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Seattle Bar Bans Google Glass Ahead Of Release

Submitted by on March 11, 2013 – 10:16 amNo Comment
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A guy walks into a bar. The bartender says, “Hey, take off those $1,500 augmented reality spectacles or get out.” End of story.

A self-proclaimed dive bar in Seattle has become the first known business to ban Google Glass, months before the device is available, and who-knows-how-long before the glasses become any sort of common consumer gadget. The 5 Point, in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood, posted the ban to their Facebook page this week.

Owner Dave Meinert claims that the measure is meant to protect the privacy of their clientele, but he also seems to have a sense of humor and appreciate all the free publicity he is getting. Meinert also self-proclaimed that The 5 Point “ is the first Seattle business to ban in advance Google Glasses,” and that the bar’s culture is “sometimes seedy, maybe notorious,” demanding privacy and anonymity for their clientele.

So does Meinert also ban cameras of all kinds?

Interestingly, according to The 5 Point’s website, colorful publicity is part of their long history: In the  70′s, the owner installed a rooftop faucet to keep vagrants away from the entrance, and paid girls in bikinis to pay expired parking meters in the neighborhood.

This is really just the latest example of businesses, especially cafes, grappling with invasive new technology. Notably, as free wi-fi has become standard in coffee shops, many have been flooded by freelancers, artists, job seekers, and anyone else without an office, leading some establishments to limit or ban laptops all together. Starbucks in New York City have begun to cover up power outlets; and a coffee shop in San Francisco (which already did not have wi-fi and discouraged use of mobile devices) banned “hipster topics” in conversation and asked customers not to use Instagram.

What do you think? Should bar and cafe customers have a tech free experience?

[GeekWire via CNET]

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