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Banning Google Glass? There's a Site For That

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Here's a site that will list all establishments banning wearable computers.

A Tom's reader by the name of Adam sent over an email about a new website called NoGlass! As the name implies, it centers on Google Glass, the search engine giant's upcoming augmented reality specs, and where these specs -- and similar devices -- are actually banned. He said the site is the result of a recent article stating that a Seattle bar has banned the use of Google Glass.

"After reading your article about a restaurant owner banning the use of Google Glass, I came up with an idea for a website that will list any place in the world that bans wearable computers like Google Glass," he said. "The site I hope will attract people who will contribute to the site and hopefully one day people will have a resource to go to and see if a certain place is on the list."

Earlier this month Dave Meinert, the owner of Seattle, Washington-based bar 5 Point Café, turned to Facebook to announce that Google Glass was not allowed inside, and that "ass kickings will be encouraged for violators." He said it's a private establishment, and patrons don't want to be filmed.

"I’m a thought leader,” Meinert said. "First you have to understand the culture of the 5 Point, which is a sometimes seedy, maybe notorious place. 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."

The new NoGlass! website acknowledges that the future holds promise of innovative technology, that the era of wearable computers is really here. But does anyone want to be on the wearer's live video feed while in a private establishment like the 5 Point Café? Of course not.

"The mission is simple. To contribute to a free and open-source list of places that dis allows the use of wearable computers," the site reads. "To add your business or place to the list please use the submit button to add a place to the list, then feel free to print the logo and place it in a conspicuous place so that others know that wearable computers are discouraged."

To submit a listing or to see if an establishment has joined the NoGlass! list, head here.

 

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    guzami77 , March 20, 2013 8:29 AM
    You guys realize how much more website traffic and publicity this Cafe has gotten... this was a genius play for business.
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    jonnyrb , March 20, 2013 8:14 AM
    I dislike this idea and believe it's stunting innovation. "Wearable computers" so is my cellphone in a holster a wearable computer? I can take candid pics any time.
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    killerclick , March 20, 2013 8:20 AM
    I agree with the concerns over being covertly recorded, but they're fighting a losing battle. Cameras and wearable computers are only getting smaller, plus unless they're banning cellphones, you can already record a video relatively inconspicuously (just pretend you're talking on the phone).
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    Fargradius , March 20, 2013 8:26 AM
    I completely disagree with this guy; he is acting the same as if someone is fighting cell phones or smarter cars ... etc! If we is concerned about privacy and video recording, then he should simply state that and not target one product!
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    guzami77 , March 20, 2013 8:29 AM
    You guys realize how much more website traffic and publicity this Cafe has gotten... this was a genius play for business.
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    soo-nah-mee , March 20, 2013 8:42 AM
    guzami77You guys realize how much more website traffic and publicity this Cafe has gotten... this was a genius play for business.
    Doesn't sound like the sort of place that wants any publicity.
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    DeeboT , March 20, 2013 9:00 AM
    Soon it will be banned from the bedroom...sigh. - How Google Glass Ruins Relationships - http://youtu.be/Ysq5itvbKOE
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    house70 , March 20, 2013 9:11 AM
    "I’m a thought leader,” Meinert said..."

    LOL. He forgot that he needs to THINK before calling himself that.

    killerclickI agree with the concerns over being covertly recorded, but they're fighting a losing battle. Cameras and wearable computers are only getting smaller, plus unless they're banning cellphones, you can already record a video relatively inconspicuously (just pretend you're talking on the phone).

    That's what I argued in the first article. And that's why this trend is ridiculous. The owner is just trying to get some attention.
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    joecole1572 , March 20, 2013 9:27 AM
    I still think there is privacy concerns. The difference between google glass you your cell phone is that at least with a cell phone, you can catch somebody taping things. Google glass makes it harder to tell if you are being recorded or not.

    I guess we will see how much of a privacy issue this actually becomes....
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    plattyaj , March 20, 2013 9:33 AM
    I remember in the early days of camera phones; loads of businesses wouldn't let you take them in. A few years later and they had all dropped that because nobody had phones without cameras anymore. You can never stand in the way of progress ...
    ... not that I'm saying Google glasses will be as ubiquitous as cellphone cameras; I'm suspecting less use than Bluetooth headphones but I could easily be wrong. Just because I wouldn't ...
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    ruffopurititiwang , March 20, 2013 9:33 AM
    crappy site is crappy.
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    f-14 , March 20, 2013 10:26 AM
    actually yes, yes they can, and they do for all sorts of reason, even seeing eye dogs, people with guns and other oddities etc.

    it's the right to refuse service.

    evilsizerWhen I get these, I'm going to have them with a prescription.Try and stop me Albertsons, Winn-Dixie, or 5 Point Cafe'. You cannot require someone to have a spare pair of glasses. You also cannot require someone to remove their glasses to enter your establishment when they are required to see. It would be like not allowing someone with a service dog into your establishment. It will be interesting to watch companies try to prevent us from wearing these.

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    gm0n3y , March 20, 2013 10:31 AM
    I can see why banning them could be necessary. I have done many questionable things while drunk and am glad that the vast majority of them were not recorded. Of course if Google Glasses (or a similar product) ever become as ubiquitous as cell phones then there won't be much of a choice.
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    DeadLight , March 20, 2013 10:49 AM
    Why did he just tell everyone that the bar is a "seedy" and "notorious" place if he doesn't want it to get any attention? Streisand effect in full force happening here...
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    markbanang , March 20, 2013 10:58 AM
    What a great idea, you could use it as a source of info to overlay on your augmented reality view of the world to tell you where you aren't welcome. *8')
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    bluekoala , March 20, 2013 11:05 AM
    Useless article for a useless website.
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    JonnyDough , March 20, 2013 11:17 AM
    It's common courtesy to ask if someone if you can take their photo. I don't believe the someone should take photos of something that is not a tourist landmark (ie the Statue of Liberty which is owned by the Federal Government) with the sole intention of profiting from it.

    If Google wants to walk into a privately owned bar, snap photos, put them online, and then make money either directly or indirectly as a result of those photos it seems shady to me. But then, who hasn't seen old advertisements of famous brands hanging in a restaurant or something similar to that? People will always use what they can to profit. Welcome to capitalism.

    So where do we draw the line? The fact is that even if a bar is a private establishment, they would have to ban ALL computers or ALL cell phones at the door. It may be a private establishment but it has an open door policy to a public offering.

    An establishment cannot single out a specific person, that's profiling/prejudicial treatment and that IS illegal (i.e. you aren't allowed in here because you're missing half of your leg and we don't like cripples).

    As far as the law actually goes I'm pretty sure it's like this:
    If they want to create a policy that would eliminate Google from snapping photos for online use or limit something like "all computers" they can, however they cannot single out Google as a company specifically, as that would be illegal.
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    Camikazi , March 20, 2013 11:44 AM
    f-14actually yes, yes they can, and they do for all sorts of reason, even seeing eye dogs, people with guns and other oddities etc.it's the right to refuse service.

    In the US you can't deny service to someone with a disability unless they are causing a problem, so no you can't refuse to serve someone with a seeing eye dog. It is against the law to deny service based on protected classes such as “race, color, religion, national origin, disability or sexual orientation.”
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    lathe26 , March 20, 2013 11:54 AM
    I'm not looking forward to day someone leaves their device on and walks into a public bathroom.
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