Hamish Fletcher

Business reporter for the NZ Herald

Kiwi develops Google Glass blocker

Is he filming me? A New Zealand man has created a way of kicking Google Glass users off WiFi networks.  Photo / AP
Is he filming me? A New Zealand man has created a way of kicking Google Glass users off WiFi networks. Photo / AP

A New Zealand-born artist has created a way to find and kick Google Glass users off a WiFi network.

Berlin-based New Zealander Julian Oliver has created a method to boot the wearable technology off a local network after a New York artist expressed uneasiness at whether a Google-Glass wearing audience member was recording him at an exhibition.

"It was not possible to know whether they were recording, or even streaming what they were recording to a remote service over WiFi," Oliver said on his website.

Google Glass is a wearable device which allows users - among other things - to take videos or pictures of what they are looking at and share it over social networks.

Oliver has developed a computer script, which he says will find and detect Google Glass on a WiFi network and kick them off it.

The script works on a small computer like a BeagleBone Black or Raspberry Pi and a wireless USB adaptor.

Incidents involving Google Glass made headlines earlier this year after a woman wearing the device in a San Francisco bar was accosted by its patrons, reportedly concerned she could have been recording them.

"To say 'I don't want to be filmed' at a restaurant, at a party, or playing with your kids is perfectly OK. But how do you do that when you don't even know if a device is recording?" Oliver told technology website Wired this week.

"This steps up the game. It's taking a jammer-like approach," he told the website.

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