Take Your Google Glassing Elsewhere, Mister!

Man thrown out of diner for wearing Google Glass may prove the latest tech vs. privacy flashpoint

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Developer Maximiliano Firtman wears the prototype device Google Glass before a news conference ahead of the 2013 RigaComm event in Riga November 4, 2013.

Mobile phones, digital cameras and laptops have all stoked debates on the sphere of privacy — and now it seems Google Glass is set to become the focus of such disputes.

Nick Starr, one of the early adopters of the eyewear technology, became an involuntary guinea pig for these feuds when he was asked to remove his Glass or leave while supping at a diner in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood, reports The Verge.

“I would love an explanation, apology,” an upset Starr wrote on Facebook.

The clarification arrived in a later Forbes interview with the establishment owner’s business partner, Jason Lajeunesse.

“It’s one thing to take out a camera and capture a moment, people see you doing it, they have a chance to step out if they want to. With Glass people don’t have a chance to do that. We want our customers to feel comfortable, not like they’re being watched.”

Prepare your own standpoints, as Google Glass is expected to enter mass production next year.

[The Verge]

14 comments
ColinSmith
ColinSmith

Yeah, everybody remember when those gosh damned "automobiles" came out and destroyed society with their horn-tooting and smelly smoke? Or at least they would have destroyed society, if good old-fashioned God-fearing people hadn't immediately banned them, you know, for public safety. Good thing they did too, can you imagine a world without horses everywhere? Gasp!

PaulDirks
PaulDirks

Face it. Google glasses are rude in pretty much any company. At least with a Ipad, you're dinner companions KNOW when your being an ass and ignoring them.


ElectriKolor
ElectriKolor

There already are all kinds of hidden cameras that people can carry in the shape of a keychain car remote, glasses (other than google glass), hidden in a handbag, in ties, in baseball caps, pens, jackets, and more. Google glass is more overt, but if the guy is just surfing the web and not photographing customers, then this is over the top. Have they banned cell phones and tablets, too, where people can appear to be doing something else with them, but are indeed filming? The owners just don't know. If, however, they put a sign on their entrance, then they might have a leg to stand on...but if they want to ensure privacy, then they need to have their customers ALL sign some kind of agreements, as a restaurant isn't exactly a private place.

wangyutzu
wangyutzu

I am not a big fan of this glass....with smartphone people are less interesting in communication with people, everyone just stares at their phones all the time. It is really frustrating to have meal with someone who can not put down the phone for five minutes. With this glass, I think it will be very disappointed to find out  it is difficult to tell people are look at you or they are just loot at the glass......As in this news, if I am a customer, I would be unpleasant  to find out someone next desk is wearing the glass. High tech but no manner is not good for this society. 

firefly212
firefly212

Here's the explanation... it isn't your restaurant, and instead of taking off the glass when people informed you it was an issue, you tried to explain to them how it wasn't really an issue. He was asked to remove the Glass, instead he elected to leave and be all righteously indignant that other patrons of the restaurant, and the owners, still value some semblance of privacy.

thingsinasia
thingsinasia

true enough.  the wearer has the right to wear any time in his own home. but if i am eating in a restaurant, i don't want him to film me with that darn glass.  i don't think he would like it if i put a video camera on my table, point it at him during the time he is eating his meal?

vlad.stejaru
vlad.stejaru

I m not comfortable being watched or filmed either, especially without my consent

ArunKottur
ArunKottur

Can google provide contact lences

Shoeone
Shoeone

It's sort of like the guy who talks incessantly on a cell phone, or worse, an earphone, in public.  He's rude, he's a nuisance and he makes you want to do a Walter White on his BMW.  Google glass is similarly offensive, except that it also makes its wearer look like a geek with stunted social skills.  People need to respect boundaries and grow up.

Winchestermom
Winchestermom

Guess the owners got a point. All the creeps can come out....

commentonitall
commentonitall

@ElectriKolor 

It's called a federal wire tap law.  In some state's it's a felony to record people with audio without their consent.  So it's not that crazy.

StevenQuan
StevenQuan

@ElectriKolor A restaurant is a private place. They can kick any customer out for any reason and they can ban you too.

Seattleite
Seattleite

@vlad.stejaru In my 3 block walk from the train station to my office, there are 20 cameras that I can count.  Those are the ones that are plainly visible. 

I'd have to be wearing a yashmak to preserve my "privacy".

StevenQuan
StevenQuan

@vlad.stejaru Then don't ever leave your house because you're getting filmed all the time whether you realize it or not. Many institutions have security cameras pointed at the public 24/7, there are video cameras at various intersections, etc. They just don't make a big deal about it.