Google Glass News: Restaurant Bans Mêlée With Online Reviews From Glassholes, Reports Highlight ‘Do’s & Don’ts’ & Wearable Gadget Etiquette
Google Glass news reports say that fans of the computing headgear wearable are fighting the ban on the wearable gadget in restaurants.
The ban comes on the heels of an anti-Google Glass incident in a San Francisco bar just months ago.
Mashable reports that Google Glass enthusiasts are fighting back when asked to remove their Glass at restaurants. How? By writing awful reviews of the restaurants:
It all started in April when Google Glass user Katy Kasmai was asked to remove her device at a restaurant called Feast in New York City. Instead of complying with the request, she decided to leave. But soon after, Kasmai posted a one-star review of the restaurant, setting off the latest in a series of public debates about Glass."
Reports have also found that 72% of Americans do not wish to own Google Glass over privacy concerns. It's clear that the Glass has the general public edgy over the probability of being videotaped or photographed candidly.
Apart from the review of the Feast, Kasmai posted, "Feast, in #NYC just asked that I remove +Google Glass because customers have complained of privacy concerns," adding, "Never has happened to me before in the one year I've had Glass."
Following the post was a number of other reviewers giving the restaurant a poor review for the same issue.
Feast's manager told to EV Grieve "It's malicious and technically a violation of Google's own terms for leaving reviews, adding, ""I can understand her leaving the one-star based on her experience, but 12 others with no experience on who we are or what we do is unfair."
Gothamist.com underscored Google's own regulations about the 'etiquette of Google Glass', the Do's and Don'ts, if you will:
"Don't be creepy or rude (aka, a "Glasshole"). Respect others and if they have questions about Glass don't get snappy. Be polite and explain what Glass does and remember, a quick demo can go a long way. In places where cell phone cameras aren't allowed, the same rules will apply to Glass. If you're asked to turn your phone off, turn Glass off as well. Breaking the rules or being rude will not get businesses excited about Glass and will ruin it for other Explorers."
Nonetheless, Google Glass remains a highly polarized gadget with some really liking it and others not liking at all. It looks it will take more time for the privacy issue to go away or Google might have to make some tweaks like sounds and lights that signal when the wearable is engaging with 'people on the outside.'
Earlier there had been rumors that Google Glass is on sale for every U.S. citizen to buy for a whopping $1500.
According to Tech Crunch, the Google Glass store is open and is taking orders, but Google is letting consumers know this is not a public launch of Google Glass for anyone who has $1500 to spend on tech wearables. Oh, and that figure is not inclusive of tax.
One Google spokesperson commented that the Google Glass store is set up to enable participants of the April 15 sale to complete their buys. So, that also means you can't just walk into the Glass store and get hold of 'Glass.'
Google also released a statement saying, the link was created to enable recent Explorers who signed up for the gadget from last week's sale. The search engine giant also said that it would be shuttering down the facility in order to continue experimenting with the expansion of the Explorer program in the future, implying Glass is still in nascent phase.
There are no plans for Google to continue selling the gadget again, say reports.