Google Glass May Someday Add ‘Collision Protection’

Google GlassOnce upon a not so distant time, a woman took a long walk off a short pier while checking her Facebook page. True story. Then there was the time the San Diego police department ticketed a woman for driving while under the influence of Glass. Clearly, we’ve fallen victim to our technological dependence, not just literally, but also legally and it requires a solution. It’s unsurprising then that Google had the foresight to come up with a way to save us from ourselves, at least where its Glass eyewear is concerned. A recently surfaced patent application, dated October 2011, references a “collision-avoidance action” that could help reduce Glass-related mishaps. The technique detailed in the filing doesn’t set off any alarms or alerts for Glass users, but it will “[de-emphasize] at least one of the displayed virtual objects” in the HUD to keep you from smashing into glass or walls or telephone polls or other people.

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