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Update On Google Glass

HandelontheLaw.com Staff Writer

Wednesday, October 29, 2014



Update On Google Glass
Seeing the Internet

Wearable technology is growing in popularity as advanced technology is increasingly incorporated into our lives. Wearable technology now consists of clothing or accessories integrating advanced technology. An excellent example of this development is Google Glass, developed by Google[x], the Google, Inc. division focused on innovative development of technology, ideally to the point where technology becomes perfectly transparent in our lives and does most or all the work for us.

Google Glass is wearable technology with an optical head-mounted display (OHMD) that resembles lightweight eyeglasses and “augments reality” by allowing the wearer to see through it while also viewing computer-generated input. The technology was originally made available in 2013 in beta format to “Glass Explorers” and in a more open beta format in 2014 to a limited number of the public for $1,500. Though the invention is not yet available to the general public at lower prices, it is being developed with the ultimate goal of providing an ever-present computer for the general public.

The technology works like a hands-free smartphone allowing the wearer to constantly communicate with the internet. Its features include an LED display, a side-mounted touchpad operated to show current and past events, voice command capabilities and a camera that snaps photos or records video. Applications are provided by Google and by third-party developers, free of charge and blessedly free of ads.

Though still in relatively early stages, Google Glass uses in several occupations are already being explored. The high-tech unobtrusive nature of Google Glass proves useful in: visual arts, in which perception is altered and enhanced; medicine, in which patient interviews, medical records and surgery are assisted by the technology; journalism, in which interviews and videos are readily obtained and available for transmission; and law in which clients can be interviewed, depositions can be videotaped and experts can observe and augment juror selection. Furthermore, as the technology is refined and the apps increase, Google Glass is expected to enhance many more occupations.

The technology has some detractors. Robert Scoble, who originally advocated Google Glass, now believes Google Glass will not commercially succeed in the near future due to unfulfilled expectations, slow developments and lack of public availability, among other reasons. In addition, Google Glass was not part of Google’s Developer Conference this year, so development seems slower than anticipated.

Even when Google Glass technology is honed to a fine edge, the technology will still be regarded warily by some. Its potential impact on privacy, security, identity theft and its possible illegality in some establishments and countries make Google Glass a double-edged sword of sorts. In addition, use of Google Glass while driving has resulted in at least 1 traffic ticket in San Diego, CA for “driving while monitor visible to driver,” which was upheld by the court as a falling within the purview and intent of California’s ban on driving with a monitor.

Wearable technology such as Google Glass has exciting potential but also the pitfalls of advanced technology’s interaction with daily life.

By Kathy Catanzarite


Source: Kathy Catanzarite - Handelonthelaw.com Staff Writer

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