Everyday it seems we get closer to the world that science fiction movies foreshadowed. From Robocop to the Terminator, we have watched both super cops and villains get detailed, digital information about their surroundings - channeled to them directly through their sight.
In a world where it's an every day occurrence for dangerous criminals to hide in the open because regular citizens simply don't recognize them, the technology to identify "the wanted" at a glance has just arrived. On Monday, the Dubai police announced that all their patrol officers will soon be equipped with Google Glass.
If you are not familiar, Google Glass (pictured above) is a hands-free wearable device with a tiny computer screen mounted in the corner of an eyeglass frame. It is capable of taking photos recording videos, and playing sound.
Though all of those uses could provide advantages to police officers in terms of evidence, proof of procedure, and eye witness accounts, they were not the impetus for the Dubai police department to order Glass. Their plan is far more sophisticated. And at $1500 dollars a pair, it should be.