The Google Glass release date has yet to be announced, and already institutions are enacting bans on the wearable device. This isn't new news by any means. In fact, many establishments barred the gadget preemptively when Google announced the tiny head camera many months ago. Most recently, though, a Seattle bar and restaurant prohibited use of Google Glass inside its premises after an altercation. The policy, as stated in a Facebook post, is written as follows:
"We recently had to ask a rude customer to leave because of their insistence on wearing and operating Google Glasses inside the restaurant. So for the record, here's
Our Official Policy on Google Glass:
We kindly ask our customers to refrain from wearing and operating Google Glasses inside Lost Lake. We also ask that you not videotape anyone using any other sort of technology. If you do wear your Google Glasses inside, or film or photograph people without their permission, you will be asked to stop, or leave. And if we ask you to leave, for God's sake, don't start yelling about your "rights". Just shut up and get out before you make things worse."
Google Glass is not exactly obscure when in use; it's a wearable camera on your face. Still, many people have voiced their privacy issues regarding the futuristic device. Is this technopanic or a valid worry? It's still too early to tell, seeing as the gadget hasn't hit the mainstream market yet.
Ahead of the Seattle bar ban, a California driver was also pulled over for using Google Glass while driving. It could just be the novelty of an unfamiliar device that is sparking usage issues. Glass offers a lot of innovative features that enable a vast variety of hands-free functions. Once Google smoothes out the tweaks, addresses the privacy issues and trickles the device out to more people, it will surely be able to more efficiently launch the wearable device to the public.
Google Glass bans enacted ahead of its release date include cafes, movie theaters, casinos, parks and, as stated before, behind the wheel. How do you think the public will react to Glass once it rolls out to anyone interested in getting their hands on it? Speaking of which, plenty of headsets are now available to buy online via Craigslist and EBay. The release date is still TBD, but predicted to possibly launch sometime in 2014.