Maybe it’s too late, maybe it isn’t.
I have to be honest with you, I get discouraged that some companies don’t think globally when launching or testing a product. I know, I know. It has to deal with laws and contracts, but eventually we will buy those products too.
When I heard about the essay contest to get Google Glass I was excited, then it said US territory only (sad news for me). I saw the physics teacher who visited the CERN and that was outside the US territory (so this means Google Glass can be taken to other countries). Then I saw that Kevin from Instagram doesn’t have one (and you’re making him write one essay). So maybe I do have a shot after all.
I live in Guatemala, you might know us from your favorite coffee at Starbucks (you’re welcome), the land of the eternal spring (70ºF all year long) or the home of a civilization as great as the Ancient Greek: the Maya. I almost forgot, it is also the birthplace of über geek Luis Von Ahn. You know, the CAPTCHA, reCAPTCHA and Duolingo creator?
Yeah, there is a lot of genius in us. Sometimes we just need a chance and someone to believe in us.
In case you don’t know, we are number 8 in the mobile market in our region; and according to Pyramid Search there are more cellphones than people. This is good and bad news. The benefits are obvious (the law of supply and demand), yet it also means that the bad guys have figured out a way to make money from this situation. Stealing phones and reselling them here or outside our frontiers can be a lucrative business. Instead of them stealing your wallet, you might get your cellphone stolen. No money, no credit cards, no watches or priced possessions, they just want your smartphone. This crimes put your life in danger and many lose their lives because of it.
I understand if you’re already scared, but don’t let that keep you from visiting our country. You just have to know your way around and evade some places, that are not that touristy anyway.
Living in this situation gets me thinking: this has to stop! We need a solution and technology is our biggest ally. Something needs to be created to help in situations like this, turning off your phone disables the location services, so that option is not really anti-theft or actually helpful.
I believe Google Glass can help here. The fact that we get to deal with this sad situations also makes me believe that we can help to identify key aspects to help reduce them, using technology in our advantage. The best way to solve a problem is to prevent it, not just to react to it. So we have to help stop this type of crime before it even happens and not only react to it.
Currently If you let me go very Sci-Fi here, the device could scan the perimeter and if a face appears in the crime data base, it can alert the authorities.
I am just day dreaming here, because sadly I don’t have a pair of Google Glass… yet, and this is where you come in.
Let me get my hands on a pair, let me also help others prevent violent acts through technology. We live in the future and certainly the future is different (technology crimes are here and they’re not going anyway) but that doesn’t mean it has to stay the same.
So can I have my Google Glass in white please? and in case you’re wondering I haven’t been a victim of this crime, so Google Glass will be safe.