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Developer Shows Off Much-Needed Lock Screen For Google Glass

May 1, 2013 - Written By Chance Miller

As more and more people get their hands on Google Glass, it’s becoming quite obvious that wearable computing will be a huge trend going forward. Several technology enthusiasts have voiced their praise for the product, but some have also noted several security flaws found in the first version. The biggest seems to be the lack of a lock screen of some sort. This means that anyone who picks up your Glass can start messing with your personal information without being stopped. This includes things like Gmail, Google+, and all of your photos and videos. Most people will rarely take off their Google Glass, but nevertheless, it’s still a pretty big security flaw.

On Wednesday, however, developer Mike DiGiovanni has built an uber-simple lock screen for Google Glass. The lock screen, called BulletProof, allows users to unlock their device with a combination of swipes and taps on the touchpad found on the side of Glass. Much like the lock screen found on Android, users still have the ability to take pictures with the device locked so you don’t miss any huge moment, but DiGiovanni says he may disable this feature based on user feedback.

BulletProof is a native Google Glass app, which means it resides on the headset, as opposed to the device your Glass is paired with. Google does not currently allow these kind of apps, though, so in order to install it you must download it via DiGiovanni’s GitHub page and put your device in debug mode to install it.

How on earth Google managed to forget a lock screen with Glass amazes me, but maybe the company has a reason for it. After all the first edition is called the Explorer Edition and not meant for prime time yet, so maybe the company just wanted to get a version out the door and will add a lock screen via an over the air update down the line.

Either way, BulletProof looks like a perfectly good option until Google releases something official. Check out the demo video up above and let us know what you think down in the comments!

Source: GitHub