Taking Pictures

One of the easiest to use features of Google Glass is the capability to take images. One can do this either by saying “OK Glass…Take a picture” or by stealthily tapping the sidepiece of the device. There’s a strange effect that occurs when you try to take an image. My tendency is to want to use the display screen as a viewfinder – but it is not. The field of view for the camera is much closer to what you are actually seeing with your eyes, not what you focus on through the little screen. This can be somewhat confusing, as you can get extra bits you perhaps didn’t intend to include in the image. Philosophically I suppose this makes sense, as the device is meant as something you’d wear all the time and begin to naturalize as an extension of vision.

Perhaps a side effect of this is some interesting distortions. I’ll need to fiddle around with the images a bit more to determine what exactly is happening there, but the distortions are especially noticeable up close. Perhaps I’ll update this post with some comparative images taken with a smartphone and Glass. (Might be interesting to see how iPhone and Google phone compare to Glass in this regard as well.)

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