Google Glass, the tech giant’s augmented reality eyeglasses project, lets you capture photos, record video and surf the web all at eye level. But this kind of innovation isn’t free of limitations. Currently, Explorer editions are only available for a chosen few. Even so, certain places and activities have already forbidden the use of Google Glass, whether for safety, privacy or copyright issues. We’ve compiled a list of places that have either preemptively forbidden the glasses or likely will, once the product is available to consumers. It’s safe to consider that Google Glass will likely be banned anywhere cellphones or recording devices are, so you’ll have to visit government buildings, strip clubs, casinos and maybe even gym locker rooms Glass-free.
1. Scuba Diving
Scuba diving is one of the only activities that Google expressly indicates is not suitable for Glass use. Sorry to ruin your dreams, tech-savvy divers.
2. Strip Clubs
Strip clubs already ban recording devices for obvious reasons. Since it’s difficult to tell when someone is recording a video or taking pictures with Google Glass, it makes sense that club owners would preemptively ban the gadget.
3. Movie Theaters
Bootlegging is a big issue in movie theaters, and Google Glass would only exacerbate copyright issues. That’s why, under Regal Entertainment Group’s admittance procedures, the device is already banned. Besides, how would you wear your 3D glasses?
If you’ve ever been to a casino, you know there are strict rules regarding picture-taking to prevent cheating and protect others’ privacy. NBC News spoke to several casino owners, and the general consensus is that Google Glass is a big no-no.
5. Certain Bars and Businesses
Soon after Google Glass was announced, a Seattle bar declared it would ban the device on its premises, with other businesses possibly following suit. Critics have dismissed this as technophobia, rather than rights protection. What do you think?
6. Your Friend’s House
Well, sort of. While Google Glass is only available to a limited number of Explorers, you’re not supposed to let uncertified people use it. Google has officially banned lending and reselling the gadget.
This isn’t law yet, but it probably will be. Google says you can wear Google Glass while driving, depending how you use it, but in West Virginia, there’s already a movement to ban the device in cars to prevent distracted driving.
A Google spokesperson told CNET, “It is still very early days for Glass, and we expect that as with other new technologies, such as cellphones, behaviors and social norms will develop over time.” What do you think about these places forbidding the use of Google Glass? Do you think it makes sense in certain instances, or is it just a big case of technophobia?