Google Glass Recording Highlights Changes to ‘Citizen Journalism’


Posted on: July 9th, 2013 by ABC News No Comments

(NEW YORK) — Computer programmer Henrik Nordberg used it while driving around Berkeley, Calif. Fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg used it while dressing models before her New York runway show last fall.

Now, Chris Barrett adds yet another video showcasing Google Glass’s recording capabilities: taping an arrest in progress.

Barrett, founder of the website PRServe.com and documentary filmmaker, was walking along the boardwalk in Wildwood, N.J., on July 4 while wearing Google’s much hyped device.

“I was down to 20 percent battery after the fireworks show, so I thought I may as well hit record and let it go until it dies,” he told ABC News.

After passing by a few souvenir stands, he encountered the end of a fight and two men being led away in handcuffs. While other boardwalk visitors whipped out their cell phones and cameras, Barrett slowly maneuvered his way through the crowd, recording the incident with Google’s technology.

He was nearly anonymous while filming the action.

“It was definitely a tense situation,” he said.

But hardly anyone noticed him filming. “Only two kids on asked, ‘Is that Google Glass?’” he told ABC News.

Barrett says his recording demonstrates the potential of Google Glass.

“It’s not a memorable video. It’s not going to go down in court history. Really, it’s a case study to show how it will change citizen journalism,” he said.

The Google Glass video appears to be better than your typical video taken at night. It’s also less shaky than a handheld camera since it moves smoothly with the user. “You’re your own Steadicam,” said Barrett.

The devices do not indicate to non-users whether it’s currently taking pictures or recording video. Many people have expressed great concern over Google Glass’s privacy policies, including representatives of Congress who have asked Google to better explain its privacy policies.

“If Google Glass takes off, the world may be scary for some people, but with any new technology, people are nervous,” Barrett said.

Google declined to comment.

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