So you’ve read how to use Google Glass and after you buy a pair, you want to take them around town and try them out. Maybe have some fun in a casino? Well bad news, casinos left and right are banning Google Glass from their establishments, according to the Associated Press.
The glasses’ ability to take pictures, shoot video and surf the internet are cited as reasons why the Google Glass would give wearers an unfair advantage while gambling.
“If these eyeglasses were worn during a poker game, they could be used to broadcast a patron’s hand to a confederate or otherwise be used in a collusive manner,” David Rebuck, the director of New Jersey’s Division of Gaming Enforcement, wrote in a memo to Atlantic City’s 12 casinos. The difficulty in determining what a wearer of Google Glass was doing was the main factor in Rebuck playing it safe and banning the glasses.
The Google Glass are also banned in Las Vegas and a wealth of other cities across the United States. Computers and recording devices have been banned for quite some time, so it’s not just Google Glass that are getting this treatment. The Google Glass is just new in the fact that a wearer could use the glasses quickly and discreetly to stack the odds in their favour.
There’s no word yet on if Canadian casinos will follow suit, but be prepared to check your Google glasses at the door in the future.