Digital Eyewear for Law Enforcement

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Bill Switzer, head of CopTrax, a division of Stalker Radar in Georgia.  CopTrax is making a name for itself as the first company to offer a software solution to law enforcement officers based on Google Glass. On Friday, Sept. 13, 2013, the Byron Police Department in Georgia–a loyal Stalker […]

Invading Privacy With Wearable Video Recorders and AR Eyewear

 We are entering an era where personal, wearable video recording devices are about to become ubiquitous.  It’s already a given that surveillance cameras are everywhere in modern-day public life, from stores to gas stations to street corners to traffic lights.  Those are so small as to be barely visible anymore, and we rarely even think […]

International Summit on Augmented Reality in the Automotive Industry, Part 2: AR in Industrial Processes

This is the second of two posts on the Euroforum’s International Summit on Augmented Reality in the Automotive Industry that I attended in Cologne, Germany. Last week I wrote about the use of AR by drivers in cars. The great majority of speakers at this conference, however, were focused on much more immediate and practical–even if, perhaps, […]

Privacy in Augmented Reality

Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to speak to the Mobile Monday Michigan meetup group on “Privacy in Augmented Reality.” The group also held a drawing for a free copy of my book, Augmented Reality Law, Privacy, and Ethics. A copy of my Prezi slides is embedded below. During the talk, I covered such […]

Can Augmented Reality Be a Weapon Against Ebola?

Joe Rampolla, the long-time commentator on AR legal and social issues, has a new article out today on his ARDirt blog called “Stopping the Spread of Ebola through Augmented Reality.” It’s an interesting piece. His thesis is that digital eyewear equipped with thermal imaging cameras would offer a much more efficient way to screen travelers […]

Could Apple Be Ready to Announce iGlasses?

Imagine it: at tomorrow’s “special event” in Cupertino tomorrow, Apple CEO Tim Cook takes the stage and–after announcing the iPhone 6 and the breathlessly awaited iWatch–turns to the audience and says: “Oh, and one more thing ….”  Then he pulls a pair of slick, white spectacles out of a velvety bag and says, “we’re also coming out […]

Telepresence in the Courtroom

“OK Glass, and may it please the court.” Digital eyewear and other methods of digitally participating in remote events could easily revolutionize the practice of litigation. Public speakers have traditionally honed their presentations by performing in front of a mirror, but digital eyewear will provide lawyers with a whole new level of self-analysis.  The personal injury […]

Augmented … Rape? New Short Film Explores the Really Dark Side of AR

“Living in a world of grey, two M.I.T graduates invent a gadget that will not only rival one of the worlds largest tech companies but the morality of our society as a whole.” That’s how first-time filmmaker Antonio R. Cannady summarizes Ex Post Facto, the 13-minute short film he published on YouTube on August 5, […]

Augmented Assault

In common speech, the word “assault” is almost never heard apart from the term “battery” (or, occasionally, “a deadly Pepa“). We use the two words together in a phrase to describe a physical attack on a person. Because augmented reality deals with the non-corporeal, then, it may seem strange to suggest that one could use digital […]