Bright (but maybe not) future, here you come! Developers for Google Glass here will have access to the new technologies of face recognition, courtesy of the Lambda Labs. New API (application programming interface) from this company should be out within a week, assuming no unforeseen difficulties.
For those who don't know, Lambda Labs is a small startup, which just last year released the API based on the technology of face recognition, and more than a thousand developers already use it in their software products. And now the company uses the experience and adapts its solutions specifically for applications on Google Glass.
This means that soon you may receive many applications which will allow to correlate faces and names to get detailed information about the sights etc. of Course, there is one serious limitation: all of these features will not work in real time (at least in the very near future) that is associated with the peculiarities of Google Mirror API (the API for Google Glass).
Unfortunately, at the moment, the Mirror API does not allow the device to send streaming data from the camera to the server of the developer in real-time. This means that you will have to take a picture, send it to Lambda, and then wait for it to be analyzed. After that you will be notified with the results.
But does this mean that with this technology, a very unfamiliar person will be able to take a picture of your face and get you information?
Short answer: no. If you need a more detailed answer, your device can accept data only from a special database, Lambda, which includes things like celebrity photos and important sights, but does not contain a dossier of every inhabitant of the planet Earth.
Overall, sounds good, but what about privacy?
Here it is necessary to recognize that the potential technology of facial recognition is great, but there are certain problems associated with their use. I mean threats to our personal space when talking about the "alloy" Google Glass and the technologies of recognition.
Company co-Founder Stephen Balaban says Lambda Labs enters uncharted territory and the leadership understands that, ultimately, these technologies can be banned: "In terms of using Glass there is nothing that explicitly forbids us to do what we do.
However, there is a risk that Google may change these terms and conditions. This is the first Toolkit of facial recognition for Google Glass, so we're just not sure how Google or the legislature will react to his appearance".
A Group of members of the us Congress dealing with issues of privacy, have already expressed concern about privacy issues when you use the miracle of Google glasses. This is especially true of the technology face recognition, so Balaban is right, doubting that the new API will warmly welcome you.
Google and the Congress is also subject to pressure from various groups opposed to such technologies. The owners of many bars, restaurants, cinemas and other public institutions have already announced a ban on the use of Google Glass in its territory.
In the Internet even there was a project called Stop The Cyborgs (Stop the Cyborgs!)
But the device is not even officially released! Imagine what will begin if the streets start to attract crowds of people in these glasses?! Literally everyone can feel like a hero spy Thriller, which was under surveillance.
However, the chances that the miracle glasses accustomed, still there. Google representatives have already given an official response to the growing concern in his statement to Forbes magazine, in which he expressed the hope that over time, social norms change, and society will be able to make Glass, as happened in the case of adaptation to other new technologies such as mobile communications.
Because, in the end, wonder glasses are still at a very early stage of its development.
At least, specifically in this moment, nothing prevents the company Lambda Labs "make friends" with their technology and Google Glass, because the API for the latter does not prohibit such functionality.
Personally, I'm just wondering how further events will develop, because the problems of privacy and only discussed the future of Google Glass and the technologies that these "smart glasses" will be filled remains unclear.
And with what feelings will you expect the release of Google Glass, if the use of technology of recognition of persons will be allowed? With joyous excitement or a serious concern? Waiting for your comments.
And for those who are still undecided, here's an example of how it will look life "through Google Glass."