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How Special U.S. Military, Law Enforcement Ops Could Put Google Glass In Tactical Situations

Special operations teams handling tactical maneuvers for U.S. military and law enforcement could become the next viable industries for Google Glass. It could explain some of the acquisitions the company made late last year.

Picture a 10-person special weapons and tactics (SWAT) team surrounding a home where an armed gunman barricaded himself. Each SWAT member wearing Google Glass would snap a photo and share a 360-degree view with other team members to provide a sequence of events. The command center guiding the team also could upload a diagram of the house or physical structure to provide a floor plan and entrance strategy.

Not only would Google Glass give the SWAT team the ability to share critical information in real time without looking down at a monitor or in another direction, it would provide an account of events from each team member for future training purposes. The insight into timing that led to either positive or negative results would become invaluable.

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Google Glass could also stream video from a small drone hovering overhead to special ops teams on the ground. When searching backyards, the drone could follow the suspect. Team members would see the images simultaneously, rather than one person trying to communicate the whereabouts through radio transmissions.

For every positive influence Glass might create, there's a negative not far behind. In a court of law during a murder case the defense could dissect the 1.8 seconds of video just prior to the suspect's death or surrender.

For military use, think robotics. Google Glass could become the controls for a fully unmanned military special ops team. With Google's recent acquisitions focsued on cameras and robotics, it now makes sense why late last year the company acquired Schaft, Industrial Perception, Meka and Redwood Robotics, Bot & Dolly, Autofuss and Holomni. One expert believes Google execs are setting up the company to become a military and government contractor.

Google isn't the only company building equipment U.S. military and law enforcement could use. U.K.-based Golden-I has created a headset for police officers that handles facial recognition, scans license plates and monitors vital signs, but the platform can offer so much more. 

5 comments about "How Special U.S. Military, Law Enforcement Ops Could Put Google Glass In Tactical Situations".
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  1. Clint Dixon from Sem Advance, January 3, 2014 at 5:05 p.m.

    Somone needs to reel Google in and get it under some kind of watchdog agency.

  2. Paula Lynn from Who Else Unlimited, January 3, 2014 at 5:12 p.m.

    More than that Clint, more than that, and not just Google has already overreached controlling lives and living. They make the NSA look like mince meat. They have no oversight, no warrants necessary for anything.

  3. Alexander Z from 7th Pillar Services, January 4, 2014 at 4:39 p.m.

    Better yet, imagine an innocent family inside the house the SWAT team is attacking. Mom and Dad also have Google Glass and are able to hack into the Police State's transmissions and are able to reach out to friends, neighbors, the media and ACLU in real time before the Stasi has a chance to re-write the botched raid after shooting the dogs, the adult male and minor child hiding behind the couch as the Thugs execute a "No Knock" raid because someone resembling one of the occupants owes $520 in misdemeanor fines...

    ...Another reason I'm leaving the USSA

    The Boot-Strap Expat
    http://7thpillar.wordpress.com/

  4. Laurie Sullivan from lauriesullivan, January 4, 2014 at 4:52 p.m.

    What other scenarios can you imagine?

  5. Laurie Sullivan from lauriesullivan, January 4, 2014 at 5:54 p.m.

    As a U.S. military or U.S. government contractor, Google would sell Glass in bulk for a lesser price, and developers would support the software. Who owns the data? Perhaps the military division or the government agency.

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