Use of Google Glass already banned by Seattle diner

Google is still in the middle of testing its much hyped Google Glass eyewear-mobile computing hardware project, and it doesn't expect mass commercial sales to begin until the end of 2013. Now there's word that at least one eating establishment has said, "No thanks" to anyone who comes in wearing Google Glass.

The 5 Point Cafe diner and dive bar in Seattle announced on its Facebook page this week it has banned the use of the Google Glass device in its establishment, saying, " ... a** kickings will be encouraged for violators."

So why the early ban? GeekWire.com reports that, in a radio interview this week, 5 Point Cafe owner Dave Meinert admits that this action was made in part to be kind of funny, but he also wanted to show that his place, which apparently has a rather seedy reputation, would be safe from anyone who wanted to conduct themselves under the radar. He added, "People want to go there and be not known … and definitely don’t want to be secretly filmed or videotaped and immediately put on the Internet.”

We suspect that this will just be the first of many such places that will ban the use of Google Glass in their buildings and it shows that not everyone is happy about Google's vision of an "always on" eyewear product.

Source: GeekWire.com | Images via Google and 5 Point Cafe

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As if we don't already have hidden recording devices and aren't being filmed by security cameras in almost all areas already. As others have pointed out we are filming everything with cell phones as well. Like anything there will be an initial period of fear that we will eventually get over and accept. Also, I could see them adding a recording light to the glasses to show when the camera is active like on webcams.

All I know is that this will be the first stop-off when I visit Seattle. Sounds like just my kind of place (technology issues aside).

also you're not recommended to wear this crap in movies, theatres, exhibits, shows, quite a few shops, concerts, museums, zoos, hospitals, schools, basically nowhere where kids can be recorded, schools, public playgrounds, sports' meetings, factories, workplace, where customers or employees can be recorded, airports, harbors, when a police officer is invoved, or when walking by your friendly neighborhood crackhead or dealer

so basically this will be a very expensive "fine me or kick my a**" ticket to a whole lot of hipster goofanboys

Its okay, wear them. I will sue anybody recording me without permission! Surely that is possible in todays climate? :-/

I was reading a few years ago some dude was creating a cream that had reflective properties in it. All you had to do was apply it like face cream, it would then reflect the light back to the camera and all they would see is white where your face is.

Anyone remember it? because all this stuff is getting out of hand.

wetworker said,
I was reading a few years ago some dude was creating a cream that had reflective properties in it. All you had to do was apply it like face cream, it would then reflect the light back to the camera and all they would see is white where your face is.

Anyone remember it? because all this stuff is getting out of hand.

I bet that would only work for pictures were you use the flash.

Sounds like the kind of dank s**t hole no respectable (if people who are happy to be seen wearing Google glass actually have any self respect) Google Glass owner would be seen dead in anyway.

Yeh, knowing Google... I don't really want this product around either.

Im skeptical at the least, and curious.

Has anyone realised that Gogole Glass would increase movie piracy ? or should I say a more convenient way of recording a movie without anyone noticing ?

It will definitely be banned in the theaters but the question is how will they stop them, hmmmm!!

Elmer.Fernandes said,
Has anyone realised that Gogole Glass would increase movie piracy ? or should I say a more convenient way of recording a movie without anyone noticing ?

It will definitely be banned in the theaters but the question is how will they stop them, hmmmm!!


If someone can sit in a theater with a video camera and get away with it, I'm sure a pair of glasses would be even simpler. But that'd be a crappy copy any ways.

I still don't understand how that differs from all the video recording devices we already have.
Small video cameras have been available for years and years, not to mention every cellphone can record video.
At least with Google Glass you can see that the person has a video camera and probably is recording you.

As if I was so interested in going to this restaurant to record people. Give me a break.

Reading the comments on the FB post is mind boggling as well. The majority of them are pretty much high fiving each other and the restaurant.

"which apparently has a rather seedy reputation"

Where did you get that from? I'm told it has some of the best food in that area.

Well, I used Google Maps and a sign in the window is pretty humorous: "We cheat tourists -n- drunks since 1929"

I don't live in Seattle so I can't comment on it - but the neighborhood seems nice

I used to frequent the Five-Point and yes the food is wonderful greasy-spoon style food. I highly recommend the fish & chips. They also pour some of the stiffest drinks in town.

This is a place that used to have a sign outside that said "This is a smoking establishment, non-smokers beware" before the smoking ban took place. It's a dive that isn't afraid to be dive-y.

It surely wouldn't be recording constantly because it won't always have internet access and a limited internal space so there's a limit to what it can record.

thealexweb said,
It surely wouldn't be recording constantly because it won't always have internet access and a limited internal space so there's a limit to what it can record.

What about an upstream to Google servers?

thealexweb said,
It surely wouldn't be recording constantly because it won't always have internet access and a limited internal space so there's a limit to what it can record.

Lol, I don't understand if your okay with this or not. Either your recording someone or not, doesn't matter if you can only record a little bit lol.

ingramator said,

What about an upstream to Google servers?

You'd need constant LTE for that which isn't realistic in terms of availability or cost.

auziez said,

Lol, I don't understand if your okay with this or not. Either your recording someone or not, doesn't matter if you can only record a little bit lol.

Well do they ban having phones out? You could discreetly film someone with that?

thealexweb said,
It surely wouldn't be recording constantly because it won't always have internet access and a limited internal space so there's a limit to what it can record.

Hah, are you joking? MicroSD cards exist and have existed for quite some time, having multiple GB of space...

n_K said,

Hah, are you joking? MicroSD cards exist and have existed for quite some time, having multiple GB of space...

Okay assume it's got a slot for a 64GB SD card, after a few days of constant recording it'll be full (depending on camera quality).

A good reason never to go to that restaurant, not only do they sound like thugs with their threats, but you have to wonder what they are trying to hide - is their food and service really that bad?

dvb2000 said,
A good reason never to go to that restaurant, not only do they sound like thugs with their threats, but you have to wonder what they are trying to hide - is their food and service really that bad?

You mean a good reason to go to it. Some people just like to eat at places without some hipster **** recording them.

1Pixel said,
You mean.

because you like restauranteurs who threaten customers with "a** kickings will be encouraged", or because it "has a rather seedy reputation", or because their food and service is so poor they don't want you filming it?

yeah, right!

thealexweb said,

Okay assume it's got a slot for a 64GB SD card, after a few days of constant recording it'll be full (depending on camera quality).


This is small. You can't feet an SD. MicroSD is reasonable.