Last week, Cecilia Abadie made history when she was pulled over for speeding by a California highway patrolman and ended up getting the world’s first ticket for wearing Google Glass while driving. The ticket doesn’t single out Google Glass specifically, but California is one of several US states that do have laws prohibiting video display screens from being visible to a driver, excluding GPS navigation. Abadie says the Glass wasn’t on, and in court, it’s going to be impossible to prove whether it was on or off or if it was on, whether she was using Google Maps… but congratulations Cecilia, you’re a trailblazer.
Yesterday evening in New York City, Google’s Glass team threw a party. It brought together “Explorers” and “Influencers”—the lucky few people who got to try out the computerized glasses Google is developing. Over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, the diverse crowd gushed about the joys and dissected the drawbacks of the device, which they’ve been wearing for the last few months.
Well before Google Glass even hits the shelves, you can now add casinos to the growing list of places you won’t be able to wear your fancy computer glasses, future boy. Well there goes that plan.
At $1500 a pop, Google Glass is going to be a high end must-have toy when they come out later this year. And for both developers who already have them and people who are definitely ordering them, there’s already a huge demand. One guy apparently had his Google Glasses going for $90,000 on ebay before Google stepped in and prohibited the resell or even loan of your glasses. If you do, they’ll brick ‘em.
Google Glass is supposed to hit the market by the end of this year, but West Virginia isn’t taking any chances. There’s already legislation introduced that would ban drivers from wearing or using Google Glass or any other type device while driving. Like anyone in WV would even know high tech smartphone-like glasses if they saw them.
After a bunch of teasing, it looks like Google Glass will be launching by the end of this year. Prepare for everything you know about privacy to change, because while we’ve gotten used to everyone having a camera in their pocket, we still generally know when someone is recording us. We’ve even gotten used to surveillance cameras in cities, by telling ourselves that it’s for catching bad guys. But with Glass, once you get used to seeing it, you won’t always know when you’re being recorded and when you’re not.