Hacker Re-Engineers Google Glass With Unofficial Facial Recognition Ability

Hacker Re-Engineers Google Glass With Unofficial Facial Recognition Ability

Stephen Balaban built an alternative operating system that runs on Google Glass but isn’t authorized by Google.

Emma Hutchings
  • 22 july 2013

San Francisco-based developer Stephen Balaban has re-engineered his Google Glass with an alternative operating system that isn’t authorized by Google. This makes it possible for the wearer to use Glass for facial recognition.

Balaban’s hack highlights the ability to take over Glass with ideas that Google didn’t originally intend, as it could enable all kinds of apps. NPR reports that he is building an OS that “runs on Glass but is not controlled by Google.”

Hacker Re-Engineers Google Glass With Unofficial Facial Recognition Ability

Hacks like this put Google in an awkward position and Glass has raised lots of questions and fears about privacy. The company has said that it won’t support any programs on Glass that enable facial recognition, changing its terms of service to ban them.

Stephen Balaban


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