For the past five years, we have been hearing tales of how Smart Glasses will change our world. From the creepy Google Glass of 2013 through all the various new glasses introduced over the past few years, smart glasses are, well, getting smarter.
A story from QQ.com in China shows how Chinese police are using facial recognition sunglasses to track citizens. Yes, there is certainly a spooky Big-Brother component to being watched thus, but let’s face it, there are some 30 million surveillance cameras deployed in the U.S. alone. That pales in comparison to Chines, where it is estimated that by 2020, China will have installed more than 600 million closed-circuit TV cameras. Like it or not, we are losing that sense of privacy and anonymity we have taken for granted for so long.
Police were photographed using these new cameras at the Zhengzhou East Railway Station, in central China, with a population of 9.5 million, scanning some of the 70,000 passengers using the station each day. It was reported that they had apprehended 7 suspects for major cases and 26 individuals traveling under false identities, showing that smart glasses will most certainly have a growing future in many forms of our daily lives.