Casinos banning Google Glass over cheating threat

May 8, 2013
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Casinos banning Google Glass over cheating threat

In a growing list of various locales that Google Glass has already been banned before its public release, casinos are starting to add on to that list. Caesers Palace in Las Vegas is the first major casino to prohibit Google Glass from being worn on the gambling floor to prevent cheating during casino games.

Caesars Palace says that they won't allow anyone gambling to use Google Glass, but it seems that casino officials will let you at least wear it when simply wondering around, as long as you're not recording -- casinos usually frown on taking pictures or video, even if you're not gambling. Casinos see recording devices as a means to get an unfair advantage at the tables.

Recently, within the last few months, establishments have been popping up saying that they will not allow Google Glass inside their facilities, including a bar in Seattle, as well as movie theaters and other places where taking photos and recording videos is already prohibited. Lawmakers are even wanting to ban Google Glass while driving, saying that the spectacles can be a distraction while behind the wheel.

Of course, this isn't surprising by any means. Many luddites believe that Google Glass is an invasion of privacy, allowing Glass users to secretly take photos and record video, but in a world where it's increasingly more difficult to keep your privacy while out in public, is this really anything new? Does Google Glass offer anything that we haven't already seen in surveillance equipment and such?

[via Computerworld]


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