Google Glass’s ability to surreptitiously record video has been the source of ongoing controversy, getting them banned everywhere from movie theaters to Guantanamo Bay. Now the San Diego Comic Con, the biggest celebration of nerd culture in the world, is cracking down as well.
“You cannot wear Google Glasses during footage viewing in any program room. If your Google Glasses are prescription, please bring a different pair of glasses to use during these times,” says the convention policy page (h/t NBC News). To get a sense of how dismissive this is, imagine telling people to leave their smartphones in the car and use their older phones at the comic con instead.
Google Glass often seen as a camera first
The decision was predictable, movies and TV shows are holding early screenings to build hype and they don’t want eager fans to put their clips on Youtube, so anything that can record is banned from screenings. You’re not supposed to check your smartphone during screenings either, but that’s mostly a question of etiquette: bright screens and random noises detract from other people’s experience. Google Glass has been repeatedly been grouped with video cameras instead of smart phones when it comes to setting policy, even though both are capable of recording.
Glass has been ridiculed from the very beginning
Smartphones have pretty well saturated the market, so manufacturers looking for growth have the options of creating incrementally better products, like a new model iPhone; extending into the lower end of the market; or trying to come up with the next big thing. Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) is taking a risk on Dynamic Perspective, which has gotten mixed reviews, most people expect to at least hear about the Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) iWatch before the end of the year, and Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) still seems to think that Google Glass is going to take off.
But Google Glass has been ridiculed so extensively that it’s hard to imagine it ever really gaining acceptance. The idea of strapping a computer to your face is weird to most people – and that includes people who are willing to travel a thousand miles to dress up as a popular sci-fi character who has a computer strapped to his face (La Forge, if you had to ask).