By Binu Paul email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Mar 09, 2013 11:34 AM EST
Google's revolutionary Glass is not available for purchase yet, but a Seattle dive bar has placed an anticipatory ban on the device to protect the privacy of its tipplers.
Google's Project Glass, which the company believes is 'what's next' in the evolution of technology, is in the process of development; however, Seattle's 5 Point Cafe's ban on the device is already setting off a debate over privacy and it remains to be seen if more business will follow suit.
The 5 Point situated in Seattle's Belltown neighborhood posted a message on its Facebook page this week, announcing Google Glass will not be allowed inside the bar, GeekWire reports. "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," the message read.
"I'm a thought leader," the bar's owner Dave Meinert said jokingly in an interview on Seattle's KIRO-FM. "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," Meinert admits. "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."
Google recently confirmed to The Verge that the Glass or the face-mounted cameras will be available to the public before the end of this year and pricing is believed to be somewhere between $500 and $1000. The device works by using a Heads Up Display (HUD) and will connect to WiFi for its data or can be tethered to a smartphone. In a descriptive video released recently, Google explained that wearers will be able to record videos on the move and upload, search the web through speech, receive and execute onscreen directions, and send voice-controlled messages.
Check out the Google video below that shows how Glass works:
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