NYPD experiments with Google Glass

Avatar By Aaron Sims | 7 years ago

The long-gestating Google Glass device has grabbed innumerable moments in the limelight since it began beta testing last year, from the good (a doctor at the Ohio State University Medical School who saw practicality in using the Google Glass to give students a first-person look at a surgical procedure) to the bad (a California driver who got a ticket for simply wearing the device while driving) and everything in between. Last month, the Sacramento Kings even announced a plan to have players wear the Google Glass on the floor, an opportunity to give viewers in the audience and at home yet another exciting view of the sports action.

Now, the Google Glass has found one of its biggest potential partners to date: the NYPD. According to an article published by Tech Radar, the New York Police Department has joined Google’s beta testing project (called “Google Glass Explorers”) and will be working over the next few months to determine how Google’s piece of wearable technology can aid in different types of police work. The department currently has two Google headsets in its possession.

Of course, the NYPD could easily find that it has no true use for the Google Glass. The Tech Radar article included a quote from Stephen Davis, Deputy Commissioner, who said that the current interest in Google Glass is mostly just a part of standard operating procedure for the department. In recent years, the NYPD has made a point of trying to become more technologically oriented, and that mission has dictated the testing and review of various types of devices and programs that could prove helpful to law enforcement. Right now, the NYPD truly is “exploring” the Google Glass, experimenting with the capabilities of the wearable technology device and trying to determine whether or not it could have any place within the department.

So what sort of tests has the NYPD been running with the Google Glass? What kinds of applications might the device ultimately serve? Supposedly, the force has yet to take the Glass out into the line of duty, but it seems possible that the Google specs could be vital for collecting footage of crime scenes and arrests. Feasibly, officers in the field could also use the Glass to communicate with department headquarters.