Google Glasses banned in Seattle dive bar

 

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Before Google even brings its controversial Google Glass eye wear to the market, a Seattle dive bar wants to the world to know the glasses aren’t welcome in his establishment, according to the technology news website GeekWire.

Dave Meinert, owner of The 5 Point Cafe, posted the ban notice on the bar’s Facebook page last week. He noted the need to protect his customers privacy in a local radio interview last week.

“First you have to understand the culture of the 5 Point, which is a sometimes seedy, maybe notorious place,” Meinert said on KIRO-FM. “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.”

The high-tech spectacles have no lenses, just a small, translucent screen and tiny camera above the right eye that allows the wearer to send emails, search the web, take pictures or record video with voice commands as they live their daily lives. While the glasses are still in the development stage, recent reports claim the glasses could be available at the end of the year for a cool $1,500.

“It is still very early days for Glass, and we expect that as with other new technologies, such as cell phones, behaviors and social norms will develop over time,” a Google spokesperson told CNET.

No matter when the gadget is released, or how much it’ll cost, Meinert doesn’t want to see them anywhere near his bar.

“Ass kickings will be encouraged for violators,” he posted on Facebook.


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