CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Think of it as a dashboard camera for the body. If you're face to face with a Cape Coral police officer, every move you make would be recorded, regardless if a police vehicle is nearby.
It's a new technology that could cut costs and change the way evidence is viewed in court, by a body camera made by Taser.
The Cape Coral Police Department is simply testing out the product. Right now, their video is limited to a vehicle's dash-cam. This small camera would add an addition measure of accountability for both parties.
At first glance they look like something out of a science fiction movie, or Google Glass. These special shades record every move and every interaction from the officers point of view.
"Something happening in a wooded area, or a home where ever an officer may go, this provides an opportunity for them to have video documentation of the incident itself," explained Detective Sgt. Dana Coston.
The tiny camera picks up audio and video. The file is uploaded into an encrypted website similar to a cloud. While a dash-cam costs $3,000 to $4,000, this unit costs about $500.
The unit can attach to special glasses magnetically, but you can also take it off and attach it to a baseball cap or a shirt collar.
Reactions are mixed on whether or not the department should actually buy the devices. "They're more safe, its good for everybody," said one Cape Coral resident. "I don't think now is the time to do it," said another, siting the city's budget.
"Studies show that when people are being videotaped, they tend to behave differently and that goes for not only the officer, but for the citizens," said Sgt. Coston. "The general public is aware that police cars have dash-cameras. This is the next evolution in that type of technology."
Before the department could ever make a purchase, it needs to come to an agreement with the court systems, which want to make sure the video is not tampered with in any way while it's sitting in that encrypted internet cloud.
The department will have them for a few more weeks, before returning them to Taser. If you see them out in public they're testing their durability and using them as a training tool.