Google Glass: Strip Clubs, Casinos, Theaters Won’t Allow Imaging Device

Image: Google Glass: Strip Clubs, Casinos, Theaters Won’t Allow Imaging Device Google co-founder Sergey Brin wearing Google's new Glass, wearable Internet glasses.

Tuesday, 09 Apr 2013 08:40 AM

By Michael Mullins

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The much anticipated Google Glass, a wearable, head-mounted computer that resembles a futuristic pair of eyeglasses and which happens to allow it users to take photos and record conversations without alerting others, won't be permitted in places like strip clubs, casinos and theaters.

Just as cameras and recording devices are prohibited from certain areas over privacy concerns, Google Glass will likely face similar bans in places where privacy is an issue.

"We've been dealing with the cellphone videoing and the picture taking over the years and we are quick to make sure that that doesn't happen in the club," Peter Feinstein, managing partner of Sapphire Gentlemen's Club in Las Vegas, told NBC News.

"As the sale of [Google Glass] spreads, there'll be more people using them and wanting to use them at places such as a gentlemen's club," Feinstein explained. "If we see those in the club, we would do the same thing that we do to people who bring cameras into the club."

Presently, guests to Feinstein’s Sapphire Gentlemen's Club are required to check in all electronic devices that can be used for filming.

"If they don't want to check it, we'd be happy to give them a limo ride back to their hotel," Feinstein said if someone should refuse to relinquish their Google Glass.

The new Google invention will be treated in the same fashion at Vegas casinos.

"Picture-taking is frowned upon, and security officers on duty ask individuals not to take pictures for the privacy of others in the casino," a spokesperson for MGM Resorts told NBC News. "This new product is nothing new in terms of a challenge for us, because for so many years, the very tiniest of portable lipstick and pinpoint cameras have been around."

The spokesperson added that "resort security officers are trained to monitor for, and detect, anything that they suspect might be a filming device, and will ask the patron to discontinue shooting photos or filming."

Gambling and adult entertainment venues aren’t the only ones prohibiting the wearing of Google Glass by their customers. Movie theatres will also likely treat Google Glass as it currently does any other recording device, reported NBC News.

Though neither AMC nor the Regal Entertainment Group would say how they plan to deal with customers wearing Google Glass, Regal Entertainment Group’s current admittance policy states: "No recording devices (cameras, video recorders, sound recorders, etc.) are permitted to be used within any Regal Entertainment Group facility."

The glasses, which will cost $1,500 each, have yet to be sold to the public. According to industry insiders, Google Glass is expected to hit shelves before 2014.

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