Randall Stross of NYT looks at the growing trend of police officers wearing tiny cameras to record all of their interactions with civilians. It may sound intimidating, but at least one study shows this is a very good thing:
THE Rialto study began in February 2012 and will run until this July. The results from the first 12 months are striking. Even with only half of the 54 uniformed patrol officers wearing cameras at any given time, the department over all had an 88 percent decline in the number of complaints filed against officers, compared with the 12 months before the study, to 3 from 24.
Rialto’s police officers also used force nearly 60 percent less often…
Part of this reminds me of Google Glass. Part of it reminds me of End of Watch. Also interesting: Taser makes these cameras — yes, that Taser.
Mark Zuckerberg to Vanity Fair’s Kurt Eichenwald, when asked if mobile phones were the future of Facebook.
It should be absolutely no surprise that Zuck was interested in Google Glass…
Daily Mail in the flesh
If you’re feeling sinister. (This is ridiculous.)
On wearing computing as the next paradigm and assuming rumors are true, it seems as if Apple thinks it will be easier to convince everyone to wear a watch while Google thinks it might have an easier time getting everyone to wear glasses. Any thoughts on that or do you not see them as mutually exclusive?
Asked by Anonymous
I think that’s the way it will be — wristwear-based computers will take off well before any type of eyewear-based computers become the norm (if they ever do — and they certainly won’t in the current forms).
I wouldn’t rule out Google knowing this as well, however.
It seems like Google Glass would suffer from the same problems that faced the Segway. Many want one, but fear looking dorky, so they avoid it. Plus, it's quite pricey.
Asked by zigziggityzoo
I agree on both counts. I still sorta want a Segway, but there’s too much of a stigma against riding one in public now. I’m not saying that’s right — it is what it is.
Do you really think Project Glass will take off? I mean, unless its seamless in the frame of the glass and is relatively light, I just don't see it taking off in the mainstream. Do you think anyone besides the most interested would use one of these bulky face devices??
Asked by matrinox
My initial thought is “no”, but I think it’s way too early to write them off. I think the general concept, wearable computing, is the right one in terms of where we’re heading. I think some major design tweaks will likely be needed, but the glasses intrigue me.
You and the Atlantic miss another major point in regards to Google Maps. When Project Glass is fully launched, Google will have true means to crowdsource imagery of everywhere, including inside buildings. They're deriving meaning from the physical world in much the same way that they derived meaning of the web with the original Google Search, and Glass will give them a gigantic barrier to entry to the project, allowing them to impact mobile in brand new ways. How will Google not win this battle?