Google Glass will face an icy reception in strip clubs, casinos, movie theaters and other places where picture taking is already prohibited.
The backlash comes from the fact that the glasses make recording pictures and video naturally surreptitious — they record with the tap of a finger or an audio command and have no blinking red light. Worn at eye level like normal glasses, it can be nearly impossible to know when someone is filming you.
Google Glass projects a display visible to the wearer and connects via Bluetooth to the person’s cell phone. Google glass can record photos and video, initiate voice chats, send texts and emails, perform web searches and translate words. Google hasn’t released a ship date but those with $1500 to blow are already snatching up pre-sale units.
“We’ve been dealing with the cellphone videoing and the picture taking over the years and we are quick to make sure that that doesn’t happen in the club,” Peter Feinstein, managing partner of Sapphire Gentlemen’s Club in Las Vegas, told NBC News. “As the sale of [Google Glass] spreads, there’ll be more people using them and wanting to use them at places such as a gentlemen’s club,” Feinstein explained. “If we see those in the club, we would do the same thing that we do to people who bring cameras into the club.”
With the ubiquity of high-quality recording devices, piracy in movie theaters is already a problem that Google Glass would surely contribute to. “No recording devices (cameras, video recorders, sound recorders, etc.) are permitted to be used within any Regal Entertainment Group facility,” the admittance procedures for the Regal Entertainment Group plainly state.
Casinos are venues notoriously unfriendly to shutterbugs, and are likely to take a tough approach to Google’s latest pet product. A spokesperson for MGM Resorts said that hidden recording devices have been around for a long time, and anyone found to be using them are quickly dealt with by security.