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Wearable devices may lead to distracted driving

23 Apr 2018 | 4:38 PM

HOUSTON: Using wearable devices such as Google Glass for texting while driving may be just as dangerous as sending messages with an ordinary cell phone, a study led by an Indian-origin scientist has found.

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Using wearable devices such as Google Glass for texting while driving may be just as dangerous as sending messages with an ordinary cell phone, a study led by an Indian-origin scientist has found.

Researchers led by Murtuza Jadliwala, an assistant professor at The University of Texas at San Antonio in the US recruited about 20 volunteers on a university campus.

They used a driving simulator in a laboratory that included a three-screen display, a wheel and pedals.

Student volunteers were tasked with "driving" in the simulator, using either a smart phone or Google Glass, an optical head-mounted display designed in the shape of a pair of eyeglasses.

Jadliwala and his collaborators sent the participants text messages and challenged them to drive safely while receiving and responding to the messages.

The simulator recorded deviations in the steering wheel and whether the volunteers drifted out of their lane.

“We found that the Google Glass distracts the driver slightly less. But that also gave the participants a false sense of safety,” Jadliwala said.

Because the wearable device responded quicker and used voice-activated controls, the drivers noticed the increased efficiency but also were more likely to engage with the device, which negated the marginal safety difference between the smart phone and the wearable device.

While Google stopped producing Google Glass in 2015, wearable technology is becoming increasingly popular, researchers said.

Jadliwala noted that wrist wearables such as Apple Watch has been very successful and that more modern head-mounted displays like Google Glass are in development.

"It's important to keep asking these questions as technology becomes a bigger part of our everyday lives," he said.

"A wearable device feels more accessible because it's on your body, which is why it's important to study how it could impact tasks like driving," Jadliwala said.

"The research on evaluating the influence of technology on consumer safety and privacy is timely and significant," said Rajendra Boppana from The University of Texas.

More than a quarter of car accidents reported each year is attributed to some form of distraction among drivers, often the result of talking or texting while driving, researchers said. PTI

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WASHINGTON: Scientists have accidentally developed a plastic-eating enzyme that may be used to combat one of the world's worst pollution problems, a media report said.

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WASHINGTON: If you are not aware that a giant asteroid the size of a football field flew past Earth over the weekend, you are not alone as even NASA scientists got to know about the flyby only a few hours before it happened, media reported.

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NEW YORK: The Pentagon is working on an app that will keep track of US soldiers’ health and deliver cost-saving treatment by monitoring the data accumulated on their smartphones, the media reported.

‘Queen Bee’ phenomenon may be a myth

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WASHINGTON: The “Queen Bee” phenomenon — which suggests that women who succeed in male-dominated settings mistreat subordinate female professionals — may be a myth, a study has found.

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AI can enhance smartphone microscopes into lab-grade devices

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Mountain erosion may add CO2 to atmosphere

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NEW YORK: The process of mountain erosion can be a source of new carbon dioxide gas that can release it back into the atmosphere far faster than it is being absorbed into newly exposed rock, a study has found.

Biodegradable shoes made from mushrooms, chicken feathers

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WASHINGTON: Scientists have created biodegradable shoes using mushrooms, chicken feathers and textile waste, paving the way for more sustainable fashion.

Google stops selling original Pixel, Pixel XL smartphones

Google stops selling original Pixel, Pixel XL smartphones

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SAN FRANCISCO: Google has removed the original first-generation Google Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones from its Google Store, media reported.

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WASHINGTON: Facebook systems do not see the content of messages being transmitted over WhatsApp, Mark Zuckerberg has told the senators, while testifying before them in connection with Facebook's data breach scandal and foreign interference in election.

Jaw fossil from English beach belongs to monstrous marine reptile

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WASHINGTON: A jawbone fossil found on a rocky English beach belongs to one of the biggest marine animals on record, a type of seagoing reptile called an ichthyosaur that scientists estimated at up to 85 feet (26 meters) long—approaching the size of a blue whale.

Facebook launches bounty program for reports of data misuse by app developers

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