8 July 2013 - 12:42pm | posted by | 7 comments

Google Glass captures live fight and arrest - and nobody knows they're being filmed

Documentary filmmaker and Google Glass explorer Chris Barrett has captured the device's first fight and arrest on film, calling it a "huge step" for citizen journalism.

Barrett took his glasses for a walk along the New Jersey boardwalk on 4 July to film fireworks but soon found himself in the middle of a fight.

Glass picked up the scrap and an arrest on camera with nobody in the vicinity aware that it was being recorded by the wearable computer.

Barrett told VentureBeat: "I walked right up, saw a crowd forming and people were saying a fight was going on.

"With Glass I went closer to the action than I probably should have and saw a couple fights going on. I think I got the first arrest with Google Glass... kinda cool!"

The recording is sure to add further fuel to the debate around Google Glass and privacy - throughout the 4.25 video nobody who appears in the recording seems aware of Barrett's camera. Barrett said just two people stopped him on the boardwalk throughout his trip to the 4 July celebrations to enquire about what he was wearing.

He adds that Glass is a "huge step" for citizen journalism, saying: "If Google Glass takes off, everyone's going to have their entire life captured."

As privacy and security top the news agenda in the wake of NSA spying claims which asked questions of the role of social networks in national security, Barrett's words of optimism and opportunity may sound warning signals for Glass skeptics.

Comments

8 Jul 2013 - 14:32
Edinburgh_Image's picture

So this is a "huge step" for citizen journalism? What a load of codswallop. There was no story of any merit told, no pro or anti, no Police statement.... need I go on? This was simply 4 minutes of boring unedited footage. This is no more journalism than the traffic cameras on a motorway. Or are we supposed to lap up fifth rate footage and put up with it just because it's got a 'citizen' badge on it? And anyway shouldn't we call it "Google Journalism" rather than "Citizen Journalism" after all it's their technology and on their terms.

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8 Jul 2013 - 14:33
Edinburgh_Image's picture

So this is a "huge step" for citizen journalism? What a load of codswallop. There was no story of any merit told, no pro or anti, no Police statement.... need I go on? This was simply 4 minutes of boring unedited footage. This is no more journalism than the traffic cameras on a motorway. Or are we supposed to lap up fifth rate footage and put up with it just because it's got a 'citizen' badge on it? And anyway shouldn't we call it "Google Journalism" rather than "Citizen Journalism" after all it's their technology and on their terms.

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8 Jul 2013 - 14:55
poppasmurf's picture

very odd... the entire world is enraged by the PRISM and NSA snooping and yet we don't even blink when "our entire lives could be filmed" I don't ever give & never will give permission to be snooped on under any government name or int he name of progress or improves security.

what an utterly stupid idea.

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8 Jul 2013 - 14:57
poppasmurf's picture

I really cant wait for the new version of "google glass"x"You've Been Framed".

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8 Jul 2013 - 15:32
stuart_feather

4.5 minutes of my life wasted. And I'm on holiday. Never trust a man in spectacles, unless they look like spectacles and he can't see without them. Or a woman....obviously,

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8 Jul 2013 - 16:37
Dicko60's picture

garbage

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9 Jul 2013 - 10:26
steve82313's picture

You wouldn't hit a man wearing Glasses™, would you? I know couldn't be 100% sure.

The story here is that ordinary people did not realise a tool was watching them. Once Glasses™ become more mainstream, assaults on tools will become commonplace, I reckon. People just don't like being filmed all the time.

I consider Jesse Armstrong's Black Mirror (Channel 4) episode "The Entire History of You" closer to the future than any notion of do-gooder citizen journalists.

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