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December 7, 2013 at 7:18 AM

New Google Glass could have a questionable future

Dangerous for driving and other physical tasks

Cecilia Abadie wears her Google Glass as she talks with her attorney outside of traffic court Tuesday, Dec. 3 in San Diego. When Abadie was pulled over on suspicion of speeding in October, the officer saw she was wearing Google Glass and tacked on a citation usually given to drivers who may be distracted by a video or TV screen. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

Cecilia Abadie wears her Google Glass as she talks with her attorney outside of traffic court Tuesday, Dec. 3 in San Diego. When Abadie was pulled over on suspicion of speeding in October, the officer saw she was wearing Google Glass and tacked on a citation usually given to drivers who may be distracted by a video or TV screen. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

It seems like Google Glass is causing conflicts around the world. I wonder how Google Glass is going to affect our society once it becomes viral, if it ever will ["Google Glass techie ejected from hipster hotspot,” Online, Nov. 26].

I understand both the wearer’s and the non-wearer’s argument: It could revolutionize our technology, but it could become an item for potential crimes and make people around the wearer uncomfortable. There will definitely be problems about how the law will draw the line of wearing it in public.

One thing I did not understand was regarding a woman getting a ticket on the freeway for wearing Google Glass. Apparently it causes distraction for having an inch screen in front of one’s eyes while driving. I understand why wearing in the streets or other public areas will cause issues. However, this woman was in the vehicle by herself and Google Glass was not even activated. Having something that is more potentially distracting, like the video screen for GPS, is legal, but Google Glass is not — at least for now.

— Senan Ohno , Seattle

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