What is this globe coming to when a individual is assaulted simply because an individual took offence to their healthcare prosthetic? That is essentially what occurred when Dr. Steve Mann from Toronto, Ontario was on holiday with his family.
Dr. Mann utilizes a type of “wearable computing” recognized as an Eye Glass – a prosthetic Augmediated Reality device attached to his head that assists vision. He invented the technologies, and although the cybernetic eyeglass-styled implant could seem out of location, he does carry documentation that justifies his use of the device.
But just last month, even though on holiday in Paris, France, Dr Mann and his family entered a McDonald’s Restaurant to partake in some international McFood. He let his children practice their french and location their order. He was asked about the Eye Glass device and he provided his documentation. He was not challenged at all, and was served as any normal consumer would have. It wasn’t until he was seated that he was approached by 3 staff members at the McDonald’s and was asked to explain the camera device on his face.
Dr Mann developed his documentation and was satisfied to share his life lengthy work that has already assisted the visually impaired to see. Right after reviewing the documents, the alleged assailants tore up the papers and then 1 man, claiming to be a McDonald’s Employee (even though concealing his name badge), attempted to grab the glasses off Dr Mann’s face.
The dilemma with this assault was not just the invasion of individual space, but rather the prosthetic device requires special tools to be removed – it is fully attached to Dr Mann’s head.
The Augmediated Reality device does not ‘record’ exactly, nonetheless as part of its imaging procedure it does include a tiny buffer which is constantly overwritten. Fortunately for Dr Mann, when the device was damaged in the assault, the buffered imagery left him with a visual account of the assault, as no new information was becoming received to overwrite that clip of information. If it hadn’t been broken, the images would not have been saved and he would have had no evidence of his encounter at all.
The sad element of this story is that the Paris Police did absolutely nothing to help Dr Mann, and McDonalds in France have nevertheless to respond to his speak to.
Dr Mann is not attempting to extort McDonald’s over this incident, like someone with coffee that is also hot. He is, nevertheless, hoping they will cover the cost to repair his damaged Eye Glass device. He is also suggesting that McDonald’s may possibly want to make a gesture to assistance Vision Investigation, and educate their staff on the visually impaired.
McDonald’s has had a longstanding policy against recording devices in their restaurants, fearing people could observe and duplicate trade secrets and procedures, nevertheless this appears extremely extreme. Did the manager have the correct to confront Dr Mann about his Eye Glass? Absolutely. Did they have the appropriate to harm his property? Not at all.
Makes you wonder how they may well react when Google Glass becomes a reality?
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