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Google Glass Slated to be Released Later This Year

by Bidita Debnath on March 29, 2013 at 5:57 PM
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 Google Glass Slated to be Released Later This Year

The US techology giant's revolutionary wearable computer, Google Glass is still months away from release.

But there is a growing movement across America seeking to limit and in some cases ban the use of the glasses due to both privacy and safety concerns.

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"We heard of many crashes caused by texting and driving, most involving our youngest drivers," Republican Gary Howell of the West Virginia state legislature told tech website CNET.

Howell has introduced a bill that would effectively ban the use of Google Glass by drivers behind the wheel of a vehicle, siting safety concerns.
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"Last legislature, we worked long and hard on a no-texting-and-driving law," Howell told CNET.

"It is mostly the young that are the tech-savvy that try new things. They are also our most vulnerable and underskilled drivers," he said.

Google Glass resembles a pair of traditional eyeglasses, but with images displayed on the lens, it enables users to surf the web, send emails, text messages, and record photos and videos all by using voice commands.

"We are putting a lot of thought into the design of Glass because new technologies always raise new issues," a Google spokesman said in a statement.

In regards to safety, Google said in its statement the glasses offer, "tremendous potential to improve safety on our roads and reduce accidents".

For instance, Google has said its glasses will offer turn-by-turn navigation using voice commands to promote a more hands-free driving experience.

But putting the issue of safety aside, a growing movement online is concerned about the privacy implications surrounding the use of the stealthy glasses that could be used as a secret recording device.

"If the government installed CCTV cameras and microphones everywhere, all feeding information to a central control room you would probably characterise it as a privacy risk," the website StopTheCyborgs.org said.

"Is it any better if it's run by a corporation and the devices are attached to people's heads?"

Concerns that Google Glass could be used to secretly record private conversations and activities is what sparked the creators of StopTheCyborgs to encourage businesses across the country to preemptively ban the use of Google Glass in their establishments.

The site offers downloadable anti-Google Glass signs and links to contact politicians to promote legislation regulating the use of the glasses prior to the launch.

The 5 Point Cafe, a bar in Seattle, was among the first to post signs banning Google Glass on its premises in an effort to protect the privacy of its patrons, the bar's owner said.

"It is still very early days for Glass and we expect as with other new technologies, such as cell phones, behaviours and social norms will develop over time," a spokesman for Google told the Silicon Business Journal.

Google Glass is slated to be released later this year with an estimated retail price of around $1,500, according to media reports.

Source: IANS
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