In a case of technology being broadsided by the law, Cecilia Abadie made national news while wearing Google Glass last November. On the eve of her Google Glass demo at Cross Campus in Santa Monica, she was was stopped for speeding. When the officer noticed she was wearing the hi-tech apparatus, he hit her with an additional infraction: driving while obstructed. A Google Glass Pioneer and Explorer, Abadie was one of a select number of people who have been wearing Google Glass prior to the product being released to the general public. For $1,500 (her price, not payment received), Abadie has been wearing her pair “pretty much all the time” since June 2013. For the rest of us, Google Glass is expected to be available this May, with the price coming down to around $500. Abadie, who pleaded not guilty to the obstructed driving charge, took a few moments to describe her Google Glass experience.
CSQ What innovative applications or improvements would you like to see for Google Glass?
CA Some of the coolest applications will come from the ecosystem of developers as Google enables us to develop as they recently did by releasing a new development kit called GDK (Glass Development Kit). I personally am very excited about apps that use sensors such as the app Byte an Atom Research is developing for fitness: LynxFit, a personal trainer on Glass. Also, very interested on how this technology can expand us and augment us with augmented reality type of applications and how it can help people with disabilities.
CSQ Do you envision any privacy concerns regarding Google glass?
CA I think it’ll be similar to when Kodak cameras first came out or the first cellphones with cameras came out, there will be people to worry but those worries will dissipate as people go on with their lives while wearing Google Glass without disturbing others.
CSQ How prevalent do you think wearable technology will be in 5 years?
CA I can see visors and head-up displays being a normal extended accessory most people would wear for particular jobs as well as final consumers. To get this technology into contact lenses, I think it’ll take longer.