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Google Glass Banned from Seattle Bar; Dev Kit Hits eBay

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A bar in Seattle has banned Google Glass while a "tangerine" unit has popped up on eBay for $8000.

Hey! We don't serve their kind here!Hey! We don't serve their kind here!A Seattle, Washington-based bar, 5 Point Café, has already banned Google Glass, the search engine giant's augmented reality specs donning a front-facing camera. The owner has taken to the bar's Facebook page to state that "ass kickings will be encouraged for violators", and has undoubtedly become one of many to outlaw the specs in fear of privacy concerns.

“I’m a thought leader,” said 5 Point Café owner Dave Meinert. "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 … and definitely don’t want to be secretly filmed or videotaped and immediately put on the Internet."

He added that the Facebook warning was partly a joke to get a reaction. But he's also serious about the Glass ban, as the bar already doesn't allow people to film or take pictures under its roof. They're unwanted, he said, and that the bar is a private place that people visit.

"It’s OK if you wear them, I just don’t want them worn inside," he added, acknowledging all the "tech geeks" that wander in from nearby Amazon offices.

Meanwhile, a Google Glass developer kit has landed on eBay, costing a rather hefty $8201 USD. Naturally the seller is banking on the inability to purchase the specs until (possibly) later this year for around $1500 USD, and has already reeled in 36 bids. The listing is based out of Russia and sports a "tangerine" model that was likely acquired through one of the Glass Foundry development workshops.

"This is a new product, but the box a little crumpled in transit," the listing reads. "This item does not cost $ 80! If you want to buy, you have to pay $ 8000! Russia to limit sales in the month. I can not sell the product for more than $ 80. If you want to buy the product now, then you have to pay $ 8,000 or to participate in the auction. In the presence of two sets of glass Google."

The seller currently has a 100-percent positive feedback, so it's possible the lucky customer will receive the real deal. But there's no indication how "izoterika" acquired the specs, or if they even work at all (could be defective units thrown in the trash). That said, interested customers may want to wait until Google coughs up the actual product later this year.

Still, the auction ends on March 13 for anyone willing to gamble over $8000!

 

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    Devoteicon , March 11, 2013 7:16 PM
    In an unrelated story, Google removes the bar from its search engine and maps.
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    meowmix44 , March 11, 2013 3:42 PM
    WOW :o , I hope those glasses have the UI embeded
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    thomasf94 , March 11, 2013 3:45 PM
    Thats insane!
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    psychonut , March 11, 2013 3:58 PM
    It's now removed from ebay.
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    jaquith , March 11, 2013 4:22 PM
    Hmm...they wouldn't be allowed in my office nor are any cameras or camera phones. A bar seems a little off the deep end, but privacy is a problem with any form of cameras. I'd love to see anyone be allowed in a Republican fundraiser or event. ;) 
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    Trialsking , March 11, 2013 5:04 PM
    jaquith I'd love to see anyone be allowed in a Republican fundraiser or event.

    What about Democrat fundraiser...you might be suprised
  • 13 Hide
    Devoteicon , March 11, 2013 7:16 PM
    In an unrelated story, Google removes the bar from its search engine and maps.
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    Marcus52 , March 11, 2013 7:39 PM
    "100% positive feedback" on ebay just means there weren't any people willing to break the usually unspoken deal "You rate me 5 stars and I'll rate you 5 stars in return".
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    Blessedman , March 11, 2013 7:44 PM
    It is only a matter of time before all bluetooths have cameras built in. There are already some but the day is coming when we record most of our day and the people in it. Look out marriage google glass is the new deal breaker!
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    digitalvampire , March 11, 2013 8:46 PM
    Why is this a story? They are already banned in every classroom (since they have a camera) in our state (due to certain laws), both K-12 and Universities, and our specific university is now discussing banning them anywhere on campus. Google knew this would be the case, surely they're not surprised.
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    thecolorblue , March 11, 2013 8:50 PM
    thomasf94Thats insane!

    It is actually perfectly sane.
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    digitalvampire , March 11, 2013 8:50 PM
    Why is this a story? Due to the included camera, they are already banned in every classroom (both K-12 and universities) in our state. Our university is already discussing banning them anywhere else on campus. Google knew this would be the case. Surely no one is surprised by this.
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    sykozis , March 11, 2013 9:11 PM
    digitalvampireWhy is this a story? They are already banned in every classroom (since they have a camera) in our state (due to certain laws), both K-12 and Universities, and our specific university is now discussing banning them anywhere on campus. Google knew this would be the case, surely they're not surprised.

    It's a story because someone is trying to sell a "development kit".... Things like this get banned in K-12 schools due to child privacy and safety, which is a major concern in most schools. Once a release date is announced, I'll be petitioning my local school board to issue a ban on these as well, if it hasn't been done already.
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    digitalvampire , March 11, 2013 10:00 PM
    sykozisOnce a release date is announced, I'll be petitioning my local school board to issue a ban on these as well, if it hasn't been done already.


    Sorry for the double post. Not sure what happened there. Anyway, I encourage you to do so. I'll be doing exactly the same thing.
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    Cheesevillage , March 11, 2013 10:27 PM
    Banning these is defiance of the inevitable. The future is now.

    Privacy in cities is already a joke, anyways.
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    mman74 , March 12, 2013 12:08 AM
    So let me get this straight. This thing is not out, but it's likely going to banned from schools and universities. We now have a bar that won't allow it, and most likely restaurants will follow suit. I also can't see it being allowed anywhere near cinemas or casinos. You stand behind a guy at an ATM with one of these and you might get accused of skimming. Certainly anyone who forgets to take these of when they arrive at the changing rooms in their gym are going to end up in a lot of trouble.
    So you pay $1,500 for this thing and then after you have to ask yourself, so where can I actually safely wear it?!
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    Vorador2 , March 12, 2013 1:39 AM
    Desperate bar in need of PR, owner has a brilliant idea to get word of mouth.

    In any case, the owner is actively encouraging violence against perpetrators, which is a big no-no in my book.
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    corvak , March 12, 2013 4:11 AM
    Any bar that advocates "ass kickings" for someone violating a rule isn't the kind of place i'd ever go to relax.

    I fully respect his rights to set out rules for his business, but threats of violence are a bit much - while drunk people can get a bit unruly or out of hand, I don't think this is going to happen with the clientele that can buy $1500 glasses.
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    house70 , March 12, 2013 4:17 AM
    Every phone out there has a camera nowadays. One can easily pretend he/she is dialing a number while actually taking photos. It's been done before, and yet there are NOT that many instances out there where these cameras were ubiquitously used against local rules.
    Point is, there will be some changes in the final product that will allow one to easily tell whether or not the camera is ON. People are making too much out of this.
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    soundping , March 12, 2013 7:40 AM
    Who owns the pictures and video after they're uploaded?
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    dark_lord69 , March 12, 2013 7:46 AM
    Great Now I will always know how much life and armor I have left.
    LOL

    J/K
    I certainly wouldn't pay $1,500 for a pair of those but I could see wealthy stock investors that couldn't possibly go to lunch without them so they can always keep an eye on stock prices.
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