Monday, March 11, 2013

Google Glass proactively banned from Seattle dive bar

Google’s high-tech augmented reality “Project Glass” smartglasses are still in development, and even the beta "Glass Explorer" versions aren't available yet. That being said, Seattle’s 5 Point Cafe has gotten its reservation in: the dive bar has banned the devices, in advance, which has lit up its Facebook page to the point that it continued to field questions about the ban on Saturday.

When it first banned the devices, the bar said:
For the record, The 5 Point is the first Seattle business to ban in advance Google Glasses. And ass kickings will be encouraged for violators.
Dave Meinert, owner of the 5 Point, said the following when speaking on the Luke Burbank Show at KIRO-FM Friday morning:
I’m a thought leader. 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.

Part of this is a joke, to be funny on Facebook, and get reaction. But part of it’s serious, because we don’t let people film other people or take photos unwanted of people in the bar, because it is kind of a private place that people go.
Notably the bar is close to (the brick-and-mortar part of the business, obviously, not the site), and Meinert acknowledged that “tech geeks” have been seen in the bar. He added,
It’s OK if you wear them. I just don’t want them worn inside.
With still more snarkiness, the latest post on the bar's Facebook page says:
We've had a lot of questions about Google 'Glasses'. Well don't buy into Googles 'sexy' imaging promotion of their new Google Glasses. They are really just the new fashion accessory for the fanny pack & never removed Bluetooth headset wearing set. What they really look like and who will use them below (rather, above).

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