Project Glass

Google Glass faces possible driving ban in Illinois

Google's Project Glass is pushing more than just the boundaries of stylish and wearable technology. In certain jurisdictions around the world, it is also pushing the boundaries of driving laws as well. Joining into this fray is Illinois which might soon outlaw the wearing of Google Glass while driving. Google Glass once again touched on this sore legal point late last October when a woman from California was ticketed not only for speeding but also for wearing Google Glass. While it's almost a pleasure to know that authorities are quite aware of the existence of Google Glass, the incident brings up again the debate of whether the eyewear should be lumped in with other sources of driving distraction that are specifically forbidden by laws. Illinois State Senator Ira Silverstein thinks so, joining his voice with others from New Jersey, Delaware, and West Virginia. Even across the pond in the UK, legislators are mulling over penalizing the use of Glass while driving. For the Senator, Google Glass is just another source of distraction, the same way monitor or cellphones are, regardless or because of the fact that the display in this case is located directly within the driver's line of sight. That said, given the novelty of the device, it may, indeed, cause some amount of distraction when it starts becoming available to consumers. There are some, however, who theorize that cellphone use while driving, which is being used as the basis for anti-Glass legislation, actually has very little bearing on recent vehicular accidents. Given the utility and convenience that Glass affords in the areas of driving and navigation, as well as some automaker's interest in the device, such preemptive legal action might make it more difficult for Glass to be widely adopted. VIA: BGR [timeline]

Google Glass camera gets live preview framing

While Google Glass has been expanding into the hands of more and more people lately, we cannot help but keep an eye on the development side. After all, in theory, the more developers create before Glass is readily available to the public, the more attractive they will be to the average user. One developer, Paul O'Brien from MoDaCo has recently released an app that should appeal to those taking lots of pictures.

Google Glass prescription frames shown by Google employee

Google seems to be doing a good job at keeping Glass in the news. And while Google has yet to offer much in terms of when Glass will be available for the general public, they do seem to be inching closer towards that time. But for now, there are still some key issues that need to be worked out. One example here are the prescription frames. But with that in mind, it looks like one Google employee may have shown those off a bit early.

Lumus DK-40 wearable glasses teased

Wearables seem to be a growing trend lately. But within the space there are different options. There are fitness trackers and smartwatches as well as glasses. The big name in the glass space is Google, with Glass. But there are others such as Vuzix who recently began accepting pre-orders for the M100 from non-developers. While those are two examples, we also have Lumus.

Vuzix M100 smart glass non-developer pre-orders begin

We saw talk of the Vuzix M100 smart glasses all the way back to 2012 when they were said to be arriving as a challenger to Google Glass. We did spend a bit of hands-on time with the glasses in January during CES, however there wasn't much chatter otherwise. We did see Vuzix begin shipping the M100 smart glasses to gold-level developers earlier in the year, however as of today we have a bit of good news for non-developers.
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