Yesterday Google posted a video about a few games they made to entice developers to make more games for their Google Glass device. However the wearable technology has plenty of hurdles that are starting to creep up and the newest ones are states here in the USA banned the device for a few reasons.
There are some legitimate concerns regarding Google Glass, mostly pertaining to road safety and wearing one while driving. Many states are considering the device too distracting while being worn while driving. There has already been a case of someone getting a ticket for driving while using an illegal monitor, that monitor being Google Glass of course. That case was actually won in favor for the defendants, sort of. The judge in that case said it isn’t illegal to wear Google Glass while driving but that it is illegal to be using it in any way, shape or form while driving.
Now other states that were watching the case are jumping on the bandwagon but to a little bit more of an extreme, purposing bills to ban use of the device while in the car. For example, Wyoming Senator Floyd Esquibel (D) presented a bill that would ban the use of the device while behind the wheel of a vehicle.
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. – Wyoming Senator Floyd Esquibel (D)
Ironically most cars these days come with computers in some form built into them. These in-car computers do everything from playing you music collection to allowing you to load up and use applications. Not a whole lot different from what Google Glass does except for the fact that you have to take your eyes off the road even more to look at that monitor, something you don’t have to do as much or at all with Google Glass.
Other states that are joining in this ‘fight’ include Delaware, Illinois, Missouri, New Jersey, New York and West Virginia. Now it is up to Google to prove that Google Glass doesn’t impair your driving ability or at least not as much as looking to a monitor on your dashboard. It’ll be interesting to see how all of this pans out in the end.
Obviously you shouldn’t be doing a whole lot with any electronic devices while driving for purely safety reasons, Google Glass included, but by now the population of the world probably knows this already.
Website Referenced: Phandroid