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Saturday, January 18, 2014

what Google Glass does .... woman who wore it while driving acquitted

Speaking on a mobile phone while driving is an offence ~ must be punished for they are imperilling the lives of others !  - the commonest excuse would be – ‘I was having it on hand – but did not talk at all’………..  

Sankar’s Robot – Enthiran with the storyline of Sujatha, as a science fiction is exceptional…….. it is really stretching the realms of possibility – be it Chitti reading the entire book in a scanning motion before his face or helping Sana [Aishwarya Rai] write her exams with virtual images showing the pages…. Months ago there was this Idea advt – where people would take help [through connected phone line] and talk in language of that particular place, though they would be there on a transfer……

The concept or idea is not new ….but what is promises certainly is…. head-worn displays for augmented reality are not a new idea – but when it comes Google, it promises to be much different and much  more than what we can imagine !!....  the prototype design is smaller and slimmer than previous designs for head-mounted displays – it is the ‘Google glass’ -  which resembles a pair of normal eyeglasses where the lens is replaced by a head-up display

It is not simply glass – but amazing hardward of precision of Google Project team managing to squeeze all of its features into a tiny ‘computer’ supported on a lightweight yet strong frame. Google Glass is packed with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, speakers, a camera, microphone, touchpad and possibly a gyroscope that detects head-tilts. Then there’s the main piece, a tiny screen the size of your finger, that shows you all the information you need at your finger tips. So you can ask google glass to take a photo of what lies in front, ask for directions, ask Qs – think and share a recipe even as you are mid-way preparing a dish, see the World in your language….. promises to be a real fantasy… Google Glass is a wearable computer.  While the frames do not currently have lenses fitted to them, Google is considering partnerships with sunglass retailers such as Ray-Ban or Warby Parker, and may also open retail stores to allow customers to try on the device. Google has patented the design of Project Glass.

Now comes the flipside…   a woman who wore a Google Glass device while driving  has been cleared of traffic offences by a California court, after prosecutors failed to prove she was using it, a news report said.

Reports state that Cecile Abadie was wearing the eyeglass-mounted computer when she was stopped by police in October and charged with violating a code that prohibits the operation of a video or TV screen while driving.  The software developer was pulled over for speeding in October last year, and the officer cited her for using a visible "monitor" - a charge usually issued to people driving while watching a television.

Her lawyer said it was not activated at the time, and the court ruled that it was impossible to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the eyeglass computer had been on, Computerworld.com reported.  On a different angle, Court added that the Google Glass does count as a video screen under state law, which makes it illegal to have an activated one in view of the driver, except a GPS terminal.

This is the first prominent case of its kind in the U.S., where over 30,000 people have already bought the mini-computer, expected to go on general sale this year. The verdict following a trial in a San Diego traffic court could help shape future laws on wearable technology as it goes mainstream. After the ruling, Ms Abadie told Sky News: "Google doesn't have a specific recommendation other than 'be responsible'. "The screen never comes up by itself. The screen would not light up unless I give it the command to do so. So I don't find it distracting." The device features a thumbnail-size transparent display above the right eye. The image is not visible to anyone but the wearer, making it difficult to determine whether a device is on or not.

With regards – S. Sampathkumar

18th Jan 2o14.

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