Bullied UK Student Uses Sunglass Video For Case
A bullied student in the UK is apparently the first to successfully mount a private court case based on evidence gathered from his video-enabled sunglasses.
(Sergey Brin wears Google's AR glasses[Thomas Hawk])
A student who gathered video evidence of himself being harassed and abused on a pair of specially adapted sunglasses has been allowed to carry out a private prosecution of his tormentor.
The highly unusual case, in which the Crown Prosecution Service declined to take over or halt the proceedings, may point the way – in the era of technology such as Google Glasses – to a future of do-it-yourself justice.
Haresh Mehta, 20, who lives in Southampton, complained repeatedly to the police about insults and intimidation he was enduring. Officers were called out several times but on each occasion, he maintains, the incident resulted in counter-allegations from his tormentor and no formal action being taken.
Determined that his persecutor should answer before the courts for the campaign of vilification, Mehta, who is studying IT security at university, purchased a pair of surveillance sunglasses which contain a video recorder hidden in the frame.
I think David Brin effectively predicted this use of eyewear cameras in his 1990 novel Earth; he called them True-Vu goggles in this scene in which oldsters use technology to surveil delinquents :
"Watching, all the time watching... goggle-eye geeks...
What brought on Crat's sudden outburst was the sight of yet another babushka, glaring at them from a bench under one of the force-grown shade trees... The very moment they came into view, the old woman laid here wire-knitting aside and fixed them with the bug-eyed, opaque gape of her True-Vu lenses...
(Read more about Brin's Tru-Vu goggles)
You don't need special glasses to read lots of stories in which this piece of David Brin's science-fictional technology figures prominently:
- PocketCaster First Live Video Webcast From Cellphone
- UK Officers Wear Brin's True-Vu Lenses
- Glasses Camera With Digital Video Recorder
- Eye-Fi Equals SD Memory Card Plus Wi-Fi
- Video Vigilantes Upload Crime Videos
- WCCTV 3G Covert Backpack - A Surveillance Vest
- Brando Spy Glassses Have Camera, Player Built-in
- GandhiCam For Blackberry Auto-Uploads Sousveillance
- U-Met Utility Helmet For First Responders
- Polaroid GL20 Video Sunglasses
- 'Police POV' Uses On-Officer Cameras
- ZionEyez HD Camera Glasses
- Lapel Cameras For LAPD Officers
Via The Guardian.
Scroll down for more stories in the same category. (Story submitted 10/6/2014)
Follow this kind of news @Technovelgy.
| Email | RSS | Blog It | Stumble | del.icio.us | Digg | Reddit |
you like to contribute a story tip?
Get the URL of the story, and the related sf author, and add
Comment/Join discussion ( 0 )
Related News Stories -
IJOP Integrated Joint Operations Platform China's Minority Report?
'All day long the idiots babbled, imprisoned in their special high-backed chairs...'
Kuri Robot Roams Your Home, Taking Pictures
'Small devices with cameras and sound equipment which could move freely...'
Nuclear Drones Could Fly For Years
'I sent my eyes on their rounds and tended my gallery of one hundred-thirty changing pictures...' - Roger Zelazny, 1966.
China's Drone Fleet Flies In Formation
'Programmed to hang... in a hexagonal grid pattern.' - Neal Stephenson, 1995.
Technovelgy (that's tech-novel-gee!)
is devoted to the creative science inventions and ideas of sf authors. Look for
the Invention Category that interests
you, the Glossary, the Invention
Timeline, or see what's New.
Las Vegas Humans Ready To Strike Over Robots
'A worker replaced by a nubot... had to be compensated.'
You'll Regrow That Limb, One Day
'... forcing the energy transfer which allowed him to regrow his lost fingers.'
Elon Musk Seeks To Create 1941 Heinlein Speedster
'The car surged and lifted, clearing its top by a negligible margin.'
Somnox Sleep Robot - Your Sleepytime Cuddlebot
Science fiction authors are serious about sleep, too.
Real-Life Macau or Ghost In The Shell
Art imitates life imitates art.
Has Climate Change Already Been Solved By Aliens?
'I had explained," said Nessus, "that our civilisation was dying in its own waste heat.'
First 3D Printed Human Corneas From Stem Cells
Just what we need! Lots of spare parts.
VirtualHome: Teaching Robots To Do Chores Around The House
'Just what did I want Flexible Frank to do? - any work a human being does around a house.'
Messaging Extraterrestrial Intelligence (METI) Workshop
SF writers have thought about this since the 19th century.
Nanorobots Roam Your Bloodstream, Cleaning It
Too bad they won't have lasers, though...
Galini 3D Printed Sleeping Pod Tiny Houses
'The houses are prefabricated units...'
MIT Boffins Create Psychopath AI On Purpose
There's a lesson in this for neural net AI engineers everywhere.
Skin Electronics 3D Printed
'June's body is a tracery of lambent lines, like some arcane capillary circuitry...'
Artificial Sensory Neurons For Prosthetics, Robots
Great for humans and robots!
China Uses Artificial Intelligence To Grade Student Papers
Looks like the City Fathers are starting to take over China's education system.
Electronic Tongues Will Rule The Kitchen
'Install taste buds in the end of one tentacle...'
More SF in the News Stories
More Beyond Technovelgy science news stories