The New York Police Department could soon become an army of glassholes. It has received several pairs of the $1,500 face computers and is evaluating them to see if they can fit into the intelligence unit’s method of tracking criminals, reports VentureBeat.
The NYPD confirmed that it’s using Glass, but the search giant said it wasn’t through a partnership with Google. Rather, it most likely got them through signing up for Google’s Explorer program which lets people buy Glass at market value. Or some sketchy storefront on Canal Street, whatever.
When asked what the NYPD is doing with them, a spokesman told VentureBeat that the offices are just confused by them as you are:
“We signed up, got a few pairs of the Google glasses, and we’re trying them out, seeing if they have any value in investigations, mostly for patrol purposes,” an official said. “We’re looking at them, you know, seeing how they work.”
Deploying Glass on the street could make officer’s job easier because the device has facial recognition software that could be cross-matched with criminal databases. On the flip side, that could alarm civil liberty groups who say that is breaching people’s privacy.
Imagine how annoying that episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine is going to be.