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Google Glass takes photos by winking

winking2Google said the wink feature could have various potential uses in future
Google has introduced a new feature to its Google Glass, which allows users to take a photo with a wink of the eye.

Google said the feature was faster than the camera button or the voice action and works even when the display is off.

The update to Google Glass, dubbed version XE12, also adds a screen lock feature and the ability to upload and share videos on YouTube.

Technology firms have been keen to capture the wearable gadgets market, seen by many as a key growth area.

Google said the wink feature in its Glass could have various other uses in the future.

Imagine a day where youre riding in the back of a cab and you just wink at the meter to pay, the firm said in a blogpost.

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, it added.

Potential growth

The wearable technology market is expected to see robust growth in the coming years.

Galaxy GearFirms have introduced a range of products in the wearable technology sector in recent months
However, analysts differ over the potential size of the market.

According to Juniper Research, the sector is expected to have annual sales of $19bn (£11.9bn) by 2018, up from $1.4bn this year.

Analysts at the bank Credit Suisse have been more upbeat and have suggested a figure of $50bn figure by the same date.

Research firm Gartner has been more cautious about its predictions. It has said it expects $10bn sales for 2016. But one of its analysts suggested the sector would grow more quickly if businesses decided to equip their workers with such tech.

Growing competition

Google Glass is one of a number of wearable gadgets that have been launched by firms as they compete to take a a major share of the growing market.

NTT Docomo Intelligent GlassA Japanese firm has showcased glasses that can translate menus
In October, Nike launched its second generation wristband, Fuelband, which helps users track their physical activity.

In September, Samsung unveiled a smartwatch, Galaxy Gear, that can be used for voice calls and run apps.

Also in September, Japanese mobile operator NTT Docomo, demonstrated glasses that can translate a menu by projecting an image of translated text over unfamiliar characters.

Earlier this year, US-based Heapsylon said it was developing sensor-equipped socks that would help their owners monitor their balance while walking or running.

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