Wearable Tech World Feature Article
February 25, 2014

Woman Attacked While Wearing Google Glass Turns Video of Assailants Over to Police

Google Glass, Google’s foray into wearable technology in the form of “smart” glasses, hasn’t even been widely released yet and it’s already generating controversy.  Back in October, a California woman received a traffic ticket for wearing Google Glass while driving. While she was ultimately cleared of any wrong-doing, many states today are putting “distracted driver” laws on the books that could bar the use of Google Glass while operating a motor vehicle.

The device has also attracted something of an unsavory reputation among people who suffer from motion sickness. A new phenomenon called “cyber sickness,” or motion sickness induced with overly realistic computerized graphics causing the brain and the inner ear to become confused, has been attributed to the use of Google Glass. (Before Google Glass’ widespread launch, it might be a good idea to buy stock in the company that manufactures Dramamine.)

But the device may have a more sinister implication beyond queasy stomachs and cranky traffic cops. Over the weekend, a San Francisco tech writer claims she was attacked in a bar by assailants angry that she may have been filming their activities while wearing the device. The alleged victim, Sarah Slocom, is assisting police who are working to locate the assailants by providing them with the video footage she captured on her Google Glass, according to a San Francisco CBS affiliate.

“OMG so you’ll never believe this but… I got verbally and physically assaulted and robbed last night in the city, had things thrown at me because of some *** Google Glass haters,” Slocum wrote on her Facebook page, noting that the assailants had stolen her purse and cell phone.

Altercations such as these are likely to become more commonplace with the wide release of Google Glass (the device is currently being tested by about 10,000 people called “Explorers.”) Labeled by critics to be a potential tool of choice for perverts and creeps who want to film people without their consent, the device will certainly have its seamier uses. People who misuse the devices already have a label: they’re being called “Glassholes.”

To combat misuse of the devices, Google itself recently released a list of Google Glass etiquette and “dos” and “don’ts.” The tips include gems such as, “Standing alone in the corner of a room staring at people while recording them through Glass is not going to win you any friends. The Glass camera function is no different from a cell phone so behave as you would with your phone and ask permission before taking photos or videos of others.”

In other words, don’t be a Glasshole. 




Edited by Cassandra Tucker



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