The idea of wearing special glasses that give you info in front of your eyes previously only available if you were The Terminator appeals both to tech geeks and anyone tired of having to actually look down at a phone or tablet. This eyewear and other wearable devices are slowly becoming a reality with Google (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Glass at the head of the class.
The sci-fi reality being delivered by Google Glass, however, has a number of states considering legislation to regulate wearables. Google is aggressively fighting these efforts and, according to Reuters, "is lobbying officials in at least three U.S. states to stop proposed restrictions on driving with headsets such as Google Glass."
Eight U.S. states are currently considering regulating use of Google Glass (and presumably other similar devices), according to Reuters.
What is Google Glass?
Google Glass is essentially a smartphone built into a set of glasses. The device, as detailed on its website, does everything from shooting pictures and video to translating your voice into other languages, plus anything else a high-end smartphone can do.
Do we need laws?
When cell phones first became common, a number of states passed laws that banned everything from texting while driving to making a call without a headset. These laws evolved over years and the rules and penalties vary from state to state. In some cases, it can be argued that existing distracted driving laws apply to wearables -- especially when someone is using them for a function like texting or making a phone call.
And while states are right to be concerned about the dangers posed by this new product category, some experts think legislation is not needed.