Although Americans may be warming up to Google Glass and its ilk, it's inevitable that some businesses and institutions are going to seek to ban the device (and other wearable technology) as it becomes more prevalent in society.
Concerned about privacy? Stealthy, nefarious activities? Simply don't want people snapping pictures and taking surreptitious video? Whatever the reason, some people are just going to balk at the idea of having a Google Glass-ed patron perusing their establishment.
Apparently, that fear has already spread to casinos.
According to Silicon Valley's Mercury News, casinos in Las Vagas, notably those owned by Caesars Entertainment and MGM, have told their security people to ask any Google Glass-wearing gamblers to please remove their devices.
And across the country, New Jersey's Division of Gambling Enforcement has put out a "directive" that Atlantic City's 12 different casinos must all bar patrons from using Google Glass.
“For example, if these eyeglasses were worn during a poker game, they could be used to broadcast a patron’s hand to a confederate or otherwise be used in a collusive manner...such improper use of the eyeglasses would violate (New Jersey law) and would be a criminal offense. However, prosecution would require proof beyond a reasonable doubt that the glasses were being used for cheating,” said the division.
And even if the devices weren't being used for cheating, they might create the illusion that something fishy is going on.
Considering I can't even take my iPhone out and answer a text while I'm sitting down at a blackjack table in most casinos, it's hard to be shocked by this Google Glass ban.
UPDATE: Google had this to say in a statement:
[via Press of Atlantic City]
We are thinking very carefully about how we design Glass because new technology always raises new issues. Our Glass Explorer program, which reaches people from all walks of life, will ensure that our users become active participants in shaping the future of this technology.