Google Glass unwelcome at Seattle bar over privacy concerns

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Google Glass isn’t even on the market yet and it is already causing a stir.

A Seattle watering hole has reportedly banned patrons from bringing in the wearable, always-on, Web-connected augmented reality technology that you might be able to buy by the end of the year.

The reason? The proprietor says the people who frequent the bar don’t want to be “secretly filmed or videotaped and immediately put on the Internet,” reports GeekWire.

Dave Meinert, owner of the 5 Point Café in Seattle, says he’s the first in the city to ban Google Glass from his establishment.

“First you have to understand the culture of the 5 Point, which is a sometimes seedy, maybe notorious place. People want to go there and be not known,” Meinert told a local radio station.

Google Glass, in addition to recording, will most likely make use of facial recognition, as well as other capabilities such as the ability to find friends in a crowd using GPS.

Google Glass has gotten a lot of ink lately for a device the average tech fan can’t get their hands on yet.

A team of Duke University and University of South Carolina researchers is even developing software that will enable your face-attached computer to recognize people in a crowd based on what they’re wearing. Called InSight, the software records a person’s “fashion fingerprint” by analyzing the patterns and spatial distribution of colors in photos of the subject so as to create a file called a “spatiogram.”

Oh, and then there’s the idea that Google Glass might actually rot your brain.

Steve Mann, a professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Toronto, who’s spent the past 35 years developing and wearing computerized eyewear to improve his natural view of the world, says if proper precautions aren’t taken, computerized eyewear has the potential to affect how your brain processes sight.

For those of you who aren’t worried, check out How Google Glass could change the future, which discusses scads of ways the technology will make life better.

Want to see it in action? Here’s a video Google released a few weeks ago that shows previously unrevealed features you can expect to see when the glasses are released to the masses.

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