NYPD Testing Google Glass as Crime-Fighting Tool

Police are experimenting with a few pairs of the glasses
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 6, 2014 6:39 PM CST
NYPD Testing Google Glass as Crime-Fighting Tool
The Google Glass "Bold" frames.   (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

VentureBeat reports on a development that could make "stop-and-frisk" seem downright quaint: The New York City Police Department has scored a few pairs of Google Glass and is testing them out on the streets. “We’re looking at them, you know, seeing how they work," says one NYPD official. The experiment raises the possibility of the computer glasses becoming a standard tool for departments all around the country, especially when paired with, say, facial recognition software.

“It would be like the Terminator," a source tells the New York Post, which confirms the story. "You walk past somebody and you get his pedigree info if he’s wanted for a warrant right on your eye screen." The glasses also could routinely record interactions between officers and the public. Google says it's not working with the department in a formal way. A spokesperson says anyone can sign up to become a candidate to test the glasses through its Glass Explorer program. (More Google Glass stories.)

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