Several congressional members send a letter to Google CEO Larry Page about concerns such as whether Google will use facial recognition technology with Glass.
Several members of Congress sent a letter to Google to ask about privacy concerns related to Google Glass, including how the company will prevent Glass from unintentionally collecting data without user consent.
"Because Google Glass has not yet been released and we are uncertain of Google's plans to incorporate privacy protections into the device, there are still a number of unanswered questions that we share," the Bi-Partisan Privacy Caucus, led by Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) wrote in a letter to Google CEO Larry Page.
Eight members of Congress signed the letter, and they want information from Google by June 14. They cited specific examples of privacy issues in Google's history to support the concerns about privacy.
Google Glass has received a lot of buzz, but its capabilities largely are limited at this point. Still, privacy and security are two of the major concerns for Google Glass, and at least one bar has already banned the use of the device. Users could seemingly videotape or photograph others without their knowledge, and it's unclear what provisions are in place to protect users' information, particularly as more developers create apps for the computing eyewear.
Google Glass Can Now Do More: Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr Apps Released for Glasses
By JOANNA STERN (@joannastern)
Google might have been mum on its much-buzzed-about glasses on day one of its big Google I/O Developer's Conference, but today the company has announced a series of new Glass-based applications.
Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr and Elle magazine all unveiled new applications for the connected glasses, which overlay digital information in the physical world. The Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr options all allow Glass wearers to share their photos on the respective social networks straight from the glasses.
While the Facebook app is restricted at the moment to just sharing photos taken with the glasses, Twitter allows for that feature and some other notification options. The app will also allow you to see Twitter notifications and respond to messages.
"In addition to sharing photos, you can also keep up with the people you follow on Twitter through notifications — for mentions, DMs and Tweets from users for whom you've turned on notifications. As always, you can reply to, retweet or favorite these Tweets," Twitter engineering manager Shiv Ramamurthi said in a Twitter blog post today.
ABC News tried out the Facebook and Twitter apps and can report that they did work as promised. We snapped a photo on the glasses, tapped it once to share and then we were able to select the social network to share it with. However, installing the sharing-based apps are a bit clunky at the moment. You must install the apps from the Glass app on the phone and then enable sharing in the web-based Glass control panel.
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The other new media apps like CNN and Elle are easier to get working. Similar to The New York Times app, both CNN and Elle show snippets of information from the respective publications. For instance, with the Elle app, users will receive text and photo-based updates throughout the day about fashion news.
Google Glass is not yet available for purchase; instead, Google has begun selling an Explorer Edition for $1,500 to early adopters and software developers. At this week's Google conference the company is holding sessions teaching software makers how to make Glass applications, instructing developers about the software tools and suggesting the apps that aren't too distracting.
Google told ABC News yesterday it plans to bring its new Hangouts appand more social functionality from its Google Plus network to Glass sometime soon. Google Plus is already deeply integrated into Glass -- you can share and see notifications from friends.
By Michelle Roberts
Canadian doctors say they have found an inventive way to treat lazy eye - playing the Tetris video game.
The McGill University team discovered the popular tile-matching puzzle could train both eyes to work together.
In a small study, in Current Biology with 18 adults, it worked better than conventional patching of the good eye to make the weak one work harder.
The researchers now want to test if it would be a good way to treat children with the same condition.
UK studies are already under way.
An estimated one in 50 children has lazy eye, known medically as amblyopia.
“Start QuoteIt's much better than patching, much more enjoyable, it's faster and it seems to work better” - Dr HessLead researcher
It happens when the vision in one eye does not develop properly, and is often accompanied by a squint - where the eyes do not look in the same direction.
Without treatment it can lead to a permanent loss of vision in the weak eye, which is why doctors try to intervene early.
Normally, the treatment is to cover the strong eye with a patch so that the child is forced to use their lazy eye.
The child must wear the patch for much of the day over many months, which can be frustrating and unpleasant.
Learning through playDr Robert Hess and colleagues in Montreal set out to investigate whether a different approach might work.
Armed with a special pair of video goggles they set up an experiment that would make both eyes work as a team.
Nine volunteers with amblyopia were asked to wear the goggles for an hour a day over the next two weeks while playing Tetris, the falling building block video game.
The goggles allowed one eye to see only the falling objects, while the other eye could see only the blocks that accumulate on the ground in the game.
For comparison, another group of nine volunteers with amblyopia wore similar goggles but had their good eye covered, and watched the whole game through only their lazy eye.
At the end of the two weeks, the group who used both eyes had more improvement in their vision than the patched group.
The researchers then let the patched group have a go at using the goggles with both eyes uncovered. Their vision then improved significantly.
Patching 'may be hindrance'Dr Hess said the treatment could be a good alternative to patching, particularly for adults because they tend not to benefit from this anyway.
And any number of computer games could work - not just Tetris.
He said: "When we get the two eyes working together, we find the vision improves.
"It's much better than patching, much more enjoyable, it's faster and it seems to work better."
He said his research and other studies suggest amblyopia is actually a two-eye problem and that patching the good eye may hinder rather than help the weak one.
Forcing both eyes to co-operate increases the level of plasticity or adaptability in the brain and allows the weak eye to relearn how to see, he said.