New Aesthetic

Brace Yourself Because IRL Favoriting Seems Pretty Inevitable

The future is bleak but full of like-y heart hands.
Like so. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)

Like so. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images)

Ever find yourself wishing you could CTRL + F your messy desk for your cough drops? Log off and get help. But you’ll probably be delighted to learn that Google has landed a new patent that, if ever implemented, would basically allow you to favorite something in the real world. 

The Verge reports that the newly granted patent lays the foundation for a new means of controlling a device like Glass (or whatever else they’re cooking up), which uses a wearable gadget’s camera and “tracks a user’s hand gestures in an attempt to understand what’s important or significant.”

Those hand movements include a very cheesy heart, in order to symbolize that you like something:

“One example cited puts a physical spin on the ubiquitous ‘like’ action used across social media. Google’s patent shows a user framing real-world objects with a heart-shaped hand gesture. Using its built-in camera, the wearable device would then analyze the framed content and intelligently ‘like’ the highlighted object or location.”

Patenting isn’t the same as implementing, but this actually seems pretty inevitable the longer you think about it, and it’s going to make it practically impossible to communicate with teenagers and Dave Eggers is going to release a statement that’s just, “La la, told you so.”

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