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Lawmakers get Google Glass demo

Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 8:10 AM
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ATLANTA – Lawmakers, interns and clerks got to try out pairs of the Google Glass wearable computer Thursday as representatives of the search-engine company sought to head off possible efforts to outlaw use of the technology while driving.

Stanford offensive coordinator Mike Bloomgren wears Google Glass. The technology industry is shifting toward wearable gadgets such as Google Glass, smartwatches and even onesies.  FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Stanford offensive coordinator Mike Bloomgren wears Google Glass. The technology industry is shifting toward wearable gadgets such as Google Glass, smartwatches and even onesies.

The gadget is worn like glasses with only one small lens that serves as the screen for viewing the Internet. Commands are given either by voice or taps along the frame of the glasses, and manipulation takes considerable concentration for first-time wearers.

It is still in testing and isn’t available for purchase yet, so it wasn’t discussed four years ago when lawmakers passed Georgia’s law against texting while driving. The company says that means Google Glass isn’t prohibited.

“It’s hands-free. You use your voice. It’s heads-up,” said Wilson White, the corporate public-policy manager.

He argues that anti-texting laws haven’t succeeded in reducing accidents because now drivers take their eyes off of the road longer because they hold their cellphones lower to keep from being caught.

“We know people are going to do it,” he said.

Google is considering sponsoring research to prove its gizmo is no more distracting than other technology accepted in automobiles, such as in-dash internet screens.

For now, it’s not asking for specific legislation or fighting to stop any already introduced.

“What we don’t want is premature legislation that will stifle innovation,” White said.

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Riverman1 02/08/14 - 06:54 am
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Give Marion Williams One

They should have given Marion Williams one of those with connections to everyone's computer in Richmond County government. I can see him at Commission meetings wearing the thing and grinning as he looks at county employees.

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