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Expect to see Google Glassholes winking at you from across the street in the next few weeks as a new update allows users of the high-tech specs to take photos with nothing more than a blink of one eye.

The Chocolate Factory reckons this innovation will allow Glassholes to "stay in the moment" since all they have to do is wink to snap a pic. But that's not all. The firm also reckons that this is a feature that could be moved out to other applications as well.

"Imagine a day where you’re riding in the back of a cab and you just wink at the meter to pay," the company said in a Google+ post. "You wink at a pair of shoes in a shop window and your size is shipped to your door. You wink at a cookbook recipe and the instructions appear right in front of you – hands-free, no mess, no fuss."

Google said that the flutter of one eye would be faster than the camera button or the voice activation for taking photos and would work even when the specs' display was turned off.

The new feature is tucked into the XE12 update, which also adds Google's messaging service Hangouts, the ability to lock the screen and quick video uploads to YouTube.

Of course, the wink-pics are bound to raise the hackles of privacy warriors, who are already concerned about the abilities of wearable tech to gather info on people without them realising. If folks can snap images of each other with nothing more than a surreptitious wink on a device that's connected to the internet, it becomes that much harder to tell that they're taking pictures than if they're saying, "OK Glass, take a picture" or fingering the side of their specs. ®

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