Dubai Police will have a new tool in the fight against crime… Google Glass.
It has been reported that the force will use the smart eyewear to help catch motorists committing speeding and other traffic offences, as well as being used to spot cars wanted in connection with other crimes.
The new technology, which isn’t widely available in the UAE yet, is essentially a small camera and viewing monitor mounted onto traditionally-shaped spectacles. It allows wearers to access Google tools like search and maps, and also, more relevantly to the police, take photos and record video.
According to Gulf News, who were given a demonstration of the glasses in action, the technology is currently under trial by Dubai Police Smart Services Department.
Colonel Khalid Nasser Al Razooqi, General Director of Smart Services, revealed two tailor-made application shave been created.
“One will allow them to take photos of traffic violations from the Glass, which will go instantly into our system, and the other application helps identify wanted cars,” he said. ”If it passes our testing criteria as well as we see that it is a useful device, then we might decide to launch it and buy more of it [Google Glass].”
He added: “We at Dubai Police always try to adopt what is new in the market and we like to stay up-to-date.”
According to Google themselves, the glasses deliver high resolution display to the equivalent of a 25 inch HD screen from eight feet away, a five megapixel camera and 12GB of useable memory. It also transmits aural responses through vibrations behind the ear, known as a Bone Conduction Transducer.
Google Glass is only available in the United States at the moment, priced at $1500 (Dhs 5,500).