Everyone knows wearable computing is H-O-T. In the coming years, experts predict that wearable devices will be the next big thing and with products such as the Google Glass and Smart Watches currently under development, consumers won’t have long to wait before this new age of technology really kicks in. However it’s not just the general public who will benefit from these innovations, other areas of society will also be able to utilize them such as law enforcement offices, who will find their jobs made a whole lot easier, and safer. Soon the long arm of the law will extend that much further…
A wearable device is defined as a computer that is small and light, so much so that wearing it will cause no discomfort. It will be constantly in use and able to work in real time in context to its particular application. In time, mobile security devices will allow the police to integrate all the normal applications of computerized law enforcement and use them on the move, which will save time, money and in some cases, will save lives.
The HC1 Headset Computer
According to the Wall Street Journal, Motorola Solutions Inc. are already developing wearable devices for police forces that will increase the safety of their officers and improve their efficiency. One such device is the HC1 Headset Computer, a helmet with a clear screen that covers the face, a camera attachment and an arm on the side. It will be controlled via head movements and voice activation and will allow the officer to be in constant communication with his superiors while receiving real time data that will aid his work, such as information on potential suspects and the surrounding area.
The Police Pro
Another innovation soon to hit the market for law enforcement officials is the Police Pro, developed by Ikanos Consulting for Golden-i. The headset uses voice control and comes complete with a built in camera that allows real time streaming of events to colleagues. It also has a high resolution micro-display that allows the officer to read documents on the move or utilize GPS to find the quickest possible routs when in pursuit. It can scan license plates and instantly send the information back to headquarters, has biometric face recognition and an infrared camera to allow night vision.
While wearable devices like these are still in their infancy, in the coming years they will evolve and become commonplace for law enforcement officers everywhere. The impact they will have is undoubtedly going to be huge, which is good news for the police, but not so much for criminals.