Sex With Google Glass App Lets Users Experience Intimacy From A New Perspective
“Sex with Glass” is a new app for Google Glass that lets users watch their intimate moments from their partners’ points of view. On the surface, it sounds like it could be a promising and fairly straightforward idea, but people are raising many legitimate concerns over the still unreleased app.
Lebanese programmer Sherif Maktabi created Sex with Glass during a London hackathon, saying he wanted “to change the way people experience things.” Partners can wear Google Glass to record and stream their experiences in the bedroom. If both users are wearing Glass, they can trade perspectives. They can also use the app to control ambiance like lighting and music, and to get inspiration from the internet.
Users can use the app on their iPhones as well, adding yet another view to the mix. Users can choose which perspective they want to watch at any given time. They can replay the entire scene for up to five hours before the videos are deleted permanently.
Google has previously stated that X-rated apps aren’t welcome on Google Glass and has banned other raunchy apps, but the company hasn’t made a statement on Sex with Glass yet.
There’s no shortage of issues with either the app’s website or its overall idea.
Maktabi and his team, which now includes Sabba Keynejad and Satara Achilles, seem to have outdated and sexist views of sex, which they have no problem flaunting on the app’s (sNSFW) website.
The site boasts that the app lets you “see everything, from every angle,” but it really only shows women. The photos, meant to give examples of the experience, cater to the straight male demographic. “What he sees” is her, from the back. “What she sees” is also her.
And women seem to be the only ones with privacy concerns, according to the programmers. The site used to read, “You’ll be able to watch your videos for five hours until they are deleted forever. That’s for all the ladies out there.” That second sentence has since been deleted from the site.
Let’s face it: when Google Glass hits shelves later this year, most users will likely be straight men. So I can sort of forgive the programmers for gearing the site toward that demographic.
But there’s still the question of practicality.
Adam Clark at Gizmodo asks all-important questions like, “Is it possible to undress sexily while wearing Glass?” and “Is it possible to do anything sexily while wearing Glass?”
Adi Robertson of The Verge imagines the experience like this: “Assuming that you and your partner are both participating in a closed beta that requires purchase of a $1,500 headset, you can both don the fragile prototypes and have extremely cautious intercourse while watching a live camera feed from the other person’s viewpoint.”
The app may be good for a one-time experiment into extreme narcissism and voyeurism, but it just doesn’t seem practical beyond that.