A few days ago, I had the, er, pleasure of experiencing the 2014 remake of Robocop (12A), with on-screen technology playing a massive part in Murphy’s revenge-driven killing spree.
The NYPD has clearly been thinking along the same lines (perhaps without the killing spree part), as a statement confirms that the Boys in Blue have been playing around with Google Glass, contemplating how the technology might help them Serve the Public Trust, Protect the Innocent and Uphold the Law.
That’s the story over on CNN, which reports that the NYPD has procured, uhm, two pairs of Google Glass specs. Generous.
"As part of an ongoing interest in the advancements in the field of technology, the NYPD regularly conducts reviews of various equipment, devices, programs and other consumer products for their potential application or utility in the area of policing," croons Deputy Commissioner Stephen Davis in a statement.
"In December of 2013, the Department obtained two pairs of Google Glass and has been evaluating these devices in an attempt to determine any possible useful applications.
“The devices have not been deployed in any actual field or patrol operations, but rather are being assessed as to how they may be appropriately utilized or incorporated into any existing technology-based functions."
It’s proposed that Google Glass could provide cops with information about suspects, in addition to recording audio and video.
And as suggested in Babylon last night (Channel 4), officers are inevitably less likely to misbehave if their actions are recorded. Not that they ever misbehave, of course.
Getting a little ahead of the game, one scene in Robocop (2014) sees Murphy scanning a crowd, using facial recognition to immediately identify a suspect wanted for murder. Meanwhile, several flesh-based officers are stood metres away from the perp, completely oblivious.
Google Glass could also be of use to firefighters, with augmented reality providing structural details, while thermal imaging could also prove invaluable.