knows everybody" society.+1
Ben Smith3 years ago
But I don't have clothes, boots and a motorcycle glasses.
Google Glass3 years ago
Very true +Carol Chapman!+4
Charles Ballowe3 years ago
Laura Ockel3 years ago
How is this relevant at all?  Are they "approving" any apps, apart from the official big-name ones like NYT and the new ones they announced at I/O?+2
Lucas Dummitt3 years ago
I think all kinds of recognition are important apps that will eventually find their way to the device. I feel bad for Google because on one hand they have to appease the paranoid, but if they hold back too much, someone else with a similar device and more open policy will cause competition problems.+11
Harry Yoon3 years ago
+Project Glass I agree with you. we are not there yet. i hope someday we'll have facial recognition or something comparable (without concerns of privacy). having said that, aren't you creating a bad precedent by retroactively banning developers (after they have spent time and effort) from trying out what some might see as "innovative"? It'll become harder for us to try anything "new" or "innovative" if Google starts retroactively instituting "policies". I hope Google does the right thing by encouraging/rewarding innovations and not penalizing them in this exciting new technology/industry of wearables/Glass.  +2
Weizen Yao3 years ago
great idea
Ric Crockett3 years ago
+Charles Ballowe your comments when resharing were pretty helpful/promising. Why just the -1 here? :)
Frank Maggiore3 years ago
Now the AWE 2013 Conference will be filled with more "Aughhh, what was your name again?" #AWE2013 +2
From you(project glass),It's lovely.
And also I still follow your point & step.
Allen A3 years ago
I think it's a good move (for now) and will help to alleviate those concerned with this exact privacy issue. Much like +Carol Chapman said, all in due time...+2
Henrik Nordberg3 years ago
+Project Glass Define Glassware. What about native android apps?
Xing Y. Xia3 years ago
Why I still don't get my glass?
Gabriele Mollica3 years ago
If Google Glass can snap a photo the damage is almost done anyway. So long as their are the proper measures in place to prevent people from using your photo with the services that use the recognition, this could be a non-issue.+2
Paul Allen3 years ago
Not for the public, but it should  recognize the faces of my friends. This would be a great memory aid for us memory challenged people who need a helping hand at knowing my friends names as they come into my view. Also for friends only it could update us on any recent activity from them, ie. catch that news bit from them that you should have already read.+15
Aminder Dhaliwal3 years ago
Got way too excited thinking this notification was the purchase invite haha +4
Paul Crout3 years ago
My thought, the facial recognition only becomes a privacy concern, in my mind, when we start talking about aggregating public/shared facial recognition databases. Currently, there's nothing to stop me from taking a picture of anyone, and creating an address book entry for that person. If I know anything about them I can enter it, or if I just want to put a pseudonym like "Cafe Au Lait Guy" in as a reminder... it all just serves to promote personal recall, and a personally compiled library of facial recognition entries in my mind is just an extension of that. Any public facial recognition libraries should be more secure/proprietary to Google per se, and should be on a opt in basis only. Now person to person or small scale sharing is where it gets klugy, but there's nothing to stop me from sharing my contacts/address book entries with someone else or a group of others if I wanted to, so... yea... it's klugy... :-\+9
Misty Mills3 years ago
Just last night during an Augmented Reality session we discussed how useful it would be to have facial recognition capabilities to match people to your contacts list. Never forget a name again.+9
Paul-Ann Bowlin3 years ago
Glad for this this since I want my young daughter to be able to use glass for homeschool projects. Question +Project Glass , will glass be one size fits most, or in different sizes?
Liran Cohen3 years ago
This kind of upsets me.  I'm all for privacy, but I'm also for the freedom to innovate.   This would be a great tool for large networking events to be able to gather information on those whom you are meeting.  It would also help people with memory issues.  

Probably one of the reason my #ifihadglass  submission was not granted.  

I don't think restricting facial recognition on Google Glass is a privacy issue... your information on the net available to anyone at a moments notice is.  Maybe re-think the way that information is stored and displayed rather than limit the technology which could be very useful. 
SHANE BURTON3 years ago
Facial recognition cameras are an everyday occurrence so I can't see how there can be privacy issues its a no brainer if it could be incorporated into Glass.+5
Ian Pottinger3 years ago
Too bad. I would have liked to see Glass recognize people tagged in my photos or, optionally, in those of my friends.  I would have been content with facial recognition being limited to my social circles.+8
Roger Lam3 years ago
dont' worry +Ben Smith , +פליקס כץ will be bahk when you do !+1
Domingo Rogers3 years ago
+Aminder Dhaliwal you weren't the only one thinking that! +1
Al Mendoza3 years ago
Lets' stop dancing around the issue... Glass will be used to ID and monitor people, esp as an investigative tool. Glass is, no doubt, a primo surveillance tool and governments will want to use it for whatever purposes that can be thought up. The eye in the sky got nothing on this, esp when they can be tied together. +4
Liran Cohen3 years ago
+Al Mendoza It doesn't have to be... there are ways to limit that.  +1
Paul Allen3 years ago
If your G+ page was as public on the street as on the internet all they would get is what I have made available publicly on the internet. Take a look all you will see in my name and nothing that I do not want known. So if you see me on the street all you know is my name and I was at a couple public events.+4
Al Mendoza3 years ago
+Liran Cohen Seriously? Current data bases and comm systems aren't even secured against criminals- full on tactical uses aren't even a question - we've had live SAT video for 3 decades and this only adds to those abilities. 
Eddie Daniels3 years ago
I'm sure there will be plenty of worthwhile applications with recognition in areas such as law enforcement and the medical field. Imagine an EMT seeing what medicines a patient that is unconscious is allergic to or even past medical history. I think the potential to save lives will outweigh the drawbacks.. The tech has a long way to go, but what we are seeing now seemed like science fiction ten years ago, so imagine where it will be in ten more. And with technology, the wrong person behind it can make it dangerous, but one could say that about a motor vehicle. +6
Michael Sanchez3 years ago
To think just ten years ago, it was a big thing to have a flip phone. #innovation+3
Julio Fernandez3 years ago
Do not limit technology. Facial recognition is already taking place. Add it to Glass!+12
Liran Cohen3 years ago
+Al Mendoza Live SAT video is such an inferior technology.  Point is there are already measures in place that take into account criminal databases and use facial recognition TODAY.  It's not a new technology.

There are ways to keep your information private if you want it to be.  Public records will be public records and NOTHING that Google can do or regulation can do will stop something like this.

Most people while texting look like they might even be taking pictures, aren't you worried about current facial recognition technologies available with that?

The point I'm making is limiting the technology doesn't solve the problem... learning how to limit our public data will.  As of right now it's hard because we lose so many of the benefits of sharing our data... But there ARE ways to get the best of both worlds and we are just starting to see them peeking through as this becomes more of an issue.
Putting the mirror api aside , is that the reason why the native android face detection api is not working when side loading apps?
Joshua Percell3 years ago
+Project Glass are there any plans for a stereo version of Glass with lenses providing a full HUD? I saw the reports of a patent application, so I can't help but wonder.
Andrey Kasyanov3 years ago
What about Retina ID scan with glass? That would allow unique owner to use glass without password by scanning his/her eye.+5
Steven Winston3 years ago
+Eddie Daniels I wonder if even those use cases are ethical?  Imagine allowing only someone with only 1 month of training to have full medical history knowledge of anyone on the street?
Or worse, that a private companies building security is able to draw on full police records of everyone entering the building.  It would make for a world that a misdemenour scale offence in a youth could bar someone from a job for life. (thankfully I don't personally fall into this category as I've never done anything, but just think about the fact that someone wrongly accused would never be able to get a job, or someone that is correctly accused and paid the society debt being bared from things they wouldn't otherwise).
It's a tough thing to identify unequivocally when a technology will always be used correctly or not.
Personally, I think that this type of capability is coming and should be implemented.  However, I think that it is incumbent on us as developers to find the right ways to introduce society to technology.  I agree that Google should restrict this impactful technology until after Augmented Reality is broadly accepted and it can be correctly introduced.
Heath Wilkinson3 years ago
As someone who consristently forgets peoples names, I am let down that the option to recognize contacts and have their info pop up won't be in the near future.+10
Ricky Quinones3 years ago
Well, +Project Glass and +Google , you could develop an X-Men's Cyclops-type of visor so we could protect ourselves from the +Man of Steel in case he goes Bizarro.+2
Eddie Daniels3 years ago
+Steven Winston I agree that there is a blurry grey area, but this is only the beginning. Like any profession, training and knowledge will be key. This new area is going to be explored in ways we never dreamed. Perhaps some type of level based system, such as new employees have only basic access, where with time and training, one could graduate and have more capability unlocked for their unit. (A US Marshall on a plane has greater access and capability than a officer on the street. ) as for medical, facial recognition that alerts the family and places a call immediately could solve the info just being displayed on the screen, then the family could give the info that they see fit by themselves or by the wishes of the patient. I don't think there is a right answer, a yes or no that it is right or wrong, ultimately society will find the reasons to condone or condemn the technology. I think it is smart to roll it out slowly to ease the concerns of the uncertain or uninformed. It stops misinformation from getting out of control and ruining the chance for the technology to grow and improve.+1
Eric Jones3 years ago
I'd be down with an option in Google+ to enable facial recognition for anyone with Glass. It would definitely have to be something I could manage; definitely opt in as well. If you could say, share only with people in these circles, that would be cool. +3
John A. Tamplin3 years ago
I'm not exactly sure what the difference is between taking the picture and having G+ recognize faces automatically vs doing it live, other than being less useful the the wearer.+2
Michael Furnell3 years ago
That's too bad. Facial recognition would be a great solution for those suffering from faceblindness.
Doug Truex3 years ago
So when do more purchase notices go out? I'm still eager with the money ready! If it doesn't happen soon I won't be able to get time approved off work to make the trip.
Jamie Turner3 years ago
I just envisioned a system where anyone with glass on can be "targeted" by your glass and using your smart phone you can send them a message (the ability to block strangers would be an option so you aren't bombarded by random strangers) would be awesome to walk down the street and see a person wearing glass and hit a button and bring up their profile with info like their hobbies and stuff see that they share similar interests and kick up a conversation even have a radar type system where you can input things you like and if you come across a person with similar interests it tells you and you can kick up a face to face conversation with them so instead of technology bringing people from across the world together through Skype or hangouts it brings people together face to face who would have otherwise shared a train ride home never knowing that they both love x and y the downside of this would be it would not be long before someone hacks the system and puts a device in shops and train station that detects your interests and gives you ad based messages eg "hey I see you like books I just got a few great bargains from books galore they have 10 percent off store wide you should check em out" +3
Israel Knight3 years ago
I am quite disappointed by this announcement, +Project Glass.  It feels very knee-jerk. Object recognition with computer vision has such great potential. A vocal minority is causing a loss of "official" functionality for the rest of us.+5
Anthony Sanchez3 years ago
+Project Glass barcode and serial code would be awesome. Was in one of our datacenters this week and couldn't help but think that being able to catalog and photograph hardware at a glance would be awesome! Followed of course by the thoughts of a wireless diagnostics display... #ifihadglass #glassexplorer+3
Blake DeVoss3 years ago
Max Jacobson3 years ago
Why not just do facial recognition on those who opt in, and not for those who choose not to be recognized with glass.+2
Another need to be root features again
Max Wood3 years ago
+Carol Chapman You are on the right track but there may be more to it. It has the feel of Google doing a little change management. FR Apps are the lighting rod of this situation. So introduce the product, have a small group champion it, control the message and perception and let the value be recognized by the rest. Then the next technological step can be taken.
At this point if delaying FR Apps helps increase the adoption of +Project Glass with businesses and non-geek types will be worth it. Know what battles to fight and when.
Max Kit3 years ago
That bites. Sorry if that sounds harsh. :) Can we please get opt-in facial recognition. I would be 100% fine with people recognizing me. Why would it be a bad thing for people on the street to know my name is Max?? :)+3
Max Kit3 years ago
+Ozi Yesufu, really I'm an idiot because I'm ok with strangers knowing my name? :) And um... How do I know right now that your name is Ozi? And you that mine is Max? What is bad about this? :)+1
I was chosen for the program but haven't received any info on how to get my glasses or how much they cost, any idea when I will get that info?
Tim Safford3 years ago
+Al Mendoza every thing will continue to evolve. People are always finding ways to innovate for good And bad. +2
Max Wood3 years ago
+Karin Wilcox. You are not alone.. There are plenty of us in the same boat waiting with you. Basically about $1500 and you should have a direct message sometime over the next few weeks explaining the rest. There are a lot of postings around with more details.+1
I agree completely +Max Wood if defusing the flash point will allow Glass adoption to be easier on the palate it will mean early adopters will have a chance to showcase instead of always having to defend it against media riled up hard heads. Soft water can wear away rock but change the rock to a less resistant material and the stream will flow free much faster. Time is on Google's side.
Tim Safford3 years ago
I wonder how Facebook feels?
+Project Glass whatever happened to that old personal area network technology. The one that transmitted frequencies via the salts on your skin. It's ten year old tech at least and since you wear glass it's way more applicable then it would be in a handheld device...
Tyler Jackson3 years ago
I will say use google plus for a facial recognition. If I don't have you in a circle you will not see my name.+5
Tyler Jackson3 years ago
Or only if you check into certain events can others outside your circle see your name.
So many comments. They won't ever care to read them all.
My personal opinion is that Google should sell their glasses without the camera. I would buy them immediately.
Let people choose between the camera-augmented and the cameraless version.
Christian Assad3 years ago
Google+ needs the downvote option bad. The negative comments in this thread are neanderthalic to say the least...+2
Paul Sherman3 years ago
I guess I don't see the issue as long as they are in your circles or connections on LinkedIn. For total strangers it may be a bit creepy for now but I am sure it will come.+2
Ciprian Cirstea3 years ago
Maybe face recognition should only kick in when the app spots someone who broke the law.
Kumar Vibhav3 years ago
Fine ! Don't give facial recognition !

But can we have the real time power reader (DBZ), so we know who we can take on, AT ALL TIMES :-D
Google Glass3 years ago
+Harry Yoon We've made this change in response to feedback we didn't have when we started out. It's still the very early days and few developers have Glass today, but we're sorry to anyone we've inconvenienced.
Google Glass3 years ago
+Henrik Nordberg Right now, only the Mirror API is available for development, and this policy applies to that Glassware. We haven't released the GDK for native development yet, but for now we expect this policy to apply to all Glassware.
Google Glass3 years ago
+Israel Knight We hear you and we know this topic is controversial. We want to get Glass right, and we don't have the correct tools and privacy controls for facial recognition.+3
Google Glass3 years ago
+giancarlo iannizzotto We really want to hear everyone's feedback and we read as much as we can.+1
William Young3 years ago
Facial recognition in the workplace may help organize or resolve issues given a waiver to, in work privacy, was signed by those being monitored, a big HR issue & legality. Facial recognition on the street is just making everyone a police man, courts of law would have to decide to use the info as evidence...i could see facial recognition being useful in hospitals....or in gathering information to be passed on to other platforms such as robotics..
+Project Glass Thank you for your reply, but I'd rather hear your opinion on Google Glasses without camera.
Beck András3 years ago
Please don't make it camera-less...+3
The idea cannot be supressed, your best bet is to channel it into official app and do it fast (learn from politicians :) ). Make face recognition feature that works only for people that chose to opt-in, and shows only information they chose to provide. 20somethings will love it, and after one generation, everyone will have "facial profile page".+2
James Dadd3 years ago
Has somebody already answered/asked how those that already wear glasses can wear these given the person needs to wear glasses to focus at certain distances?
Rene Jaramillo3 years ago
Strong privacy protection? How strong ?
Rene Jaramillo3 years ago
Can the glass have some kind of sensor that will allow it to pick up on the person being looked at and decide whether or not she or he wants to be recognized.
Ricky Solorio3 years ago
It must be done right take all the time you guys need. Cant wait to wear them at night laying in my bed watching you tube vids or my very own glass recordings.... 
程平3 years ago
instead of face recognition I really want to have a barcode scanner app. (so I can find 47, and run ....
I think that technology should allow you to do whatever you are able to do yourself, just faster. Do e.g facial recognition should help you to recognize all your friends with their public and group photos and your own photos, as you could anyway do it. Plus anyone could setup in his profile, that he wants to be recognizable even by friends of friends or even by broader circles or simple anyone+6
Jo Tummers3 years ago
Could not agree with you more +molly bloom !
Bhaavan Merchant3 years ago
Privacy is over hyped+2
Stuart Kerrison3 years ago
Facial recognition is the one major thing I want Glass for. My memory for names and faces is atrocious.+7
Jan Sexton3 years ago
Thanks for listening, +Google! Looking forward to Glass's release. :)
Arnaud Dupuis3 years ago
Too bad that is one of the most expected feature of glass or alike hardware.
Robynne Blume3 years ago
I'm sad to hear that facial recognition isn't being implemented. I have face blindness, and one of the main things that excited me about Glass was the potential for facial recognition.+6
I don't get the "OH NOOOOS +Project Glass WILL BE ABLE TO SEE MY FACE! WHERE'S MY PRIVICY?!?!" people.

You know what has an outstanding ability to see your face? My eyes

Oh, and the multitude of CCTV cameras that are everywhere. You sound as bad as Hollywood when they said VHS would kill the movie industry.

The sky isn't falling and #Glass will not steal your identity because it can see you.

Go back to your caves and let the rest of us live in the future.
Max Kit3 years ago
+Project Glass, we still love you <3 <3 <3 :)+1
Dan Cunningham3 years ago
That's a shame, but makes complete sense for the first launch version until people get used to the idea. I'm sure Google can come up with a smart way to opt-out of facial recognition in the future!+1
if you want arabian tester, i'm here.
Anna Ravenscroft3 years ago
I really need an app that allows me to recognize my own contacts. If someone is in my circles/contacts -  I should be able to find out the information I already have about them. The facial recognition is just to identify which contact it is. I already have their name, birthdate, whatever. If it is limited to letting me access information I already have about someone, then I don't see how that could be a privacy violation.

Note that I am also in the borderline prosopagnosia camp. 
Ulrik Borg3 years ago
Damn... I understand the reasons, but as a person meeting 300+ new people every year, facial recognition would help a lot to learn all those names faster.+7
Thing is, the very second you step out of your house, you have zero privacy. Every single thing you do & say is in the public domain. Granted, if #Glass was digging through my financial history, I'd be pissed but it doesn't.+1
Jason Phoenix3 years ago
The problem I see with Glass right now is twofold: people think its more powerful than it is, more akin to scifi movies than reality.
Any given smartphone to a point has greater capabilities than Glass, but we don't have a general impression that everyone with a smartphone in their hand is continuously recording all adjacent audio/video/GPS/biometrics/RFIDs/NPC's and cross referencing them against Google & 12 social networks. Would some people like to do this? Probably, but I suspect they'd be fairly obvious as they were doing it.
Along with this perception, how many people lusting for Glass have really gotten into Google Goggles & its remarkable capabilities at recognizing text, images, barcodes, and so on. Or tried out Fieldtrip, a fascinating geotracker/info generator. You can install these on your Android phone right now and try them without Glass.

The other problem I see in Glass is that its functions (for the moment) might be better served in Watch format, unobtrusively alerting you to your surrounding world tethered to a smartphone rather than beamed into your eye, especially when everyone thinks you're wearing a camera crew between your eyeballs.
Still, this technology is in its infancy. What I fear more than disallowing facial recognition/biometrics at this point is people's apparent ignorance of what the hardware actually does right now--or the hardware in their phone can already do.

Omitting a potential functionality from hardware that could be reasonably restricted to an opt-in/opt-out process seems a bit like not pursuing text to voice synthesis because someone just might annoy someone else by overhearing their phone talk to them.

Potential functionality shouldn't be omitted because of fear, uncertainty, & doubt. The likelihood of someone creating an evil unsanctioned version of exactly what we want to avoid increases if someone feels motivated by its prohibition to make it a reality.
+Jason Phoenix the media have played a big part in convincing people that Glass users (wearers?) are walking round with a data mining tool on their heads. They did the same thing when phones gained cameras.+3
Christian Chelu3 years ago
It will come
Ulrik Borg3 years ago
To be fair though, phone cameras did cause a lot of problems at schools, and continue to do so. We keep having the same damn conversation with our kids on pretty much a daily basis, about the school not being a public place, about it not being ok to take photos of people and publishing them on facebook and the kids keep ignoring that. There was even a riot in Gothenburg because of an Instragram account.

The camera you have with you, and you can use quickly, gives amazing opportunities. Some are pretty bad, but that's not technology - that's the human factor. NRA should be all over this. "Cameras don't hurt people." :-)
+Ulrik Borg stuff like that annoys me. If people are so against being photographed/seen, their only choice is to not leave the house. Schools, businesses, streets and transport all have CCTV these days, so to complain about a badly taken phone pic that's been made worse by an instagram filter makes no sense.+1
David McElroy3 years ago
I'd guess that facial recognition will be the killer app. Just a matter of time.
Yes, please! I would love to be part of the +Project Glass community in Europe, developing useful apps for the world. #projectglass #ifihadglass
I'm just waiting for the Daily Mail headline.

Spyware Facial recognition apps are for carriers and governments to use.. Not for ordinary developers... I bet there will be many ways to run such apps on the device even before it reaches everyone.. Even if Google doesn't the competitors will...
Randy Casey3 years ago
There's already been talk about CCTV systems having facial recognition. It would be really wrong if only the governments had this technology. Regardless, if Google suppresses it, some other competitor will offer it.+2
James Farhat3 years ago
Once more devs get their eyes glassed motivation to create glassware will skyrocket
Albert Attard3 years ago
Cool as this can help people with dementia. Glass will show the names of the relatives visiting :-)+2
Phil Ringwood3 years ago
I like the idea of facial recognition for currently linked contacts, though I certainly understand some of the worries about privacy issues+2
Drasko Draskovic3 years ago
Does it mean that those who proposed an app using facial recognition (i.e. my app) were not invited to #ifihadglass Explorer Program?+1
Mitch Ross3 years ago
I think you've got it backwards. People aren't fearing facial recognition or online access- it's the uploading of that information. Make glass a "download only" device, and 99% of concerns will go away.
I want to augment my world, not video tape & upload everything.
Shaun Orris3 years ago
remember this: conceal and carry is legal in all 50 states.
Actually, it would kind of make sense to include facial recognition for people who you already met and added to your contacts. And having the ability to add somebody in your contacts by saying "ok glass, add this person called Jack to my contact list, number +123456789, email" would be awesome too. I'm pretty bad at putting names onto faces myself, so it would be nothing short of awesome. And it would be nice for business if a QR code could link to an URL giving all details so that the person's contact details could be added to contacts just by looking at their business card....+6
Facial Recognition is good for me it is because I always forget someone I already met and I want to have more friends no more strangers plus I can Identify if this is a criminal person so I can be aware. It is up to a person where he/she will use this new technology. This was very upsetting but for everbody's concern about privacy it shall do...  +Jean-Michel Hiver is right.+2
Hananya Naftali3 years ago
Thomas Farrell3 years ago
Well, there goes the #1 reason I'd want Glass, to have it remember people's names for me.+5
luis fernandes3 years ago
After the Google Streetview privacy fiasco, Google promised Congress that privacy violations would never happen again. Put simply, Google is currently 'on probation' and under scrutiny for violations.

So Google has to be exquisitely careful when dealing with any situation where privacy is a concern.

I'm quite certain that if Google had its way, they would enable facial recognition because it is the natural progression of this technology. But it's not up to them to do so unilaterally.
Marshall3 years ago
+luis fernandes I think it has more to do about those Privacy Concerns not helping the Government... the US Government is peachy with anything that violates the peoples privacy as long as the gov. can benefit from it.
Well some of my friends have memory issue and wrote on photo the name of every one, and his/her function. Like professor, collegues etc ... it would be great to have a google glass for that ...+3
chris Thoms3 years ago
When can I give you my hard earned money for glass?!
Rob MacEwen3 years ago
Do all you people realise that by posting here your photo can be used to ID you?

There is no anonymity anymore. The Polaroid, digital camera, cell phone camera, and digital CCTV cameras everywhere have taken care of that. Currently facial recognition is only in the hands of the powerful.

I am terrible with names and would love glass to help with that. I guess I'll root it
TZig Adam3 years ago
Dammit. There goes one of my reasons to get Glass. If Google ends up taking out too many features of Glass due to the public's privacy concerns (aka those most likely with Facebook/Twitter accounts). Glass might lose its appeal and not sell at all. They should have a choice of selling a camera and a cameraless version of Glass to appease both the tech enthusiasts and the regular people so everybody wins. +1
chris Thoms3 years ago
Camera-less version? Are you kidding me?! Why the hell would you get glass without a camera? +3
I'm always amused at the paranoia out there. I know people who don't have smartphones because they have GPS and that can be used to determine your location. I just think that's silly because they can get your position by triangulating any cell phone via cell towers. Besides, you think if the government wants to find you they can't? Good luck living in that cave. With extreme HD live feed satellites  it doesn't take long.

If the government wants to find me, they will. Facial recognition or no facial recognition.
TZig Adam3 years ago
+chris Thoms I'm not talking about me. I'm talking about selling a cameraless version for the paranoid public of course. I would love to get a camera in Glass but it seems the technologically illiterate people from the media and public seem to think otherwise if you've been paying attention to the criticisms.
personally I let Google know everything because they have seriously epic features if you do. Google Now tells me some great things without me even asking and I love that! If they can tell me more with facial recognition, I'm all in. Sign me up!
Robert Grimm3 years ago
One reason I've been looking forward to Glass is that I have a terrible memory, so an always on Internet connection right in front of my eye would be a huge benefit. Google is my memory substitute. Facial recognition would make it even better so I could finally remember names.+3
Ulrik Borg3 years ago
+Nathaniel Chattoo Maybe in your country, but the number of CCTV's over here is so low you can't bloody count it and contrary to popular belief they don't do much about crime rates.
...not to mention it's a completely different thing to be "caught on cctv" than have your picture taken by a stupid teen that posts that image and calls you a whore, tramp, bitch, whatever. You're talking about apples when we're discussion pears and that's pretty pointless.
Bill Newton3 years ago
Well, the additional factor hat no one really thought about in this conversation , is that facial recognition is very difficult in even the most ideal circumstances. So this announcement is kind of a win win. It eases the minds of privacy advocates, and saves Google from the pressure to release an obvious feature that's not even half baked.
+Robert Grimm But you wouldn't remember them, they would be displayed to you. Aren't you afraid you wouldn't care about people names anymore ? (Like birthdays with facebook).
Melissa Peterson3 years ago
+Nathaniel Chattoo I think you're missing the point +Ulrik Borg was trying to make. Cell phone cameras have been illegally used in schools, by those who want to bully, to take pictures of their victim either in the bathroom or locker room and then use that picture to public shame them among their classmates. I don't know what schools have implemented a policy to protect students privacy, but I do know the schools I went to certainly did. There's not a problem with the CCTV cameras because those are only allowed in certain areas and not areas like a bathroom or locker room.
Mathew Santiago3 years ago
Another victory for the narcissistic, tin foil hat wearers. "Oh noez! people are going to know who I am!" +1
Marshall3 years ago
Facial Recognition could have some valuable application. Specially to assist the law enforcement agencies... Child kidnapped? Suspected IDed? Put out a Amber Alert to all Glass owners. Glass detects suspect and alerts police. While some may think this is a privacy issues; I say a child kidnapper deserves no privacy.+3
Paul Allen3 years ago
Perhaps this feature can be activated in a future update when the paranoia of new technology is over.+3
Patrick Meyer3 years ago
Thx for the feedback. You have been handling this nicely. Eager to be an explorer. 
Paul Allen3 years ago
On the paranoia that someone is going to take your photo in the restroom.  One can't be expected to raise the entire glass up on the forehead as at some point prescription lenses will be being used. But how about designing the eyepiece so could be raised to show when not in use for this, and similar non-glass areas. +1
+Ulrik Borg +Melissa Peterson I did indeed get the wrong end of the stick. Thanks for the clarification. As for the CCTV, I live in Britain and they're everywhere (including schools) because people think that they
(a) stop crime
(b) stop terrorism
Mathew Santiago3 years ago
 Well as others have said there will eventually be new etiquette for this just like there were for camera phones. Today people don't generally walk into the bathroom holding their camera phone up filming.+1
Marshall3 years ago
+Mathew Santiago well if facial recognition were possible I think it would be possible for it to detect a Toilet.. Built in privacy = See a toilet auto disable camera?+1
Blake Kloeden3 years ago
People say "Privacy Concerns" a lot, but can someone explain an actual privacy concern from facial recognition?+1
+Marshall Baer
I also thought about this -- in fact, I was tempting to submit an entry for making an app for law enforcement when the "If I I had Glass" competition was going on. I was thinking, wouldn't it be great if a police can use a Glass app to match people with the known suspects' faces. Right now, they have to remember a long list of possible suspects who might be wandering around in their covered area, which isn't a particular easy job. But I decided not to, exactly because of privacy concern. In the States, people tend to be really suspicious of such kind of usage being abused by the authority. Your Amber Alert idea is similar to mine, and I guess people will be equally suspicious that police may abuse it.

On the other hand, may be we can flip the coin, and make it less uncomfortable to accept -- instead of detecting the suspects, what if we try to detect the missing child? While it's still facial recognition, but it's a totally different direction. I wonder if Google would allow such an app to exist, and whether people will have a more open mind to accept it.
Otto Rivera3 years ago
Clases de zumba EMINENT
Kate Mangan3 years ago
I am so mad. I NEED that app and it was almost ready. I need an app to recognise faces. I don't need it to use a public database. I just want to recognise my friends and family for one! Technophobes are making this difficult. +4
Kate Mangan3 years ago
+Roger Pincombe let me know when you do. I need it. +1
Marshall3 years ago
+Kam Cheung I'm sure the possibility of abuse is out there; but there always someone that's going to use tech for things its not meant for.
Think it would be better if the app detected the suspect (criminal) since its unlikely the kidnapped child is going to be wondering about... The suspect would be more likely out in public. Again when it comes to criminals, Their privacy should be the last concern.

We can either place the technology in the hands of the consumer and trust they do what's right OR hold technology advancements back due to the concern of the paranoid.
Jared Fremlin3 years ago
Good move at this time I think.
John Sibert3 years ago
Facial recognition is a great use of glass. To help people who have trouble regognizing faces - people with alzheimers, for instance? To alert you when someone you need to meet, but do not know, enters a room? To alert you if you happend to encounter a wanted criminal suspect on the subway?

You can imagine that there might be privacy concernes in cases where the thing is set up to identify every face visible to the wearer by accessing some sort of huge data base. Is that even feasible? If it is, law enforcement agencies might want to have it. Who better to develop such a device - the FBI or Google or ... ?
John Sibert3 years ago
Actually, I can imagine reading tweets and FB posts 24/7. For me, it would be a nightmare. Finding virtual friends (ie FB friends) in the the physical world is right out of William Gibson or Neal Stephenson. If I need to meet someone I know, make a date. What would be useful is to recognize someone you don't know (not a FB or G+ friend) at a reception for some sort of convention. Then you could either avoid or make contact. A tool for the socially inept.
Ulrik Borg3 years ago
The idea of it identifying everyone is rediculous anyway. Information overload - who'd want that? And having the camera "always on" - Bye bye battery! (Yeah, even with next gen batteries I don't see that happening anytime soon)

ID of known stuff - not just faces - on command is a very powerful and useful tool. I hope this isn't the start of Smartwear being dumbed down.

But let's think about this: There's no facial identification in Glasses, but pictures you take will be uploaded to G+ if you want and G+ has facial ID and/or you could have them uploaded to another service that does, so by excluding facial ID inside GG they're just really delaying it and there would be a delay anyway because let's face it - you'll need cloud computing to do it anyway to get decent accuracy unless you have a very limited amount of contacts to ID.
Thomas Farrell3 years ago
+Ulrik Borg , as a business man who meets a lot of people professionally, it'd be IMMENSELY helpful if I had something like Glass that could just tell me the names of my coworkers when I see them, so I wouldn't look like an ass when I'm shaking their hand and trying to remember their name. +6
Michael von Kasi3 years ago
The face recognition software is already running on the cloud servers of Microsoft, Apple, Facebook and of course Google. +1
Google Glass3 years ago
We hear you +Paul Speelpenning , +Stuart Kerrison and +Robynne Blume. We still believe that Glass can help out people in many different situations both now, and as it continues to evolve.
Jeremy Harris3 years ago
Hey +Google  and +Project Glass why not get to work on a National (or even International) Do Not Recognize Registry? Similar to the National Do Not Call Registry, persons not wanting to be identified visually would have to verify their identity and be added to the registry. Then all companies that provide facial recognition services would have to check against the Registry DB before providing information to their customers.+1
Otto Rivera3 years ago
ok, but on any our brain ever do facial recognition and that s not illegal+2
Otto Rivera3 years ago
myself have problems to remember names, and facial recognition will be for
me a great option.

On Sat, Jun 1, 2013 at 1:48 PM, Otto Rivera <****@**> wrote:

> ok, but on any our brain ever do facial recognition and that s not illegal
Deane Blazie3 years ago
Glass doesn't fit under my motorcycle helmet. But it does fit with my bicycle helmet.
Daniel Lamblin3 years ago
+Jeremy Harris the do not call list only works when people referring to it actually abide by the intended use. It happens to be the case that there's instances of misuse, sometimes intentional. The only check in place for that is a complaint, in which the basis is that you know who called you, when and why. With facial recognition, it's all too possibly you won't know if you were recognized, by whom, using what software and when, meaning the checks are missing.
Jeremy Harris3 years ago
+Daniel Lamblin understood, but I am thinking of a more interactive system than the do not call list's once a month download. If you operate a facial recognition service when you identify a face you check the name/face combination with the Registry before providing the information. If a  face does not exist in your database then check it against the Registry before adding it to your database. It would have to be made unlawful to operate a facial recognition database without working with the Registry, and since every face would get checked against the Registry every time, your questions of "who, what, when, and even where..." would be pretty trackable by the "Registry". I'm sure the concept would raise some hackles, but facial tracking is going to happen, and it might as well be done openly by an approachable entity rather than secretly by national security agencies.
Terry Olsen3 years ago
You are ignoring a very large use of google glass.  It could be used to observe clues that tell you how the person you are looking at, is feeling.  Is he interested and receptive ?  Is he angry?  Is he antagonistic, arguing the smallest point? People often (usually) do not look for these clues, our best lie detectors just barely touch on them but google class could develop this technology because it could integrate a face's expression over time and tell its owner how the person it is looking at, feels.+3
So much for my app to help people with face blindness.+2
+Roger Pincombe
I don't think it will be like the iOS jailbreak community. On Android, you do NOT need to jailbreak to install apps that're not available from Google Play. Hopefully Google will follow the same model on Glass.
Jamie Mann3 years ago
Facial recognition would be great, it's a shame there are privacy issues. Would software that only detects faces you already know be allowed? +1
Evan Akers3 years ago
How about googlieyes?
Kashif Magbool3 years ago
Facial Recognition with consent. I hope privacy issues are tackled through education and openness. I am sure people appreciate openness and innovation. Lot of innovation to follow in Google Glass I hope privacy concerns don't kill these innovations.+2
Martijn Potman3 years ago
I like the idea of openness, however, aslong as there are goverments and leaders with power in the world there should be no way that we alow these kind of innovations. Image (excuse me for this) Hitler in world war 2 with google glass v10 with heat/night etc vision and face recognision. The jewish people would not have had a chance. Therefor i cannot agree more with google on there decision. Its for the same reason that they needed a law suit to get google to work with the cia in giving out information. Some stones are better when left unturned. Atleast for the time being.
Aaaaaaaand Godwin's law kicks in on the thread...
Lance Nanek3 years ago
Considering the only people approved to show up in the My Glass console by default right now are big companies like Facebook with direct relationships with Google, this isn't much of a penalty for the developer community at large who are all kept out anyway.

We really need to write an on device app store so people can just sideload that the first time and then have easy discoverability and installs thereafter anyway. Like Amazon App Store, I guess, since Google's My Glass Control Panel is going to be more like iTunes with too many restrictions for healthy development.
What kind of battery does it use to power the Glasses? Like the mAh and how long does it last? This might sound odd; but what would if you could find a way to power the glasses with the heat of the body? Or something like kinetic energy that watches use to power the movement? Or perhaps Solar panels built into the glasses to absorb the sun to power the glasses?
I saw a YouTube video of these glasses and you can use GPS and share photos and take photos and video record, he said in the video that it takes a lot of battery power and can only last about 4 hours.
Lance Nanek3 years ago
I haven't seen an official number for the battery. The specs just claim a full day of use with normal usage and warn about things like video recording using a lot. Personally, I bought a portable cell phone charger battery to experiment with recording constantly/taking pictures frequently automatically - like Microsoft's life diary pendant thing that did that years ago. It's not too bad running a power cable down to your pocket.
Ulrik Borg3 years ago
Mm, anyone playing Ingress is already used to having a usb wire going from the pocket up to the shoulders and out the arm. As for phones, I can't understand why they keep making them slimmer whem the battery sucks. Fondly remember my old Nokias/Ericsons and they felt better in the hand thanks to being much thicker, but glasses must of course be as lightweigth as possible.
Lorena Cazorla3 years ago
Shame for face-blind people... It would have been so helpful....+3
Mark Bezemer3 years ago
Just link it to explicit G+ permission...+1
Chris Hunte3 years ago
Facial recognition would be ideal for those suffering with Alzheimer's or dementia. I can see the privacy concerns but maybe it could be implemented per a personal user database. Each individual would be responsible for training Glass the loved ones or people they would like to remember. This database could stay unique and private to the person who entered their data....rather than Glass searching through some global database. At which point, the data would be no different than someone's contact information in a smartphone with a picture associated with it.+5
Ulrik Borg3 years ago
The people I've met with the need for facial recognition, like alzheimers or dementia, would really not be able to use it anyway and it would most likely be really scary and disturbing for most of them. Possibly younger people in the early stages, but most would not benefit from it.
Paul Allen3 years ago
MANY people need help with putting names to face with their contacts that do not have a physical handicap other than the common bad memory. Privacy wise: I just need help with my contacts. I do not want to know the name of everyone walking down the street, unless we personally have need to introduce ourselves.+2
Ira Burton3 years ago
While I understand this decision from a public perception perspective, it is the wrong way to take the technology, recognition is one of the great use cases for these devices.+1
Laura Ockel3 years ago
+Lance Nanek since apps are loaded online, rather than through the limited Glass UI, a website with links like should do accomplish a Glassware market perfectly. Would love suggestions for how it could be improved!
How about sending facial recognition results to the client only if the fave matches someone who is their friend on Facebook, or someone they've added to their circles? The result comes from the server, so if the person isn't their friend, they will simply never receive any data, even if the person was four d on the Google servers. If you're running from the FBI though, and everyone on the street has Google Glass, forget about it.
Ulrik Borg3 years ago
Personally I'd like to recognise my contacts, but it's way more important to be able to see information (as in my notes) about them once I've started talking to them. I can see myself having this little talk:
"Hello CLARK KENT! Let's talk about YOUR GRADES. In your FIRST ASSIGNMENT you did very well, 98% correct answers, then on your PAPER you wrote about the japanese finansial crisis. After that I told you that had had to be careful about your sources. on your THIRD ASSIGNMENT you apparently disregarded that and did the same mistake trusting only in SN when writing about the Swedish economy. Therefore your FINAL GRADE will be a C. Oh, and how's your FAMILY? Has your dad recovered from the accident yet? Yeah, the one when you drove over him with your red toyota licence plate RPC116?"
Ok, so I lost it a bit at the end... So sue me!
Mark Nealon3 years ago
Isn't the solution simple? Like others have said, link facial reignition to G+. Users can choose which circles, if any, can identify them. I understand why Google would have trepidations about approving 3rd party apps, but not about its own.+2
John Sibert3 years ago
John Sibert3 years ago
It seems to me that if your really don't want your face recognized, you go out wearing a burqa or a ski mask. Or just opt for a Guy Fawkes.
It seems to me that you could link it to Facebook and only show what you already have readily available. Eventually it'll be universal so start gettin used to the idea.
Ulrik Borg3 years ago
Blasphemor! We do not mention that other so called social network here. :p
Venkat Amara3 years ago
I think google should put an led light in front to overcome this privacy problems and it can blink if the person is recording .
Hey just saying. It would easily remedy that issue. It may not be as broad as some of us wish but it's better then nothing which is unacceptable. Realistically this will hurt their sales tremendously.
Ulrik Borg3 years ago
Until we get next-next-next-next-gen batteries I just don't see facial recognition being a real privacy problem.

That said any camera can be a problem for a number of reasons. Facial recognition, not so much (although I do find it creepy when pictures of me - or not me - show up with my name tagged on it. I've worked hard to keep the amount of pictures of me on ze webz down to a minimum.)
I don't blame ya and perhaps it shouldn't be able to record that information. However I could very well show the image, name, tags, profession, etc for convenience.

Anytime we limit something it's harder to revert then to cut something off later.
Paul Allen3 years ago
I see friends face recognition more useful than as a  camera.+1
Joshua Mirras3 years ago
How about everyone stop crying about privacy. Who cares if someone can recognize your face. If anyone is that concerned.. turn off all your electronics and live in the forest.
+Project Glass Good move. As much as I would love the technology, I guess people must evolve before #Glass does. This would make people more comfortable and accepting when the option is available.

However, maybe face recognition of wearer, by the Glass is not a bad idea huh?
Joshua Mirras3 years ago
Face recognition would be incredible and I don't understand people who oppose it. What is anyone afraid of? Oh no.. someone saw my face and now knows my name! The horror..
+Project Glass Also I think when facial recognition does come to play, It should start with only the #Glass wearers first and a simple privacy solution such as Circles that already exist with G+ should do.

Oh yes and #ifihadglass it would be a dream come true! #shutupandtakemymoney :D
John Butorac3 years ago
I think that is unfortunate. There are many great applications where this can be utilized.+1
Ira Burton3 years ago
So what is the difference between being able to capture real time video or pictures, upload them to g+, picasa, or Facebook, and doing "post mortem" facial recognition of people known to me vs. real time facial recognition of people known to me, when the information would actually be useful to me and the other party?

I posted above that I understand why the decision was made, but it feels even more wrong to me now. People used to believe the world was flat, and those that knew it was round were considered heretics.
#googleglass GIMMEH DA PRICE!! +1
gagan ahuja3 years ago
Can Google glass see the ghosts
gagan ahuja3 years ago
Can Google glass check the price of a product that we are currently watching
gagan ahuja3 years ago
Can Google glass change tv channels for me
gagan ahuja3 years ago
Can Google glass check my eye number
gagan ahuja3 years ago
Can Google glass entertain my eyes
gagan ahuja3 years ago
Google glass with projection for movies
Donghui Sun3 years ago
the privacy protection is serious
Dan Guy Fowlkes3 years ago
I can understand the privacy concerns, but I hope that they can be assuaged by allowing a limited facial recognition that extends only to people with whom I already have some relationship.

For example, it would be neat if my Google+ contacts' profile pictures could be processed such that Glass would recognize them and offer their names and a link to their profiles when I encounter them.

Another idea: the ability to capture and image and a short audio clip when meeting new people, such that I could go back later and tag that person by transcribing his/her name (or relying on Google's transcription) and possibly adding some notes of my own, or (for the lazy who don't bother tagging after the fact) would re-display and re-play that image/audio combo upon seeing the person again.

In this way, Glass isn't identifying everyone around me and potentially violating their privacy; rather, it is looking out for people whom I have already met and with whom I have, at the very least, some casual relationship.

If each Glass user had a personal database of recognizable-faces and associated metadata, and if there was an API for adding to it, I think that business people would soon be putting QR codes on their business cards, linking to means of adding them and their contact information.  Like .vCards on steriods.
Donghui Sun3 years ago
Good points,.
Good comments dan
Chris Hessing3 years ago
One of the biggest problems with Glass that I have seen is the tech in peoples minds is way better than reality.  People think that Glass can record everything all day.  It can't.   People think that pictures can be taken without anyone knowing.  They can't.  (The wink to take a picture hack isn't really valid.  Someone would notice you winking at them.)  

Facial recognition in Glass is going to happen.   Google knows this.   They are making the smart move right now of saying they won't condone this type of usage or allow it in the app store.   It will hopefully be enough to calm people that are freaking out about nothing.   (Not to mention Glass can't record constantly, so facial recognition would require you to do something to wake Glass up.)

If we want to see Glass become a reality, we all have to do our part.   When you hear someone going off on how scary it is, speak up!   When I have explained the limitations to people around me, most respond, "Oh.  Well that isn't a big deal then."   In fact, most people then want to try them on and see what they can do.   Hopefully once the software is mature enough Google plants Glass demos in every mall on the planet so that more people can realize that there isn't anything to be scared of.   Even better do a demo of the $99 glasses that ARE made to record for long stretches of time right next to it.

Afraid someone is filming you when you are outside your house?  There are cheaper, more effective ways to do it.   But, for now, I think Google should be trumpeting this decision as loudly as possible.   Let the value of facial recognition show its value through non-approved apps.
Michael Gaddis3 years ago
An app made specifically for active motorcycle riding would (1) be way cool, (2) could save lives, and (3) be helpful in many ways.

To be useful it must be attachable to an existing goggle, you can’t expect to make a one size fits all for motorcyclists. It must have an integrated GPS system that is geared to active riders, one that is, when moving, set up to give the rider an immediate view of what is around the next corner, stop light, intersection or hazard if known. The microphone must be capable of noise filtering for the wind and loud pipes…

Extra features would be great; like integrated intercom for 1-10 riders in group talk, noise canceling ear buds for tunes and communications, radar detector, emergency alert, video/audio/snapshot recorder for fun and safety (should trouble happen), module to integrate motorcycle systems into the display like speed, gas, tach, voice controlled text messaging, and other GPS related stuff like gas stations, biker bars etc. 

Would be cool—must be goggle attachable!!
Goggle attachable orrrr be able to fit under sunglasses or visor. Essentially the possibilities are limitless. It all depends on if you have enough invested in multi dimensional software and if the hardware is capable of supporting multifaceted programs with ease
Jan Pisak3 years ago
Add at least face recognition of most wanted criminals....
Kazuya Kujo3 years ago
So will there be a biometric scanner or something for privacy
Kate Mangan3 years ago
But I'm annoyed again.  Facial recognition can be done with strong privacy protection by just NOT having a central database.  If person A takes a picture of person B and Person C uses the same app to recognize person B, they get nothing since they didn't add it in.  Store the photos/info ON glass.  This zero tolerance facial recognition policy is really unfair and holds technology back.  
I believe I read something in the sale terms that said using third party apps would void my warranty.  I shouldn't have to choose between a well-made reasonable, USEFUL application and my warranty.
+Project Glass : How can I voice this in a way someone will listen?
Ulrik Borg3 years ago
I quote:

As Google has said for several years, we won’t add facial recognition features to our products without having strong privacy protections in place. With that in mind, we won’t be approving any facial recognition Glassware at this time.

They're not saying there won't be facial recognition. ..but it's been interesting to follow this discussion. :-)
Alan Couch3 years ago
The privacy concern vis a vis  facial recognition is overrated. Everyone's brain is equipped with facial recognition - even if it is imperfect. Is anonymity a modern right? I see it as a novel possibility that is merely the result of a massive population explosion and urbanization. Privacy is used as a proxy for anonymity by many. We evolved in a social context where anonymity was unhelpful, possibly undesirable and a case can be made that anonymity is the source of more dysfunctional outcomes for society than desirable ones. Like it or not human behaviors are moderated by social approval and disapproval. Institutionalized anonymity can subvert that social moderation. It is true social pressure is not always for good, but it is beneficial more often than not. In any case modern communications technology is already helping to cast inappropriate social mores aside. Of course evolution of technology being what it is someone else will eventually build a similar tool with facial recognition anyway if Google don't make it possible first.+2
Mike Lawrence3 years ago
I can see G disabling the xray-glasses app, but facial recognition?
Kate Mangan3 years ago
+Alan Couch Excuse you.  My brain is actually not equipped with facial recognition, and never has.  It runs in my family, who, by the way, I cannot recognize.  I can't even recognize myself.
Kate Mangan3 years ago
+Ulrik Borg They're saying it won't be approved anytime soon at best.  "With that in mind, we won't be approving ANY facial recognition Glassware at this time"
+Project Glass , I hope you are listening, we are passionately waiting for the glass experience, when can we get one?
Kate you completely missed the entire point of his post.+1
Kate Mangan3 years ago
I didn't debate his post, just the incorrect information.
Alan Couch3 years ago
I do beg your pardon +Kate Mangan I used 'everyone' in the colloquial lazy sense rather than the inclusive sense. I accept there are exceptions to all biological generalisations. Indeed that is the wonder of biological diversity!+1
韩放3 years ago
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Keith Kessler3 years ago
+Project Glass   : As a person whose memory is compromised by brain damage from encephalitis caused by a rare disease, I don't remember people at all, even after being introduced several times and this causes all kinds of social and business difficulties. Facial recognition software would be an invaluable and uniquely effective way for me to compensate for this disability.

Just because there is a big potential downside to a capability that most people can get by without, don't bar those with legitimate disabilities, especially cognitive disabilities, from accessing such capabilities.

 Should crutches be outlawed because they can be used as a deadly weapon by the unscrupulous?  Please don't take facial recognition capability away from those who truly need it to compensate for a disability.  Our needs (and our suffering, and the relief of this suffering that access to such technology can bring) should be weighted heavily into your decisions, and as person with a cognitive disability I am imploring you to reverse it, or to provide selective access to facial recognition technology as a disability accomodation to those who truly need it

My whole #ifihadglass  case was about helping people like myself who suffer from cognitive disabilities, and facial recognition technology is an invaluable component of my vision. This vision is why I was accepted as a Glass Explorer program in the first place.

Here is the #ifihadglass   use case on the basis of which you accepted me into the #glassexplorers  program:

"Brain damage from encephalitis forced this productive and creative systems engineer into early retirement. I've long imagined something like glass could effectively compensate for my memory and attention difficulties.   #ifihadglass   I would adapt it to help me and countless others with cognitive differences live useful, happier, more purposeful lives."

My understanding that the #glassexplorers  program was not just some marketing hype, but a serious effort by Google to find and recruit visionaries to partner with who had cutting edge solutions to the important problems of today and the future.

Please don't handicap those who are legitimately trying to use Glass to help suffering people overcome their limitations by needlessly and thoughtlessly limiting what you will allow us to do to help the differently-abled. 
Yerbol Sapar3 years ago
it is no problem to solve this for glass, since it works everywhere starting from Android to airports of developing countries. 
ryan Asdert3 years ago
that would be so cool, i could see when my brother is sneaking up on me
I really need to do this question, does the glass support multi-language?+1
Atul Vinayak3 years ago
Is'nt #googleglass already a privacy invasion?
I mean, you can take photos & record videos in the public. how is google going to address that? keep aside facial recognition
Sean Casey3 years ago
This lasts as precisely long as there's no competition.
Bill Williams3 years ago
The custom applications are limitless. A fund manager could put them on at a large party and have the glasses highlight people based on any criteria, wealth value, current mood etc. then take them off and swim to his targets with his smartphone. Oh the places glass will go.
Daniela Kazarian3 years ago
+Paul Speelpenning Same here. I even have problems recognizing  my parents at the street when they change their hair styles or use hats. I remember people by their clothes, hair color, skin colors, beards and scars and it's not very reliable. A lot of times when someone talks to me at college or street I don't know if he/she is a classmate, a neighbour or a stranger. When I meet someone new and I forget asking for his email the only chance I have to meet them again is that they recognize me and come to me. I'm used to talk with people without knowing who they are (most of the times they don't notice). +1
Anne Faye3 years ago
So much for my project to build an app to help my mildly faceblind husband; my hope for an app for autistic users to help them identify emotional cues via recognition of facial expression; and a host of memory aids for those of us who are forgetful. I am extremely disappointed in this, and it's a major reason I've withdrawn from the Glass project (although financial considerations were another - like many disabled people, I'm not rich). Google's clearly trying to get developers to make marketable apps, which is fine, but ten percent to help the needy would be a nice change. Discouraging those few devs who did want to help those in need right from the start like this isn't encouraging.+1
Jeris JC Miller3 years ago
I would like to point out that there is a big difference between facial recognition and emotion recognition ... One of the programs I am Vlogging is the #GlassMicroExpressionsProject where we are asking "Can #Glass Be Used to Teach #EmotionalIntelligence"? [we are especially focusing on Compassion and Empathy].

Daniela Kazarian3 years ago
+Atul Vinayak Can't you do the same with a cellphone/smartphone?
+Juskteez Vũ That would be cool.
Daniela Kazarian3 years ago
What if you couldn't see online information about the faces but information you have entered? An app could save the faces you 've seen in the day and when you arrive home you could add comments  about that faces, and they would pop up when you see the face again.   That way there is no privacy violation, because you don't get new information, it just remainds you what you already know. You could save names, or things you want to remember to say to them next time you meet. I think is easy to implement once you have the recognition API, but I don't know.+1
Ryan Matthews3 years ago
Could have used facial recognition with Glass today; had a an acquaintance in the room who I could not remember but do have in my G+ circles.  Would have been tight to have a lookup against all my contacts and G+ peeps then snag a title block display of their public profile.  Instead I had to run to a corner and thumb through it manually on my phone...   +200 for personal contact facial recognition for Glass TODAY!!!
Terry Olsen3 years ago
Police and security people want facial recognition.  Normal people would be much safer if they knew the face before them was a criminal or a child molester, this specific group of nefarious people could be recognized and an alert be posted.  There may be 1000s of very very good uses of facial recognition.
ryan Asdert3 years ago
that's true, but what if the person that committed the crime doesn't want people to know that he/she has committed a crime because they want to have a fresh start and don't want people automatically assuming that they are a hardened criminal and no good. 
Max Yuan3 years ago
I looked and read about it but seeing how much undeveloped my country is, this is not useful for most of us even at a reduced price. I would say only elite or above average people would use this. Limited access to network and other features would only imply only 1st and 2nd world countries would benefit from such.
limited facial recognition could be a powerful time saving tool, as a professor it would be great to just be able to look out at the class and have attendance automatically performed, or have glass pull up their name. This would be particularly good at the start of term, when you have 40+ new freshmen faces staring at you. Considering that as a professor, i already have access to their academic records, a wealth of personal information and ID photos, "privacy" is a moot point. as long as it wasn't an externally accessible database the Student's FERPA rights are maintained and i would have a great tool to help get over the beginning of term hurdles.
I'm sorry, +Google Glass, but I find this to be EXTREMELY disappointing news. You can not allow the fears of a few people to supersede progress. There are countless millions of valid applications that facial recog could have on this platform, and refusing to approve any apps which utilize it is simply installing false and unnecessary limitations on the potential of Glass.

People freaked out about the telephone. They freaked out about Cameras being built into cell phones, and they're going to freak out about whatever the next big technological jump is after Glass. PLEASE do not allow those people to ruin for everyone else what could be revolutionary capability.

PLEASE reconsider this stand on blanket bans on facial recognition. If you want to have very strict guidelines for such applications, that's not an issue, but to deny them all-together based entirely on the fears of people who will always find something else to complain about is just doing a disservice to your product, and those of us who would love this capability to be available to us.
Stephen Snyder2 years ago
I was just thinking how these would really cut down on crime.  I think anyone would want to know if someone was a felon or child abductor that they were near. 
Iheate Geepuhlus2 years ago
The inherent problem with everything Google does is their naivety.  Once you build it, they will do what they will with it. Google is essentially the scientists in the Manhattan project. They build bombs. They are two years away from being the most hated company of all time.
Max Yuan2 years ago
Is this even available in the philippines? I heard they tried to update their google maps of manila on a streetview level but I still think that Google glasses is not possible here as how the IT infra of this country is built. It's not even worth the expense to have one here in this country knowing you can't enjoy its full features. 
Loui S2 years ago
I can see one use. Recognising public figures. Oh, I know that actor, politition, scientist etc. But I dont remember. Who is this comedian ? etc.
mega SEO2 years ago
Google glass...its future.