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posted Mar 31, 2013, 7:40 PM by Franky Smartarsch   [ updated Apr 4, 2013, 4:43 PM ]
Google Glass and other augmented reality gadgets risk creating a world in which privacy is impossible, warn campaigners.
The warning comes from a group called "Stop the Cyborgs" that wants limits put on when headsets can be used.
It has produced posters so premises can warn wearers that the glasses are banned or recording is not permitted.
The campaign comes as politicians, lawyers and bloggers debate how the gadgets will change civil society.
"We are not calling for a total ban," one of the campaign workers called Jack told the BBC in a message sent via anonymised email service Hushmail.
"Rather we want people to actively set social and physical bounds around the use of technologies and not just fatalistically accept the direction technology is heading in," he wrote.
Based in London, the Stop The Cyborgs campaign began at the end of February, he said, and the group did not expect much to happen before the launch of Google Glass in 2014.
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However, the launch coincided with a push on Twitter by Google to get people thinking about what they would do if they had a pair of the augmented reality spectacles. The camera-equipped headset suspends a small screen in front of an owner and pipes information to that display. The camera and other functions are voice controlled.

Google's push, coupled with the announcement by the 5 Point Cafe in Seattle to pre-emptively ban users of the gadget, has generated a lot of debate and given the campaign a boost, he said.
Posters produced by the campaign that warn people not to use Google Glass or other personal surveillance devices had been downloaded thousands of times, said Jack.


Details of Google's Project Glass revealed in FCC report. New details of Google's forthcoming augmented reality headset have emerged in documents published by a US regulator.
A test report describes video playing on the device alongside audio running to a "vibrating element".
The description tallies with a patent filing suggesting it plays sound via "bone-conduction" tech rather than earbuds.
Developers are due to receive a test edition of the headset later this year.


Google has already begun holding hands-on events for selected software writers in San Francisco and New York ahead of the release.
It has previously said it intended to sell the eyewear to consumers before the end of 2014. read more here...