Is this proof that Google Glass will "change citizen journalism forever?" Or is it just another example of how Google Glass and other wearable tech is about to make it impossible to do anything without the constant, watchful eye of a surreptitious camera?
Google Glass explorer and founder of PRserve Chris Barrett caught what is probably the first arrest to be filmed #throughglass.
“I walked right up, saw a crowd forming, and people were saying a fight was going on. With Glass I went closer to the action than I probably should have and saw a couple fights going on. I think I got the first arrest with Google Glass - kinda cool!” Barrett told Venturebeat.
While the video itself may be a bit unremarkable, just some shirtless bros fighting on the Wildwood, New Jersey boardwalk, it does raise some important questions about Google Glass, other wearable tech, and how it will affect the future of crime and law enforcement. Check it out:
What's even more strange is that not many people seemed to notice or care that Barrett was filming the whole thing with Glass. It really appeared to be stealth recording at its finest.
“I think if I had a bigger camera there, the kid would probably have punched me. But I was able to capture the action with Glass and I didn’t have to hold up a cell phone and press record,” said Barrett.
Filming crime and/or police actions and throwing the video up on the internet is about as old as YouTube itself, but Glass could be a game changer in this realm. It's one thing to hold up your giant Galaxy S4 and film a crime or an arrest - its another to stand with your hands in your pocket and capture the whole thing, possibly without anyone around even suspecting their actions are being filmed.