Submitted by -Mezzo- 992d ago | news

Seattle bar steps up as first to ban Google glasses

My NorthWest - They're not even available for purchase yet, but a Seattle bar has already said a new tech accessory from Google will not be allowed at their establishment. (Gadgets, Google Glass)

level 360  +   992d ago
Google glasses will be a security nightmare! - count on that.

One other "big" *negative I see for people who would use this device is they will most likely acquire in the long run - eye problems with constant useage.
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coolasj  +   992d ago
Please explain that reasoning.
Blacktric  +   992d ago
"Seattle bar steps up as first to ban Google glasses"

Unnecessary, if you consider how it won't work like shown in any of the demonstration videos. It's just another overhyped, gimmicky "gadget" that appeals to hipsters who think they'll be able to do everything shown in the demonstration videos, when most of them either won't make it to the first version, or will be half assed.
coolasj  +   991d ago
I meant the eye problems.
fatstarr  +   991d ago
the mainstream birth and use of the 2004 potato quality camera phones, all over again.

and eye problems can develop from this just like it can from looking at screens and similar tech things all day.
-Mezzo-  +   991d ago
Well Said.
ps3_pwns  +   992d ago
people will record people secretly. go into a bar record someone all drunk or something without someoone being like hey stop recording how i do stuff. then people will put it on youtube or something.
steven83r  +   991d ago
Because that doesn't happen now? so what they should do is say no recording or pictures of any kind in this bar. Not only ban Google Glasses. let's see how business goes when girls can't take pics together.
KwietStorm  +   991d ago
I can do that right now with my phone. There's even camera apps that look like notepads. I don't foresee anyone banning phones though..
GuyThatPlaysGames  +   991d ago
It's completely legal to record anyone in public!
Software_Lover  +   992d ago
I applaud them. This just opens the door for mind control, lol. I have done no research on the subject but it seems like the next logical step.
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abc1233  +   992d ago
Don't really see the whole issue with secretly recording people since you can pretty much do that on your phone now anyway. They might as well ban all phones which have a camera. Not sure if they've done so already but Google could easily put an LED light in there which blinks red whenever someone records something if they really want to make the public more at ease, though granted it's not a perfect solution.
Chidori  +   991d ago
The difference with phones...it's a little obvious with someone sitting across a bar aiming a phone up at you. Someone is sure to notice. Most people won't know what the google glasses are and what they do. Or just occupied doing what people do at bars. If it's as simple as aiming your head in one direction to record everything in sight, that could definitely turn out to be a problem.
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abc1233  +   991d ago
If you're an idiot aiming your phone camera directly at someone with your arms outstretched then yes it's obvious. But you can easily hold your phone normally, pretending to read a text or something whilst recording someone. Besides, I'm sure everyone has been photographed in a bar or whatever unaware when you would have rather not been in the picture, yet again this has drawn few criticisms in comparison. There are bigger breaches of privacy to worry about than this, but this seems to be drawing the most attention.
Chidori  +   991d ago
Yes it's possible to secretly record or take pictures of another person using a phone, but there's still always a risk of being caught in a public place. There's really no natural way to sit with your phone in hand and record a person in front of you, unless they're literally a level below you or sitting on the ground. Phones are held a certain way while being used, and it's certainly not the ideal way using the camera. It's just shady as hell. But say we get these google glasses. To that ignorant hot chick at the bar, it may seem like some fancy cool pair, not knowing it's capable of recording video. It's a creeper's dream come true.
abc1233  +   991d ago
Well, it depends on the phone I guess. With the larger modern phones, the natural way most people hold them makes it pretty easy to record someone without them knowing if they're on your level/below you. As you said, it's creepers who would use the glasses in the wrong way, and one would think that those kinds of people would be motivated enough to record people even with today's technology. Normal people just wouldn't use it in that way, so it's an overblown issue.
SilentNegotiator  +   991d ago
But phones have other serious uses; Google glasses are for video, video identification, video etc.
-Mezzo-  +   984d ago
NastyDaddeh  +   992d ago
Guys,guys, guys, we all know we will use google glass to record a womans butt/tits so we can fap to it later on.........

Deku-Johnny  +   992d ago
You almost seem to be saying that like it's a bad thing.
RE_L_MAYER  +   991d ago
Lol before rading your post I misread your name as jurking-jonny))))
KwietStorm  +   991d ago
If all it takes for a dude to get off is staring at a chick's clothed ass, then by all means, get your Google on.
NastyDaddeh  +   991d ago
when ur not lookin at pr0n ur usin ur imagination so u wud imagin that clothed ass naked n on ur dick
level 360  +   992d ago
Big possibility for this to be used in mapping basically any/every location.

Can and will be used for spiteful, malicious, pornographic, terroristic reasons.

What is being advertised and shown to us presently is just one side - the good, fun side of the story.. imagine what a sicko can do to this tech.
steven83r  +   991d ago
So are you using a smartphone or a Zack Morris phone? Because Smartphones can be used the same way and it sounds like you are a hypocrite. I can record locations. Take video and pictures and make notes on my phone all for good or bad my choice. You sound like a conspiracy theory nut.
anticlimax  +   992d ago
So we should've banned computers because of what terrorists can do with them? How about smartphones? Sicko's will always find a way...
RE_L_MAYER  +   991d ago
I just want 3d holograms of sexy chicks
ozzywazzy  +   991d ago
"I just want to bang hot chicks."
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MontyQ  +   991d ago
i want a texmex hotdog and a side of uncle bens big buck
Knight_Crawler  +   991d ago
So you want a side of Mr.Bens Big Buck...remember once you go black you never go back.
-Mezzo-  +   984d ago
Did you just came out to us.

JK. =]
steven83r  +   991d ago
Wow the nuts really come out every time some new tech is announced/released. Tech is moving forward if you don't like it go live in a bunker. Because in the coming years technology will be a part of us.
aviator189  +   991d ago
have you read the reason they don't want the glasses?
it's regarding privacy.
unless you don't think that's an important thing..
Speed-Racer  +   991d ago
Biggest publicity stunt for a no-name bar. Nice job.
aviator189  +   991d ago
or...it could really be that they value privacy of their customers over some new recording tech.
Speed-Racer  +   991d ago
Then you could argue that cellphones and other accessories should be banned as well.
aviator189  +   991d ago

"The technology itself makes this kind of subtle, continuous recording more likely. Unlike cellphone cameras, Google Glass is always on, always recording, capturing even the quick stuff you can’t anticipate. The upshot? Far fewer safe refuges where you’re not going to be recorded."

Google Glass is more likely to destroy the expectation of privacy.
Speed-Racer  +   991d ago
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blackout  +   991d ago
This is Microsoft laying down the SMACKDOWN defore this thing even gets started. Seattle is Microsoft's stomping ground, anything to slow google down.
-Mezzo-  +   984d ago
Really, you're even labeling this a corporal sabotage.
T3MPL3TON  +   991d ago
You Google children need to stop.
This is about privacy and security.

You should be happy that clubs have your privacy as a main importance.
What about that guy standing next to you when you whip out your credit card. Now he has the numbers and your name and what if you place it down side up? Now he has the CCV and you just gave it to him. He didn't have to be all sneaky about it. You just gave it directly to him. Didn't even realize you did it. Then you get charges on your account.
ps3_pwns  +   991d ago
this guy gets it and just put the smack down on the people who dont understand why this is bad. google glasses is like a weapon of masss destruction for video tapeing someone with high quality footage from any angle without even being noticed compared to some guy walking aroound with his smart phone trying to record which is like a bb gun in comparison
Somebody  +   991d ago
So two guys from Bohemia Interactive Studios were arrested for taking pictures of a Greek military base on their vacation. They were looking to add more depth to their upcoming game, Arma 3, but taking out out cameras and snapping a sensitive location is still a bad idea.

So what happens when a whole bus load of tourists just stand outside the base? They don't have cameras, they are just stand there, looking around. Base security personnel couldn't just arrest some tourists for looking at their base. Of course...ALL of them are wearing some sort of trend glasses with Google logo on them. And the glasses have slowly pulsating red glow. Like Cylons watching a Terran Base.
-Mezzo-  +   991d ago
This is just the beginning.

I can forsee headline's upon headline's, of the banning's of Google Glass.

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