Lawmakers and Casino Operators: No Glass Allowed
Google Inc.’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) Glass product is barely in anyone’s hands yet and already the privacy implications of the revolutionary, wearable technology have stirred debate and policies everywhere from Congress to casinos. Google Glass combines a tiny screen with video recording capabilities and links them to the Internet via a tether with a compatible smartphone. Even Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone has already gotten in on some of the fun, despite strong competition between it and devices powered by Google’s Android OS.
“Criticisms are inevitably from people who are afraid of change or who have not figured out that there will be an adaptation of society to it,” said Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt recently. Schmidt was of course referring to the Glass’s ability to record anywhere at anytime and stream the video and pictures it takes to the Internet. The wearable, smart device is voice controlled and while it does give off a faint glow when its camera is rolling, that indication is far from satisfactory for many.