First Google Glass sex app sees everything

PETE PACHAL
Last updated 05:00, January 23 2014
SUPER SPECS: A new sex app for Google Glass aims to let partners "experience sex like never before".

SUPER SPECS: A new sex app for Google Glass aims to let partners "experience sex like never before".

This post was originally published on Mashable.

A developer says he has built the first Google Glass app designed for sex. No, not porn - sex. Sex with Glass claims to let partners share their point of view with each other to "experience sex like never before".

The idea is that both parties will wear Glass for the encounter, and the app will send a live video stream to the other person's display upon the command, "OK, Glass, it's time", letting them see what you see in real time. You stop the stream with the words, "OK, Glass, pull out", according to the app's website.

The site claims the app will also be able to dim room lights and play mood music, presumably with home automation, as well as suggest new sexual positions with the words, "OK, Glass, give me ideas".

The developer is also working on an accompanying iPhone app called Glance, which will let users switch the point of view to the iPhone's camera to see the "whole picture". After the encounter, Sex with Glass will automatically create a video from the footage on all three devices that users can view later. Not that much later, though - it self-destructs after five hours, Snapchat-style.

"We love using design and strategy to disrupt at scale. So when we asked ourselves the question: 'How can we make sex more awesome with Google Glass?' We came up with Sex with Glass," Sherif Maktabi, one of the three designers involved in the project, told London's Daily Mail.

But Sex with Glass appears destined for a niche audience within a niche audience: Google Glass isn't on sale to the public yet, and for those with access, the price tag is $US1500 a pop. This app presumes a couple has two of the device. But besides the issues of price and availability, the idea of both parties wearing an awkward headset while having sex will probably have limited appeal.

Add to that concerns about privacy. By its nature, Google Glass reduces the amount of friction between capturing and sharing; it's incredibly easy to accidentally send a photo or video via Glass to any of your networks. And although the app isn't available yet, it's already clear that Google Glass is hackable. Sex with Glass would represent the ultimate target for hackers with a peep show fetish.

Still, those concerns may be premature, as Google hasn't had the opportunity to weigh in. It is possible Sex with Glass may suffer the same fate as T--s & Glass, the so-called first Google Glass porn app, which was banned shortly after its release. In its aftermath, Google updated its content policy for Glass, which now includes the provision, "We don't allow Glassware content that contains nudity, graphic sex acts, or sexually explicit material."

While that might seemingly lock a virtual chastity belt on Sex with Glass, the developer is optimistic.

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"We've designed the app to be beautiful, minimalist and seamless," said Maktabi. "None of that is sexually explicit or pornographic. The iPhone app will not have the words 'sex' or 'Google'."

The team behind Sex with Glass has already shown a willingness to adapt. Maktabi says they removed a sentence from the website that read, "That's for all the ladies out there," in reference to the five-hour time limit on the video - presumably to assuage women's fears about revenge porn. He also said critical commentary from The Verge had a point, and that the team might implement A/B sites so the "he" and "she" perspectives will alternate.

Maktabi developed the app with two other designers at the Wearable Hackathon event in London in November last year.

Representatives for Google had no comment about the forthcoming app.

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