Startup Lambda Labs plan to release an unauthorized app for Google’s wearable Glass computer that provides facial recogntion and can identify other objects ranging from computer screens to license plates, reports Forbes.
At the Chaos Communications Congress hacker conference in Hamburg later this month, 24-year-old Stephen Balaban and his app, called FaceRec, will give Glass-wearers the ability to integrate that data with location coordinates to create a map of who or what the user saw when and where.
On Friday Lambda Labs will also begin taking pre-orders for an Android-based, Glass-like device it’s calling the Lambda Hat, a $255 camera-enabled cap designed to be even better suited for that always-on computer vision.
In May eight members of Congress sent Google a letter expressing concerns about Glass’s potential for privacy violations. Google responded by banning any Glass app that uses the camera or microphone to immediately identify anyone using facial recognition and voice print analysis.
Thad Starner, a Professor in the School of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a Technical Lead on Google Glass, says wearables empower the user by reducing the time between their intention to do a task and their ability to perform that task.