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The Google Glass is a new product in the developing market of high-technology wearable wireless devices. As an optical head-mounted display, the Google Glass provides a hands-free experience by utilizing Bluetooth and wireless connectivity to display information through glasses worn by the user. Recently, concern has been raised regarding the possibility of health effects due to exposure from wireless radiation while wearing the Google Glass, such as eye discomfort and headaches. Individuals argue that the Google Glass design may lead to unique spatial and temporal exposure profiles because of cumulative exposure and the proximity of the device to the brain. The specific absorption rate (SAR) represents the amount of radiofrequency radiation absorbed by the user (expressed in watts per kilogram of body weight), and is the metric used in regulatory processes. The current maximum SAR standard for personal wireless devices in the United States is 1.6 W/kg, and, according to the Federal Communications Commission, the Google Glass has a reported SAR of 1.42 W/kg. While the Google Glass SAR is below the regulatory threshold, further research on the Google Glass design is needed in order to better understand any potential health risks that may be associated with wearing these high-technology devices.

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