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4/14/2014
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Google Glass Tested For Air Force Jumps

Air Force pilot tests Google's wearable technology for pararescue jumpers and other battlefield operations.

The Air Force's BATMAN team tests Google Glass
The Air Force's BATMAN team tests Google Glass

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Thomas Claburn
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Thomas Claburn,
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4/15/2014 | 7:31:44 PM
Re: could be useful but...
I suspect the most effective way to put Glass on the road will be routing mobile app data and car systems data to a HUD on the car window. Wearing a device isn't necessary unless you have to overlay something on the wearer's view regardless of view direction.
Gary_EL
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4/14/2014 | 8:16:13 PM
Re: could be useful but...
No doubt, your humorous observation is correct, but hopefully, only in the short term. The Air Force is exactly the sort of deep-pocketed collaborator with a long-term perspective that Google needs to really make this great new technology take off (pun fully intended). If Google and the Air Force can make this practical for Airmen falling through the sky at terminal velocity, it's more likely to eventually be a net positive for ordinary folk like me driving cars on the Mass Pike at considerably slower speeds.
Thomas Claburn
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Thomas Claburn,
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4/14/2014 | 6:52:34 PM
could be useful but...
...Glass in its current form would contribute more to situational distraction than situational awareness. Navigating through Glass cards isn't something I see working while falling from the sky. And the speech recognition probably wouldn't function adequately well while plummetting and being buffered by the wind. But in some modified form I could see a visual display being useful.
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