“I can see the problem with someone driving down the road and watching a YouTube video or dictating a word document, and there is nothing in our code to cover it,” he says. “Let’s get a discussion started on this.”
According to Google, the glasses allow users to not just record pictures or videos, but they can interact with other users using real-time video, access GPS services and airport and weather information, dictate text messages, translate foreign languages, and pull up answers to common questions. The interaction pops up for display on the lens, projected by a device affixed to the right side of the frames. Even with that device, the glasses are reportedly lightweight and look no different than any other eyewear.
Federal lawmakers are watching the product's development closely to scrutinize how far the device might push privacy boundaries, especially if it integrates components like digital facial recognition.
“A lot of people are excited about Glass, but I don't think people are excited about a situation where a stranger can identify them, by name, by simply looking at them on the street,” Sen. Al Franken (D) of Minnesota said in an e-mailed statement to Adweek last month.
“Google made a principled decision to make facial recognition an opt-in feature for its social network, Google+. So far, they have not built facial recognition technology into Google Glass. I think this shows a real thoughtfulness on Google's part, and I hope the company continues to think about the privacy issues raised by Glass in this way,” he said.