Nerval's Lobster writes: Videographer and journalist Boonsri Dickinson took the second generation of Google Glass out for a spin, and came back with some thoughts (and a video) on the hardware (basically unchanged from the first generation) and the new XE12 software upgrade (which includes many new features, such as the "eye wink" option for snapping photos). New apps in the tiny-but-growing Glass app store include Compass, which allows you to find interesting landmarks; Field Trip, which allows you to walk around and look up local history; Video Voyager, a tool for sharing videos based on your location; and Strava Run, which visualizes your fitness habits. "Glass has potential to take off as a new platform because it’s not a phone," she writes. "The hands-free approach could expand its use to venues as diverse as the operating room and kitchen, unlocking new ways of using the data overlays to augment the real world." Interesting features aside, though, her experience with the device raises the usual privacy questions: "For the most part, Glass is a good prototype for this new kind of computer: but do we really need it, and are we ready for it?"