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Google Glass officially banned inside some UK movie theaters

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By John Callaham on 30 Jun 2014 09:40 am

The Vue movie theater chain in the UK and the Cinema Exhibitors' Association trade group in that same territory have announced a ban of the use of Google Glass inside their establishments.

The announcement comes just a few days after Google announced that its Glass eyewear product would go on sale in the UK. Today, a spokesperson for the Vue company said that its patrons who wear the device will be asked to remove them "as soon as the lights dim" inside their theaters before a movie begins.

Phil Clapp, the chief executive of the Cinema Exhibitors' Association, indicated they will have an even harsher policy, stating, "Customers will be requested not to wear these into cinema auditoriums, whether the film is playing or not." A Google spokesperson has issued a response to this decision, stating:

We recommend any cinemas concerned about Glass to treat the device as they treat similar devices like mobile phones: simply ask wearers to turn it off before the film starts. Broadly speaking, we also think it's best to have direct and first-hand experience with Glass before creating policies around it. The fact that Glass is worn above the eyes and the screen lights up whenever it's activated makes it a fairly lousy device for recording things secretly.

What do you think of these UK movie theaters making an early move to ban Google Glass?

Source: Independent

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Google Glass officially banned inside some UK movie theaters


Makes sense. Casinos too. There are a few places like restaurants and bars that people won't like it in either. For some reason they don't mind people taking pictures with phones though. Google needs to do a better job of getting these to people to calm some irrational fears. The more exposure the better. I mean they need it big time. Drop the price to $300 and within a year we will know if it concerns everyman as some people say. But if its copyrighted material you are viewing, they have a point in banning.
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Yup, although prohibited is a better word for it instead of ban, imo. Perhaps these are the kind of things Google was looking to find out behind the developer release and high price tag.

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