Google May Be Working on Its Next Google Glass Project

By Todd R. Weiss  |  Posted 2015-07-06 Print this article Print
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That incident followed the case of a California driver who was stopped and cited for speeding in October 2013 when she drove and was wearing a Glass device. The driver, Cecelia Abadie of Temecula, Calif., was cited in October 2013 as she drove home from San Diego, but her case was dismissed in January 2014, when during her trial a judge ruled that the arresting officer had not observed her actually using the head-mounted computer.

Concerns about Google Glass and the law had surfaced even before both of these cases. Google Glass occasionally made headlines across the United States when bars, restaurants and other public facilities posted signs banning the use of Google Glass on their premises due to privacy and other issues.

At the same time, many organizations—including hospitals, airlines, manufacturing companies and even schools—experimented with Glass devices.

In Boston, emergency room doctors in a busy hospital used Glass to get patient information much faster, while also allowing doctors to focus more on their patients instead of on computers, according to an April 2014 eWEEK report. The Glass pilot project, conducted at Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, involved 10 ER doctors sharing four Glass devices in an often chaotic metropolitan hospital emergency room. The devices helped free up doctors from the distraction of using nearby computer terminals by allowing them to truly focus on their patients and give more personalized care, according to the participants in the pilot.

Also experimenting with Glass was Virgin Atlantic airlines, which conducted trials in early 2014 to see how Glass and similar wearable computing devices could help airline employees assist passengers throughout all phases of travel, including boarding and in-flight, according to a February 2014 eWEEK report. The airline's six-week Google Glass pilot project was conducted at London's Heathrow airport and was visible to passengers as they arrived for their flights.

Virgin personnel wearing Glass devices greeted Upper Class passengers by name at the airport and checked them in for their flights, according to Virgin. Airline personnel were also able to update the incoming passengers about their latest flight information and weather details, as well as about local events at their destinations.  Using Glass, Virgin personnel were able to translate any foreign language information their passengers needed.

As such technologies continue to be refined in the future, airline personnel could eventually even gain the ability to determine their passengers' dietary and refreshment preferences by using Google Glass or other devices to access their records.

Virgin's testing with Glass came on the heels of a related experiment with Glass by the New York Police Department, which began trials in December 2013 to see how the devices could be used in police work.

In April 2014, Google began a "Glass at Work" program to encourage businesses to learn more about how Glass might be integrated in useful ways for their employees and business processes. The Glass at Work program sought developers to get involved with the effort to build more applications that could help businesses use Glass in their operations.


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