Google Glass has been banned at a local Seattle bar, The 5 Point Cafe, well ahead of its public launch. We already have a good idea of what Google Glass will be used for, and there is no question that everybody is concerned with privacy.
Owner Dave Meinert mentioned in his announcement, “People want to go there and be not known … and definitely don’t want to be secretly filmed or videotaped and immediately put on the Internet.” He also stated, “And ass kickings will be encouraged for violators.”
Bars are synonymous with social gatherings and individuals may be weary of having their picture taken during their “on-a-whim” excursions. On the other hand, security cameras are not banned from bars which are capable of taking the same embarrassing photos in a less discrete manner.
It will be interesting to see how many other businesses and public places follow suit. Glass is definitely intriguing, but Google has to get people to not only accept wearing them, but accept being in front of them everywhere all the time.