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San Diego Comic Con bans Google Glass

Follows the lead of UK cinemas
Mon Jul 28 2014, 16:15
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GOOGLE'S AUGMENTED REALITY EYEWAR Google Glass was banned at San Diego's Comic Con this past weekend.

At San Diego Comic Con you'll likely see some sights, including people dressed as Breaking Bad characters, lifesize Alien replicas and celebrites such as Ben Affleck and Daniel Radcliffe wandering around the show floor.

One thing you won't see, however, is Google Glass, as despite Comic Con attendees likely to be among those who forked out $1,500 for the device, the convention's strict policies meant attendees were banned from donning the augmented reality spectacles at the show.

The policy reads, "Remember recording of footage on the screens during panels is prohibited. This includes Google Glasses. 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."

This policy, while likely to irk Google Glass-owning attendees, is due to the screenings that take place at the San Diego event, as it is used as a platform to showcase exclusive footage such as The Walking Dead season five and Max Max trailers, as well as the costumes set to be worn in the upcoming Batman vs Superman film.

UK cinemas recently announced that they would not welcome Google Glass wearers, citing fears of piracy, despite the fact that the spectacles' battery wouldn't last long enough to record an entire film.

A Google spokesperson said in response, "We recommend any cinemas concerned about Glass to treat the device as they treat similar devices like mobile phones: simply ask wearers to turn it off before the film starts. Broadly speaking, we also think it's best to have direct and first-hand experience with Glass before creating policies around it.

"The fact that Glass is worn above the eyes and the screen lights up whenever it's activated makes it a fairly lousy device for recording things secretly." µ


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