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Google Glass banned in UK cinemas

Sam Loveridge


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Google Glass has been banned in some UK cinemas following fears of piracy, just six days after it was released in this country.

It’s only bee six days since the Google Glass UK release date came around, but cinemas in the UK have been quick to ban the device in movie theatres.

Both Vue and the Cinema Exhibitors’ Association trade group have banned Google Glass in cinemas across the UK over privacy concerns.

This follows in the footsteps of several US cinema chains who banned the device in their premises when Glass was first launched over there.

Although this seems like a fairly sensible action, it might have just been easier to force users to turn t off rather than ban them altogether.

Currently, Google Glass can only record around 30 – 45 minutes of video on a single charge, so you’d never be able to record a whole feature-length movie on the head-worn gadget.

Also, Google has made sure that Glass emits a light while recording video, making sure that wearers can’t surreptitiously record subjects without their permission.

Therefore any Google Glass wearer trying to record a movie in a dark cinema then would stick out like a rather large sore thumb.

This is also the comments echoed by Google itself, when asked for comment on the cinema ban.

“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,” said Google in a statement. “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 is activated makes it a fairly lousy device for recording things secretly.”

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Via: VentureBeat

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June 30, 2014, 1:51 pm

Yeah cos we all want to see 480p recorded from someone's face camera. Can't see glass being useful for anyone other than pervs...


June 30, 2014, 2:55 pm

Seriously Based on the caveats of how much can be recorded on a charge and the light.... talk about paranoid! Also eventually when they're standard devices and people actually have perscription versions sorry sir you can't come in with those glasses.. we don't care you can't see ... dumbasses, obviously if subequant versions get greater recording capacity/time then could maybe understand ..


June 30, 2014, 3:46 pm

This is truly pathetic of these cinemas... Trying to record a whole film would destroy the battery (likely it wouldn't get to the end) and the final file would be almost useless (wobbly, poor resolution and sound and significant contrast bleeding). Frankly, if this is what people who pirate get to see, they'll be missing out ALOT so why should any cinema think it's a threat?!


June 30, 2014, 9:37 pm

No, of course future versions will only get more limited battery life and recording capacity. So why don't the cinemas just let them all in now, safe in the knowledge that they will only get worse until nobody even cares to use them anymore. Dumbasses!


June 30, 2014, 9:41 pm

"Trying to record a whole film...." Why bother when it can't be done? Why wouldn't you send in a team of 3 to get the job done right?
Why is it pathetic of cinemas? What purpose is there in wearing Glass in a cinema? None, so we are to believe. So it is pathetic of those who wish to do it, just to press their point, whatever that might be.


July 1, 2014, 9:57 am

I agree... People wearing them in are being stupid... But this is an over reaction... You don't see any cinemas turning out pockets for mobile phones. It's pointless to take Glass in, but at the same time this reaction is like using a sledge hammer to crack a nut.


July 1, 2014, 10:01 am

You're going over the top. Almost everyone who enters a cinema already had recording equipment on them... And never use it! For the few that do, they quite often get caught. What ever happened to innocent until proven guilty?


July 1, 2014, 12:58 pm

There is no equivalence with mobile phones, they spend most of the time out of sight in a pocket. If you sat there pointing your phone ostentatiously at the screen throughout the movie I guess you would get chucked out.


July 1, 2014, 1:01 pm

it is not about having "recording equipment" (I suppose you mean a mobile phone), it is about setting it up pointed at the screen for the duration. Take your Glass into the cinema, take your mobile phone as well, leave them both in your pocket. Whatever happened to common sense?


July 1, 2014, 1:17 pm

Meh... Your argument works both ways. It's common sense to take these off, and it's common sense that it's not a piracy risk.

Prem Desai

July 1, 2014, 3:42 pm

This is giving Google Glass free publicity ....!!!!!

Not that it needs it anyway.

However, all recording equipment is banned from being used in cinemas - Glass is no different so not sure why they're trying to differentiaite it ....


July 3, 2015, 12:57 pm

So how does that stops piracy exactly? And why would I want to watch pirated movie recorder from glasses? I will just download torrent file of movie file.

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