Seattle Bar Preemptively Bans Google Glass

The 5 Point Cafe, located near the Space Needle as well as Amazon headquarters, may be the first business to bar the augmented reality device from its premises...and it probably won't be the only one.

What's the Latest Development?


Even though the highly-anticipated Google Glass isn't scheduled for release until later this year, one business is already thinking about its customers' privacy: Seattle's 5 Point Cafe, located in the city's downtown, last week announced that it would ban the device from its premises. When asked why, owner Dave Meinert said that he wants to preserve the privacy of his customers: "People want to go [to 5 Point] and be not known … and definitely don’t want to be secretly filmed or videotaped and immediately put on the Internet." The bar already discourages customers from photographing and videotaping using more common devices.

What's the Big Idea?

Seattle residents interviewed by Geekwire about the ban brought up some interesting privacy questions that are already being discussed in the industry. One person noted that there wasn't much difference between the camera on a Google Glass device and the camera on a smartphone. Another person, in response to others' comments about their innocent behavior ("I'm not doing anything wrong so filming me is okay"), said that the ability to spy on people in any form "has a chilling effect on freedom."

Photo Credit: Shutterstock.com

Read it at Geekwire

Related Articles

Why the world needs death to prosper

Scientists have developed new ways of understanding how the biological forces of death drive important life processes.

Surprising Science
  • Researchers have found new ways on how decomposing plants and animals contribute to the life cycle.
  • After a freak mass herd death of 300 reindeer, scientists were able to study a wide range of the decomposition processes.
  • Promoting the necrobiome research will open up new areas of inquiry and even commerce.
Keep reading Show less

Why birds fly south for the winter—and more about bird migration

What do we see from watching birds move across the country?

E. Fleischer
Surprising Science
  • A total of eight billion birds migrate across the U.S. in the fall.
  • The birds who migrate to the tropics fair better than the birds who winter in the U.S.
  • Conservationists can arguably use these numbers to encourage the development of better habitats in the U.S., especially if temperatures begin to vary in the south.
Keep reading Show less

How does alcohol affect your brain?

Explore how alcohol affects your brain, from the first sip at the bar to life-long drinking habits.

(Photo by Angie Garrett/Wikimedia Commons)
Mind & Brain
  • Alcohol is the world's most popular drug and has been a part of human culture for at least 9,000 years.
  • Alcohol's effects on the brain range from temporarily limiting mental activity to sustained brain damage, depending on levels consumed and frequency of use.
  • Understanding how alcohol affects your brain can help you determine what drinking habits are best for you.
Keep reading Show less