Proposed Google Glass Driving Ban Lacks Support in West Virginia House - Page 2

Interestingly, it is possible that a technical feature could be introduced at some point that could shut off services such as Web surfing on Google Glass, based on information and descriptions about Google Glass that was disclosed by the search engine giant in its U.S. patent application.

According to that application, it is possible that the glasses "may detect a data pattern in incoming audio data that is characteristic of car engine noise (and possibly characteristic of a particular type of car, such as the type of car owned or registered to the wearer)," the application states. That information could be interpreted by the device "as an indication that the wearer is in a car and responsively launch a navigation system or mapping application in the multimode input field."

With that in mind, Google might be able to also include some kind of controls that would limit distractions for drivers while allowing them to use Glass while operating a motor vehicle.

The proposed West Virginia law would have a fine of $100 for a first offense, and $200 to $300 fines for subsequent offenses.

The basic components of Google Glass feature an Android-powered display, a tiny Webcam, a GPS locator and an Internet connection node built into one side of a pair of glasses. The glasses are lightweight and may or may not have lenses.

So far, Glass has only been available to developers who attended the annual Google I/O conference in June 2012, when the device was unveiled officially. Those developers were given the first chances to buy the initial Explorer Edition of the product for $1,500 each. The first consumer versions are not expected to hit the market until 2014, according to Google.

Recently Google confirmed that prescription lenses will eventually be offered for users who need them to use Google Glass.

Even though Google Glass has yet to hit the market, rumors of the next generation of the product already started showing up in February. The initial reports, based on a new patent application, call for version 2 to work with both of the wearer's eyes using specialized lasers that would provide a dual-eye image, rather than the original version's one-eye display.