Livelens: So you can see the world through the eyes of someone you don’t care about.
Have you ever been curious about seeing life through the eyes of someone you don’t know or have much personal investment in? Like, say, the guy who gives you your Starbucks every morning, or your boyfriend’s friend’s girlfriend who’s a herpetologist and tries to introduce the plight of leatherback sea turtles into every conversation, or the middle-aged sales rep at your office who has a shrine to Harry Styles in her office?
No, you say? You have no desire whatsoever to see the world through these people’s eyes? Well, you will soon enough, if Google Glass has anything to say about it.
Livelens, a Tel Aviv-based startup that lets users record and livestream video for their friends, has just teamed up with Google to create an app for Glass. Now, Explorers can watch their friends livestream their everyday activities, from grocery shopping to mowing the lawn, through their perspective. Users can monetize their livestreams as well, which means that you can charge a fee for your friends to watch you literally doing nothing on Glass.
If this sounds painfully dull to you, that’s because it very well could be. As annoyed as we are with being inundated with minutiae from our friends’ lives on Facebook and Twitter, that frustration would be nothing compared to watching five minutes of a former coworker livestreaming her daughter’s high school graduation party on Livelens. And let’s not even talk about the horrifying implications an app like Livelens, not to mention Glass itself, has for user privacy.
What could potentially make an app like Livelens successful, however, is if celebrities used it to broadcast their own lives, as Betabeat points out. It’s not difficult to imagine how awesome it would be to watch, say, Jennifer Lawrence livestreaming from an Oscars afterparty, or Kanye West backstage after a concert. But for us plebes, there’s probably no one we know personally whose life is interesting enough that we’d actually want them to livestream it—and to be honest, our own lives probably aren’t riveting enough either.
H/T Betabeat | Photo by Jessica Mullen/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)
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