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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.

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