Accessories Council Program, ‘See it Coming' to Offer Perspectives on Wearable Devices

NEW YORK—About 21.6 million Americans—12 percent of the adult population—would buy Google Glass if it were available, according to a report released last week by Forrester Research.

Along with the rising consumer interest in Google Glass and other new wearable devices, though, a growing number of individuals, businesses and government agencies are voicing concerns over privacy, safety and other issues raised by the new technologies. The Accessories Council is examining these issues from a legal perspective in a special program, “See it Coming, New Eyewear & Accessory Technologies, New Legal Issues.”

The one-time session is scheduled for tomorrow morning in New York City. It will feature a keynote presentation by Andrew Karp, group editor, lenses and technology for the Jobson Optical Group and editor of Vision Monday’s Eye2 e-newsletter. He will survey the fast growing field of wearable devices and discuss the impact of these technologies on eyecare professionals and accessories suppliers. Then David Jacoby, Judith S. Roth and Cindy Yang, lawyers at Schiff Hardin LLP,  will participate in a panel discussion of the legal and societal issues presented, such as privacy, liability, patent protection and licensing, and venture capital, concluding with a question period. CLE credit is available.

“See it Coming: New Eyewear & Accessory Technologies, New Legal Issues,” will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., at Schiff Hardin, 666 Fifth Avenue, New York City. Reservations can be made by calling (212) 947-1135.

Admission is free for Accessories Council members; the fee for non-members is $20 per person.