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Google Glass WiFi Cut-off, and Glass Detector Software

 6:09 pm on Jun 4, 2014 (gmt 0)

I'm surprised we've only just heard of this, and i'd have thought it may likely become more widely used.

It's, in some respects, sad that people have to do these things, but, I guess they are only trying to protect their privacy.

Not a fan of Google Glass’s ability to turn ordinary humans into invisibly recording surveillance cyborgs? Now you can create your own “glass-free zone.”

Berlin artist Julian Oliver has written a simple program that detects any Glass device attempting to connect to a Wi-Fi network based on a unique character string that he says he’s found in the MAC addresses of Google’s augmented reality headsets. Install Oliver’s program on a Raspberry Pi or Beaglebone mini-computer and plug it into a USB network antenna, and the gadget becomes a Google Glass detector, sniffing the local network for signs of Glass users. When it detects Glass, it uses the program Aircrack-NG to impersonate the network and send a “deauthorization” command, cutting the headset’s Wi-Fi connection. It can also emit a beep to signal the Glass-wearer’s presence to anyone nearby.Google Glass WiFi Cut-off, and Glass Detector Software [wired.com]



 6:42 pm on Jun 11, 2014 (gmt 0)

Right. It's like removing the fuse that creates the ding, ding, ding in your car when you forgot your keys, headlights or safety belt. In some instances it may be necessary to disable a certain technology for a particular reason. And, users of technological innovations should have the ability to choose whether that tool is being used at their discretion or in their favor. There are always pro's and con's. Much like the atomic bomb or invention of the television, it's all in how it may be used and the intent behind that use. In my humble opinion...


 1:23 am on Jun 12, 2014 (gmt 0)

The hysteria around Glass is hysterical.

Was this guy from Salem or a member of the Spanish Inquisition?

You can always tell when something is about to become wildly popular when the paranoids are making lots of noise and tinfoil devices to block it.

I'll bet the first man that created fire had hysterical people running around blowing it out...

This blocking technology he created might violate laws by interfering with someone's communications because his wifi cut-off could stop someone from making an emergency contact.

Plus, if accessing the internet is a "basic human right" as some would try to have you believe, then blocking anyone from access is a basic human rights violation.

I certainly wouldn't do it because tampering with people's access is bad karma, period.

FWIW, there are other glasses out there about 1/4 the price that don't look as suspicious, regular looking glasses or sunglasses, and they had onboard flash in the ear piece that can record hours worth.

I plan to get Glass and embrace those that do.

I still remember when everyone went nuts about cell phones when they first came out and now everyone has them. Same thing with tablet computers, netbooks, etc.


 12:17 pm on Jun 12, 2014 (gmt 0)

You're right Bill, it is hysteria. Google Glass has become a negative symbol of various things. Surveillance, gentrification, cluelessness, greed, racism, corporate totalitarianism, American overreach, anti-patriotic, communist... the list of negative things Google has been accused of takes physical form in the shape of Google Glass.

Android gets a pass because it's just a phone like any other phone. But Google Glass is not like anything else.


 2:25 pm on Jun 12, 2014 (gmt 0)

Spy-type technology has been readily available for a long time now, and it's been possible to use button-hole cameras to record video with audio for years.

Glass takes information processing to a whole new level. I think that's part of the problem. The other part is the way people use it, and after some problems, Google came out with some guidelines.

Google Publishes Glass Do's and Don'ts To Avoid Bad Reactions [webmasterworld.com]


 7:26 pm on Jun 12, 2014 (gmt 0)

Glass takes information processing to a whole new level. I think that's part of the problem. The other part is the way people use it,

I disagree.

Glass is the first step to becoming Borg.

Seriously all it does is put all that information from your phone in front of your face. Streaming directly to YouTube is already trivial using certain phones, Glass just makes it hands free is all.

For me, the heads up navigation is what I'm most interested in having vs. navigation software on the car or phone.

As far as privacy goes, I think Glass will cause a reverse shift as people will claim they have the right to record everything they see and hear. The human memory is a faulty device and Glass, or a cell phone, always recording will permanently end the he said/she said - "Let's roll the tape!"

I think your right to prove what you did at any point in time, your life recorder or in court your video alibi, will trump others rights to privacy. I have just as much right to prove everything I'm seeing as you have a right to privacy.

Ultimately, I think it'll end up like smoking. You'll either be allowed or not allowed to use Glass in certain places and that may or may not impact the business in the end if this technology truly takes off.

Right now there's almost nobody using Glass and little bars and places nobody ever heard of are 'banning' Glass, something they've never seen and probably never will as their clients can barely afford the beer and those that can afford Glass wouldn't go there anyway, just to get in the news.

Hmmm, I wonder if Parrot will make a version of the Parrot Drone pilot software for glass which would be wicked cool having a heads up display of the view from the drones 720p camera while you're flying.


 6:58 pm on Jun 18, 2014 (gmt 0)

Don't worry, all those little bars and places nobody has ever heard of, will be assimilated.

Resistance is Futile.

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