NYPD to use Google Glass for fighting crime in the city

With technology bringing innovative and smarter devices in the market, it’s only a matter of time before things that one saw only in the movies became a reality. New York Police Department has its eye on one of such future tech, which if implemented can really change the way police officers carry out their duty.

 According to NY Post, police department is trying out Google Glasses to get information about a suspect like his or her criminal history in real time. The bosses over at the department have already started testing these glasses for the purpose and are planning to use them for effective patrolling.

Google Glass which was unveiled back in 2012 is still not available for commercial purchase. A limited number of units were made available to the developer community last year for a price tag of $1,500. And these department bosses were one of the few lucky ones to get their hands on the glasses. They have already started beta testing the device and are hoping to use them out in the field in the coming years.

“It’s in the early stages,” a source said of the NYPD’s use of the specs. “A handful of people are testing it out.”

These glasses will give the cops who are on patrol, instant access to mug shots, arrest records and other important information with the help of the small computerized interface attached to the device. Further, the 5MP camera capable of recording 720p videos can come in handy for recording audio as well as video of suspects committing a crime.

“If it works, it could be very beneficial for a cop on patrol who walks into a building with these glasses on,” the source said to Venturebeat, who were first to report the news.

“It would be like the Terminator. You walk past somebody and you get his pedigree info if he’s wanted for a warrant right on your eye screen. You can identify the bad guys immediately within seconds.”

Using Google glasses can potentially eliminate the need for lengthy hand written/ typed notes. Officers can directly capture videos or record important information in digital format for quick transfer and access. On the other hand, people can be assured that their neighborhood is safe as problems will be handled quickly. In short, it’s a win-win situation for all.

While the technology is still in the testing stages only, there’s a very good chance that one might find such Glass equipped officers patrolling their city in the next few years.

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