That now-legendary advertising slogan, “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” is one that casinos are eager to keep true.
Apparently the Caesars Entertainment Corporation that owns several casinos in Las Vegas is putting rules in place to ban the Google Glass device from its properties, months before the device has officially launched. And they’re not the only ones looking to put a preemptive stop to Google Glass, which is currently being worn by 2,000 people in a high-profile beta test.
A New York Times article, re-posted by Yahoo!, explains that the wearable computer is meeting plenty of resistance from the aforementioned casinos, from bars, and even from legislators all over the country. It seems as though some folks don’t much like the idea of people having cameras and computer displays strapped to their faces. Funny, that.
The article points to the 5 Point Café, a bar in Seattle, where the anti-Google Glass edict was instituted by owner Dave Meinert, who’s quoted in an article on MyNorthwest.com as saying, “we don’t let people film other people or take photos unwanted of other people in the bar because it’s kind of a private place people go.”
And Meinert has a decent enough reason to be cautious about the potential of Glass-wearers (or should we start just calling them Glass-holes?) coming into his bar because of its close proximity to tech-firms like Amazon and Google itself. Legislators in West Virginia have also introduced legislation to make it illegal to drive while wearing Glass. While the initial effort failed due to timing, the article notes that the lawmakers will likely try again.
It’s impressive that Glass is meeting this much resistance prior to even being officially launched by Google. But considering its implications in terms of impacting people’s privacy and attention spans, maybe this is simply a sign that people want to stop problems before they start. Either that, or folks are scared of what’s new and interesting. Which is it? Could it be both? Let us know what you think of the potential (and potential issues) of Google Glass in the comments.
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