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Facts on Google Glass and Privacy

We’ve touched on Google Glass a few times at Slaw; and today I’d like to extend that conversation by highlighting a great article by Matt McGee over on Marketing Land: The Google Glass Privacy Debate: What’s Real & What’s Overblown Hype. While Glass isn’t yet available in Canada (though it is nice to see our Privacy Commissioner quizzing Google early), I thought McGee did an excellent job clarifying some of the technologica...
Posted in: Technology: Internet

Google Glass – the Creepy Intrusive Privacy Perspective

Google Glass is a cool concept. The thought of having a real-time augmented reality display brings interesting possibilities. In addition to possible courtroom use, take a look at 10 Compelling Ways People Plan To Use Google Glass, and 11 Kickass Ways Normal People Will Use Google Glass. Possibilities include surgery, education, gaming, and navigation. One of the hurdles to adoption is the practical aspect of whether people will want to wear the...
Posted in: Substantive Law, Technology

More on Google Glass, Value in the Courtroom?

David and I both touched on Google Glass in April of last year, the company’s new project to push computing technology into our eyewear. A new video, released yesterday, offers some additional insight into what it might be like to wear such a product. [embedded below] These video clips are obviously targeting the capture of lifestyle moments, but with respect to lawyers, I’ve been wondering if there could be any value in the courtr...
Posted in: Technology, Technology: Office Technology

Perspective Is an Important Element of Privacy

...mple is in this article entitled Eric Schmidt is using the same argument against drones that others use against Google Glass. One of the most common concerns raised about Google Glass (other than looking like a nerd) is the potential for privacy invasion. The more of these there are around, the more likely each one of us is going to be captured on the video they can take whether we like it or not. And where is all this video going to end up? That...
Posted in: Miscellaneous, Technology

The Next Tech Trend – Smart Watches

...en has a camera in the side of the wristband. Which means you can take pictures just as surreptitiously as with Google Glass. It will be available for purchase later this month. I think these will become popular, probably more popular than Google Glass. Google is developing their own smartwatch as well – indeed they own a company that has already made one. It makes sense as a way to interact with a large phone or tablet without taking it out of y...
Posted in: Technology

Is Wearable Tech Dead?

...s FuelBand fitness tracker business. Another article claims that “it’s only a matter of time until [Google Glass] joins devices such as the Zune, the Kin, the PlayBook, and the Xoom in tech hell.” Despite musings that wearable tech is dead and dying, these are just growing pains. Wearable devices are still in an early bleeding edge phase where manufacturers and users are trying to figure out what works, what users want, what use...
Posted in: Technology

Tips Tuesday

...n become yourname+contests@gmail.com . . . Research Consider a US Address Shaunna Mireau I really want to try Google Glass. I am not kidding. I think there is excellent potential that this tech – or something like it – will be an innovation bump that directly impacts legal research. On Monday, a message from Google told me: “As we mentioned this past weekend, we’re opening up a few spots in the Glass Explorer Program this week. One thing...
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Wearable Computing – Legal Issues?

...find the intersection of technology and law interesting, and I’ve been asked to speak about it this fall. Google Glass privacy concerns is a popular topic today, especially around the issue of the ability to record and save images and video, and what might happen with all that. In addition to Google Glass we are seeing the debut of the smartwatch. The Pebble was a very successful kickstarter project, and there are rumours about an upcoming...
Posted in: Technology

Wearable Computers, Augmented Reality, and Gesture Control

...room or conference hall. The New York Times reported yesterday some speculation that Google might be working on Google glasses for sale later this year. The concept is that the glasses will provide a display to stream information to the wearer’s eyes. And its not just a display. It is rumoured to include data connections, sensors, a camera and GPS – essentially a smartphone in a pair of glasses. For a taste of what this might do, take...
Posted in: Technology

Big Data and Wearable Computing Spark Legal Issues

...hnology around social media and big data. It has the ability to turn into a 5 minute project what can now take months to do manually, if you can do it at all. Later today I’m going to try out a Google Glass owned by someone who is exploring possible business models based on its use. And on a related note, it was announced yesterday that the Pebble watch will be available at Best Buy in August – but unfortunately not in Canada.  ...
Posted in: Technology

Brainspray and the Law

...subject, will the law allow it? How will one even know that the information is being collected? It’s the Google Glasses question in overdrive. What legal effect will be given to the interpretation of brainspray? Will employers be able to show cause for dismissing an employee by demonstrating recorded disloyalty or a ‘poisoned atmosphere’ through his or her thoughts? Employers are allowed to use employees’ Facebook posts a...
Posted in: Legal Technology