NYPD Test Driving Google Glass To Fight Crime on the Streets

Google is turning street cops into robots. Well, not really but the New York City Police Department (NYPD) is experimenting with Google Glass.

Google Glass is a wearable technology with an optical head-mounted display that was birthed out of the Project Glass research and development efforts. The NYPD is tapping into the Google Glass Explore program. The glasses cost $1,500 a pair.

According to the New York Post, NYPD bosses bought several pairs of the wearable technology to beta test. The department hopes to use them in the field.

EUItEUs in the early stages,EU a source told the Post. EUA handful of people are testing it out. EUIf it works, it could be very beneficial for a cop on patrol who walks into a building with these glasses on. It would be like the Terminator. You walk past somebody and you get his pedigree info -- if heEUs wanted for a warrant -- right on your eye screen. You can identify the bad guys immediately within seconds.EU

No Privacy Issues

We caught up with Michael Disabato, managing vice president of network and telecom at Gartner, to get his take on the police test driving Google Glass.

Although he has privacy concerns with citizens wearing the technology in a bar, he told us thereEUs no privacy issue for police departments that elect to use Google Glass for surveillance, information gathering, to transmit situation reports live back to a command post, or just recording events walking down the street.

EUI donEUt have a problem with police using Google Glass in a way that enhances my safety and enhances theirs in the process,EU Disabato said. EUHowever -- and this is a big however -- we need pass a law that allows police to use Google Glass but prohibits the police from removing the glasses when things get dicey. They...

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