Google Glass is coming whether you like it or not, and it promises to change many of the ways people interact with technology. Some groups -- like casinos, strip clubs and movie theaters -- aren’t thrilled with the possibilities and have already established policies banning Glass, for obvious reasons.
But, what’s the point of a Google Glass Explorer Edition without some "explorers" testing the limits? Patrick Hill, an IT worker from Queens, and a New York Post reporter set out to see if he could get around the no-Glass policy at The VIP Club in Manhattan. Hill originally got a pair of Glass by telling Google he wanted to use the device to star in his own reality show, and to find out if Glass could help him meet women at a bar.
The first test for the 37-year-old was confronting the strip club’s bouncer. Fortunately, he seemed more interested in what the device was and how much it cost. Hill told the bouncer that Glass would cost only $500 or $600 when it was commercially available, a number not confirmed in any way by Google. The strip club bouncer seemed fascinated by the idea of a hands-free phone and let Hill enter the club with Glass equipped.
The bartenders there were a bit more suspicious. While one served Hill a drink without question, another asked if he was recording before bringing the strip club manager into the mix. The manager and Hill made a deal that he would keep Glass in his pocket or get kicked out of the club.
“Even without Glass, we have no privacy,” Hill told CNet. “So to think people are up in arms about privacy when it comes to Glass is pretty silly to me, when we already have no privacy. I think people need to be more worried about what Uncle Sam is prying in on.”
Hill seems to miss the point of why places are banning Google Glass. No one cares that Hill visited a strip club, but people do care about being recorded without their consent. And people revealing their naked bodies in a place that is supposed to be safe from public scrutiny have the most to worry about.
In casinos, there's concern about cheating, and in movie theaters, about piracy. These places banned the use of cell phones a long time ago. Google Glass shouldn’t be exempt from these rules.
Hill uploaded the video footage from Glass to YouTube, but the video has since been made private. The link is here, just in case it becomes public again.
Originally from Northern California, Ryan W. Neal came to New York to earn his master's in journalism from Columbia University. He joined IB Times April 2013, and is a writer...