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Google Glass Price, Release Date, Review, Video: ‘Google Glass Will Save Lives,’ Explorer Says

Aug 27, 2013 01:51 PM EDT by Jessica Passananti

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Despite criticisms that Google Glass is dangerous, invades privacy, and generally demeans the greater quality of life, there is one fact that many developers have begun to admit: the new technology is bound to save lives.

Chris Barrett, Glass Explorer, has already racked up 1,500 miles with Google Glass on the road while driving, and now feels that it is the most important new technology in automotive safety.

"I really feel that Google Glass will save lives," Barrett told Venturebeat. "I hope it comes in under Bluetooth and wireless headsets. ... I don't see this as being any different than an on-windshield display that auto manufacturers have been putting in cars for years."

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American adults and teens continue to text and drive, or check notifications on their phones. Glass has the potential to change all of that. "I started realizing I'm not touching my phone as much," Barrett said. "Like many, I had a bad habit of picking it up at a red light, or even when driving. Now, as I've been wearing Glass, I put my phone down and concentrate on driving."

Car manufacturers are beginning to integrate Glass into their vehicles. Mercedes and Tesla have already begun development projects. Meanwhile, officials in the UK are working to enact regulations to ban Google Glass from the driver's seat of a car.

"I don't think Glass will get banned in cars," Barret said. "I think it's important that government and regulators embrace new technology ... these will become people's go-to glasses for driving."

As previously reported, Google Glass device fits around the nose and ears similar to glasses, but features a small lens on the side. The glasses allow users to see, photograph, and record without using a smartphone. The Glass will list options in front of the user's eyes, including "record a video," "get directions to," "send a message to," "make a call to," or "hang out with." All commands are obeyed via voice-recognition technology.

The Glass is expected to go on sale in 2014 for $200-$500 for consumers. Developers who have already had a chance to purchase the Glass spent a little over a hefty $1000.

Watch the video below of Google Glass in the car.

 

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