Google Glass’ Emotient App Knows How You Feel

Google Glass might not be welcome everywhere, but I am quite sure that this is not going to slow down the adoption rate of Google Glass anytime soon when it finally becomes easily available over to the masses. In fact, Emotient, a facial expression recognition company has recently announced their very own Sentiment Analysis prototype application for Google Glass, which is being released as a private beta right now to be tested out among select partners and customers. Emotient claims that this particular app is able to detect one’s emotions, which could be employed by retailers want to improve the understanding of customer sentiment, in addition to customer satisfaction. I suppose this is the high tech way of replacing common sense.

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    Virgin Atlantic To Trial Google Glass To Increase Efficiency

    Virgin Atlantic To Trial Google Glass To Increase EfficiencyWhen you check-in for your flight, the typical process involves walking up to the person behind the desk, giving them your details, having them pull up your records, and then check-in your luggage if you have any. In some cases the process is fast, but in other cases it can take a while as well, which is why Virgin Atlantic has decided to partner up with IT specialist, SITA, to see if there is anything that can be done in terms of improving efficiency and the travel experience of their passengers by introducing wearable technology. (more…)

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    NYPD Google Glass Beta Testing Said To Be Underway

    NYPD Google Glass Beta Testing Said To Be Underway

    The possibilities are limitless with Google Glass, doctors have demonstrated uses in surgeries and firefighters find it to be useful when up against a fiery blaze. Law enforcement agencies can also find a way to make Google Glass worth their while and that’s reportedly what the New York City Police Department is doing. NYPD’s intelligence and analytics unit is said to be conducting Google Glass beta testing, claims VentureBeat, apparently the unit has received “several pairs” of Google Glass for this purpose.

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    Seven States Look To Ban Google Glass On The Road

    google-glass-exploitIs driving with Google Glass the same as talking on the phone, or texting while driving? While it would seem that the courts dismissed the ticket a woman in California got while driving with Google Glass would have set some kind of legal precedent, it seems that there are still many out there who aren’t enamored by the idea of someone wearing Google Glass while on the road. A new bill introduced by the Wyoming Senator, Floyd Esquibel, aims at banning the use of Google Glass and all other wearable computers during the operation of a vehicle.

    According to Esquibel, “Common sense would tell you that you really don’t need to look at a little computer while driving, that it endangers you, your passengers and other drivers.” It would also seem that Wyoming is not alone in looking to ban the use of wearable computers while operating a vehicle. States such as Delaware, Illinois, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, and West Virginia have reportedly expressed their interest in a similar ban as well. This kind of resistance is to be expected when introducing new technology as its uses and purpose have yet to be fully fleshed out. Perhaps down the line the ban could be lifted if Google’s self-driving cars ever get commercialized, but in the meantime what do you guys think? Do you agree with this ban?

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    Court Dismisses Google Glass Driving Ticket

    Court Dismisses Google Glass Driving TicketIs driving while wearing Google Glass the same as driving while using a phone? Apparently the police officer who pulled Cecilia Abadie over last year seemed to think so and gave her a ticket. Naturally she did not think she was in the wrong and pleaded not guilty and has since gone on trial to determine if she was indeed guilty or not. This is a particularly important case because it sets the precedent for future use of wearable devices. We’ve seen some establishments ban the use of Glass on their premises which is fine since it really is up to them, but in a legal context, this would be interesting indeed.

    Well the good news for fans and advocates of wearable technology is that Abadie’s ticket has since been dismissed by the courts. The reason behind it is because at the time when she was pulled over and given the ticket, the device was not active, meaning that the violation the police officer cited her for did not apply. Technically that would be true although it still does not answer the question as to what might happen had Glass been active at that time. Based on this reasoning it would seem that the courts would side with the officer had that been the case, but at least for now it is a victory for the wearables industry.

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    California Woman Goes On Trial For Wearing Google Glass While Driving

    California Woman Goes On Trial For Wearing Google Glass While DrivingIt was in October last year when a certain Cecilia Abadie from California was pulled over and ticketed by the authorities for wearing Google Glass while driving. Having said that, she pled not guilty to this particular charge, and she has been scheduled to appear in a Southern California traffic court. This is certainly an interesting case to look forward to, as it also raises up new questions when it comes to distracted driving. I guess technology entrepreneur Cecilia Abadie happened to be one of the persons to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

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