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Technology: Warning, wearing Google Glass may cause legal headaches (Part 1)

A look at what exactly Google Glass is and how it is expected to be used

Google Glass has so far only been made available to a select-group of beta testers, called Glass Explorers, but later this year this device is set to go on sale to the general public. It may not be long, therefore, before hi-tech headwear is as commonplace as smartphones, giving new meaning to Ann Case’s well-known TED talk, “We are all cyborgs now.” There is a very real potential that this innovation will have a society-altering impact, such as when automobiles began sharing the road with horses. First-generation purchasers will therefore be doing much more than simply testing a new product; they will be testing public readiness. And some Google Glass users may discover that not everyone is thrilled about the advent of “wearable technology.”

What exactly is it?

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John F. O'Rourke

John F. O'Rourke is a registered patent attorney and inventor at WHGC, P.L.C. He has nearly 40 years of overall experience in the applied...

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Patrick Soon

Patrick Soon is an attorney at WHGC, P.L.C. whose practice focuses on intellectual property. Outside of his work at WHGC, Mr. Soon volunteers for...

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